Vizio’s P-Sequence Quantum is one thing particular. It is hands-down Vizio’s greatest TV ever, and one of many best-performing LCD TVs I’ve ever examined from any model. It is solely accessible in a 65-inch measurement, mannequin PQ65-F1. And for a Vizio, the listing value is admittedly costly at $2,100.

At that value you are near 65-inch OLED TV territory. The Quantum is not pretty much as good as LG’s most cost-effective 2018 OLED, the B8 collection, neither is it pretty much as good as LG’s 2017 OLED fashions, that are nonetheless round and price across the similar because the Quantum proper now. When you’ve got that type of cash to rub collectively for a brand new TV, simply chew the bullet and get an OLED.

However reductions are an exquisite factor. Like many different TVs the Quantum will doubtless get a major value lower quickly for the Black Friday and vacation shopping for season. The truth is it already skilled one, happening to $1,500 at membership shops Sam’s Membership and Costco in late August by means of mid-September. I count on an identical sale value to hit within the close to future.

At $1,500 the P-Sequence Quantum is an absolute steal. It outperforms any non-OLED TV I’ve reviewed this 12 months. Samsung’s flagship Q9 (evaluation coming quickly) did beat the Quantum in a few of my side-by-side exams, together with bright-room efficiency and HDR punch — however the PQ was nonetheless very shut, and it outperformed the Q9 in different areas. Vizio’s TV is super-bright with very good distinction, and makes nearly any high-quality video look pretty much as good as doable on an LCD TV. And it prices quite a bit lower than the Q9 or Sony’s Grasp Sequence Z9F.

To get a considerably higher image you will need to spring for an OLED, and relying on the worth distinction between the Quantum and LG’s B8 OLED, which is due for its personal Black Friday low cost, it could be price going for the massive “O.” But when that is not taking place, and you continue to need a greater image than you will get from the TCL 6 collection, Vizio P-Sequence, Sony X900F and Samsung Q8’s of the world, go for Vizio’s “Q.”

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Good lookin’ TV, dangerous distant and streaming

I known as the usual P-Sequence “the nicest-looking Vizio TV I’ve ever seen,” however the Quantum is even sleeker. Its minimalist body is all black, interrupted by the teensiest little Vizio “V” you have ever seen. Glass extends virtually all the best way to the sting on all 4 sides.

The one shade accent from the entrance is the chrome of the skinny help legs, which disappear if you wall-mount the TV. From the facet there is a matching textured strip of chrome. The general look is basic, clear and all-business, nothing cheap-looking about it.

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Sadly the distant, the identical drained wand Vizio has been waving for years, does really feel low cost. It additionally has too many buttons and I saved having to look down somewhat than function it by really feel. I favor the simplicity of TCL’s Roku TV distant or the developed clickers of Samsung and LG.

I am additionally upset by Vizio’s SmartCast good TV system. It is much less succesful, slower and usually inferior to others, together with Roku, Samsung, LG and Sony’s Android TV. It does provide the power to stream apps out of your cellphone, in the event you’re into that, with its built-in Chromecast perform. Vizio additionally provides the power to kind apps within the order you favor, however the largest points, together with a house display screen crowded with apps and reveals you may not care about, stay.

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Vizio’s WatchFree service is a brand new addition geared toward wire 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. Many 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 quite a lot of free stuff there to look at, so it is robust to complain, however Roku, with Featured Free and the Roku Channel does a greater job normally of delivering free, ad-supported video.

WatchFree has a program information with a bunch of free TV reveals and flicks, with advertisements.

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Though it lacks its the built-in voice assistant discovered on Sony, Samsung and LG TVs, the Vizio is ready to be to managed to some extent by Google Assistant (particulars right here) and Alexa (right here) good audio system. I did not check that performance this time round, however Google Dwelling labored comparatively nicely to regulate the 2017 M-Sequence.

Nonetheless, in the event you’re getting a Quantum, do your self a favor and get an exterior streamer just like the Roku Streaming Stick Plus or, if you need Dolby Imaginative and prescient, an Apple TV 4K, and skip Vizio’s streaming altogether.

