Vizio 2014 M60 & M55 reviews
There are too many similar Vizio threads which should of been merged into one, so it made more sense to keep this separate so it didn't get lost with all the one timer posts.
This review is for the M60" B3 model with the common VA type panel. Below is for the M55 with the IPS panel.
Other than the size, which is very noticeable especially when you have gotten use to a 60" set to drop 5". The difference between the VA & IPS panels are a subject in itself. With the local dimming it did make up for the lack of deeper blacks. Viewing angle is no contest, these VA panels are poor. Period. I can move 10 degrees off center and see the difference in a light controlled room during dark scenes. Daytime and especially bright material, you really have to move off axis to see the difference. But there is more.
Unknown to me at the time are VA VA panels have a faster response time and I don't mean gaming. There is less pronounced ghosting with the 60" vs the 55". Also, there is a increase in detail.
1. FALD (Full Array Local Dimming). Not a edge lit panel that usually suffers from flashlighting and uniformity issues (but see below),
2. US based support (South Dakota). No worry about trying to converse with someone from who knows where,
3. Above average panel uniformity (at least with this set). Very little SDE and/or hot spots,
4. One half to one third the power consumption than other manufactures with no hit on panel output. Panel throws less heat also,
5. Higher panel panel output (brightness) and more room to spare than other sets,
6. Direct input selection (with an optional programmable remote). No more cycling through the input list to use another device. This is a huge plus.
7. Fast boot up (7 seconds) and fast channel changing unlike many other tuners,
8. Ability to skip the channel search and add channels later without doing a full scan thus preventing unwanted stations to be skipped in the channel list.
9. Generous advanced picture adjustments, (but no gamma adjustment),
10. Analog audio outs (separate L & R phono jacks) for conventional analog stereo receivers,
11. Ability to add, create & rename custom picture modes instead of relying on the stock modes, most of which are useless just klike all other manufactures,
12. No unwanted 3D or other so called questionable 'features'
13. Sturdier stand base than with the 55" model. Only a slight amount of flexing,
14. Decent owners manual unlike Samsungs' sprawled out 225 page joke.
1. Slightly lower detail level using HDMI inputs compared to other manufactures (but can be partially equalized by bumping the sharpness up). Observed by doing a side by side comparison with the same size Sharp & Samsung sets.
2. Much lower detail level using the internal tuner (using the tuners as a comparison as above). I have noticed this many times comparing this to other manufactures sets in stores. Closeups a faces, fine textured clothing & grass are examples,
3. These show mosquito noise from over-compressed DVDs' more so that other manufactures,
4. Local dimming will cause some 'odd effects' which are usually just noticed during 'dark scenes" (nighttime shots and dimly lit indoor scenes). I feel this has been exaggerated by many of these user reports,
5. With a VA panel you have the typical narrow viewing angle. Though there are models worse than this.
6. Small remote, small buttons, small text that is hard to read, especially on the back side with the keyboard. The main side is not lighted which adds to the problems, but the keyboard side is. Where is the logic there? Then add a short timeout of the backlight (3 seconds). If you aren't a typist, forget it unless you have decent lighting.
7. Very narrow IR windows on the remote and on the set. Remote has to be aimed almost directly at the TV. Same goes for at least some 3rd party programmable/learning remotes.
8. The only function available on the set itself is power and input selection and it's hard to find like Samsungs' and apparently many others. No volume, channel and most important NO menu access. If your remote and/or IR receiver goes south you are out of luck, Bad place to cut corners,
9. One combined composite/component shared input. Another bad idea to 'cut corners'. Many still have legacy equipment that need both types. At least provide one of each.
10. The tuner signal level/condition indicator is buried under "System Info" instead of being available in the 'Info Bar' as it is for the WiFi connection and many other sets.
11. Firmware updates are fully automatic which sounds good, but there is no notice that you are getting one and no easy way to stop it from happening. It is well known that firmware updates can cause new problems. Real bad idea. At least give the owner a choice of manual or auto updates.
12. Slightly higher power consumption than some others, 160 watts with full backlightl, 80-120 watts in normal operation depending on settings). Surely not a Plasma or a 4k set. (Yes, these 4k sets are the new power hogs).
13. The stand has to be completely assembled to the set first before placing it on the table. With other sets, their stand allows the panel to be lowered into place, then the screws are inserted. A far better design.
14. The gray/silver plastic cover to that stand is cheap looking and distracting as is that trim piece around the bezel. The stand should not stand out visually.
1. Some of these 'Cons' can, or should be fairly easy to fix. Many are just not fully thought out when these were designed.
2. Lastly, as far as I can tell from reading reviews over at Amazon (taken with a grain of salt of course) is, part of the problem with damaged Vizio sets is the lack of depth to their boxes, especially at the bottom. They are too thin with insufficient packaging material protecting the panel and the frame. I was able to compare this set with a 60" Sharp that were both boxed, on the floor of a local retailer. The Sharp was much larger. More so than just being a larger panel. It looked like it was a 65" set, not 60". They have much thicker Styrofoam inserts than Vizio has. Samsung has similar sized cartons, though actually thinner which was a surprise.
3. Regarding reports of problems over at Amazon using wireless Ethernet, I had no problem with connectivity. My router is only 15-20' away thru a wall and a wide 'furnace' (interior) chimney. I had no intention of using wireless due to reception issues, slower throughput and the hassle of security, I just wanted to try it. Running a Cat5e (or Cat6) cable usually isn't a big deal (if you have reasonably abilities). You never have to worry about interference of security issues.
I can't believe some actually returned their set just because of WiFi problems.
Abundant OTA television is what makes this country different from all others. Lets keep it this way. If you like Wi-Fi so much, OTA fits right in. After all, it is wireless.
Last edited by videobruce; 12-08-2014 at 04:36 AM.
Reason: updated comments, added analog audio out