Vizio P Series 2160p Smart 4K UHD Television

Last updated date: October 6, 2020

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Vizio P Series 2160p Smart 4K UHD Television

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Overall Take

If you're looking for an affordable TV with a great picture, the Vizio P Series may be just what you need. It incorporates Dolby Vision to give you crisp, vivid images with deep blacks, even in darker rooms. One thing that sets this TV apart from others is the built-in tuner, making it an ideal choice for the many cord-cutters who still need to access local stations. In our analysis of 107 expert reviews, the Vizio Vizio P Series 2160p Smart 4K UHD Television placed 11th when we looked at the top 22 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
396 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The 2018 Vizio P-Series F1 offers everything you need to enjoy a high-end TV experience today. The TV uses full-array local dimming, which produces superior contrast ratios for SD and HD content but also provides the best HDR experience on an LCD TV.
- New York Times Wirecutter
If you're looking for the best picture you can afford, and you can't afford an OLED TV, Vizio's P-Series deserves a spot on your list.
The picture quality of the Vizio P Series 2018 is very good. It has a good contrast ratio enhanced by effective local dimming. This produces deep blacks in dark scenes which in combination with the rich colors and the high brightness is great for HDR.
Along with stunning 4K UHD and HDR performance, the new P-Series offers a solid collection of features new and old, not least of which is the return of the TV tuner,
- Digital Trends
I was most impressed by the inky blacks. The P Series can’t compare to the blacks you’ll see on LG’s surreal OLED TVs, but it’s damn close at times, and that’s impressive.
- Wired
The P-Series is a great choice if you're after a TV that performs at an above-average level with great pricing.
- Tech Radar
What experts didn't like
Vizio chose to go with the clawfoot stand design in which the two feet are spaced far apart, so the P-Series F1 needs a table or stand that is as wide as it is—we prefer TVs with a center stand.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The main question is whether the (non-Quantum) P-Series reviewed here is worth the extra money -- currently a couple hundred bucks -- over Vizio's own M series or TCL's 6 series. My answer is no, it's not.
The Vizio P Series 2018 has a mediocre sound. This TV has an above-average loudness but doesn't produce much bass, and it may also lack some detail and presence on dialogs.
We’re still slightly disappointed with Smartcast, but it gets the job done, and the return of the TV tuner is a win for everyone.
- Digital Trends
Vizio’s onboard "Smartcast" app interface is less ideal, like most TV-maker made interfaces. It has many of the big apps, and they’re all sluggish.
- Wired
It has a number of top-shelf features with good black levels, but has its share of problems, too, like some audio reproduction issues and a slower operating platform. I
- Tech Radar

From The Manufacturer

Notice every detail with this 55-inch VIZIO 4K smart TV. Dolby Vision HDR provides vibrant color and contrast and 56 local dimming zones produce the deepest blacks, while content looks sharp and lifelike thanks to the 4K HDR technology. This 55-inch VIZIO 4K smart TV lets you access top streaming apps with built-in Google Chromecast.

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LG 22LJ4540 22-Inch 1080p IPS LED Television
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TCL 40-Inch Smart LED Roku TV
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LG 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV
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Sony XBR75X900F 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
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Overall Score: 8.7
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Vizio P Series 2160p Smart 4K UHD Television
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Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
Samsung Flat QLED 4K UHD 9 Series Television
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Toshiba 32LF221U19 Smart HD Television, 32-Inch
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LG 55-Inch 4K UHD Smart OLED Television
14. LG 55-Inch 4K UHD Smart OLED Television
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Toshiba 55-Inch Ultra Smart TV, 55LF711U20
15. Toshiba 55-Inch Ultra Smart TV, 55LF711U20
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 0
TCL 32-Inch HD 720P Roku Television
16. TCL 32-Inch HD 720P Roku Television
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Insignia 39-inch Full HD Smart LED TV
17. Insignia 39-inch Full HD Smart LED TV
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TCL 55S517 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV
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TCL S-Series 4K Roku TV
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Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Televisions

TVs have come a long way since the days of black-and-white broadcasts. Not only can you access hundreds, even thousands, of channels through cable and satellite providers, but you can use apps to stream a seemingly unlimited number of TV shows and movies.

But all of this technology has only made finding and purchasing a TV more complicated than ever. When you start shopping, you’ll immediately be bombarded with terms like LED, OLED and 4K HD. When you factor in screen size and access to apps, it gets even harder to figure out what you need.

As you consider picture quality, there are several factors that are important. Not only does the sharpness of the images on the screen matter, but you should also consider whether a set can achieve truly black tones, even in the darkest rooms. Many of the top TVs struggle to provide this, but manufacturers have been fiercely competing to be at the top of their industry in this area.

Another variable when looking at picture quality is glare. If your TV will be in a bright room, the “true black tones” won’t be as much a concern as the sunlight coming in through the windows. There are some TVs that seem to magnify even the slightest bit of light, meaning you’ll never be able to enjoy a good movie during the daytime. However, that same TV in a movie room or basement may work fine.

