Vizio OLED 4K UHD (2020) Review: For the masses

As others have noticed, I found the peak brightness of this TV darker than that of more expensive OLEDs, at least in the factory “calibrated” mode. This problem can be easily remedied, though it is not completely mitigated; you can increase the brightness in the advanced image settings menu, which makes the high dynamic range (HDR) content slightly more vivid.

As with all OLED panels, you can expect a bit of screen burn-in (where the content leaves a mark on the TV panel) during the life of the unit if you have a single drive (or a desktop bar, or ‘ menu) for many displays. hours per day. I suggest a standard LED TV like the TCL 6 series if you think this might be a problem, but it really is not for most people.

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Do not let lukewarm enthusiasts reach out to you on forums. Trust me: Although it’s not as bright or as detailed in darker scenes (or in brighter rooms) than more expensive OLEDs, this TV still looks remarkable.

I watched everything from 4K Blu-ray discs to 720p Plex streams, and in each case I was stunned at how fantastic a TV with this price looks. I just need to turn up the brightness and turn off motion level – things I would do on any new TV. From there, everything I played did not look fantastic. In previous years, the gap between TVs that was two or three times the price would be staggering. This year it feels like a little jump over a garden hose.

One area that I give Vizio the upper hand is with its Smartcast interface. It’s easily my favorite of the three major OLED TV companies, thanks to its intuitive interface and accompanying app. I like that it also supports both Apple AirPlay and Google Chromecast, so throwing away from any phone is a breeze.

It’s also better than Sony’s OLED in terms of console games. The Vizio is one of the few TVs on the market with HDMI 2.1 ports, as well as full support for using the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X with 4K resolution at a refresh rate of 120 frames per second. As of the publication, the only other TV that supports this feature is the LG CX (and other more expensive LG models).

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I could not test any of the new game systems in my review period (and I have heard that there are initially compatibility issues), but upgrading your TV (if you have money) is definitely worth accessing features and get the most out of your shiny new console.

Vizio’s OLED has some visual compromises, but overall, this new TV has the best price-to-performance ratio you’ll find outside of TCL’s 6 Series. Wait for a holiday sale, as it usually costs almost $ 1,000 if it does not go down. If I were looking for a new TV right now, it would be at the very top of my list.