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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 360 reviews

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  • 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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Value

    Posted
    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: 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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Picture... Horrid Software

    Posted
    ThatOneRandomTechGuy
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    Ok so first and foremost this TV looks amazing. Last year I was using a Samsung Mu8000 and then I bought a LG SK9000 before Conns broke it but that’s another story for another day. Picture Quality The Vizio has a beautiful picture with a ton of settings to help the average joe get the picture dialed in to their liking. I did notice that some sources don’t look as good as others (HBO Go vs Netflix) but maybe it’s just me. (HBO looked a little grainy for my taste). This TV is super bright and supports HDR 10 & Dolby vision. Quite hard to beat for the price. Gaming I’ll admit if you’re a gamer it’s not quite as fluid as the LG SK9 but it’s still good enough to where the input lag won’t be a nuisance. Game mode takes away a lot of the “flair” but it does help with input lag. Setup and Software. This is where Vizio needs the most help. The software is horrid. It’s probably the worst TV interface I’ve ever experienced. It just seems cheap. It’s also very slow and sluggish. I would say just buy a Apple TV or Roku but the UI still gets used for switching inputs. Remote & app. The remote app is fantastic. I can’t say the same for the remote that comes out of the box. It’s cheap feeling but it has the typical Netflix and amazon video buttons. The app is much better. Casting. A lot of people have issue with the tv due to lack of apps but if you use your phone as the app, casting isn’t so bad. Overall it’s a great TV. The negative points are just things to keep in mind but if you want a great picture for a great price I say do it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bad user interface and slow apps- Great screen!

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    ChromebookUser
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    I'm very conflicted about this TV. I loved my Vizio m55 4K TV since 2015. And I've been a Vizio advocate since then and have their 5. 1 soundbar system. I mainly wanted a new TV for an easier updated interface for my wife to easily press Amazon, Hulu, or Netflix buttons built into the remote. I've had the The remote has that, but the apps take just as long if not longer than my 2015 model to load the apps. Secondly, the remote itself just feels slow in general making it a lackluster TV experience. That screen though is gorgeous and the TV is very well made. Actually, my first thought was the TCL 6 series with built-in Roku as the operating system. I hear it's Snappy and easy-to-use but the screens on the TCL's can be a bit of a lottery. One more nitpicky thing, is that this TV runs a little hot. According to to the tv reviewing website, Rtings, it's average temperature is 95 degrees compared to TCL 6's 85 degrees. This may not seem like a big deal but if you live in a hot climate and your TVs in a small room with poor ventilation, it quickly becomes a big deal. I'm very familiar with using a Chromecast and even tried out the Nvidia Shield TV. My main conflict is whether or not to just buy a Roku and use it as a secondary device on top of this TV, or go with my original thought and have the Roku built-in with a much more intuitive interface. that may all of the inputs and channels and power buttons are built-in natively with the Roku OS. I may have gotten to a point where the Simplicity value-add of TCL and Roku TV make it more appealing then the better screen Vizio has with a lesser user interface

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade from a 1080p TV

    Posted
    Porkchop1723

    I had a M-Series 1080p 55" TV I replaced with this one. When playing games and 4K movies you can notice a big difference in clarity. It might be my Xbox One X that had the problem but I had to try multiple HDMI ports until the Xbox read that HDR was available. Might not be the TV's fault. 4 Stars is given because despite the 56 Local dimming zones I notice a lot of bleed still. But its hardly anything to make it a bad TV. The Smartcast ability is nice, and it has the basic smart TV apps preloaded on it. Netflix, Amazon Prime, You Tube, etc. Another complaint I have is no matter if its connected by wi-fi or hardline ethernet, the connection is slow. I have 200 MB's internet and it only gets about 22 MB's on hardline connection. The connection is not constant enough to enjoy 4K on the smartcast built in features. However, when I plug in a Amazon Fire TV with 4K, it streams wireless faster and at full 4K from the start. But long story short, even 1080P movies look better and clearer on this, so you don't need to rebuy all your blu-rays.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    2 days since purchase

    Posted
    gaja
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    I'm loving the quality of the picture, it's well worth the $$. If I was a bit wealthier I would have gottan a sony 900f or oled tv but on a budget this was an outstanding buy. The smart os is really poorly done and I called geek squad for help pairing my samsung 8+ to this tv and it was a Total Waste of an hour. The person gave me 2 utube links which had Nothing to do with pairing a vizio to its mobile app. I called Vizio and although it took awhile we did get them paired but I have to refresh my phone to get it to cast to the tv, which is nuts it being 2018. So the tv has a Great picture, very black blacks, lifelike skin tones on the calibrated mode, good motion control. I'll either keep the tv and get a roku ultra or return it, not sure yet. I love to be wowed when i buy a product I'm spending hundreds of dollars on, this was a frustrating couple of days with the poor os and lack of changing or adding apps on the tv.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but.....

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    LSNerd
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    Upgraded to a slightly larger screen and thought might as well go with the 4k UHD even thought there is limited true 4k content. The Visio has all the specs you would want in a 4K TV including UHD and upscaling to near 4K. Colors on the screen a vivid and sharp. I haven't noticed any "ghosting" to this point but one thing I have noticed is that occasionally there is a stuttering in the picture. Now I don't know if this is an issue with the source or the upscaling process but it is noticeable. I will play around with the settings and see if that changes anything. Problem is it does not always happen and it seems to happen at very random time. Other than that I am very impressed with the TV considering to get all these features in a comparable brand you would have to spend upwards of 50% more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best quality for the price

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    DeDon007
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    I bougt this TV with more doubts than conviction that it was gonna be good for gaming or have a great picture quality than the famed TCL 6 series. I have not owned the TCL but Rtings claimed this was better overall. So i chose this since i own a ps4 pro and would be mostly using it for gaming. Believe me i was more than impresed with its display and awesome picture quality. 4k videos looks like its gonna pop outta the screen. Its refresh rate makes gaming superb and fluid but to get that fluidity you will neet to use Rting settings. The smartcast os is slow and not really the best. Not overall bad though. This is a great TV for its price and will do better than any under 1000$ branded TV for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice with some fine tuning.

