Vizio V-Series 4K UHD TV review: Even entry-level TVs are good now

Vizio’s V-series good TV (the $300, 50-inch mannequin V505-H19 is reviewed right here) is the second 50-inch TV I’ve evaluated just lately, the opposite being the marginally cheaper ($280) Konka U50.

Each are infinitely superior to something you may’ve discovered on this worth vary 5 years in the past. That mentioned, the Vizio gives a bit higher processing, backlighting, total picture and expertise. But it surely lacks the Konka’s helpful Bluetooth connectivity. 

This evaluate is a part of TechHive’s protection of one of the best good TVs, the place you’ll discover evaluations of the competitors’s choices, plus a purchaser’s information to the options it is best to contemplate when searching for this sort of product.

Specs and design

The V505-H19 is a thin-bezel unit whose staid, however stylish look belies its low worth. The 50-inch-class panel delivers 10-bit colour, a 60Hz refresh fee, and 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD) decision. It has a full-array LED backlight, so it isn’t zone dimmable. Which means it’s lit from behind with a number of lights, however the lights aren’t dimmed or shut off to lower gentle bleed.

The V505-H19 could be very gentle for a 50-inch TV at a mere 21.5 kilos. I had no points slinging the TV round to place the ft on, sliding it round to succeed in the cable connections, and so forth.  That additionally means there shall be little pressure on the 200mm x 200mm VESA mount level, the mount, or your wall. 

Vizio is aware of that there’s a lot of legacy tools on this market section, so the port choice consists of composite video enter and RCA analog audio enter/output. There’s additionally optical digital (Toslink), coax for cable/satellite tv for pc TV or an over-the-air antenna, in addition to three HDMI 2.1 ports (2160p @ 60Hz, with one supporting ARC output). A USB port is available for playback from mass media (thumb drives, and so forth.).

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Vizio likes to care for clients with legacy tools by offering composite video and RCA audio inputs

There’s no Bluetooth, however the Wi-Fi is dual-band 802.11n, which is well quick sufficient for streaming most content material. If it isn’t, there’s additionally an ethernet port. 

Props to Vizio for together with help for HDR10+ along with Dolby Imaginative and prescient, HDR10, and HLG. Not all TVs do this, and never simply TVs at this worth. The TV additionally handles DTS encompass and Dolby Atmos, affords a low-latency sport mode, and helps each Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast. The TV can be compliant with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri voice management. 

Interface and distant

Content material-wise, Vizio’s SmartCast House is as full as TV consumer interfaces come, with all the standard streaming suppliers, in addition to curated free content material. SmartCast can be simple to make use of, and may be managed utilizing the SmartCast app in your smartphone or pill for those who so want. My solely criticism, a distinctly minor one this present day, is that it’s fully reliant upon an web connection and doesn’t when in case your broadband connection is down. You may nonetheless use the TV, however with restricted performance.