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VIZIO - 55" Class - LED - P-Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 372 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great display, poor software

    Posted
    Gerbil
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    The Vizio P55-F1 matches a great display with poor user-facing software. __[ Display / Hardware ]__ As someone that tends to lean heavily towards a popular competitor known for their display quality, I was surprised by the quality of the display in this TV. While the settings of the default picture modes seemed rather lackluster, manual calibration using the wide array of available picture adjustment settings met with great results. The display provides great contrast, brightness, surprisingly dark black levels (aided by the full array local dimming zones), clarity, fast update frequency that allows smooth motion, wide viewing angle, and important inclusion of a low-latency gaming mode, which all combine into a first-rate visual experience among current generation LCD displays. Backed by a wide array of new video and display technologies, this unit represents a significant jump from older generation LCD displays. The complement of physical connection options is extensive, though I found the placement and orientation of the coaxial cable port to be somewhat problematic. It is important to be aware that like many mid-to-large size TVs, this unit is supported by legs that are located near the side edges (as opposed to a central pillar), and thus smaller TV stands and similar furniture may be unable to accommodate this TV. About 50” width would be the bare minimum to support the legs, which gives about 1” margin on both sides. __[ UI / UX / Software Design ]__ I found the user interface and general software design to be quite disappointing. The responsiveness to remote control input and UI updates in general feels sluggish. The vast majority of the space of the home screen is taken up by the marquee content carousel and content discovery panes which advertise both free and premium content available across the various streaming service apps (whether you use them or not). These seem designed purely for monetary kickbacks to Vizio, with no apparent means for customization or use-based personalization. Tucked away on a single row at the bottom are the available apps. It takes 19 directional movement clicks of the remote to arrive at an app I use frequently: Plex. While the remote control has six quick launch buttons for apps (which also happen to be the first six apps listed on the home screen), there seems to be no way to re-designate these buttons. Vizio had the opportunity to help alleviate navigational issues with their remote control mobile app, but instead of taking advantage of increased flexibility afforded by touch screen input powered by a highly programmable device, they opted to make the app merely mirror the functionality of the physical remote control--a major disappointment. On the subject of the remote, not only does it feel cheaply made, but the buttons have the same color as the rest of the remote, are labeled using a font that is thin and hard to see, and have no back-lighting option. The Alexa/Google Home integration may seem like a nifty addition, but seems almost completely useless (though I only tested the Google Home integration). I wasn’t able to launch most apps (only an extremely small subset of available apps are supported), switch inputs, or change over-the-air (OTA) channels using voice input commands. Instead, most voice commands I tried were interpreted as YouTube searches. While inclusion of an OTA tuner is an improvement over other modern Vizio models, this seems to have been hastily tacked on as an afterthought, with absolutely minimal effort dispensed in its implementation. This TV doesn’t even appear to have a visible channel list that can be navigated through. OTA broadcasts include programming guide (EPG) data (which doesn’t require an Internet connection to receive) which includes information such as program/episode descriptions, program line-up and time-slot scheduling. While many TVs are able to display this extensive data, the only EPG data this TV seems to display is the description of the current program/episode of the currently tuned channel, when you press the ‘info’ button twice. __[ Conclusion ]__ This TV is a prime example of why you should be skeptical of smart TVs. You are paying a premium for inclusion of features available in external media streaming units and tuners, but are rolling the dice on feature implementation and software quality which are permanently married to the display hardware. Most casual users will likely find most of the smart TV features of this unit adequate, if a bit clunky. Power users might instead consider going with a ‘dumb’ display paired with their media streaming device(s) of choice. ‘Smart’ features aside, this TV boasts great display hardware that provides a top-tier visual experience that any viewer can appreciate and enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      VIZIOEntertainmentExpert

      Thanks for taking the time to review our product. We appreciate the thoughtful critique of our product. We are consistently updating these displays with UI improvements based on feedback like yours. VIZIO

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Superb Picture

    Posted
    Ryan
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    First off, this TV looks fantastic right out of the box with little adjustment needed. For me this was an exchange from a TCL 6 series, which I was not satisfied with. Dolby Vision and HDR Content looks impeccable, motion handling was very good for sports, and I actually was quite pleased with the aesthetics of this TV. For the first couple of weeks I could not be happier with my purchase, but I did end up returning this set after I began having an issue with horizontal white lines flashing across the screen, more on that below. Despite having a fantastic picture, I was less than thrilled with the Vizio Smartcast experience. It was not fluid by any means, and I was a bit disappointed that the app selection is limited to only what is installed on the tv. Granted all of this can be remedied with a streaming media player, but at the expense of the user. As a side note most of the media platers are not capable of streaming Dolby Vision as of now (except for fires stick 4k and Apple Tv 4k). Until I began experiencing an issue, I was overall extremely pleased with my purchase. 4K and HDR content looks great, and the Smartcast system was bearable, but it did have it's limitations. About 3 weeks after the purchase, I began noticing flashing horizontal lines that would appear, but only for an instant. They were at random times and I was unable to recreate them intentionally. It might do it 10 times in 2 minutes, or it might not do it for 4 hours. After noticing these it was impossible not to look for them, and eventually I was looking for flashing white lines more than enjoying the picture on the TV. After doing some reading, apparently this has been an issue with Vizio P series TV's for some time now, and although I have seen Vizio Support techs on the forums claiming the issue was fixed through a firmware update, I had it on a 2018 model with the latest firmware installed. After phoning Vizio Customer service, they acknowledged that it occasionally happens, but not that it was common. At this point the rep requested that I take a photo of the issue that was occuring. I explained that this occurred as quickly as a flash of lightning, and that it was erratic in it's timing. If I could have reproduced the issue and been waiting with a recording device I would have attempted this, but working all day then coming home to video the tv acting up did not jive well with me. Being an elite member, I still had time to return the TV before the deadline, so I did so and purchased a Sony X900F and I am pleased with it. I will admit that while I do enjoy the picture of my new set, I do not see a tremendous increase in picture quality from the Vizio. Personally for me, it was not worth taking the chance on getting another set, only to have issues occur after the return deadline. If my only chance at receiving support from Vizio was going to be trying to capture the issue on camera, then sending it to them to analyze, I preferred to try another manufacturer. Unfortunately that meant another bump up in price range as well... Overall I would still recommend this set based on the brilliant picture quality alone. As long as the set is working correctly and without any glitches I believe it would be quite difficult to find a better set for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      VIZIOEntertainmentExpert

      Hello Ryan, thank you for your feedback it is appreciated. The SmartCast input does have limited applications installed and you cannot add extra apps to the input. We are continuously evaluating new applications for possible addition to this screen. In the meantime you can cast any of the thousands of Chromecast enabled applications to the TV from any mobile device on your network. VIZIO

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic! Performance, look and value...

    Posted
    skylog
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    Great TV! I am moving from a recent mid-range Samsung 4K and I think this outshines it in nearly every way. From looks, to performance, features and finally value, I think Vizio brought the goods here. For starters, I like the look and design. It is a fresh, sleek, and metallic bezel-less appearance on three sides with a solid feel that rests on sturdy aluminum legs. It is a very modern edge-to-edge, yet not over-the-top look. Beyond the looks, it comes with quite a few connection options. Further, all 5 HDMI ports support 2.0a which help with 4K HDR connectivity. Another nice feature is built-in ATSC tuners, for those not tied to a cable plan. Once you are up and running (set-up is an easy process), you get a look at that picture. The picture is clear, crisp, bright, and detailed while the colors are brilliant, pop and are both rich and alive. It is a VA panel, so there is a little distortion when at extreme viewing angles, as opposed to an IPS, but it is a tradeoff, as the VA brings better blacks and much better contrast levels. For my money, that is what one would prefer. The TV also has full array local dimming (FALD) (Vizio calls it Active Full Active Array) with 56 local dimming zones which is crucial for HDR. It is not perfect, but it is much better than edge and nice to have at this price point. As for HDR, Vizio has most of the current formats covered with this set. Dolby Vision (with UltraBright 1000), HDR 10 and HLG are all there. Beyond that, they offer something they call Ultra Color Spectrum which brings more accurate color detail and a wider range of the color spectrum. What does all this mean? As I said, it means a great picture. 4K content is out of this world. Details, colors, blacks all look outstanding. Up-scaled content also looks great, which is important, given I watch a lot of non 4K content. There are countless options and calibration settings to fine tune everything. I spent a great deal time of time here, but I think it is time well spent. You can absolutely get the most out of your purchase/experience. The speakers are acceptable to good. They should be good enough from most people, but if you are looking for immersive sound for theatre etc…you will probably want to turn to a surround system or sound bar. Not really a knock, as they are good for everyday use, but just something to think about. Given it is 2018 and streaming is so important, it is nice Vizio brought quite a bit to the Smart TV aspects of this set. They offer their Smart Cast OS, with apps already on the TV and their Smart Cast mobile app. In addition, Google Chromecast is built in. Honestly, Smart Cast can feel a little slow at times, and I did not have the best experience with the mobile app, but things worked great with the pre-installed apps (Netflix and VUDU are what I use) and while using the Chromecast. I will have to give this more time to see how it plays out. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integration are also nice smart features. While I found they work fine, it is just something I am not used to doing in my day to day with regards to my media consumption. I will also have to give that some time, but I like that it is there. Lastly, the included remote works well enough, but is a little basic. There are buttons for several streaming services (Netflix/VUDU/Amazon…) and it does what you expect, but it doesn’t have any advanced features and lacks any backlighting, which would have been appreciated. Ultimately, I really like this TV. Most importantly, it has a great picture, with clear and brilliant details, great black levels and fantastic HDR performance. Its specs hold up, if not shine, and it has a nice design. If you are looking for a large 4K display with all the HDR formats and full array dimming at a great price you can’t do much better than this TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding TV

