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This TV has good peak brightness in HDR, much better than the Vizio M Series Quantum , but not as good as the Vizio P Series Quantum X Small highlights in some scenes are very bright but can fall short of the content creator's intent.

We tested the HDR peak brightness with no calibration settings, using the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode, with the Backlight set to '50', and local dimming set to 'Medium'.

If accuracy isn't as important to you, or if you prefer a colder color temperature, the 'Vivid Picture Mode hit a peak brightness of cd/m² for a short period of time, as measured with the 10% window, with the Color Temperature set to 'cool', Gamma set to '', the backlight set to '', and local dimming on 'High'.

Like the M Series Quantum and the P Series Quantum X , the local dimming setting has an impact on peak brightness. Although we did most of our testing with it set to 'Medium', this setting might be too bright in some cases, in which case 'Low' is the better option.

Sours: https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/vizio/p-series-quantum

There’s nothing subtle about a inch TV. By virtue of its size it’s going to command attention from the moment it arrives on your doorstep. When I went down to help the delivery guy bring the Vizio P-Series Quantum up to my apartment, a stranger in the lobby congratulated me like I was bringing home a newborn. “Wow. Congratulations! It’s beautiful.” He wasn't wrong.

The P-Series Quantum is a lot of TV, with a inch or inch display, 4K pixel resolution, quantum dot tech (more on that soon), and a $1, price tag. After watching everything on it, it’s hard not to be impressed—despite some sticker shock.

Size Matters

Unless you already have one of these TVs in your living room, office, or lair, you’re probably going to have to play a bit of furniture Tetris to make room. Any inch TV is enormous, and Vizio's four aluminum support legs require a very wide surface to stand on. They have a number of advantages I’ll get into a little later, but unlike smaller TVs with center-mounted pedestal stands, they're too wide for many TV stands, tables, and shelves.

Since it was wider than my dining-room table, I ended up pushing two Ikea bookshelves together as a makeshift TV stand.

It is stunningly large and quite thin for an LCD TV: half an inch at its thinnest point and just over 2 inches at its thickest. If this were an LG OLED TV, I'd expect a thin profile. Because of their display technology, OLEDs can get mere millimeters thin, but the P-Series Quantum is an LCD TV with a grid of LED backlights behind it. Its profile and razor-thin bezels make it seem much thinner than it is, but it is thicker than a competitive OLED would be. Still, it’s surprisingly svelte for its size. I own a Sony Bravia that's just a few years old and much thicker.

The Quantum Realm

Quantum is in the name of this TV, so let’s talk about quantum dots. That’s the display technology pushes this TV ahead of its more affordable siblings. Quantum dots are basically an additional filter layer inside an LED-backlit LCD TV, these filters are comprised of nano-scale semiconductors that can produce vivid red, blue, or green light. Without getting too into the weeds, quantum dots help TVs produce sharp, vibrant, and cinematic colors—the best and brightest you can get with LED-backlit LCD displays. At the moment, the only thing better is an OLED TV.

Chiefly manufactured by LG, OLED TVs use a wholly different display technology responsible for both their razor-thin form factors, and impossibly crisp and vivid displays. These displays are literally made out of millions of microscopic LEDs that turn on and off independently. Instead of having a panel of backlights, every pixel lights itself up, producing richer colors and inky blacks. But they’re very expensive, especially at large sizes like 65 inches. OLED TVs start at nearly $3, and eventually get down to $1, or so toward the end of each year.

Spectacular Spider-Man

It’s no OLED, but to the naked eye the P-Series Quantum comes close. Vizio’s marketing materials promise “cinematic intensity” and the Quantum delivers exactly that. Every TV manufacturer promises their latest and greatest will turn any room into a home theater, but the P-Series Quantum actually delivers on that promise, and then some. Turn out the lights and the bright, vibrant display will light up a room. With the right snacks and a comfy couch, you really do feel like you’re in a movie theater. As soon as I finished re-re-re-watching Spider-Man: Homecoming in 4K, I started hunting through my YouTube and Amazon video libraries for anything else I could throw at this TV.

