For many, Vizio hits the sweet spot between budget brands and high-end brands, offering quality technology at reasonable prices. In recent years, this has meant 4K and OLED TVs at prices that undercut those of LG and Sony, while at the same time producing a picture quality and feature set that is at least on par with the more expensive competitors.
However, the company’s offerings tend to be of particular interest to consumers who want a quality home theater experience but may not want to get the very best in terms of cost. If you fall into this category, get ready to check out Vizio’s full line of 4K Ultra HD TVs for 2021. Below we list the specifications, features and prices to help you decide whether one of these displays will end up being wall-mounted or placed on your TV stand.
P Series TVs
Vizio’s best (and most expensive) deals for this year fall under the P-Series banner, LED displays with Quantum Color performance and premium contrast. The PQX-J model has 792 local dimming zones while the PQ9-J models clock at 210, which enables dynamic range technologies like Dolby Vision, HDR10 +, HDR10 and HLG (all supported by all P-Series TVs) around really to shine.
Speaking of shine, the PQX-J will supposedly shine with an unbelievable 3,000 nits of brightness! We’ll explain more about what that means later, but by comparison, most HDR TVs limit a peak brightness of 900-1,100. While the PQ9-J isn’t quite as bright, at 1,200 nits it’s still brighter than most displays on the market today. These ultra-bright displays should look especially stunning given their enhanced color capability.
Without getting too weed, these models come close to producing the full range of colors recommended by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in the early days of Ultra HD, a benchmark known as Rec. 2020. Back then, the standard was ambitious (and maybe a little crazy), but these P-Series displays knock on the door and reproduce 84% (PQ9-J) and 85% (PQX-J) of that color gamut, respectively.
While large film studios are not yet producing content with this standard in mind, that is slowly changing. When it does, these TVs are ready. So what does it all boil down to? Colour. Colors like you’ve probably never seen on TV before.
If you’re wondering what it would be like to play on a display like this, you’re in luck: Vizio thought of gamers when developing the P-Series. Both models have four HDMI 2.1 ports and a ProGaming engine that supports Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and 4K at 120 frames per second (fps).
For the uninitiated, if there is an imbalance between the screen refresh rate and the content frame rate, the image may tear or stutter; P-series televisions combat this with an adaptive synchronization technology called AMD FreeSync, which ensures that the frame rates work together for lack of a better term.
If you’re a competitive first-person shooter gamer, a gaming monitor is still your best option, but TVs are definitely starting to fill the void. These P-Series offerings are aimed at continuing that trend and bringing games back to the big screen.
Again, it should be noted that with the exception of the D-Series, all Vizio 2021 offerings come with the latest version, SmartCast (the company’s proprietary smart TV platform), and include a new, Bluetooth-enabled Vizio Voice remote control with which You can find and discover content without fiddling with a cumbersome keyboard. All SmartCast TVs are Wi-Fi enabled with built-in support for Chromecast, AirPlay 2 and many streaming apps. You can also control the action on your mobile device with the SmartCast app (available for Android and iOS).
The PQ9 models also get the innovative, height-adjustable stand from Vizio, which can serve as a platform for the company’s soundbars, for an integrated look.
- 85-inch P85QX-J: $ TBD, TBD still available
- 75-inch P75Q9-J: $ 2,200, available July 2021
- 65-inch P65Q9-J: $ 1,400, available July 2021
M series television
Next up is the M series, led by the MQ7, which is billed as an UltraBright display and produces up to 700 nits. If you are unfamiliar with the term, think of nits like bits, but for brightness. The more nits, the brighter the display. 700 is a solid number and, in conjunction with 32 local dimming zones, should give a sharp, clear picture. Both models (MQ6, MQ7) support Dolby Vision, HDR10 +, HDR10 and HLG.
