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Vizio M Series (2016) TV Review

64.52 in.
54.64 in.
49.5 in.
60 in.
69.5 in.
80 in.

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October 05, 2016
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About the Vizio M55-D0

The 55-inch M Series features High Dynamic Range, full-array backlighting, and the Vizio SmartCast system. While we reviewed the 65-inch specifically, most review points still apply to the 55-inch. Note that it only has a 60 Hz refresh rate, however.

About the Vizio M50-D1

The 50-inch M Series features High Dynamic Range, full-array backlighting, and the Vizio SmartCast system. While we reviewed the 65-inch, most of the review still applies to the 50-inch version. Note that it has half as many local dimming zones and a 60 Hz refresh rate.

About the Vizio M60-D1

The 60-inch M Series features High Dynamic Range, full-array backlighting, and the Vizio SmartCast system. While we reviewed the 65-inch, most performance and functionality still applies. But the 60-inch uses an IPS panel—details below.

About the Vizio M70-D3

The 70-inch M Series features High Dynamic Range, full-array backlighting, and the Vizio SmartCast system. While we reviewed the 65-inch version specifically, the performance and functionality detailed in this review still apply to the 70-inch version.

About the Vizio M80-D3

The 80-inch M Series features High Dynamic Range, full-array backlighting, and the Vizio SmartCast system. While we reviewed the 65-inch version specifically, the performance and functionality detailed in this review still apply to the 80-inch version.

Because the affordable but future-facing M Series needs to be equipped for both "standard" and high dynamic range content, I basically ran our full suite of core picture quality tests twice: once, to assess its standard dynamic range abilities, and again for high dynamic range.

Standard Dynamic Range

In terms of standard dynamic range performance, the M Series certainly won't elicit any complaints, though it isn't perfectly calibrated either. Testing revealed pretty solid all-around performance in categories like color gamut, grayscale dE, RGB emphasis, and gamut luminance/error. The one place where the M Series behaved kind of oddly (in the Calibrated picture mode) was in gamma performance. Likely because of the dimming/boosting of its individual full-array LEDs over the IRE signal are calibrated for specific APLs, the M Series' SDR gamma performance was a little off. Below, you'll find charts and test results for color gamut, grayscale, RGB emphasis, and gamma in the out-of-the-box Calibrated picture mode.

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Vizio-M-Series-SDR-Grayscale
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Vizio-M-Series-SDR-Gamma
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