The P-Series Quantum turns any wall into a window. I even had fun watching simple videos, like rain sheeting off a forest canopy during a thunderstorm or blades of grass swaying in the gentle summer wind. With the right TV, these kinds of 4K demonstrations are as riveting as The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. (At least, for a while.)

Dark content also really pops on the Quantum, in part because of the local dimming zones on the inch model (the gargantuan inch model boasts local dimming zones), which help darken parts of the screen to squeeze out more contrast between bright and dark areas. Even pitch-dark images, like high resolution video of the night sky are rendered beautifully. There was never any noticeable color bleed, or blooming, even when vibrant colors were contrasted against pitch dark backgrounds. Sound is passable as well. Like almost all TVs though, you should invest in a soundbar for this model.

Traditionally, I wait till the sun goes down to watch visually dark shows and movies. Not even my blinds can contend with the sunlight pouring into my west-facing windows. But this is the final season of Game of Thrones and waiting until nightfall gives social media (and way too many groupchats) too much time to accidentally drop spoilers on me. The P-Series gets bright enough that I could watch the dimly-lit Battle of Winterfell live, in broad daylight. I got to see everything fresh, before Twitter could spoil any of it.

One More Thing(s)

If the P-Series Quantum was just an incredibly sharp, vivid TV, that would be enough to justify its sticker price. But it has built-in apps for most major streaming services, and with Chromecast and Apple AirPlay functionality you can use your phone, laptop, or tablet as a TV remote control too. You can even link the Quantum to your Google Assistant or Alexa devices, so you can talk to your TV like you’re Captain Picard—which is good because the menus for all those streaming services are sometimes less-than-intuitive, and the TV doesn’t list each and every one it’s compatible with. You’re going to have to use your phone or an external device to get it to open up HBO Now, for example. Or you can buy one of our recommended streaming devices.

The Vizio P-Series Quantum is a stellar TV, media device, and multi-purpose display. The price is competitive given the picture quality, but it's always hard to swallow paying more than $1, for a television. Vizio sells a Quantum X TV that's more expensive, and models that are cheaper, but the Quantum is a good mix of value and quality. If you want a display that's up there with the best, this may be the most affordable amazing TV you can buy.

Sours: https://www.wired.com/review/vizio-p-series-quantum-tv/
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Vizio P-Series Quantum X review: For when an OLED TV costs too much

Meanwhile, less expensive models like the TCL 6-Series and Vizio's own M-Series have image quality that's excellent too, but not as good as this Vizio. in my side-by-side comparisons, the PX's tremendous light output and excellent contrast took it a step beyond. I also compared Vizio's best TV against the TCL 8-Series and Samsung Q80R, both of which cost more than the PX, and it split the difference. The TCL (full review coming soon) was better but still not in the same league as LG's B9 OLED, and while the Samsung was plenty bright, its contrast and black levels fell short.

Bottom line? The Vizio P-Series Quantum X is a better value than OLED, especially the inch version, and its PQ is so good you might not even miss that "O."

Design and features: Not Vizio's strongest suits

The PX TV itself isn't ugly by any means. It looks a lot like other TVs on the market: swaths of glossy black and a minimalist frame around the picture, although Vizio uses flashy chrome legs and side accents to establish its higher-end chops. Sure, high-end models from Samsung, LG and even TCL have more distinctive looks, but there's only so much any big, black-ish rectangle can do to distinguish itself. 

It's in other aspects of design where the PX fails. Vizio's remote has been unchanged for years and remains my least favorite. It gets the job done, but compared to the simplicity of Roku and Samsung remotes, or the evolved wands of LG and Sony, it's an also-ran.

The same goes for Vizio's "Smartcast" smart TV system. It's worse than on any other current TV, with onscreen menus filled with a random selection of TV shows and movies I didn't care about and a sparse selection of apps (Disney Plus is still MIA, for example). To watch any of the hundreds of apps not part of Vizio's onscreen system, including Disney Plus, you'll use the cast function on your phone to connect to the TV. The Vizio's Chromecast built-in feature is neat for phone-centric users, but less convenient for people used to onscreen apps.

