But it's not just the P-Series Quantum X's picture-quality-to-price-tag ratio that makes it a good choice; it's also packed to the gills with future-facing features that make it the perfect centerpiece for a new home theater. It supports Dolby Vision, various HDMI 2.1 gaming-centric features, and eARC for high-resolution audio pass through. The only downsides are its ho-hum design and its lackluster smart platform, but the latter can be addressed with the purchase of an external streaming device. Simply put, the Vizio P-Series Quantum X is an excellent top-shelf TV that manages to cost less than just about everything else on its shelf--and it does so without sacrificing performance. Editor's note: Due to COVID-19 complications, this review leans heavily on test results in lieu of hands-on time with the TV.
This morning, Vizio confirmed its 2016 M-Series and E-Series lineup, highlighted by 4K TVs starting at just 469. Notably, all of the new TVs will include the same SmartCast ecosystem recently announced with the new high-end P-Series 4K TVs. The more affordable E-Series starts at just 229 for the entry-level 32-inch model, and includes both full-HD (1080p) and UHD (4K) resolutions across its 13 screen sizes. Like last year's models, the E-Series TVs will continue to exhibit a focus on picture quality, with full-array local dimming for more impressive contrast. The full-HD sets will include a TV tuner for over-the-air content, but they've been phased out of the more advanced UHD E-Series TVs.
The P-Series Quantum is positioned between the excellent P-Series Quantum X and the more affordable M-Series Quantum. As you might guess from the naming scheme, almost all of Vizio's 2020 TVs feature quantum dots, microscopic nanocrystals that enhance color saturation. They also all feature full-array local dimming (FALD) backlights, which make for better than average contrast--especially during HDR viewing. Time in the lab revealed something we already assumed: the P-Series Quantum is excellent. In fact, the only reason to spring for the higher-end Quantum X is if you really want top-of-the-line brightness and color performance.
About a month ago, Vizio announced its new high-end P-series TVs. Even for the historically budget-minded brand, those new TVs represented crazy bang for the buck: 4K panels with HDR capabilities, full-array backlighting with local dimming to boost contrast, unique tablet-style remotes and Chromecasting features, and prices starting at 1,000. It turns out the P series was a sign of things to come, as the company has expanded its cost-efficient 2016 lineup. Vizio's new M-series and E-series TVs offer similar features for even lower prices. For the second year in a row, Vizio's M series looks to offer gobs of performance for a low price.
If you're in the market for a 4K TV this year, Vizio's latest lineup is filled with several compelling options. In fact, the only issue is that it might be tough to figure out which model is best for you. First, there's the new P-series Quantum, which is Vizio's brightest and most feature-packed TV ever. But the rest of the company's P- and M-series sets are also cheaper and better equipped than before. An abundance of choices is ultimately a good thing for shoppers, of course -- just be prepared to do your homework.