Originally Posted by bodean
I've been reading a lot of praise for the M602I-B3 model. I am leaning against a 4K tv due to prices and still new technology and this Vizio is now on my top 5 list to purchase this month. My question for those who have seen or own it, what would be your con's with the set be? I know Vizio has been coined as a value/economy brand in the past, but does this set keep up with big name brands? Want to make sure that it holds up for a few years, and is good for xbox one gaming and my dish network tv watching.
Where the M series doesn't hold up against flagship
models from Samsung and Sony in terms of PQ
is color accuracy and video processing. Mind you they're not bad, just not up to LCD reference levels. If you don't watch much SD content then video processing is pretty much a moot point and I'm not sure how noticeable the differences in color accuracy is outside of a lab.
Also, the M series is unable to properly handle 1080p/24 film cadence and maintain full motion resolution unlike the Samsungs. From my personal experiences I have found that Samsung doesn't handle motion well whether it's TV or film based so to my eyes
the test numbers don't match up to reality. SME if engaged looks a lot more natural on the Vizio than it does on the Samsungs I had.
I'm not familiar with gaming but I hear Vizio is not among the best with input lag, I hear Sony excels in this area. And lastly Vizio uses VA panels as opposed to IPS panels so viewing angles are not that great but the trade off is better PQ especially with black levels.
But the Vizio I would say also has some PQ attributes that are actually better than last year's flagship models from Sony and Samsung (according to some Sony has actually regressed from last year on their flagship 1080p display, i.e. they went to a ISP panel) with screen uniformity and shadow detail.
Essentially in overall PQ the M series matches last year's best LCD televisions. Some folks continue to say Vizio has great PQ for the money but IMO Vizio has great PQ regardless of price which is only bettered by plasma and OLED displays and a couple of over the top televisions from Sony and Samsung.
Where Vizio concedes significant ground is with non PQ features such as a web browser, HML/HDMI port, IR blaster, built-in channel guide, elaborate smart features and of course a curve screen which you have no choice if want Samsung's flagship 1080p display, the UNH8000. ALL lesser Samsung models do without its hardware based dimming scheme and consequently would fare poorly against the M series with its full array local dimming design.
If you can wait for the P series (I'm guessing mid August) then it's likely you'll have a TV that doesn't concede much of anything as it should have top notch video processing, be able to properly handle 1080p/24 film cadence and maintain full motion resolution, excellent input lag for gaming, even better shadow detail, HEVC for better compression (you need this to stream UHD but its beneficial for non UHD too), HDMI 2.0 ports (you'll need this to pass UHD content from an external device) and of course UHD resolution. Don't dismiss this TV because it's UHD as it has features that enhances overall PQ and at mid-tier prices compared to Sony and Samsung.
There should be a slew of reviews coming out in the next few weeks for the M series. Apparently cnet had an exclusive last week for their review.