You can save a lot of time buying a new Vizio TV with this secret code

We cracked Vizio's model name code. Here's the secret.

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The 2017 Vizio D Series is rolling into the market, so we've updated our guide from last year to reflect the new identification methods.

Most TV "series" have only 4 or 5 TVs to choose from in different screen sizes, and even then they almost always share specs like resolution (pixel count) and smart features. Not so with the D Series! Some of them are smart and some of them aren't; some are old-school 720p, some are glorious 4K/UHD. It can make it hard to be certain you're getting just the one you want, we reckon.

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While it's (usually) easy enough to know what specs you're getting when there's only one size per series, the D Series has multiple TVs per size. The 2017 D Series has sizes from 24 to 70 inch models, and they have model names ranging from "D24hn-E1" to "D55f-E2." However, if you know what each number/letter means it's actually really easy to figure out the 2017 D Series:

• The D at the beginning (such as DXX-E1) simply denotes it's a part of the D Series. The same goes for the E, M, and P Series TVs.
• The number (24, 50, 65) denotes the screen size, diagonally, in inches. That part's pretty easy.
• The numbers after the letters denote different things. A lowercase f means "full-HD," which denotes a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, or 1080p.
• A lowercase h means "hd," or "HD." This is old shorthand to refer to 720p resolution (usually 1,366 x 728 resolution).
• If a model is a 4K/UHD model (3,840 x 2,160 resolution), there isn't a number.
• A lowercase n means "not smart," much like the 2016 D Series.

With this knowledge in mind, it's pretty easy to figure out the 2017 models:

• 24-inch (Vizio D24hn-E1)
• 24-inch (Vizio D24h-E1)
• 32-inch (Vizio D32f-E1)
• 40-inch (Vizio D40f-E1)
• 43-inch (Vizio D43n-E1)
• 43-inch (Vizio D43f-E1)
• 43-inch (Vizio D43-E2)
• 50-inch (Vizio D50f-E1)
• 50-inch (Vizio D50-E1)
• 55-inch (Vizio D55f-E2)
• 55-inch (Vizio D55-E0)
• 55-inch (Vizio D55n-E2)
• 65-inch (Vizio D65-E0)

The first 24-inch model is a 720p ("hd") model without smart features. The 32 and 40 inch models are full-HD 1080p models. There are three 55 inch models—two are 4K/UHD, one is 1080p, and one lacks smart features.

Okay, so it's still a bit of a headache to figure out, but with this guide you should have a big leg-up on nailing down what specs the TV has, even if all you have to go by is the model number.

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