In Vizio's favor the latest version, , is much faster than before. In my tests comparing the PX to a TCL 6-Series with Roku, the home page came up quickly and apps, including Netflix, YouTube and YouTube TV, relaunched in a snap (once they loaded initially) -- YouTube in particular was faster on Vizio than on the TCL. Initial load times varied between the two and scrolling within apps was also similar. 

The ability to use your iPhone or iPad with Apple AirPlay on Vizio TVs is a welcome perk, and in my testing it worked well. Roku TVs lack AirPlay and Google Cast, but they do get Apple's TV app (which is also coming "in the future" to Vizio TVs). Unlike Roku, Samsung and LG, Vizio doesn't have any voice capability built into its remote, but the TV will work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home speakers.

Key TV features

Display technologyLED LCD
LED backlightFull array with local dimming
Resolution4K
HDR compatibleHDR10 and Dolby Vision
Smart TVSmartcast
RemoteStandard

The biggest image quality extra is more zones of full-array local dimming, my favorite augmentation to LCD picture quality because it improves all-important contrast. The number of dimmable zones is an important specification because it controls how precise the dimming can be. More zones doesn't necessarily mean better picture quality, but it usually helps. The PX has zones in the inch and in the inch, more than any TV aside from the TCL 8-Series that divulges this number. (Samsung and Sony don't reveal their FALD zone numbers, but they're potentially higher on their best TVs, like the Q90R and 8K models.) 

Quantum dots, meanwhile, allow the PX-Series to achieve better HDR color. The TV delivered a comparable color gamut to other high-end models in my measurements.

Watch this: Vizio debuts TVs with local dimming, quantum dots, AirPlay 2

The PX-Series has a true Hz refresh rate panel, just like the best TVs from Sony, Samsung and TCL, and they're better than the 60Hz panels found on cheaper sets. Although you should ignore Vizio's "Hz effective" and "Clear Action " claims, Vizio's Hz panel does improve video processing and also allows the option to engage MEMC (motion estimation, motion compensation) -- also known as the soap opera effect. You can also elect to engage black frame insertion. 

Vizio supports both major types of HDR, HDR10 and Dolby Vision, in the PX-Series. So does every other major TV maker except Samsung, which lacks Dolby Vision support.

  • Four HDMI inputs (version , with HDCP )

  • One HDMI input (version , p/Hz input capable)

  • One component-composite video input

  • One USB port

  • RF antenna tuner input

  • Ethernet port

  • Optical digital audio output

  • Stereo analog audio output

Vizio is the only major TV maker with five HDMI ins. Four can accept all major 4K and HDR sources. A fifth HDMI input can accept neither HDR nor 4K sources. Instead, Input 5 can handle p at Hz input, ideal for so-equipped gaming PCs (we didn't test this function). Gamers will also appreciate that Input 5 has lower input lag than the others.

Unlike most other TV makers Vizio isn't supporting any HDMI features like auto game mode and variable refresh rate, but most buyers won't miss them. 

Picture quality comparisons

The PX scored a "9" in overall image quality, higher than any LCD-based TV I've reviewed this year but short of the "10" I've given to OLED TVs. Its biggest strength is contrast, anchored by exceptional light output and very good local dimming performance for an impactful image with HDR images and in bright rooms -- both of which outperformed TVs that earned an "8" in this category, such as the TCL 6-Series and Vizio M-Series. Video processing was also superior to those models.

The PX's contrast with dark scenes in SDR wasn't as good as those other TVs, however, and screen uniformity was also a bit worse.

Click the image at the right to see the picture settings used in the review and to read more about how this TV's picture controls worked during calibration.

Dim lighting: With non-HDR material in a dark room, its black levels were surprisingly a step behind any of the others in my comparison, resulting in a slightly more washed-out image. In the opening sequence of Shazam, for example, the letterbox bars, the dark interior of the car and the darkened seats looked a bit too bright in comparison, robbing the image of some contrast. In the more mixed scenes a bit later, for example as the kid explores the cave and speaks to the wizard, the differences evened out a bit but the PX still lagged slightly behind in my side-by-side comparisons, even against the less-expensive Vizio PG and TCL 6-Series.

