I posted in the PC gaming forum about getting the 50" Vizio P50-c1
(replaced an old 46" Samsung 1080p LCD) as a PC monitor and for game consoles. Here's some updated thoughts:
I use this display mostly as a PC monitor, but also have a PS4 hooked up. Haven't hooked up the Xbox One yet, but that will happen soon.
Lots of various things to talk about, but short story - I find using it simply as a 1080p monitor up-rez to 4K suits my needs as a PC gaming monitor nicely. The Windows desktop is sized nicely for 1080p on a 50" monitor, and games' framerates at 1080P is much better than the 4k resolution.
The Vizio speakers aren't great, so hooked up an old Sony soundbar, which sounds much better. But the soundbar's pass-through is only HDMI 1.4, so no 4K while using it. The monitor's low lag 2.0 HDMI port #5
works with the soundbar's older HDMI 1.4 standard.
- The 1080p upscale to the monitor's 4k rez in games is pretty breathtaking
- Nice color
- Sharp details
- Excellent black level (FALD FTW!)
- very bright back-lighting
- Amazingly low input lag
- Price (sub-$1000)
- Speakers serviceable at best
- Setup and calibration* through the included Android tablet is interesting tech, but fairly clumsy and/or frustrating to use at times**
- Same as above with Casting, if using as a TV/movie monitor
- Application text (e.g. web browsing) using YCbCr444 tricky to get looking right
- The 50" is only a 60hz panel, the bigger P-series models are 120hz and allow for 1080p/120 input from PC or other sources
- Possibly related to the above, Clear Action on (strobing backlights) causes a lot of flicker with solid white, maybe because mine is the 60Hz model? Not sure if this is noticeable on the bigger 120Hz P-series panels
*I found the OOTB modes "Calibrated" and "Computer" to be pretty spot-on for my needs at a PC monitor, just had to turn the backlight down a bit to avoid blinding whites, and pinch the Blue offset up a bit in Calibrated and down a bit in Computer to correct for for a slightly too warm or cool appearance.
**Putting the Vizio SmartCast iOS app on the iPhone and an old iPad that was previously unused is much easier to control than the POS Android tablet included with the display. But, the "tablet remote" makes a nice clock sitting next to the TV!
Overall, aside from having to learn it's quirks, I'm thrilled with gaming on this display!!!!