    Posted
    Aurora85
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    Luckily Vizio decided to release the new P series tv around the time I was shopping. I was replacing an 9 year old Vizio that was lost in my home due to a thunderstorm and subsequent lightning strike close by my home. Up to that time my Vizio performed flawlessly and was my first experience and a positive one with the brand. I was cross shopping the q6 QLED Samsung as well as the NU8000 Samsung. After reading numerous reviews and viewing all 3 TVs in the store simultaneously, I went ahead with the 55 P55-F1 Vizio. My main reasons were due to it having a true 120hz refresh rate vs the Samsung 60hz which they try to claim as a 120hz. To be fair Vizio also markets their's as 240 but its 120. I wish all manufacturers would stop playing games with the true refresh rates on these sets. Our main TV is a Plasma Panasonic ST60 which still produces an amazing picture. So far in fast action scenes and sports I have not noticed any judder/lag. I do have motion blur reduction settings on. Very happy in this aspect. I didn't want any motion blur issues with the new tv for my office so the 120hz was a big factor for me in this purchase. Next is the brightness and the color on this set. The samsung Q6 had a great picture as well, but the brightness on this set in the store just appeared better to my eyes. Now overall I think the Q8 Qled would be fantastic, but way beyond the $1,000 price point I wanted to spend. So far in my home the blacks appear to be very good for the LCD sub 1,000 price point. It still isn't as ink deep as my Plasma Panasonic, but comparing LCDs Ive been accustomed to this gets pretty darn close and for my amateur eyes appears just fine. Local dimming appears to work as well. They tout 120 dimming zones and I didn't notice a huge issue compared to my old Samsung LCD upstairs that is over 10 years old. Again technology is amazing. Finally the features are great. Short of the TCL, this TV combines Dolby Vision, HDR10, 4K UHD along with it's smart apps at an unbeatable price. Other reviews here and online talk about the vizio interface lacking. I'm not sure why? It has all the main apps I frequently use ( netflix, hulu, youtube). All of them startup quickly and without issue. The wifi connectivity is pretty decent overall. My home wifi signal is weak downstairs and the TV has had some issues connecting and getting a signal, but as soon as I connected it to ethernet, performance has not been an issue. Shows load very quickly. I'll update my review after I put in a range extender if there are still wifi connecting issues. Dolby vision movies/ shows on Netflix so far have been superb. Only 1 of them appeared grainy and I think that has more to due with the network vs the TV. All others have look stunning. Design- Looks great in the office. Bezel-less frame and nice chrome on the bottom which gives it an upscale look. The stand is basic and elegant with metal legs. I didn't think I would watch much 4k, but after having so much content on Netflix, its amazing how great the picture is. Watching standard HD is almost disappointing now. Cons: Sound-- pretty much all the new flat LCD's suffer from this. I'll get a sound-bar at some point. Remote- Pretty flimsy. Again not a huge deal as I mainly use my Xfinity remote. Overall..I think this tv is going to be a great value for the year. I was the first one to buy one at my local store and have been very pleased to get the latest from Vizio. For the price you get so much in the way of picture and features. Their quality seems to be fantastic and hopefully will last me as long as my previous Vizio TV did.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Freeze, and Restart When Changing Inputs

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    Sambo1013
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    I researched for weeks, and settled on this TV. It was between this model, the Sony X900F, or the TCL 6 series. I avoided the TCL as I read way too many reviews, and blogs concerning the panel lottery, and wanted to avoid having to return/exchange a TV. I decided on the Vizio over the Sony as the Vizio went on sale, and according to rtings.com the Sony was only slightly better picture wise. Bang for buck the Vizio was the better choice. I was reluctant to purchase the Vizio as I have been reading more, and more reviews of the TV freezing, and restarting when changing inputs. This issue has been written about, and going on for months, and I was hoping they had the issue fixed by now whether it is a hardware, or software issue. Again I decided against the TCL as I didn't want to have to return the TV. It appears I may have to do that anyways. I have apparently received a TV that has this input changing issue. The TV freezes, and takes anywhere from a minute to three minutes to restart before I can do anything with the TV. I have been reading that if I disable the CEC option in the settings this would remedy the issue, but one of the reasons I was upgrading my TV was to use the CEC option. I have tried multiple HDMI ports, I've updated the firmware, and I've factory reset the TV twice to see if the issue would resolve itself. Unfortunately this is not the case, and I'm riddled with the TV freezing/restarting several times a day; this is unacceptable from a brand new TV that costs $700+. The picture is great when viewing HDR/4k content...especially Dolby Vision! 720p, and 1080p is average if not flat looking no matter what settings I've tried. The picture is one thing, but I should be able to use the settings, and options the TV has without the TV freezing, and restarting several times a day. I can't believe out of the 120 reviews I've read on here no one has mentioned this input issue. I've seen some reviewers on reddit and AVS Forum returning their Vizio TV 2 or 3 times and having the same issue with the new ones before giving up and going with another brand. What a hassle to have to unmount, box up, and return a large 55 inch TV several times. Other reviewers mentioned the OS being clunky, or slow, but I think it's passable. I have a Samsung, and an LG which are both smart TVs with different operating systems, and I don't prefer one OS over the other; I just want them to work, and they all do. I've had this TV a week, and will decide before the return window closes whether, or not I will be returning this for the Sony. So far I'm a bit disappointed with this TV....I had high hopes, but not being able to use an option the TV offers is less than desirable.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      VIZIOEntertainmentExpert

      We truly appreciate your review and would love to speak with you directly about your experience to see if we can help in any way. Please contact our customer support team at 877-878-4946 VIZIO

