If you want to escape the washed-out color of low- and mid-range LED TVs without breaking the bank, Vizio's SmartCast P-Series displays are the way to do it. That said, Vizio claims of "picture perfection" are overstated--the P-Series are not without flaws; at least not the $1700 65-inch version we tested. Regardless, the color and HDR are impressive. The P65-E1 we tested sports a relatively thin silver bezel, is about 2.5-inches deep, and weighs in at approximately 63 pounds including stands. We aren't sticklers about looks, at least once the game or movie starts, but the silver bezel is more noticeable than darker-colored bezels that tend to blend in with the display panel itself.
Vizio has announced a new series of 4K UHD TVs that leverage the advanced technologies developed for the company's Reference Series, such as HDR (High Dynamic Range) and more accurate color, but at significantly lower price points. The 50-inch P-Series TV retails for 999, including a 6-inch Android tablet that can be used both as a remote and for streaming content to the TVs via the newly supported Google Cast. Said tablet is bundled with all P-Series TVs. This 6-inch Android tablet/remote will be included with each of Vizio's P-Series TVs. Vizio is calling its implementation of Google Cast (nee Chromecast) Wi-Fi multimedia streaming SmartCast, and it will be supported by all of its P-series TVs as well as upcoming sound bars and standalone Wi-Fi speakers.
When it comes to brightness, the key ingredient for punchy HDR, Vizio's P65-F1 smart TV nearly matches Samsung's QN65Q9F, a TV that costs nearly three times as much. Unlike last year's P-Series displays, this year's have over-the-air tuners onboard. This year's models also feature a slightly wider color palette and brighter array backlighting. What seemingly hasn't changed is the image processing. Add new backlighting artifacts to some holdover issues with moiré and anti-aliasing, and one might argue that last year's picture was actually better.
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.