The Vizio E Series 4k 2016 that we reviewed has a average picture quality for a 4k UHD TV. It has a lot of blur on fast action movements and its picture quality deteriorates quickly as soon as it is viewed slightly from the side. Only movies revealed to be a decent experience on it.
- Good contrast ratio and uniform blacks
- Picture quickly deteriorates when viewed from the side
- Fast motion appears blurry
- No built-in tuner
Although better than last year design, the Vizio E Series 4k 2016 still doesn't rival higher end TVs. It is still a thick TV but gone is the blocky design. The back of the TV has smoother curves now. The stand is separated into two feet.
- 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 provides an average picture quality. Dark scenes appear okay due to the good contrast and uniformity and there is smooth performance when watching movies on a DVD or Blu-ray. This TV does not support HDR content and the colors are not good out of the box, but can be calibrated with a smart phone or tablet. Low resolution content appears less defined. It has an average brightness and reflection performance. Unfortunately the picture quality degrades very quickly when viewed from the side.
The contrast ratio provides good performance in dark scenes, however the blacks appear slightly gray in a completely dark room.
The TV has a full-array backlight, but doesn't have good local dimming performance. The entire screen dims, including bright objects, and highlights flicker. Depending on the TV in the series, there are either 10 or 12 local dimming zones.
The Vizio E Series 2016 has a bad SDR peak brightness. This TV can get very bright, and the local dimming dims too much the small highlights. This makes this TV not the best option if you have a bright room since it won't get bright enough to fight glare.
Update 02/09/2016: With the latest firmware update (220.127.116.11) The Vizio E Series 4k 2016 is now HDR compatible. We did retest the peak brightness, and it is still average, and it is far from the HDR standard of 1000 cd/m².
The uniformity of the TV is average, with the sides appearing darker and some lighter bands visible. The dirty screen effect is average, and will be visible when panning across a field.
As soon as viewers are slightly off axis, the picture deteriorates. It has one of the worst viewing angles that we measured. Part of this is due to the horizontal pixel sub-structure. See the 'Pixels' section for more details.
There is good black uniformity, with only some clouding visible. Due to the narrow viewing angle, the sides appear slightly brighter in dark scenes.
The gradient appears very consistent with only slight tints. 8 bit gradations and dithering are visible.
Out of the box, the pre-calibration on this TV was average. There is a great deal of issues for the white balance dE as well as the color dE.
The only possible way to fix the issues that were apparent in the pre-calibration was with the use of a handheld device. By downloading the 'Vizio SmartCast' application we were able to adjust most of the settings on the television, but it was a tedious process.
The Vizio E-Series 2016 doesn't have a wide range of colors and as such it will only be enough for Rec. 709 content.
Although the E Series 4k 2016 has been updated to support HDR, it can't produce the saturated colors necessary for an improved image.
Reflections can appear large and diffused but can be seen through as long as they aren't too bright.
The pixel sub-structure is horizontal much like the Sony W650D, R510C and the TCL FS3800 that we reviewed. This kind of pixel alignment results in narrower horizontal viewing angle but slightly better vertical viewing angle, like for a bedroom where the TV is usually a little above the viewers eye level.
The Vizio E Series 4k 2016 is an terrible TV for anything with fast motion. During fast moving gameplays objects will have a long visible trail that will follow them. Movies played from a blu-ray player or streaming apps play smoothly but there are no motion interpolation features.
This TV is horrible when it comes to dealing with motion blur, there is a long trail behind the logo that can be seen fairly well. The response time is quite high as well with most of the transition taking a fair amount of time. The backlight of the TV isn't flicker free, which may annoy some.
The Vizio E Series 4k 2016 has the 'Clear Action' option which reduces the backlight frequency and helps to clear up motion a bit.
24p content over a 24Hz signal is displayed with no judder, however judder is experienced when playing 24p movies over a 60Hz signal. Game mode reduces some of the judder, but it is still present.
Unlike the cheaper D Series 4k 2016, this TV doesn't have any motion interpolation setting.
Although the input lag is quite low, video game performance is not good due to the large amount of blur present in fast moving scenes. Since this is a Vizio TV, text will appear blurrier than usual on a PC.