Key TV options

Show know-how

LED LCD

LED backlight

Full array with native dimming

Decision

4K

HDR appropriate

HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient

Good TV

Vizio SmartCast

Distant

Customary

A Q by another identify

So what makes Quantum totally different from the “common” Vizio P-Sequence, which is available in a bigger vary of sizes and prices quite a bit much less at 65 inches? Fairly a bit.

As you may count on from the identify, the Quantum makes use of quantum dots so it will possibly obtain a wider shade gamut. Based on my measurements they permit it to cowl about four% extra of the P3 gamut than the usual Vizio P-Sequence. The PQ65-F1 matches the gamut protection of Samsung’s quantum dot-equipped QLED units and LG’s OLEDs.

The most important distinction nonetheless is PQ’s searing mild output, measuring nicely over the two,00zero nits Vizio touts on my evaluation pattern. That is greater than double the brightness of the usual Vizio P, competes nicely in opposition to Samsung’s Q9 and Q8 units, and trounces OLED’s brightness. The Quantum additionally boasts extra zones of full-array native dimming — 192 in comparison with the 65-inch P-Sequence’ 100. Zone quantity is a crucial spec as a result of it controls how exact the dimming might be. Extra zones does not essentially imply higher image high quality, nonetheless, and in evaluating the P-Sequence and PQ I used to be hard-pressed to see any Q benefit that resulted instantly from its greater zone depend.

In any other case the Quantum and P-Sequence’ picture high quality chops are largely the identical. Each have a real 120Hz refresh fee panel, similar to Sony and Samsung, and higher than the 60Hz panels discovered on cheaper Vizios and TCL units. Though you need to ignore Vizio’s “240Hz efficient” and “Clear Motion 960” claims, Vizio’s 120Hz panel does enhance video processing and likewise permits the choice to have interaction MEMC (movement estimation, movement compensation), aka the cleaning soap opera impact. Like LG, TCL and Sony, Vizio helps each main forms of HDR, HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient, within the P-Sequence.

4x HDMI inputs (model 2.zero, with HDCP 2.2)1x HDMI enter (model 1.four, 1080p/120Hz enter succesful)1x element/composite video input1x USB portRF antenna tuner inputEthernet portOptical digital audio outputStereo analog audio output

Connectivity is an identical to the usual P-Sequence. 4 of the inputs can settle for all main 4K and HDR sources. A fifth HDMI enter can settle for neither HDR nor 4K sources — as a substitute, Enter 5 can deal with 1080p at 120Hz enter, ideally suited for so-equipped gaming PCs (we did not check this perform). Avid gamers will even recognize that Enter 5 has decrease enter lag than the others.

Past HDMI, the choice is stable and, not like some main TV makers, consists of an analog (composite/element) video enter. And sure, not like 2017 Vizio TVs the PQ does embody an antenna port for the TV’s built-in over-the-air TV tuner, similar to these of rivals. The tuner has actual worth to wire cutters and others who do not subscribe to cable or satellite tv for pc TV.

Image high quality

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The PQ is likely one of the greatest LCD-based TVs I’ve examined, and earns the 12 months’s first “9” rating on this class. It isn’t pretty much as good general as LG’s OLED TVs (which earn the “10”), however it will possibly get brighter and delivers in any other case wonderful picture high quality in almost each space. The one TVs that match or beat its image, specifically OLEDs and Samsung’s Q9, value a heck of much more. And TVs that value much less, equivalent to Vizio’s commonplace P-Sequence and TCL’s 6 collection, do not carry out as nicely, particularly with the highest-quality 4K and HDR pictures.

The PQ has very good black ranges and distinction for dwelling theater lighting in addition to among the best bright-room pictures available on the market, second solely to the Samsung Q9 amongst TVs I’ve examined. Video processing and uniformity are top-notch. Whereas the Q9 has extra impactful HDR, its shadow element with commonplace dynamic vary falls in need of the PQ. I additionally seen some banding in HDR materials on the Vizio, but it surely was uncommon and positively did not damage an in any other case excellent efficiency.

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