Both also have VRR at 40-60 Hz, which means smoother graphics, but not quite top performance if you’re playing on next-gen consoles that support frame rates up to 120 Hz. The MQ7 has four HDMI 2.1 ports while the MQ6 only has three, but both support Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM). We’ll get into what that means in the next section, but it’s one of the many advantages of HDMI 2.1 and a key feature for gamers.
The 60-, 70-, and 75-inch Q7 models also benefit from Vizio’s height-adjustable stand that supports the soundbar.
Like their brothers in the P and V series, the M series displays also have a push-to-talk Vizio voice remote control that can be used for searching, streaming and setting up.
- 75-inch M75Q7-J: $ 1,400, available July
- 70-inch M70Q7-J: $ 1,200, available July
- 65-inch M65Q7-J: $ 900, available July
- 58-inch M58Q7-J: $ 830, available July
- 55-inch M55Q7-J: $ 800, available June
- 50-inch M50Q7-J: $ 750, available July
- 75-inch M75Q6-J: $ 1,000, available July
- 70-inch M70Q6-J: $ 850, available August
- 65-inch M65Q6-J: $ 680, available now
- 55-inch M55Q6-J: $ 580, available now
- 50-inch M50Q6-J: $ 530, available July
- 43-inch M43Q6-J: $ 400, available July
V series television
The V series aims to provide a television for every living room, with sizes ranging from 43 to 75 inches. Vizio describes the price points of these models (see below) as “aggressive” and we are inclined to agree. We joked earlier that Vizio’s trademark “V” might as well stand for “value” and that the commitment to affordability comes into its own here.
All televisions in this series support Dolby Vision, HDR10 +, HDR10 and HLG; like all subsequent D-series (and the MQ6-J) they also have a full array backlight. The V-Series is also supported by the V-Gaming Engine, which delivers 4K at 60 Hertz VRR (V6 models also have AMD FreeSync).
Again, Vizio seems to be making a concerted effort to ensure that no gamer is left behind, and the addition of automatic game mode or low-latency automatic mode means you won’t have to switch back and forth every time you switch from streaming to play . All V-Series TVs come with three HDMI 2.1 ports, and eARC support (more on that in a moment) means you can upgrade your sound system with the latest audio technology.
- 50-inch V505-J: $ 400 available now
- 55-inch V555-J: $ 500 available now
- 58-inch V585-J: $ 530 available in July
- 65-inch V655-J: $ 600 available now
- 70-inch V705-J: $ 700 available now
- 75-inch V755-J: $ 900 available now
- 70-inch V706-J: $ 750 available in June
- 75-inch V756-J: $ 920 available in June
The budget-friendly D-Series also offers a fairly wide range of screen sizes, albeit on the smaller end of the spectrum. The smallest is the really tiny 24-inch model that could be an option for a kitchen, bathroom, or any other place where you don’t want the TV to dominate the room. All models are powered by an IQ processor that offers FHD and HD picture quality.
Full array LED backlighting ensures sharp contrast (although these models don’t have HDR support) and the VGaming Engine supports VRR on select models and AMD FreeSync on D4 models. Two HDMI 1.4 ports, although no longer state-of-the-art, still support Audio Return Channel (ARC), which allows audio to be sent back and forth between a television and an A / V receiver or soundbar via an HDMI cable can be moved. While HDMI 2.1 allows lossless audio flow in both directions (eARC), earlier versions compress the signal further, resulting in “lossy” audio. All D-Series televisions are also enabled for Vizio Voice via the SmartCast Mobile ™ app, but do not have the Vizio Voice remote control.
- 24-inch D24h-J: $ 140 available in June
- 32-inch D32h-J: $ 180 available now
- 24-inch D24f-J: $ 160 available in August
- 32-inch D32f-J: $ 220 available in August
- 40-inch D40f-J: $ 250 available now
- 43-inch D43f-J: $ 300 available now
- 24-inch D24f4-J: $ 170 available in August
- 32-inch D32f4-J: $ 230 available in August