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Vizio is bringing that summertime heat

We’ve focused a good bit on the products coming from Vizio, as they seem to offer a great “bang for your buck” while bringing along some nice technology. Even on the lower end, their products can really spruce up your current setup. Today, we’ll give you a quick rundown of their new products.

When we were presented with the new offerings Vizio is bringing to bear, the first wasn’t actually a physical product. It’s their SmartCast 4.0 app, that, along with all the various streaming channel hook-ins, can tie into your household IoT (aka home automation) setup, complete with ties to your favorite voice-activated assistant. Additionally, it will bring enhanced rating information to the screen, helping parents make the right call for what’s appropriate for their children.

This functionality isn’t just limited to their newer TVs, either – it’ll be rolled out to products in their line as old as 2016. That said, it’ll be the newer TVs, with their updated processor, that will be the snappiest. Speaking of TVs, they do have a whole slew of things coming to the fore. I’ve got the full grid down below, but you’ve got the M-Series in sizing from 50″ ($400) up to 65″ ($750), the P-series Quantum in 65″ ($1,200) or 75″ ($1,700) and the P-Series Quantum X, ranging from 65″ (at $1,700) up to 85″ ($3,000). A range of sets and features for whatever size room (and budget) you’re dealing with.

Now, to the uneducated (read: me) those prior sets seem pretty standard in terms of what you might look for in a TV, and are probably guided more by size and cost pressures. However, if you’re going to get a bit more discerning about the technology in your set, the V-Series definitely makes things more interesting. These start as small as 40″ (at $230) and go all the way up to 75″ (at $800). These sets add ACR10 support, and also have HDMI 2.1 ports – which, among other fun things, will allow you to control a soundbar with your TV remote.

The Vizio V-Series sets also introduce something call the V Gaming Engine. What this is is a set of system settings that setup the TV to be tuned for fast response times with a video game system. How this is clever is that the input on the TV will automatically pick up that you’re sending it a feed from an XBox or Playstation, and automatically switch to gaming mode – no drilling through menus to switch it over. Pro-tip here – the 2021 M-Series sets (which I breezed over up above) also offer this capability.

Now, if you care less about the video gaming but want the ultimate display for your movies, then why not an OLED screen? That’s what the new Vizio OLED sets offer in either 55″ ($1,300) or 65″ ($2,000) guise. Then again, you don’t have to decide, really, as the ProGaming engine shows up here as well, all supporting up to 4K resolution at 120Hz. And if you are gaming, it has a variable refresh rate that can sync to the game’s native refresh rate and adjust from 40Hz to 120Hz on the fly. You’ll notice in that photo above that there’s a soundbar that looks like it’s mounted to the TV – and it sort of is.

That, friends, is the new Vizio Elevate soundbar, designed specifically to fit into the stand of the OLED set. Not only that, it’s got some tricks up it’s sleeves. You’ve got a true 5.1.4 system with the wireless subwoofer and rear satellites. The fun here is in the main soundbar. You’ve got the drivers on the outer edges that can rotate up (to fire the sound toward the ceiling for a bounce) or be pointed forward. Not only that, the bar can pick up what signal it’s getting, and adjust the angle of those outer drivers. Or, if you like, you could override the automatic setting and have it set as you want. The Elevate is a tidy add-on for the OLED sets, and comes in at $999 for the full 5.1.4 setup.

That doesn’t mean that Vizio is ignoring the other parts of their audio range. Nossir! They’ve got their M-Series setting things at entry-level pricing of $150 that brings a 2.1 setup to your mix. My money is on the V-Series, which allows you to do a 2.1 setup ($180) or a 5.1 setup ($250) complete with a 5″ wireless sub. Those are all cool, but you know what I really like on the more expensive V-Series? The remote. Of all things, it’s the remote, because it’s backlit. While I dig my current soundbar, seeing the buttons in the dark room can be tricky. And I did ask, but there are no plans (yet) to sell the remote seperately.

Then again, if you’ve got one of the newer 2021 Vizio sets with HDMI 2.1 and a soundbar with the same inputs, you should be able to control it with your TV remote. And speaking of corresponding – while the other lines (M-Series and V-Series) don’t click together like the OLED + Elevate combo, they are designed – literally – to be complementary. The designs of these have been updated, and done in such a way that they complement each other. So, if you’re picking up an M-Series set, say, getting the M-Series soundbar is an easy pairing.