It seemed as if Vizio's local dimming was erring too much toward exposing shadow detail (which was excellent) at the expense of contrast -- it was incapable of going as low in black areas as the other FALD TVs. The Samsung Q80R was just the opposite, crushing shadows to get darker black levels and letterbox bars. The TCL 8-Series struck a balance that looked best to my eye among the LCDs, with deep black levels and solid shadow detail that came closest -- albeit wasn't quite as good as -- the B9 OLED.

Bright lighting: The PX is Xtremely bright: the brightest TV I measured this year and the second-brightest ever, after the Samsung Q9. As you can see from the table below, it belted out more light than the three more-expensive TVs in my comparison.

Light output in nits

TVBrightest (SDR)Accurate color (SDR)Brightest (HDR)Accurate color (HDR)
Vizio PXG11,1,2,2,
TCL 65Q1,1,
Samsung QN65Q80R1,1,1,
Sony XBRXG1,1,1,
Vizio PG1
TCL 65R
LG OLED65B9

As usual the Vivid mode was the brightest but horribly inaccurate. I prize the "Accurate" settings most, and Vizio's is the easiest to implement: just select the Calibrated mode. 

Despite its jaw-dropping measurements with test patterns, with real HDR material the PX actually looked (and measured) dimmer than both the Samsung Q80R and the TCL 8-Series. See below for details, but it once again proves that test pattern measurements (and specs claims) aren't the end-all, be-all.

Under bright lighting in broad daylight the PX's screen was very good: a bit more-effective at mitigating reflections than the TCL 8-Series and the LG B9 and a bit worse than either one at preserving black levels and contrast -- effects that tended to cancel each other out. None of the other TVs in my lineup could hold a candle to the superb Samsung, which has the most effective antireflective screen I've ever seen and was the best bright-room TV in my lineup.

Color accuracy: The Vizio's color measured quite well although compared to the other review samples I received, it was somewhat blue before calibration. After calibration it was nearly perfect, as were the others, and comparing colorful scenes from Shazam, like the Philadelphia cityscape, the red of the subway seats and young Shazam's skin tones, differences were negligible.


Video processing: The PX tested very well in this category. It achieved the maximum 1, lines of motion resolution in my test, and was able to do so while maintaining correct p/24 film cadence. To get that result I set Reduce Judder to zero and Reduce Motion Blur to 10 while engaging Clear Action black frame insertion. The latter setting cuts light output significantly, as usual, but unlike on some TVs it doesn't cause massive flicker (as long as Reduce Motion Blur is higher than zero). I still noticed some flicker in the brightest images, however, so I kept it turned off for my tests. With Clear Action disabled, the PQ still managed an acceptable lines of motion resolution as long as Reduce Motion Blur was engaged.

I'm no fan of the soap opera effect, but people who want a little smoothing might appreciate that the PQ's Reduce Judder slider is pleasantly gradual, with barely any smoothing at the 1 setting and slightly more at 2 and 3, before getting into buttery territory at 4 and above.

Unlike most TVs that have a single Game mode to reduce input lag for gaming, the Vizio has a Game Low Latency (GLL) setting that can be applied to any picture mode -- including Game. The PX's lag was very good, if not quite as good as the best TVs, at about 26ms in Calibrated mode with GLL engaged for both 4K HDR and p sources. 

Those numbers were measured on Input 1, but the Input 5 was even better, topping out at a very impressive ms (Calibrated, GLL on). As I mentioned above, however, that input is only for p sources, but if you're a twitch gamer going p, Input 5 on the PX series among the lowest input lags available.

Uniformity: With test patterns the PX was solid without too much brightness variation across the screen, although it wasn't as uniform as the other sets. With a midbright pattern I saw faint vertical bars that got more noticeable in dark gray areas. From off-angle the PX was worse than the TCL 8-Series and Samsung Q80, losing contrast and color fidelity faster than both as I moved further from the sweet spot in front of the screen, while of course the LG B9 OLED was basically perfect.