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent 4K TV

    Posted
    Robs
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    This latest 4k TV model from Vizio is pretty amazing. I have watched cable TV, played HDR-enabled games via my PS4 Pro, and streamed 4k content via the YouTube app. Everything looks amazing and I could not be more happy with this item. Let me start with the design, which looks very nice and modern. This unit has no bezel on three of the sides and has a silver metallic bezel along the bottom. It stands via two silver metallic V-shaped legs. I found the TV to be very stable sitting on those legs on top of my TV cabinet. This TV has five HDMI ports: 3 along the back and 2 on the side. Not only is that an excellent number of HDMI inputs, but each of the HDMI inputs supports 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 so that it doesn't matter which input you use to plug in your 4k device. There is one ARC-enabled HDMI input which has worked flawlessly. The included remote functions well and I would say it is typical in quality and features for a Smart TV remote. I also controlled the unit by downloading the Vizio SmartCast app. The app was easy to set up and made casting my phone quick and easy. Next, I will discuss the functionality of the TV. No matter what the source, the image on the screen looked amazing. This TV supports the newest HDR formats: HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG. This TV is going to have an excellent image for a long time to come. I have the 55” model and so it comes with 56 local dimming zones. The contrast between the light and dark parts of a screen image were displayed very well. I saw no light bleeding from the edges, and I observed minimal blooming around brighter parts of the image. For this review, I used all of the factory-set picture options to see how they worked. I must say that they are very useful, very handy, and improved what I was watching. Vivid was extremely powerful (1000 nits I believe) and would work very well in a super-bright room. The two picture modes I used the most were Calibrated and Calibrated-dark. During the day, Calibrated was perfect. It was a little less dark than Vivid but still bright enough to make the image clear in moderate sunlight. Once the sun set, I used Calibrated-dark. There is a Gaming picture mode which changes all the appropriate TV settings to minimize input lag but keep the games looking great. I use a PS4 Pro for my gaming, and all of the games looked so good that I found myself going through my library to find old games I had not played in a long time just to see how good they looked on this TV. I did use a soundbar hooked into the TV via the ARC HDMI input, and that worked well. However, I did listen to the TV speakers for a bit, too. I felt they were reasonably good for TV speakers. TV speakers are rarely going to be great, so I recommend at least a soundbar for any modern TV. I just can't say enough good things about my experience with this TV. Everything has worked well, has been easy and intuitive to use, and it just produces an amazing image from every device I have used on it. I highly recommend this TV for all users, for all purposes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    4k is stunning

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    InsaneDiego
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    This set replaces my aging HD TV. I have a small living room so I don't need a huge TV so the 55" is a good size. The TV picture seems very configurable. You can make a substantial set of changes to things like Brightness, Backlighting, Color, Sharpness and many more. Surely there will be some combination that you'll find to suite your taste. When you turn on the set all the inputs are set to Vivid. No doubt Vizio wants you to have your mouth open at how colorful the picture can be. That setting is great when you are viewing landscapes but not so good when viewing people. Each input (HDMI 1, HDMI 2, etc) remembers it's picture setting. This is outstanding when you have a game console hooked up because you'll have a different setting for it than you would for your Blu-ray player vs. TV. This model has all the bells and whistles for the latest technology. 4k (Ultra HD), HDR, Dolby Vision. Because this set has Smartcast, you'll be able to take advantage of all of that using several of the included streaming services. I'm seeing that all of this works using Amazon and YouTube but I seem to be having a problem with Netflix. The TV Info is saying it understands Dolby Vision but it's not saying it's showing 4k Ultra HD. The picture looks great but I don't know why it won't show the right setting. I'm a little disappointed in Smartcast. The TV comes with about a dozen installed apps. First, that's all you get. Going to their "store" shows there is nothing else available. Second, there is no ability to reorder them. I watch YouTube daily but that app is about 7th in the order so I have to do a lot of scrolling to get to it. It seems like Vizio limited the apps in Smartcast because this model has Chromecast built in. After playing with it a bit, it generally works very well. Connecting my phone to the TV was really no issue. As has been the case though using the Chromecast dongle, eventually you run into a problem keeping the connection. One of my favorite features on this set is the 5 HDMI ports. It's about time! I'm also very happy with not only the bezeless design, but finally the Vizio name doesn't illuminate! The sound on the set is good. There are a couple of back facing speakers but volume hasn't been an issue. It certainly doesn't have any kind of thumping bass but it's got enough. It also has a surround sound setting and surprisingly you do seem to hear some sounds that seem eminate from areas other than the front of the TV. The bottom line though all comes down to the image. I'm really happy with the images I'm seeing. Nice brightness, good color on people's faces, good contrast. The source does matter though. You'll watch a few shows that are stunning and then change to a show where it's nice but you can see the softness in picture. Hookup a 4k Blu-ray player, get some 4k blu-rays and you are set. 4k is amazing what you see. It's so sharp you can see when a guy has missed a spot when they shaved!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    VERY NICE TV

