Vizio made a splash at CES back in January when it announced that it was jumping into the OLED market, and now the TV manufacturer says its first two OLED 4K TV models will arrive this fall with enticingly affordable price tags. Vizio is also teeing up the rest of its 2020 TV and soundbar lineup, including its new P-Series quantum-dot 4K LCD TVs powered by a revamped image processor, its new flagship Elevate soundbar with swiveling upfiring drivers, and its updated SmartCast 4.0 smart TV software. While Vizio first spilled the beans about its OLED plans back at CES, it's only now serving up more details about its upcoming OLED models. Cutting right to the chase, we're talking two models, both of which are slated for fall: a 65-inch OLED TV for $2,000, and a 55-inch version for $1,300. While a $2,000 TV might sound pricey for Vizio, a brand known for its moderately priced televisions, it's actually a bargain compared to LG's upcoming 65-inch CX-series OLED, which is slated to sell for $2,500.
Vizio's E Series is currently available in 15 variations: The wide range of sizes can be a little confusing to wade through, especially considering that there are multiple E Series TVs within the same screen size. Fortunately, most of the model names use the same indicators as the more affordable Vizio D Series; the guide we wrote should also help when shopping E Series TVs. Overall, the E Series TVs vary in size and resolution, but all of them feature the new Vizio SmartCast platform and almost identical designs. Our review sample was the 65-inch E Series, one of the 4K models. It was received on-loan from Vizio, and I spent a week or so with it watching content and running our usual battery of tests.
Vizio and TCL sell budget-friendly TVs that don't compromise on quality -- perfect for gaming, virtual workouts, and binge-watching Cobra Kai. Reviewers love them because they're not as expensive as TVs from other top brands, but have many of the same features. But what brand should you choose? Both TCL and Vizio offer models with 4K resolution and advanced gaming features to use with the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. To help you decide, take a look at our TV breakdown. Sure, they don't have 4K or 8K displays.
The 2017 Vizio D Series is rolling into the market, so we've updated our guide from last year to reflect the new identification methods. Most TV "series" have only 4 or 5 TVs to choose from in different screen sizes, and even then they almost always share specs like resolution (pixel count) and smart features. Some of them are smart and some of them aren't; some are old-school 720p, some are glorious 4K/UHD. It can make it hard to be certain you're getting just the one you want, we reckon. While it's (usually) easy enough to know what specs you're getting when there's only one size per series, the D Series has multiple TVs per size.
As you can see, not all of the E Series TVs are created equal. The smallest E Series model only gives you 1080p resolution and no HDR. We bought and reviewed a 2017 55-inch E Series, so the findings in this review should apply to the 55-, 60-, 65-, 70-, 75-, and 80-inch to a degree, but will not represent 1:1 parity with the smaller, non-HDR compatible sizes. Because each of the 2017 E Series models use FALD (full-array local dimming), the efficacy of their picture quality is highly dependent upon the "zone count," or how many independently controllable LED zones the backlight uses. Traditionally, FALD TVs are very expensive, but the E Series' claim to fame is delivering FALD at affordable prices.