Update 02/09/2016: Retested with the newest firmware (18.104.22.168). The input lag under a 1080p resolution is now higher than before by almost 15 ms, but on the other hand, the 4k input lag is now around 15 ms better than before. Note that the Vizio E Series 4k 2016 is now compatible with HDR.
- 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 02/09/2016: Retested with the newest firmware (22.214.171.124) and now the Vizio E Series 4k 2016 can now display the chroma subsampling correctly when set in the 'Computer' picture mode.
Update 02/09/2016: With the latest firmware update (126.96.36.199) The Vizio E Series 4k 2016 is now HDR compatible.
Average sound quality for a TV. The bass response is pretty poor. If you care about sound quality, you will need to invest in a sound bar at least.
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, which is relatively flat for the most part. However, the low-end cutoff of 143Hz means that this TV lacks a lot of bass. Also, with maximum loudness of 88.3dB, this TV doesn't get much loud either. And when it does, some pumping and compression may be present.
Average distortion results. The overall amount of harmonic distortion at 75 and 85dB SPL are good. However, at maximum volume, there is a noticeable rise in harmonic distortion, while remaining within acceptable limits (for a TV).
Just like the Vizio P Series, the Vizio E Series 4k 2016 also uses SmartCast as an operating system which is similar as that of the ChromeCast operating system. The television waits for a feed, whether it be a video or a photo, to be sent from a handheld device using an application that supports casting. Unlike the Vizio P Series this TV doesn't not with an included tablet, therefore you would have to use your own handheld device to take advantage of the casting services.
It lacks a built-in tuner, which means you cannot connect an antenna or cable directly to the TV. You will need to buy a separate tuner like this one.
This TV uses SmartCast, and as such there is no application on the actual TV itself. However, if you have a handheld device you will have many applications to choose from that supports casting. There are already many major application such as Youtube, Netflix and Spotify that supports it. Amazon Prime isn't supported at the moment.
The remote that comes with the Vizio E 4k 2016 is the same basic one that come with the Vizio P Series 2016. The Vizio E 4k 2016 is made to be controlled via the Vizio SmartCast application using a smart phone or tablet which isn't included in the box.
Differences between Sizes and Variants
The Vizio E Series 4K TV that we bought is the 48" with SKU E48U-D0. Different sizes have different panel provenances, so it is possible our review doesn't represent exactly all sizes. If someone's Vizio E Series 4k doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.
Note: This review does not apply to the 1080p variant of the Vizio E, which we will review separately.
|Size||Model||Effective Refresh Rate||Real Refresh Rate||USB #||Speakers||Local Dimming Zones|
|43"||E43u-D2||120 Hz||60 Hz||2||10W x 2||10|
|48"||E48u-D0||120 Hz||60 Hz||1||15W x 2||10|
|50"||E50u-D2||120 Hz||60 Hz||2||10W x 2||12|
|55"||E55u-D2||120 Hz||60 Hz||2||10W x 2||10|
|55"||E55u-D0||120 Hz||60 Hz||2||15W x 2||10|
|60"||E60u-D3||120 Hz||60 Hz||2||10W x 2||10|
|65"||E65u-D3||120 Hz||60 Hz||2||10W x 2||12|
|70"||E70u-D3||120 Hz||60 Hz||2||10W x 2||12|
Compared to other TVs
The Vizio E 4k 2016 that we reviewed is hard to recommend because of the amount of motion blur it has. Other similarly priced TVs performs better and make more sense when it comes to a buying decision.
The Samsung KU6300 is a much better and versatile TV. It is similar for watching movies but sports and video games are especially better on the Samsung TV.
The Vizio D Series 4k 2016 offers a similar movie experience although its local dimming feature is slightly inferior. For sports and video games though, the Vizio D 4k 2016 is the clear winner.
The Vizio P Series 2016 is a much better TV than the Vizio E 4k 2016. This stays true no matter the content with the exception of low quality sources where both TVs struggles. If you can afford the price difference, don't hesitate to get the Vizio P.
The TCL US5800 is slightly inferior when it comes to watching movies but offers better performances for sports and video games since it has less motion blur.