HDR and 4K video:With the best-quality video the Vizio came into its own, delivering a superb picture overall. I compared it extensively to the TCL 8-Series, the LG B9 OLED and the Samsung Q80R -- all of which cost substantially more than the Vizio PX -- using the excellent video montage from the Spears and Munsil 4K HDR benchmark disc. Between the four the Vizio came in third-place overall, better than the Samsung but not as good as the TCL or LG, but visibly superior, thanks to brightness and punch, than the TCL 6-Series and Vizio PG1.

I started with the 1, nits sequence because it best represents the majority of HDR content out there. In the most difficult bright-on-dark scenes, for example the honey dripper against the black background () and the Ferris wheel at night (), the LG B9 was the best of the four, thanks to its perfect blacks and complete lack of blooming and stray illumination. The TCL was second-best, with a very slightly lighter black and very little blooming. The Vizio got almost as bright as the TCL in this scene but had the worst blooming of the four and its highlights looked somewhat unnatural, as if processing were bringing them up and enhancing detail too much. Meanwhile the Samsung was the worst, with a more washed-out black than any of the others (including the cheaper Vizio P-Series and TCL 6 series) and quite a bit of blooming.

The same scenes at 4, nits, HDR content available on some fewer TV shows and movies, was largely similar in those scenes aside from light output in highlights (see the table below).

Selected HDR highlights in nits

Spears & Munsil scene element (timestamp)Sequence (nits)LG B9Samsung Q80RTCL 8-SeriesVizio PX
Sky above peaks ()1,
Sky above peaks ()4,
Between horse's neck, forelock ()1,
Between horse's neck, forelock ()4,
Reflection in honey dripper ()
Reflection in honey dripper ()4,
Middle of Ferris wheel ()1,
Middle of Ferris wheel ()4,

In brighter scenes the light output advantage of the LCDs over the OLEDs became more noticeable, although the Samsung and TCL both looked (and measured) brighter than the Vizio. Watching some grazing horses in a snowfield (), the TCL looked the best, with superb detail and definition and superior brightness. The Vizio and B9 also looked well-detailed but dimmer, while the Samsung was quite bright but obscured details the most.

In the same scene at 4, nits the TCL and Vizio were the only ones to preserve all of the detail in the grass; the LG and Samsung both showed less definition, and the LG was markedly dimmer than any of the others.

The Vizio's biggest issue with HDR was color banding and visible gradation in some scenes, for example the sky during a sunset (), above a cityscape () and a satellite dish (). On one hand it wasn't super-noticeable -- better than the P-Series Quantum last year, for example -- but on the other it looked worse on the Vizio PX (and the Vizio PG) than on the others. The TCL 8-Series also showed traces in the first two scenes albeit nearly not as much as the PX, while the Samsung, LG and 6-Series were essentially perfectly smooth in comparison.

Geek Box

TestResultScore
Black luminance (0%)Good
Peak white luminance (SDR)1,Good
Avg. gamma (%)Good
Avg. grayscale error (%)Good
Dark gray error (30%)Good
Bright gray error (80%)Good
Avg. color checker errorGood
Avg. saturation sweeps errorGood
Avg. color errorGood
Red errorGood
Green errorGood
Blue errorAverage
Cyan errorGood
Magenta errorGood
Yellow errorGood
p/24 Cadence (IAL)PassGood
Motion resolution (max)1,Good
Motion resolution (dejudder off)Average
Input lag (Game mode, Input 5)Good
Input lag (Game mode, Input 1)Good



HDR10

Black luminance (0%)Good
Peak white luminance (10% win)2,Good
Gamut % UHDA/P3 (CIE )Good
ColorMatch HDR errorGood
Avg. color checker errorAverage
Input lag (Game mode, 4K HDR)Good
Sours: https://www.cnet.com/reviews/vizio-pxg1-review/
Vizio P-Series Quantum X 4K HDR TV Unboxing \u0026 Initial Setup + Demo [4K HDR]

Vizio P Series Quantum () TV Review

Pros

  • Fantastic performance for the price

Cons

  • Vizio's smart platform isn't great

  • Narrow viewing angles

The P Series Quantum is not without its drawbacks, however. Vizio's smart platform—though improved—lacks flexibility, and the TV's acceptable viewing angles aren't as wide as those found on OLEDs. But as far as LED TVs go, there aren't that many that are brighter and more colorful than the Vizio P Series Quantum, and most of them aren't quite as affordable.