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    beefrob
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    Let me start off with a disclaimer - I received this Vizio television as part of the Best Buy tech insider network in exchange for my honest review. The Vizio Tv I received is the 55 inch, P55 F1 which is the 2018 version. The television came packaged very nicely and securely. The remote and stand are in the upper section above the foam packaging, in case you have trouble finding them. The remote is a small simple remote that is easy to handle and very easy to operate. The television has voice control built in and can be operated with voice commands from both google and alexa - a plus since these 2 voice assistants tend to be the most used - my house happens to be a google assistant home, so that is what I am using. I had no issues adding the Vizio to my home network and to my google home devices. Setup was very easy and the TV was up and running within 15 minutes with all updates installed. I do have a couple of small complaints, but I don't think these are huge problems - 1. I had to change my corner mount because this 55 inch TV has the small 200 x 200 VESA pattern. I really thought this tv would have a larger VESA pattern to work on more mounts, so just be sure to buy the proper wall mount if that is how you plan to display your television. 2. I had some issues when first starting the built in apps and had to turn the tv off and back on in order to get some of the apps to start up. I think they are doing better now, but youtube still refuses to load. 3. Vizio is proud of the brightness of this television and it is bright (1000 nits). I think that it may be a little too bright for me in some instances and I am using the calibrated DARK setting because I think it is the most detailed picture setting. The Vizio p55 F1 has a huge laundry list of features that really make for a wonderful viewing experience. Even up close, the picture (from Direct TV) is extremely clear. Even if you walk up to the television, the picture looks as smooth as silk. This unit has the following features: Dolby vision, UHD, HDR 10, Full active array with 56 zones, 4K ultra with spatial scaling, smart cast, alexa and google compatibility and a built in over the air tuner (something I believe Vizio had removed in earlier units). There are 5 HDMI inputs and at least the first 3 are 2.2 compliant. Like I said earlier, the picture quality is very good, even though I like the darker setting, I am sure that is just personal preference. The sound is about what you expect from a top end tv of this size and type. I like the smart cast screen, it looks a little like the android screen on by Sony televisions. Overall, this television offers a lot of features and fantastic picture quality at a really good price point. I don't think you would be sorry purchasing this television. In fact, I think you would be very happy with all of the features this unit offers you. Its not OLED and its not AS good as my Sony Bravia units, but its pretty darn close and for a lot less money. This is my second Vizio unit, the first being the main unit in my travel trailer, and I have not had nay issues with any of their products. I would recommend this television to anyone wanting to buy a top end tv at a near bargain price for all the bells and whistles you are getting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Today, I'm returning my third Vizio tv

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    NvidiaDude

    I've now gone through three of these tv's. The first one came out of the box with the screen cracked. The second one, when playing games via hdmi 2.2 to my pc, generated a faint vertical line artifact down the middle of the screen, making viewing soul-crushingly annoying. The screen did this on my other computer AND an Xbox one, thus I can conclude that it is a defect within the set, or the way the tv compiles high refresh rate content is broken. The third one, also maintained the vertical line artifacting when playing games from any input source. It is literally the exact size, shape and color artifact as the last Vizio. No combination of tv settings could resolve this issue. Turning the brightness setting to 100 did eliminate the band, but that is not a solution, It's like staring into the sun on this tv. Different cables, input ports, nothing worked. Is it possible that I'm this unlucky?? No other tv in the house does that when hooked up to any of the above sources. No more VIzio. LG, Sony, Samsung, anything other than VIzio. The customer service guys at my Best Buy probably think I'm absolutely insane, rambling about a faint vertical line on the 3 brand new tv's I've brought back. Embarrassing. The ONLY reason why I gave it 2 stars was due to the picture quality when viewing online videos and 4k movies. It is very clear, with excellent color and lighting dynamics. I have no idea what its problem with gaming content is. I bought a 120hz monitor to utilize that speed, not watch movies @ 24hz with fake "true motion". I'll post a picture I took with my phone, displaying what I'm talking about. Screen-capping with the windows key and prnt-scn key reveals that the source does NOT have verticle distortion. The game is Senua's Sacrifice for anyone wondering.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      VIZIOEntertainmentExpert

      Hello NvidiaDude, please contact our customer service at 877-878-4946 for assistance with your television. VIZIO

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best 4k TV under 1k

    Posted
    bblack11211
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    I went through countless reviews before buying this TV. I owned a 2015 55" 4K M series that had a plastic body before this. It recently started having issues with back lighting. I realized that was my fault because I maxed out the backlight to 100 causing premature failure. Make sure it's no higher then 50% it will last 5 to 10 years that way. Now back to review on this tv that is American made and has a nice beautiful aluminum body and legs. 1st off the picture for a non OLED tv is better then anything under $1,000. I'm not into overpriced OLED TV that will end up with burn in issues if not careful which start at 1400 and up. This TV just wows you with making you feel like your right there. It is a Massive upgrade over my 3 year old M series. The colors are very natural. When watching actual 4 k HDR content at the true 120hz abilty this P series has its amazing compared to anything else out there. Make sure to use the Dark calibrated in normal mode for picture for best ease of use results for a real natural picture for cable TV or Satellite. I find controls to be easy to use and remote to be excellent if you like it simple and less complicated. If you like more buttons then this remote will disappoint. The Smart TV function is excellent and FAST. Anyone says it slow has no idea how to use it. But considering you cant add apps that is the only downside but it makes up for it with built in 4k chrome casting which honestly is way more useful. So you can cast any app or picture straight to your TV from your smart device. 2nd the audio is pretty decent consider there only 10 watt. But I would recommend not using the surround setting and set the equalizer to Dynamic you will enjoy this TV at its finest audio this way. 3rd this TV is usually on sale for $650 the next closest tv of this picture quality is a Sony x900 series that when on sale is $900 and has no chromecast. If your reading reviews that the 55" Roku 4k TCL is excellent. It isnt anywhere near this TV in quality so ignore the hype because its Chinese junk you will be very disappointed. This TV is made here in the U.S.. If you want the roku abilty its better to buy the separate device. Also to note this TV is the only one at this price point with the abilty to plug in up to "five" 4k HDMI devices most are only 2 or 3 a real problem if you have multiple devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Mid Range TV Under $1k

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    DavidP
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    I extensively researched 2018 TVs and ultimately settled on this model for various reasons. For the average and even more finnicky user, this TV will definitely impress at its price point. The frame and legs are metal and of good quality with good quality plastic for the back and bottom. The audio is poor as expected and the speakers face the rear to promote more real estate for the near bezel-less screen. The user interface was actually better than I was led to believe by most online reviews of this set. It was decently smooth and presented no issues as to the function, navigation, and presentation. Setup was easy and the multiple inputs for HDMI are nice. The resolution and performance of this set were very high and definitely impressive. www.rtings.com does an excellent job detailing the finer points of this TV's performance and display quality so I won't get into that here. What I will touch on is my only concern that is great enough to cause me to ultimately end up returning this model, not because it is a bad tv, but because my specific set had a flaw I am unable to live with. This flaw involves horizontal glitch or distortion lines that will flicker across the screen in various random places at random times on any input or picture mode, but will do so most frequently either right after turning the TV on or a few minutes into whatever is being displayed and then randomly after that. I called Vizio support and followed all their recommended procedures for remedying the issue, involving a power cycle, factory reset, and even leaving all the picture settings on the default factory setting under "Vivid" picture mode with their recommended settings. Nothing corrected the flickering lines. I will note that I cannot determine if this is a hardware or firmware/software issue and upon initial setup of the TV, I did download and update the latest firmware updates to the TV, which I regret doing because I was not able to properly test this TV for the defect before the update to determine if it was the update itself that did this. So after weeks of testing, this was the only perceivable flaw I could find in this model I could not live with, so I will be returning this TV for an exchange. If I encounter this issue after the second and third exchanges, then I will update this review and lower my score as this is a deal breaking flaw in my opinion that Vizio seems to largely be determined to remain "unaware" of, which is pretty sad as this looks like a simply software fix. Bottom line, awesome TV for the price if you can live with minor flaws or can find a set without these irritating horizontal flickering lines.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    4K tv in a great package

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    szcbossman
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    This is a great 4K tv with all necessities: 120hz panel, various hdr standards, local dimming and wide color gamut. Pros: Brightness. It can reach up to 1000 nits which is insane for a tv at this price. Hdr really pops as intended. If a tv is no brighter than 600 peak, the hdr will only feels washed out. Color calibration. Out of the box the color is accurate and needs minimum tweaking. This is a huge plus for average customers. Local dimming. With it, this tv can reach some awesome bright dark contrast. Although it only has 56 zones (mine is 55 inch), they really work great without obvious blooming. Build quality: not flimsy, panel quality is solid as well. Slight Vignette on corners but unifomity is great. Cons: Laggy OS. The tv OS is sometimes slow to respond. If you have a console or a tv sticker, you are fine. Viewing angle. This tv including all other tvs with VA panel have this problem. Color will shift slightly if not directly in front of the tv but in real world it’s not that scary. Sound quality. The speaker of this tv is bland and mushy. A basic 2.0 sound bar is recommended. **for the people struggling with this tv and TCL 6 series: TCL has better brightness and more dimming zone in paper. I compared with them side by side only found that thanks to Vizios better color calibration and better dimming algorithms, tcl does not feel as pop as vizio. Plus, you don’t risk playing panel lottery with TCL at least for this year or before they upped their game in QA. Overall, this tv ticks all the boxes for a real 4K HDR experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Value

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    Chris
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    Never wanted an LED, but my beloved plasma died and with OLEDs still a few years away from being a good value purchase in my eyes I was left with few options. That being said I am extremely happy so far. I was looking for the best “bang for your buck” TV as far as picture quality is concerned, and the P series fit the bill perfectly. Great picture, sound is fine, whatever app issues this line had previously seemed to have been corrected with the latest firmware update. My Vizio loads Netflix and other apps much quicker than the fire stick with no issues whatsoever. The viewing angles are poor, as is the case with all LEDs to my understanding. Even being slightly off center causes some deterioration in color. I also use an antenna for local channels, and it takes a solid 10 minutes at least to find the available channels. I had to run the search several times to find the spot where the antenna found the most channels, so that was tedious but works fine after it’s all set up. My 7 year old plasma found more channels much faster than this set for some reason. At this time, the TCL 6 series and the Vizio P seem to be the two most popular value lines. The Vizio was generally rated higher, though not by much, but the TCL was $200 cheaper at retail. TCL could be the better value, but from what I read their quality control is very poor. So you have to play the “panel lottery” and be prepared to make exchanges until you get a good tv. With my Black Friday deal the Vizio P was only $50 more, so to me buying this one was a no brainer. But if the difference was $200 I probably would have gambled with the TCL once, since the ratings were pretty close between the two. If i ended up with a dud I would have just exchanged it for a Vizio. If I didn’t live close to Best Buy or purchased online I wouldn’t even consider the TCL though as the difficulty in exchanging would erase any additional value I was saving in price in my opinion. The Vizio P is a great deal and should be strongly considered by anyone not willing to pay current OLED prices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing picture quality, Smartcast is just okay

