Vizio today announced new revisions of its entire range of 4K TVs for consumers, with the latest news from the P, M-Series, D Series and E Series that will reach stores in the coming weeks. And if you visit the company's website today, you'll notice that Vizio is referring back to these devices as televisions, not just "screens," because everyone once again has TV tuners and built-in coaxial inputs.
At the top of the 2018 family is a completely new flagship, the Quantum P-Series. Available only on a 65-inch model, the P-Series Quantum is the company's brightest TV and reaches a maximum brightness of 2,000 nits. That should make things like fire, explosions and other HDR goodness really explode to the point where you need to look away from the screen. For context, the old P series exceeded 500 nits in some HDR scenes.
The Quantum P Series also has more full-matrix local attenuation zones (192 compared to "up to 120" in the regular P 2018 series), so you must turn off some of the best contrasts and deepest blacks you've ever seen. a Vizio brand TV. And as Samsung has done with its QLED line, Vizio is now referring to quantum dot technology as a differentiator and the main reason for the exuberant colors of the Quantum P Series and its expanded range. The company is not becoming very specific at this point at the moment.
It is priced at $ 2,199.99, which is higher than the selling price of $ 1,799.99 for the non-Quantum P series of Vizio in the same size. The P-Series Quantum will be released sometime this summer, beating a bit the rest of the lineup.
Local dimming of the entire matrix allows the TV to control very specific areas of its backlight to maximize contrast and brightness in one part of the screen, while retaining black levels and shadows in another.
That the regular P 2018 series is not far behind either. It does not have the technology of quantum dot or so many areas of attenuation, but has the "design without bevel", although with a more noticeable silver chin at the bottom of the screen. That is still a very nice improvement over the obvious silver border that framed the screen of its predecessor. The number of attenuation zones in the new P-Series depends on the size: the 55-inch model has 56, 65-inch has 100 and the 75-inch TV has 120. The maximum HDR brightness is announced as 1,000 nits: another nice hit over the previous series P. As always, it has incorporated Dolby Vision HDR. All sizes are using VA panels this year, including the 55-inch variant that differed from the rest of the line with an IPS panel the last time.
The new P 2018 Series has much thinner bevels than its predecessor.
Prices of the P 2018 series:
75 inches $ 2,599.99
65 inches: $ 1,799.99
55 inches: $ 1,199.99
In recent years, Vizio's M Series has been of great value to those who do not need all the features and images of the P-Series. And the 2018 revision (pictured below) seeks to continue that reputation; You get excellent 4K HDR image quality with Dolby Vision and local attenuation at a lower cost than higher level TVs.
It is available in sizes 55, 65 and 70 inches ($ 1,700) with 32, 40 and 48 local attenuation zones, respectively. And Vizio also highlights its "no bevel" appearance. To be clear, all these TVs have borders around the screen, but are aligned with the glass on the top and on the sides. The lower chin protrudes a little. Vizio does not make any eye-catching claims about brightness in the M Series, so it's probably not as blinding as the P Series at peak times. But you will definitely still see the HDR difference.
2018 M-Price series:
70 inches: $ 1,699.99
65 inches: $ 1,399.99
55 inches: $ 999.99
Google Assistant and Amazon's built-in Alexa support
The Vizio 2018 TVs support voice commands for the Alexa and Google Assistant. With Alexa, you can turn the TV on and off, adjust the volume, play or pause. Google voice assistant is a bit more powerful here, since you can activate your streaming requests from Netflix, YouTube and other applications. Alexa can not do that in Vizio's sets.
The user experience is similar to last year.
In 2017, Vizio moved away from the Chromecast-only strategy that debuted boldly in the original P-series, which required users to stream content to the television from their own devices. You can still stream audio and video applications to these TVs, but for simplicity they also include integrated applications for the essentials like Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu and YouTube. The interface was a bit slow last year, so I hope that Vizio does some optimizations and refinements there. All the TVs of 2016 and 2017 will be updated to the latest version of the SmartCast operating system from today onwards.