About the Vizio P Series Quantum ()

Vizio P Series Quantum HDR Content

Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

The Vizio P Series Quantum is available in two sizes. Here’s how each size in the series shakes out, in terms of price:

• inch Vizio P Series Quantum (PG1): MSRP $1,
• inch Vizio P Series Quantum (PG1): MSRP $1,

For the most part, different sizes of TVs belonging to the same series perform similarly. That said, according to Vizio, the inch P Series Quantum features LED zones in its backlight array. The inch model (the one we reviewed) is reported to have zones.

We don’t expect there to be a significant difference between these two sizes, as the total difference in zones is relatively small compared to the difference in panel size.

Here are some specs and features shared by both sizes in the P Series Quantum lineup:

• 4K (3, x 2,) resolution
• Quantum dot color
• Full-array local dimming LED backlight
• Supports High Dynamic Range (HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision)
• Native Hz refresh rate
• SmartCast smart platform
• DCI-P3/bit color space

Vizio P Series Quantum Connectivity Ports

Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

For most people, the Vizio P Series Quantum is equipped with enough connectivity options to keep their home theater in tip-top shape.

Here's what you'll find in on the back of the panel:

• 5x HDMI (1x ARC)
• 1x USB (USB )
• Component/composite, LAN ethernet port, RF input, optical audio output

Performance Data

Before testing each TV, we make sure the panel is on and receiving a continuous signal for at least 24 hours, allowing the pixels plenty of time to warm up.

For SDR tests, we used the P Series Quantum’s “Calibrated” picture setting. For HDR tests, we also used the TV’s “Calibrated” picture setting.

We use a standard ANSI checkerboard pattern for most of our basic contrast tests (including the ones reported below), but we also use white and black windows ranging from 2% to 90% to test how well the contrast holds up while displaying varying degrees of brightness.

I'll expand on our test results throughout the review, but for now, here are some key takeaways:

• HDR contrast (brightness/black level): nits/ nits (ANSI checkerboard)
• SDR contrast (brightness/black level): nits/ nits (ANSI checkerboard)

• HDR peak brightness: nits (40% white window)

• HDR color gamut coverage: 96% (DCI-P3/bit)
• SDR color gamut coverage: 94% (Rec)

• Viewing angle: ±32°

What We Like

Vizio P Series Quantum Brightness

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As the name implies, the P Series Quantum features quantum dot technology, and its picture is all the better for it. It's certainly not the brightest, most colorful quantum dot TV you can buy right now, but it takes advantage of the technology more than its more affordably priced younger sibling, the Vizio M Series Quantum.

In HDR, the P Series Quantum is capable of peak brightness levels of around nits. With normal SDR content, you're lookin' at around nits pretty consistently. These figures pale in comparison to the 1,,nit measurements we've recorded while reviewing higher-end QLED TVs, but for most people—especially folks upgrading from a non-HDR TV—the picture is plenty bright.

The highlights are bolstered by the P Series Quantum's deep black levels. Unsurprisingly, this LED TV doesn't achieve the perfect black level performance of an OLED TV, but its contrast is helped along by the P Series Quantum's FALD display. With at least LED zones built into the backlight, the TV can tightly control its contrast depending on the content at any given moment.

Vizio P Series Quantum Contrast Example

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Quantum dots are also the reason that the P Series Quantum is able to produce such lavish colors, especially in HDR. The P Series Quantum covers about 96% of the DCI-P3/bit color space, but in order to fully appreciate a quantum dot TV's color production, it's worthwhile to look at it side-by-side with a non-QLED TV. The greens are greener, the reds are redder, and every hue is bolstered by the brightness of the panel.