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    GAHokie
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    It’s a nice TV for the price. I’m still trying to dial in the picture colors are the presents that are available are not to my suiting. This is the first TV I’ve had to work to this extent to get right. The number of HDMI ports is great. The design is similar to my OLED TV, with the thin bezel. I would have preferred a central pedestal instead of the two outboard feet. I’m using this in my bedroom and the old TV was on top of a narrow width dresser. I’m going to have to mount this on the wall, eventually. The major complaint I have is the sound is quite disappointing. The “surround” sound makes the sound seem like it’s coming out of a tin can and sounds better with the feature turned off, though I find myself adjusting the levels a lot to hear voices. I've already set it back up with the sound bar I was using with the previous TV. I haven’t played around with the voice assistant features much yet so I can’t comment on those.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent panel, okay apps.

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    ConsumerMan
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    This TV is wonderful. The colors leave nothing to be wanted and the local dimming provides deep blacks. Display: 5/5 for the price. Smart Features: 3/5. The TV comes loaded with a predefined set of apps. You cannot download more. Instead, you must use a computer or smartphone to ChromeCast to the TV. It has Netflix and amazon video, so that is enough for me. However, all of the built in applications on the TV ran somewhat slowly. This shouldn't be a concern to most people, but I am particular about responsive user-interfaces. If you are accustomed to a computer with an SSD or a newer smartphone, you will probably want to add an external device (Roku or Fire stick) that will surely be more responsive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great picture, lousy os

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    gaja
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    I bought this tv almost 2 weeks ago and have been binge watching a lot since. The build quality is very good and the picture is fantastic. The blacks are really black and the details on 4k streamed content is first class. Where the set isn't good is chromecast and the lack of adding apps to the tv. I have to reboot my phone each time I use it to get on directv now, and have to log in on the phone not the app on the tv to access hulu. There's a long delay each time a channel is changed and basically it sux, no web browser available in 2018 on their top of the line tv is pathetic. But for the money best buy is offering it, the picture, the main reason i bought this is well worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great picture, terrible UX

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    kjohns
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    The picture is amazing, this TV is really worth it for that. The menu system is terrible, leaves a lot to be desired. Always starts to a home screen with ads for shows/movies you may or may not have access too - for example if you dont subscribe to a particular service. Can't show whats on live TV/cable, like some other systems, without tuning to the station or using the app. Vizio really wants you to use the app, but certain things like Amazon don't work in the app while other things just dont work well. But oh, that picture is SO nice for the price!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sleek, Smart 4K TV

    Posted
    iconoclast
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    The Vizio 55” P-Series 4K TV is sleek, with essentially no bezel and a thin profile. It looks beautiful with its two aluminum feet. It is easy to set up, though it requires two people to get the unit out of the box. The feet screw in easily; you will need a screwdriver. The P-Series LED has all input and output ports easily accessible on the right side. The unit sports two HDMI ports, one USB port, component video, optical, DTV, ethernet, audio outputs, and more! Use this smart TV as a giant, high-quality display for streaming video, with an HD antenna for broadcast TV, with cable, fiber or dish.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Temperamental but worth its price

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    KVZ21
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    Keep in mind that many things are not filmed in 4K, so this TV won’t make everything suddenly look like straight from a movie theater. Occasionally, Netflix gets buggy. If you have a sound system, things on the TV (like Netflix, Hulu, or even video games) won’t play through the system, which is a burden. The image quality is really good! It does take a minute for it to adjust the image but once it calibrates, it’s good. Chrome cast being built in is also really helpful. When paired with HD media, it’s really amazing. The true sound of the TV is quite good, too. Overall, a good TV

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Issue with Xbox One X HDR

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    Maxr1876
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    This TV has a great picture quality and works great for most use. However, there is an issue with Xbox One X when HDR is enabled. When switching games or apps or after extended play (> 1 hour), the screen will flash on and off intermittently. This seems only to occur when HDR is enabled on the TV. After some research it seems that other people have had the same issue. As of now the only fix is to disable HDR, and disconnect/reconnect the HDMI cable. Rather annoying, seeing as how I purchased this TV specifically for HDR 4k gaming...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great value for the price

    Posted
    happy
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    A friend bought a Vizio several years ago and was happy with it so that got me interested in them. I'm glad I waited until now, they have more models to choose from. The one I got was next to the best and I'm very happy with the picture. it has 240hz action. I thought the regular price was good, but when it went on sale for black Friday at $150 off, I couldn't say no. I gave it 4 stars because nothing is perfect, setting up took a bit, but I'm sure that's true with most TV's these days.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Tv

    Posted
    Tenno
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    I purchased this tv to upgrade a 40” led Samsung, nothing was wrong with it just a little small for a living room. This is my first vizio and wow I’m very impressed ( as my man cave has a Sony 65” Bravia) great picture for any source a little on the bright side but that’s fine as I have a big window in that room. This tv is truly smart, roku, Samsung sound bar, and ps4 are automatically recognized , using the roku remote for power and volume is also great! Couldn’t be more happy with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend