Vizio’s E-Sequence TV is the best-performing low cost TV I’ve examined this 12 months. There are a number of TVs available on the market that value even much less, and should you’re fantastic with simply “ok” image high quality, go forward and get one. However the E continues to be super-budget-friendly, and if you would like a greater image however cannot afford Vizio’s M-Sequence or TCL’s 6 collection, it is a terrific comfort prize.
The key is its full-array native dimming (FALD), which permits it to ship higher distinction and punch to just about each scene, however particularly in darkish rooms. It beat the TCL 5 collection Roku TV in our direct comparability, and I am prepared to guess it additionally outperforms different units that lack native dimming. And that is just about each cheaper TV, and fairly a number of dearer ones.
The E is not excellent although. Its Sensible TV system cannot maintain a candle to Roku TV, and its styling is something however fashionable. And eventually, not each dimension delivers the identical type of image high quality.
For individuals who prioritize saving cash first, image high quality second and all the pieces else a distant final, nevertheless, none of these points spoil the E-Sequence funds TV glory.
Keep away from the 50-inch E-Sequence
(and watch out with the 75-inch, too)
Earlier than I’m going any additional it is price mentioning a few exceptions to this overview. It would not apply to the lone 50-inch mannequin, the E50-F2, or to one of many two 75-inch fashions, the E75-F2.
That is as a result of these fashions are the one ones within the 2018 E-Sequence that use IPS-based (“in-plane switching”) LCD panels as an alternative of the VA (vertical alignment) panels used on different sizes, together with the E65-F1 I examined for this overview. VA usually delivers superior distinction and black ranges, so I like to recommend avoiding these two IPS fashions if you would like an E-Sequence.
If you’d like a 50-inch TV it’s best to get one thing else fully, or possibly stepping as much as the 55-inch E-Sequence fashions. However if you would like a 75-inch dimension there’s an alternate, the E75-F1, that makes use of a VA panel. The image high quality feedback on this overview apply to that dimension in addition to the entire different sizes within the 2018 collection.
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Begin with the dangerous information: Design
I will simply come out and say it: The E-Sequence is the ugliest TV I’ve reviewed this 12 months. You won’t object to its angled bezel, shiny black plastic and the strip of silver operating alongside the underside, however you most likely will not adore it both. The body across the picture continues to be skinny sufficient, fortunately, however even the ultrabudget TCL S405 seems nicer in my e-book.
I additionally dislike Vizio’s many-buttoned distant, and I stored having to look down relatively than function it by really feel. I want the simplicity of TCL’s Roku TV distant or the developed clickers of Samsung and LG.
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The second strike in opposition to it: Weak streaming
Wire cutters on a funds are one potential E-Sequence viewers, and so they’ll seemingly boo its lackluster built-in streaming choices. That is hardly a deal-breaker since you possibly can at all times join an exterior streamer just like the Roku Streaming Stick Plus or, if you would like Dolby Imaginative and prescient, an Apple TV 4K, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a strike within the damaging column in comparison with rivals like Roku TVs, Samsung and LG — all of which have higher good TV implementations than Vizio.
The onscreen residence web page takes too lengthy to load after you press the “V” button on the distant and as soon as it does arrive, there’s not a lot there. Simply 20 apps seem alongside the underside, and whereas a number of are heavy hitters (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube, YouTube TV and Plex) the remaining are minor, and it would not have loads of different massive apps like DirecTV Now, HBO, ESPN, CNN or Pandora. You possibly can’t take away or reorder apps, or in any manner customise the Uncover part, which occupies a lot of the display with motion pictures and reveals you most likely do not care about.
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The system is nice should you love utilizing your cellphone as an alternative of onscreen menus. The TV’s Chromecast built-in system permits you to go into any supported app in your cellphone and hit the Solid button to disclose the Vizio TV as an possibility; choose it and video from the app will play again on the TV. There are millions of supported apps, and the system works nicely usually, however I nonetheless want an actual onscreen menu system — simply not Vizio’s.
The WatchFree service is a brand new addition geared toward twine cutters who need free TV. It is a partnership with the Pluto TV free service and makes use of the identical grid-style structure as a typical cable field. A lot of the channels are from Pluto itself, with names like Failarmy and Journey TV, or free feeds from on-line sources like Bloomberg and Cheddar. Even the acquainted channels, like Fox Sports activities and one thing known as “NBC Information / MSNBC” aren’t the identical as these channels. There’s a number of free stuff there to look at, so it is powerful to complain, however the Roku Channel does a greater job usually of delivering free, ad-supported video.
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Talking of free TV, Vizio has lastly addressed a obtrusive omission in previous TVs: All of its 2018 units embrace a built-in over-the-air TV tuner, similar to these of rivals.
Though it lacks its personal built-in voice assistant, the Vizio is ready to be to managed to some extent by Google Residence (particulars right here) and Alexa (right here) good audio system. I did not take a look at that performance this time round, however Google Residence labored comparatively nicely to manage the 2017 M-Sequence.
And now for the nice: low cost native dimming
Bringing FALD to cheaper price factors is Vizio’s wheelhouse, and for 2018 the E-Sequence is the most cost effective Vizio with dimming. This function is my favourite enchancment for LCD image high quality as a result of it improves all-important distinction and black ranges, particularly with HDR, and has higher uniformity than edge-lit dimming. The variety of dimmable zones is a vital specification as a result of it controls how exact the dimming will be. Extra zones would not essentially imply higher image high quality, nevertheless it normally helps.
Key TV options
Full array with native dimming
HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient
The E-Sequence has 10 dimming zones on the 43- and 55-inch sizes, 12 on the 65- and 70-inch sizes, and 16 on the 75-incher. The M-Sequence ranges from 32 to 48 zones relying on dimension, which helps clarify its superior picture high quality. Only a few zones are higher than none, nevertheless.
The E-Sequence has a 60Hz refresh price panel — Vizio’s declare of “120Hz efficient” is faux information. So is Vizio’s “Clear Motion” spec, which it says is decrease on the E-Sequence than the M collection as a result of “Because of the M-Sequence’ larger panel brightness, the responsibility cycle will be decrease, which provides larger movement readability.” Since you may have to have interaction the dim, flicker-prone Clear Motion setting to note, nevertheless, that is not a giant deal (see under for extra).