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Vizio P Series (2016) TV Review

64.53 in.
54.64 in.
49.51 in.
74.54 in.

Not quite HDR premium, but poised to dominate movie night nonetheless.

October 28, 2016
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About the Vizio P65-C1

The 65-inch Vizio P Series (P65-C1) features 4K/UHD resolution, HDR compatibility, and Vizio SmartCast functionality via an included tablet. This is the size we received as a review unit, so all review findings and photos apply directly.

About the Vizio P55-C1

The 55-inch Vizio P Series (P55-C1) features 4K/UHD resolution, HDR compatibility, and Vizio SmartCast functionality via an included tablet. While we tested the 65-inch model, we expect most findings in the review to apply to the 55-inch P Series as well.

About the Vizio P50-C1

The 50-inch Vizio P Series (P50-C1) features 4K/UHD resolution, HDR compatibility, and Vizio SmartCast functionality via an included tablet. While we tested the 65-inch model, we expect most findings in the review to apply to the 50-inch P Series as well.

About the Vizio P75-C1

The 75-inch Vizio P Series (P75-C1) features 4K/UHD resolution, HDR compatibility, and Vizio SmartCast functionality via an included tablet. While we tested the 65-inch model, we expect most findings in the review to apply to the 75-inch P Series as well.

Vizio's P Series TVs are very reliable performers in both SDR and HDR modes. While they're compatible with both the HDR10 and Dolby Vision content formats, they're also perfectly respectable TVs from a "standard" dynamic range perspective.

Testing revealed good rec.709 (SDR) color accuracy, white balance, and RGB emphasis. The P Series' full-array local dimming (FALD) backlight—which is one major way it achieves its HDR color and brightness—also shores up the picture quality during standard kinds of content.

Overall, the P Series' core performance won't displease any but the strictest videophiles, and even then it has more than enough picture controls to allow any small blemishes to be erased during calibration.

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Credit: Reviewed.com / Lee Neikirk
The Vizio P65-C1's calibration settings in the "Calibrated Dark" picture mode.
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Credit: Reviewed.com / Lee Neikirk
The P Series delivers mostly very accurate color in its out of the box Calibrated Dark mode, though there are some discrepancies that could be easily fixed with calibration.
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Credit: Reviewed.com / Lee Neikirk
I measured a grayscale dE of over 8 for the P Series, which is higher than we prefer, but is far from terrible. Ideally, grayscale error will be 3 or less.
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Credit: Reviewed.com / Lee Neikirk
The P Series' grayscale error is the result of over-emphasis on blue and corresponding under-emphasis on green within the RGB balance.
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Credit: Reviewed.com / Lee Neikirk
The P Series comes very close to its 2.2 gamma target with a 2.19 out-of-box gamma, though there is some odd behavior at the highlight end of the input spectrum.
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