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Vizio V5-series smart TV review: This 55-inch TV is affordable, but it delivers just middling performance

PCWorld

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.


Vizio vs. TCL: TVs for every budget

Mashable

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 Apple TV 4K just got a rare discount

Mashable

The Apple TV 4K 32GB model is on sale for just $149.99 at Amazon as of Feb. 4. You can also get the 64GB Apple TV 4K for just $189.99 with an extra $9 discount. By this point we have subscriptions to more streaming services than we need. So it might be time to upgrade to a streaming device that connects all of your favorite platforms into a single interface for easier access. And if you want to make the jump to a 4K streaming box (even if you don't own a 4K TV yet), Amazon has a rare deal on one of the more premium options on the market.


This soundbar boasts big value for small spaces

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The real crux of the issue isn't whether or not the SR-B20A is a good soundbar: it is, delivering robust audio for TV, movies, music, and games, despite the lack of an external subwoofer. The issue is that there are same-price'bars that do more: Yamaha's own YAS-109 soundbar is roughly the same price and gets you Amazon Alexa compatibility, while the very valuable Vizio V-Series'bar includes a very respectable external subwoofer at, by this estimation, no extra cost. The best thing about the SR-B20A is that it delivers very respectable sound without the need for an external subwoofer. If you really don't have much space to work with, it's an ideal choice. However, if you want to maximize sound quality per dollar, you're probably better off springing for a soundbar that delivers the kind of cinematic punch made possible by an external sub.


This Vizio might be the best TV for the money this year

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

For the last several years, Vizio's M-Series has been a mainstay of TV value-hunters. The M-Series TVs (much like TCL's 6-Series) tend to give users the latest TV technology at much more affordable prices than the competition. To that end, 2019's M-Series Quantum delivers 4K resolution, an LED backlight with full-array local dimming technology, smart features, HDR and Dolby Vision compatibility, and--as you might have guessed from the name--quantum dots. Quantum dots are a newer TV tech that provide a big boost to a TV's color capabilities, and for the last several years they've really only been available in very high-end TVs from brands like Samsung and Sony. With the M-Series Quantum, Vizio is making this technology available to people who might not have $2,000 to spend on a new TV. Are the M-Series Quantum TVs perfect specimens? No--Vizio's learned how to cut just enough corners that, while nothing about them is too egregious, they're not as buttoned-up and posh-looking as their higher-price counterparts. Picture quality is the strongest foot forward here, while the design is nothing to speak of and elements of their software and behavior can be a bit frustrating.


Cutting the cord with Vizio's new V436 TV

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

When it comes to pure, cutting the cord TVs, Amazon's Fire TV Edition paved new ground in 2018. It was low-priced and aimed at folks who were happy ditching cable, plugging in an antenna and using the set to watch Internet programming. Vizio's new V436-61, just out, goes even further. It does all of that, and more. Instead of just being able to use voice commands via the Amazon Alexa assistant, Vizio lets you use Apple's Siri and the Google Assistant as well.


Hey Siri, turn on 'The Voice' for my Vizio TV

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Sure, Siri can open Netflix for you and search for a George Clooney movie, but only if you spring $179 to $199 for the Apple TV accessory streamer. Now, Apple's personal assistant can turn on the TV, change the channel and find a specific TV show, on certain newer TVs from Vizio, Samsung, Sony and LG. It's part of a radical rethink on Apple's part to bring Apple outside of the ecosystem, and onto mainstream television sets. Samsung pushed out Apple's AirPlay features on new smart TVs that began shipping May 13. AirPlay lets you mirror what's on your device.


Save $130 on a Vizio 4K TV — just $298 at Walmart

Mashable

The Battle of Winterfell is finally happening on this week's Game of Thrones, and the only thing that could possibly make that more exciting is the opportunity to watch it in glorious 4K on a huge TV -- and Walmart has just the thing. Transform your home theater setup with this stellar 4K TV from Vizio -- it's $130 off right now at Walmart, and you'll be really happy that you made the investment. First things first -- this TV looks gorgeous. Value and quality truly come together in this device, combining 4K resolution, a slew of smart TV apps, high dynamic range, and voice control functions -- it's extremely inclusive. Booting up Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video has never been easier, and the built-in Google Chromecast is a luxury that you never knew you needed.


Smart speakers are being used to help measure inflation in the UK

Engadget

Smart speakers are so popular the UK is using them to help calculate inflation. Every year, the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) adds top consumer products to its "basket of goods," a collection of goods and services that indicates how people are spending their money. Annually, popular items are added, and passé products tossed. So while smart speakers made the cut, hi-fi speaker systems got the axe. In 2015, ONS added music streaming services to the basket.


Massive 4K TV sale: Save $500 to a ridiculous $2,000 on three different sizes of LG 4K TVs on Amazon

Mashable

Heading into the cooler months means it's time to get cozy with a good movie, or binge-watch the latest Netflix show. Live your life right by investing in a new 4K TV to get clear, crisp picture on everything from streaming apps to Sunday Night Football. Honestly, it's the only way to go. We've said it before though and we'll say it again: The best time to buy a new TV is when it's on sale. Amazon is offering deals on the LG C8 OLED series right now and we can't get over how much the prices have dropped: And yes, you read that correctly: The massive, 77-inch LG C8 OLED is more than $2,000 off during this sale.