Once you’ve considered picture quality, it’s time to think about apps. Some TVs come with the Roku service built-in, which means you can access streaming services like Netflix and Hulu without an additional device.

Since streaming relies heavily on search, voice functionality is crucial. As you’re shopping, look around for a TV with a remote you can control via voice. Some remotes do better with intricate search features like stating channel names, for instance, so it’s important to check into that if you plan to use voice-to-search functionality with your new TV.

Of course, even with all of these features, there’s no denying that the look and feel of your new TV is important. Whether you’re hanging it on a wall or setting it atop an entertainment cabinet, you’ll want a TV set that complements your room’s décor rather than detracting from it. You’ll probably find while shopping that many TVs are basically the same in design, with small differences. But even something as simple as the thickness of the frame around your screen can matter when you’re sitting down to watch a movie.

DWYM Fun Fact

Flat-screen TVs may have first been available to consumers in the early 2000s, but they’ve actually been around since 1964. That year, both the first LCD and first plasma display panel TVs were invented. The technology had to wait several decades for broadcast providers to catch up. In 1996, the U.S. had its first-ever high-definition digital broadcast. Even then, it took time for enough HD content to be provided for consumers to invest in the technology. Today, consumers can find a variety of programming for their 4K HD TVs, including original programming on streaming networks like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The Television Buying Guide

  • The most important differentiator when you’re choosing a TV is picture quality. There are very big differences in picture quality from TV to TV, including brightness, contrast, blacks, video processing and cloudiness.
  • Dolby Vision has become a sought-after feature in TVs, so look for that logo if you’re interested in buying a TV with this technology that means top-notch picture quality.
  • Glare is an important issue, especially if your TV will be set up in a room with plenty of windows. The Samsung QLED 4K UHD’s finish is designed to combat those reflections, while other sets simply can’t overcome them.
  • One of the most frustrating things about a newer TV can be finding that it looks great, but only when you’re seated directly in front of it. Keep that in mind when you’re making your purchasing decision.
  • A crisp, vivid picture isn’t worth much if the colors you’re viewing are off. Some televisions feature deep blacks, combined with rich colors and bright brights. This is especially valuable if you’re taking advantage of the TV’s HDR.  The Samsung Electronics 32-Inch 1080p Smart LED Television provides impressive color accuracy, even in bright rooms.
  • If you’re setting up your TV in a home theater, contrast is especially important. You’ll enjoy watching even the darkest scenes on some TVs, which use local dimming and native contrast to display dark colors even in low lighting.
  • Although all the TVs have access to apps, some models have integrated Roku, so they’re set up to make accessing your streaming content easy. The TCL 40-Inch Smart LED Roku TV takes you directly to your content.
  • Be sure to measure the space you intend to put your TV in — then measure it again. You’d hate to have to return your brand new TV because it won’t fit on your console or the space on your wall.
  • Unless you move every few months, chances are your TV will stay in the same place for most of its lifespan. Still, it’s always nice to have a TV with a durable build. The Samsung Electronics 32-Inch 1080p Smart LED Television has a sturdy feel, along with uniform thickness throughout.
  • If you aren’t planning to mount your TV, note the type of stand it uses. Some TVs have two clawfeet stands on either side, which means you’ll need to set it on a tabletop wider than it is. With center-stand TVs, you have the luxury of using a smaller table and having the TV hang over slightly if necessary.
  • Before you buy a TV, determine whether you plan to mount it or set it on its stand. Since not all TVs come with mounts, you may need to buy one when you purchase your TV.
  • With some TV purchases, you can add on expert installation for a small fee. If you aren’t comfortable hanging your TV, this may be the way to go.
  • Cables are an important consideration when choosing a TV you plan to mount. The Samsung Electronics 32-Inch 1080p Smart LED Television plans for this by providing one slim cable that hooks all of your equipment up to the TV. This is through the use of the One Connect Box, a small box that lets you connect all your devices in one place. Since you’ll need somewhere to store the box, this setup is ideal if you have an entertainment cabinet beneath your wall-mounted TV.
  • For the many householders that have joined the cord-cutting revolution, some TV brings back the built-in TV tuner, giving you access to local channels when you aren’t streaming.
  • Sound on most of the TVs you buy today will prove inadequate, so set some of your spending money aside so that you can add on a soundbar. If you want full surround sound, you’ll need to invest in a speaker system, which can get pricey.
  • Although today’s TVs are much less conspicuous than TVs from previous generations, appearance is still important. Some models include a new feature called Ambient Mode, which provides decorative content and optional background music. You can even upload your own photos to display when the TV is idle.
  • Price may be the biggest differentiators in this lineup of TVs. Keep in mind the size and all the features you’re getting when you consider your budget for a TV.
  • Compatibility is an even bigger factor than ever when choosing a TV. Check to make sure the devices you already own are ideal for the TV you choose.