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    Tomton
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    Overall, this TV is amazing. I switched over to this from a Samsung NU7100 and the difference is significant, although I realize there's a slight price difference between the two. This TV is still better than Samsung's other mid-range offerings for the value. I compared a lot of TV's on Rtings.com, and for the price and picture quality, this TV can't be beat. It's more reliable than the TCL 6 series and performs better overall. I feel immersed in the content I'm watching, particularly HDR/4k. The TV supports Dolby Vision and it's been very impressive. The first thing I watched was Planet Earth (UHD Netflix subscription), and there were colors I'd never seen previously (because previous TV's did not have the wide color gamut/were not bright enough to show HDR highlights). Freaking cool. Now I've got to rewatch the series. PROS: -Amazing picture quality with deep blacks and a wide color gamut for HDR -Simple UI -5 HDMI ports -Premium, elegant and bezel-less design CONS -Smartcast, as others have noted, isn't the best. The good news is you can cast in 4k, but Smartcast can be limiting. An issue I ran I to is the backdrop/ambient mode. I like to display my Google photo albums on my standalone Chromecast (ambient mode) and while the Vizio Smartcast let's you use the built in Chromecast ambient mode, it dims the display and you can't see the photos as well. I've worked around this by continuing to use my standalone Chromecast in an HDMI port. -Sound, as with most modern TV's is mediocre. Get yourself a soundbar or av receiver/speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Value

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    Brotz
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    What a great value for the money! I picked this up when it was $699 and couldn’t be happier. Fantastic motion handling and superb peak brightness. 4K movies really pop. I traded in a LGSK9000 for this unit and I couldn’t be happier. Black levels are significantly better then the LG unit (excellent for watching movies at night in a dark room) and peak brightness is better which helps with daytime viewing as well. Colors were a little richer on the LG I think but not so significantly so to justify the price difference. The SmartCast operating system really is honestly useless. It’s slow to respond and clunky to navigate. Webos on LG is way better but I get around this by just using my Xbox for streaming all my content (which is something I imagine most people would do anyway) The built in google assistant feature is also nearly useless. Voice commands with a google home speaker are quite limited and some features that were available (like showing weather and sports scores on the screen through the built in assistant) no longer work. The poor OS is the only thing keeping me from giving it a 5 star review. Picture quality, color representation, peak brightness, and motion handling are all 5 star worthy attributes to me especially for the money. It was on my shortlist from the beginning but numerous Best Buy employees kept trying to talk me out of buying it. Review sites though raves about it, so I had trouble understanding why. I know companies like LG and Samsung have better brand recognition but in terms of performance and picture quality neither company for the price makes anything close to the vizio p series. Finally I talked to an employee at the Concord NC location and through out the three units I was thinking of and what I planned to do with the tv and first thing out of his mouth was get the Vizio. He gave me why it was better and from where he had gathered this information (rtings.com, personal experience and reviewed.com). Finally someone who had some knowledge of the product and not just saying get Samsung because well it’s samsung duh. Yeah that’s not a great answer. So moral of the story is make sure to do your own research folks and once you’ve made your mind up stick with it and don’t be talked out of it by an employee unless they really lay out some facts for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic 4K HDR television!

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    PhilGA
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    I was given a unit in exchange for an unbiased review. The Vizio P-Series 55-inch 4K HDR television does not disappoint in terms of picture quality and features. If you're looking for a great 4K TV for under $1,000, then this TV could be for you. To start with, the Vizio P-Series comes with 5 HDMI ports -- at v2.0a with HDCP 2.2, so there's never an issue with 4K content viewing. Then, there's the three-sided, bezel-less design, allowing the unit to fit into pretty much any home (or otherwise) decor. In fact, Vizio did a great job of shielding the front of the TV for the unboxing process; with such designs, it's always wise to be careful because bezel-less designs make it easier to bruise the screen otherwise. Vizio included four ways to control the TV -- via the included IR remote, through the SmartCast Mobile app, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa. As far as picture quality is concerned, it's simply top notch. Vizio has included the following points for this 2018 model: - 56 dimming zones (for this 55-inch model) -- and there truly is no light bleed, something that's common with larger monitors - Up to 1000 nits peak brightness - Includes support for HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid-Log Gamma (HLG) It's not necessary to understand the technicals, they simply translate the picture from satellite, cable or Internet into a fantastic view, allowing an array of picture modes to best suit content being played. Speaking of Internet, the Vizio P-Series TV features its own 802.11ac dual-band wifi. As soon as the TV turns on, it's able to access the Internet. The setup process is intuitive and straightforward, and within two minutes the main screen is available, as are various included apps that allow for both free and paid content-watching. The Vizio P-Series 55-inch 4K HDR television is simply a great TV. Whether it's connectivity, picture quality, voice control or smart features that you're after, this television satisfies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Big Step Backward From Past P-Series Models