The P Series Quantum also features terrific motion performance, free of judder or trailing. The TV's native refresh rate of Hz is one of its clearest advantages over the more affordable M Series Quantum, whose panel features a 60 Hz refresh rate. For games and sports, the P Series Quantum is unquestionably the better option, but as my colleague Lee noted in his Vizio M Series Quantum review, the M Series' motion handling is still on the better end of the spectrum, despite its limited refresh rate.

Vizio P Series Quantum Stand Design

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The design of the P Series Quantum won't turn any heads, but I've come to appreciate Vizio's simplicity in recent years when it comes to the look and feel of its TVs. It features narrow, chrome-accented bezels that sit atop two wide-set, angular feet, which also feature a sleek, shiny finish.

It's a nondescript form factor coupled with a tasteful splash of silver—perfect for pretty much any home theater.

What We Don't Like

Vizio P Series Quantum SmartCast Smart Platform

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There's no denying that Vizio's smart platform, SmartCast, is improving with every update. Unfortunately, it remains one of the weaker smart platforms out there. I can safely say that the software is speedier now than perhaps ever before, but the platform does not allow users to add new apps beyond those that are already included. Sure, the user interface is simple and the navigational experience is zippy, but the only amount of customization offered is the ability to rearrange the order in which app icons are presented.

The TV's built-in Chromecast support goes a long way in smoothing out this wrinkle, as users can download a Vizio app and stream content from their personal device, but this definitely doesn't make up for SmartCast's lack of flexibilty.

Vizio P Series Quantum HDR Content

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Although the inch Vizio P Series Quantum's full array backlight makes for tightly controlled contrast, the panel nevertheless exhibits some light bloom during certain pieces of content. These hazy halos of light typically appear when a very bright picture element is surrounded by darkness, and the effect is exacerbated by sitting in an off-angle position.

And when it comes to total viewing angle, the P Series Quantum isn't bad, but off-angle viewing isn't very forgiving. Sitting just four feet to the side of a head-on angle will flatten the contrast and intensify any light blooming that might be present.

Should You Buy It?

Yes—the Vizio P Series Quantum performs at a high level, and although it's not quite cheap, it nevertheless is priced low enough to satisfy people who're looking for value without making concessions when it comes to performance.

The P Series Quantum is not without its faults. Its ideal viewing angles are limited, light blooms are often visible, and Vizio's smart platform leaves something to be desired. However, even when taken together, these issues don't negatively affect the experience enough to overturn the P Series Quantum's slam-dunk value. This is a big, bright TV with an impressive report card, and best of all, its price isn't as high as most of the TVs that perform at a similar level.

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Michael Desjardin

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Labor Day is over, but deals on big TVs aren't. Thisinch Vizio P-Series Quantum remains widely available for under $1, at most major retailers: It's $ at Walmart and Amazon (where it's out of stock and will ship at that price when inventory returns) and just 2 bucks more at Best Buy.

This is the version of this TV, which originally cost $1, when it debuted earlier this year. We haven't reviewed this model yet, but CNET's David Katzmaier loved its predecessor, and he also doled out high marks to its step-down model, the VIzio M-Series Quantum. 

The bottom line is that this model remains on sale at its lowest price to date. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.



Now, I'm not a TV expert -- again, you'll want to read Katz's P-Series Quantum review -- but I know a good deal when I see one. This is a decidedly popular model among people who know their stuff. And because this is the just-released model, it has just 10 user reviews at Amazon. Meanwhile, over Best Buy customers collectively rated it stars. Search elsewhere and you'll find similarly enthusiastic praise.

Why? Because the P-Series offers the best picture of this side of OLED. Said Katz: "It's blindingly bright, offering a superb HDR image and great performance in a bright room. Effective full-array local dimming creates deep black levels and minimizes blooming."

Meanwhile, it offers not only Vizio's smart UI, with access to all the major streaming services but also built-in Chromecast so you can branch out into what your phone or tablet has to offer.

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