As with all its smart TVs, Vizio's V-series brings the SmartCast interface to the table. It's best in show when it comes to effectively melding entertainment content from disparate sources (over-the-air, streaming, etc.). It also synergizes nicely with the company's minimalist remote, which now supports voice commands. The V5-series specifically is also relatively affordable. The 55-inch-class, model V555-J evaluated here retails for just $500.
Konka's 50-inch U5-series smart TV is a good entry-level set. It's not a great entry-level set, and there are far better TVs at its $450 suggested retail price. But this TV delivers a decent picture most of the time, and we're already seeing significant discounts that render it a decent buy as a secondary TV for a kitchen or other room where it won't be the primary source of entertainment. The Konka model 55U55A reviewed here is a 50-inch-class 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) TV with a 60Hz refresh rate. It has a very narrow bezel and looked good sitting on our test bench.
Vizio announced it's 2022 lineup of TVs today, and there are improvements throughout. The entry-level D-series (if you Don't have the money for 4K UHD) is a 60Hz, 720p or 1080p TV with a standard (i.e., non-voice) remote, array backlighting (no local dimming zones), and Wi-Fi, but no Bluetooth. Make sure which you're buying. The D4-series is basically the same TV with AMD's FreeSync added for another $20, but it's only available in 24- and 30-inch flavors (with 1080p resolution). If you game, you'll want FreeSync.
It didn't take long to confirm what I suspected during my Vizio V5-Series review--the slightly more expensive M-Series Quantum offers a far better picture. It's not perfect perfect by any means, but the color is more accurate, and the screen uniformity far outstrips that of the V-Series. If you're shopping mid-range Vizio, the M-Series Quantum is what you want. Skip a couple of lunches to save up the extra cash. The M-Series, including the 55-inch class model M55Q6 that I tested, are 60Hz, 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD), 10-bit TVs.
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.