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    Love the new price point on this year's models, but sadly, performance and QA have taken a major hit. Having used both a 2014 P55 and a 2016 P65 previously and quite liked them, my P55 in comparison suffers from some major issues, including significant edge-clouding and backlight bleed, extremely noticeable local-dimming, and HDMI issues. Edge clouding and bleed results in noticeably dull colors and increased black levels around the edges of the set (up to a about a foot into the screen on each edge), while the the dramatic cut in local dimming zones (about half of last year's models) results in much less effective local dimming, and very obvious zone switching (you can occasionally also see the actual LEDs in certain bright white scenes). The new God of War in HDR mode looks terrible with local dimming on, with very obvious zone switching and flashlighting as you pan the camera around. The first HDMI port also appears to have issues with HDR content, occasionally losing picture and requiring a reboot. Though far less of an issue, the built in apps are also rather sluggish. Given the more positive reviews below, I'm assuming my set is defective, but given the overall cuts in performance to this years' sets, I'll be switching to a different brand. Big disappointment from a prior fan of Vizio TVs!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Mind Blowing

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    Tony
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    First off let me say that i have been through the ringer trying to find a TV. Guess what? I found it! After going through the TCL hype, we went through 6 (SIX) replacement tv's between the 5 and 6 series.. I was enraged and couldnt believe how hard it was to buy a decent tv these days.. I called the TCL support line (awful, absolutely awful) and finally got them to send me a refund for my defective equipment and i will not be going back. Ever! Horrible experience. Now on to the Vizio.. I did extensive research on this product. A native 120hz panel with full array backlighting from a trusted brand for under $1,000, I had to try it out. The colors are super vibrant and rich even in a bright room. Reflections to a minimal and black looks like black, grey looks like grey. I seriously couldnt be happier with this purchase. The sound on the tv is a little iffy, but it's fine for everyday watching. Dont expect a concert in ur family room. HDR content is crazy. I'm seriously blown away with this TV. You cannot go wrong with this. You just cant. PS4 plays flawlessly and actually looks like a different game. Especially madden. The AI on this thing is incredible and i honestly cant rave enough. I hope this review is enough to persuade you into buying this set.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Picture, Slow UI, Small Picture Glitches

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    Avid
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    I'll start this by saying I believe this is the best picture you're going to get in this price range. That's the only thing that really matters to me when buying a TV: does it look better than yours? The HDR, 4k, and other picture capabilities are top notch for an LCD. I recommend checking out "Rtings" for more granular details. I recommend grabbing this tv if you're in the same mindset as me. Especially if you find it on sale. However, please note the following: 1. The UI is laggy. Unless you already have an Apple tv, Xbox, or any other of the seemingly endless number of streaming devices available for purchase, you'll probably be disappointed with the snappiness of different built-in functions. 2. Many people have reported a horizontal line flicker glitch with their units. It is a very quick, gray/white horizontal line that flickers on the screen once or twice, mostly a few minutes after being turned on. This honestly didn't bother me that much, but can be annoying of it happens during a darker movie. It does not seem to repeat at all until the power is cycled, so you're in the clear after the first two flickers! 3. My unit also had a glitch that I could not find anywhere else as a reported issue. I recommend checking out /r/Vizio_Official for a list of current, reported issues. I have been experiencing an issue with the picture while watching Netflix 4k and 4k HDR content. There is a pink/white graphical problem that does not go away (check the picture attached to this review). I should be getting the unit replaced or fixed by Vizio support next week if they can't fix it, which leads me to another point... 4. Best Buy has a return policy, which is great, but it's not THAT long. What they don't tell you is that Vizio's own warranty covers your device (for a longer period of time), and they have a great support team who will actually set up a service appointment and replace the unit if necessary. Overall, recommended buy for picture quality alone for the price, but other issues have been a slight headache.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic picture, great for gaming, rest dubious

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    JohnSmithinspace
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    I seriously cannot say enough about how awesome things look on this, it was replacing a (true) 120hz TV so this being one as well was a must for me (even though 4K@120 is NOT a thing and probably won't ever be). Conversely I recommend the two "calibrated" picture presets over any of the others BY FAR. I was gung-ho to tinker with all the settings and create a custom profile with the aid of some youtube vids and online recommendations, but the calibrated preset beats the pants off what I came up with for some reason I can't quite figure out. It is nice to be able to save custom profiles, though, in case I ever want to try my hand again. As not only a gamer but an avid "recent retro" (mostly PS2+3, but also Dreamcast and Gamecube) gamer the dedicated low latency HDMI port AND mode is nice, but the Component input is even better. Yeah there are component-HDMI solutions out there, and I'm sure I'll have to buy one someday, but for now still having the hardware built into the TV is so much better. BTW the star off is because not only are the "smart" features laggy garbage, it's impossible to disconnect this thing from the internet logically using just the regular TV settings once you give it your wi-fi password (obviously changing your network password and leaving this thing hanging is a solution, as is blocking the TV's MAC address, etc. but having to come to that is ridiculous). Heaven help you if you (foolishly) used an open wi-fi connection because there isn't an option to forget networks either. If at all possible I definitely recommend doing setup/firmware upgrades through an ethernet cable (nice it has one of those ports too) and then pulling the plug if you, like me, have no interest in "smart" features for whatever reason (in my case it's because I have literally 10+ devices which work better for me, but if you're just a luddite I won't hold it against you).

    I would recommend this to a friend