Quick thoughts on my M70-D3
So it finally is here! Been waiting months now to finally get my hands on a new M70. It arrived yesterday and I was able to spend some time today setting it up and getting acquainted.
I don't have a whole lot to compare it to other than what I've been exposed to in the store as this is the first 'big' TV purchase I've had in almost a decade. Picture looks incredible to me. Obviously it is largely dependent upon the content you play on it of course. I found that the 'Moving Art' videos on Netflix in 4k, in particular, are a great way to showcase the power of the high resolution and akin to the WOW effect you'd have browsing new TVs displaying reference demos in the store. If you are at all feeling underwhelmed with the picture quality, just load one of those up and you'll be pretty pumped on it.
I also played a bit of Marco Polo and The Do-Over to test out the HDR capabilities, but alas, I really don't have anything to compare this against HDR-wise. I guess it looks ok? I didn't really see any mind-blowing stuff here to be honest, but it could very much be the content that is underwhelming -- I'm going to guess that, at the very least, I probably shouldn't look to a crappy Adam Sandler flick to push the boundaries of HDR tech. I suspect if I plunk down some $$$ for something like Mad Max I'll see what I'm supposed to see here.
Blacks on the TV are super black, things look nice and bright when they need to, and overall it's a really slick looking picture. You'll need to play around with the picture settings, of which there are a lot of, so I'm really looking forward to seeing some calibration settings show up on here because I'm a bit overwhelmed to be honest!
Have not noticed any light bleeding, weird spots, or any of that stuff people on these forums harp over. Everything just looks great. Picture does start to look worse if you view from an angle, but it's still pretty solid and on par with what you'd see with other sets in the price range.
Now for the streaming tech. The reliance on Chromecast and lack of any real interface is going to be very, very polarzing I'm sure. As someone that has had a handful of 'smart' TVs only to see them quickly turn 'dumb' with next to nothing in the way of firmware updates that result in dated looking interfaces that are unsupported, unresponsive and clunky, I think Vizio was very smart to go this route. For those older sets, I eventually had to pick up a secondary streaming source like a Fire Stick, Roku, Apple TV, etc. There are any number of cheap streaming devices on the market (a little more for 4k, but still not bad), so if you really really need a built-in interface, just pick up whichever one you like best.
The Chromecast connectivity on this makes it so you are never going to feel like you're stuck with dated 'smart' tech. As long as your phone can get updates, you'll be good to go. The fact that they even through in a nice looking tablet if you don't want to use your phone (you literally can do all of it on your phone), is pretty amazing and I'm sure primarily meant for those who just don't have a smartphone.
It's going to take a while for some people to embrace this method, but surely it's the direction we're headed in across the board as it's incredibly efficient and future proof. But seriously, if you really hate it, just pick up a dedicated OTT streaming platform -- this should not be a reason of any sort to return the set with so many alternatives out there.
Sorry for my amateur hour-ish review, but I promised to share my thoughts once I could!!!