The Vizio D Series 1080p 2016 is a good budget LED TV. It performs good enough across the board, with average-good picture quality. It handles motion very well. Note: this review is for the 1080p variant of the D Series. We reviewed the 4k UHD separately here.
- Good basic picture quality.
- Low input lag and motion blur, which is great for video games.
- Loss of picture quality at an angle.
- Cable and DVDs look slightly blurrier than most TVs.
From watching directly in front, the design of the Vizio D Series 2016 looks good. From the side, or in a setup where the back of the TV can be seen, it appears bulky. It feels a bit cheap with all parts being made out of plastic, but it is not the worst looking TV.
- 11% Contrast
- 6% Local Dimming
- 6% SDR Peak Brightness
- 6% HDR Peak Brightness
- 6% Gray Uniformity
- 7% Viewing Angle
- 4% Black Uniformity
- 2% Gradient
- 4% Pre Calibration
- 1% Post Calibration
- 6% 480p Input
- 9% 720p Input
- 11% 1080p Input
- 6% 4k Input
- 4% Color Gamut
- 4% Color Volume
- 1% Image Retention
- 6% Reflections
- 1% 3D
The Vizio D 1080p 2016 has average picture quality. The contrast ratio and black uniformity is good. High quality sources look great with a lot of details and dark scenes are rendered nicely even in a low light environment. The colors of the Vizio D are also accurate after a few settings tweaks. Unfortunately, the Vizio D Series doesn't offer high end features like HDR or 3D. Unfortunately when viewed even slightly off-axis the picture quality diminishes rapidly. It also has an average brightness.
The D Series has deep blacks which results in a great contrast ratio that makes the picture pops.
Poor local dimming, especially for a full array. Some edge-lit TVs even do better than this. In our video, you can't see much blooming, but that's because it dims the dot too much.
It can get fairly bright but not anywhere near the level of higher end HDR TVs. For regular content, this is good enough.
This TV does not support HDR.
The uniformity of the screen isn't good and a yellow tint can be seen both in the middle and on the left side of the display. It is still better than an average LED TV.
The television has poor viewing angles, colors become washed out and the blacks become gray. It is recommended to be sitting in front of the television rather than at an angle.
Great black uniformity. Not much clouding can be seen on a totally black screen. Great for dark scenes.
The Vizio D Series 1080p 2016 uses an 8 bit panel. Gradations can be seen in the shift of colors. This won't be a problem in regular content although some banding can be seen on some scenes.
Out of the box, red is a little prominent and give a little too warm look to the picture. White balance dE isn't too high and doesn't create problems.
Most issues could be fixed with calibration. White balance dE got very low and a few color issues could be resolved.
Good for regular Rec.709 content only. Colors cannot get more saturated like TVs that support HDR.
The color volume is below average. The TV can't produce very saturated colors at any luminance level.
The television handles reflections well and will be capable of getting bright which should be enough to for most living room environments.
No 3D feature.
The Vizio D Series 1080P LED is good when it comes to handling motion. It's great for making fast moving objects clear, such as a player throwing a ball to another player. Movies played from a PC or cable experience judder. There are no motion interpolation features.
The response time is low, therefore there is almost no motion blur. The trail following the moving logo in our test is short and faint. The down transitions are slower than the up transitions, which results in an orange tone between the letters of our logo. Enabling "Clear Action" can make the image even clearer, but will make the television flicker a great deal which may bother some.
The D Series 1080p 2016 uses PWM to dim the backlight at a frequency of 480 Hz. It is possible to reduce the backlight frequency to 60Hz to clear up motion, but this produces a visible flicker.
Only 24p sources are completely judder-free. 60p and 60i have constant judder.
There is no motion interpolation features on this TV.
The Vizio D Series 1080p supports a wide range of inputs which should be great for most people. The input lag is also quite low which is good. Unfortunately it is only a 1080p TV so doesn't support higher resolutions, and text on some backgrounds may not be clear.
The input lag of this television is low, which will be great for fast pace first person shooter games. Enabling 'Game' as a picture mode will enable both the 'Clear Action' and 'Game Low Latency' settings, which will help with motion blur, but as a result the input lag will go to 30.7ms, and you will have more flickering during game play.
- 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
- 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Update: From further testing we have concluded that all current Vizio TVs that we have reviewed do not display 4:4:4, but 4:2:2. This is due to the TV inputs accepting 4:4:4 but actually displaying 4:2:2. 4:2:2 is better than 4:2:0, but slightly blurrier for text than 4:4:4.
Average sound quality for a TV. It is good enough for most people, but if you are serious about sound, even a cheap sound bar will be an upgrade.
Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.
Good frequency response, however, there may be some pumping and compression present at higher volumes. Low-end cutoff and maximum loudness are below average, even for a TV.
Relatively high distortion number overall, however, at higher volumes the amount of rise in distortion is acceptable and the sound doesn't fall apart (unlike some other TVs).
The smart interface of the Vizio D Series 1080p 2016 isn't the prettiest but is straightforward enough to use and offers a good variety of apps. Most of the interface is quick and easy to navigate in. Without the help of a better remote, long text input can be a little awkward.
Differences between Sizes and Variants
The Vizio D Series 1080p 2016 TV has a lot of variants. The one we bought is the 50" with SKU D50-D1. The 43" model D43-D1 has an IPS panel that produce weaker blacks and contrast but wider/better viewing angle. Except for this particular size, we expect our review to be valid for the other sizes of the Vizio D 1080p 2016. Some other differences can be found depending on sizes as illustrated in the table below. Our review is not valid for the 4k UHD variations of the Vizio D Series which we have reviewed separately here.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Vizio D Series doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.
|Size||Model||Effective Refresh Rate||Real Refresh Rate||HDMI #||Speakers||DTS TruVolume||Backlight||Local Dimming Zones|
|32"||D32-D1||120 Hz||60 Hz||2||5W x 2||Yes||Direct||N/A|
|40"||D40-D1||120 Hz||60 Hz||2||8W x 2||Yes||Direct||N/A|
|43"||D43-D1||120 Hz||60 Hz||2||10W x 2||Yes||FALD||5|
|43"||D43-D2||120 Hz||60 Hz||3||10W x 2||No||FALD||5|
|48"||D48-D0||120 Hz||60 Hz||3||10W x 2||Yes||FALD||5|
|50"||D50-D1||120 Hz||60 Hz||3||10W x 2||Yes||FALD||12|
|55"||D55-D2||120 Hz||60 Hz||3||15W x 2||No||FALD||12|
|60"||D60-D3||120 Hz||60 Hz||3||10W x 2||No||FALD||10|
|65"||D65-D2||120 Hz||60 Hz||3||15W x 2||No||FALD||16|
|70"||D70-D3||120 Hz||60 Hz||3||10W x 2||No||FALD||12|
Compared to other TVs
The Vizio D Series 1080p 2016 has a lot of bang for the buck. It is sold cheaper than many comparable TVs for the same kind of features. This makes it easy to recommend.
The Vizio D Series 4k 2016 is very similar to the 1080p version. Almost all our measurements are the same. If you are watching mostly low resolution content, stick to the cheaper 1080p.
The TCL FS3750 isn't as good as the Vizio, especially for watching movies in the dark. But overall, the picture quality is not far off, so you might want to save a little bit by opting for the TCL, which is good enough for people looking for a basic TV.