Vizio launches P, M and V series TVs for US in 2019

From flagship to affordable

by Andy Bassett May 23, 2019 at 12:52 PM

  • American TV manufacturer, Vizio has released its full range of 2019 4K HDR Smart TVs, a total of 21 models over 3 ranges within which a mix of enhanced Quantum-Dot colours, standard 4K colour, dimming zones or conventional Full Array backlighting can be found.
    Now available at retailers across the US, Vizio’s latest TVs are branded as one of the following; the premium P-Series, the midrange M-Series or the entry level V-Series. All feature 4K resolution and HDR support for Dolby Vision, HLG and HDR10, though the efficacy of the HDR will be reduced in some of the M-Series and all of the V-Series models as brightness levels drop through the ranks.

    The P-Series sets come in two flavours, the flagship P Quantum X models or the standard P Quantum models, which feature fewer dimming zones and lower maximum brightness. The top end, 75-inch Quantum X model has 480 dimming zones and tops out the high end Vizio range at $3,500, putting it on a footing with other high end competitors in terms of price. The smaller 65-inch Quantum X has fewer dimming zones at 384 but an overall higher brightness at 3000 nits and costs $2,200.

    While dimming zones are present in the second tier M-series, the number drops from 90 to 12 moving down through the models, and with a maximum brightness of 600 nits - though most are only 400 nits - the presentation of HDR may not be delivered to its full extent.

    Dimming zones are lacking entirely in the most of the affordable V-Series models which rely on Full Array backlighting, though the availability of a 75-inch version at $1,200 could be attractive to those who want a large screen at a budget price.

    The entire range of 2019 TVs will feature the company’s SmartCast 3.0 smart TV platform. This latest version allows users to customize the row of streaming apps on their TV’s home screen and has access to built-in services such as Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, and others. As always with Vizio TVs, casting content from any app that supports Chromecast to the TV screen is an option.

    Moreover, all the models will receive a future update to enable support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 wireless protocol, which will allow content to be streamed from viewers' iPhone, iPads and Macs directly to the TVs. Support for Apple’s smart home protocol, HomeKit will also be added. This update, available over the summer, will extend to older Vizio models too, going back to 2016.

    Vizio’s CEO Bill Baxter said "Further rounding out Vizio's unmatched entertainment experience is our intuitive Vizio SmartCast 3.0 smart TV platform. SmartCast 3.0 adds even more value with the upcoming support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, making it compatible with Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa for ultimate user flexibility no matter their preferred ecosystem."

    The Vizio range is available now at US retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.

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