With everyone staying home, you’ve no doubt been spending a lot more time watching TV and movies, or video gaming, than you might have otherwise. If you think your set has gotten a bit long in the tooth, then one of these new Vizio offerings can likely fit the bill – and your budget. Check out all the details below, and of course over at vizio.com

Tech Specs from Vizio

LCD TVs – M-Series Quantum, P-Series Quantum, and P-Series Quantum X

ModelPrice SizeLocal Dimming ZonesUltraBrightColorColor Volume2ProcessorVRR
P85QX-H1$ 2,999.99 857923000Quantum Color180%IQ Ultra48-120Hz
P75QX-H1$ 1,999.99 754802800Quantum Color180%IQ Ultra48-120Hz
P65QX-H1$ 1,499.99 653843000Quantum Color180%IQ Ultra48-120Hz
P75Q9-H1$ 1,699.99 752401200Quantum Color120%IQ Ultra48-120Hz
P65Q9-H1$ 1,199.99 652001200Quantum Color120%IQ Ultra48-120Hz
M65Q8-H1$     749.99 6590800Quantum Color85%IQ Active48-60Hz
M55Q8-H1$     549.99 5590800Quantum Color85%IQ Active48-60Hz
M65Q7-H1$     699.99 6530600Quantum Color75%IQ Active48-60Hz
M55Q7-H1$     499.99 5530600Quantum Color75%IQ Active48-60Hz
M50Q7-H1$     399.99 5016400Quantum Color75%IQ Active48-60Hz

LCD TVs – V-Series

ModelPrice SizePicture PerformanceProcessorGaming EngineDynamic Motion RateHDMIHDR Support
V755-H4$     799.99 75Full ArrayIQ ActiveV Gaming Engine1202.1Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
V705-H3$     659.99 70Full ArrayIQ ActiveV Gaming Engine1202.1Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
V655-H9$     469.99 65Full ArrayIQ ActiveV Gaming Engine1202.1Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
V605$     399.99 60Full ArrayIQ ActiveV Gaming Engine1202.1Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
V585$     349.99 58Full ArrayIQ ActiveV Gaming Engine1202.1Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
V555$     339.99 55Full ArrayIQ ActiveV Gaming Engine1202.1Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
V505x$     299.99 50Full ArrayIQ ActiveV Gaming Engine1202.1Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
V435$     279.99 43Full ArrayIQ ActiveV Gaming Engine1202.1Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
V405$     229.99 40Full ArrayIQ ActiveV Gaming Engine1202.1Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG

OLED TVs

ModelPrice SizeLocal DimmingUltraBrightColorColor GamutProcessorVRR
OLED65-H1$ 1,999.99 65Pixel Level Dimming (8.29m)800Ultra Color Spectrum98% DCI-P3IQ Ultra40-120Hz
OLED55-H1$ 1,299.99 55Pixel Level Dimming (8.29m)800Ultra Color Spectrum98% DCI-P3IQ Ultra40-120Hz

*All models above include ProGaming Engine, Active Full Array, and HDMI 2.1, with eARC available on HDMI 1

Sound Bars

SeriesModelPrice ConfigChannels
/Speakers
Wireless SubOutput (SPL)HDMIRemote 
V-SeriesV21-H8$ 179.99 2.13/35″96dBYES / ARCNew Design
V51-H6$ 249.99 5.16/65″96dBYES / ARCBacklit Design
M-SeriesM21d-H8$ 149.99 2.13/6No; 2x 3″ Built-in98dBYES / ARCNew Design
ElevateP514a-H6$999.99 5.1.410/188″107dBYES/ 2 In/1 (eARC)Backlit Design
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One collection to rule them all – introducing Vizio Movies Anywhere

With our various media collections, it can be tricky to keep track of what services you’ve purchased what on. Once upon a time, it was simple – you went to your shelf, grabbed the disc, and away you went. Now, with so much of it delivered digitally (even if you have a Blu-ray), it can be tricky to remember where you’ve got things, let alone have a unified search. The Vizio Movies Anywhere looks to correct that issue.

How so? Well, provided you have a Vizio SmartCast TV, this is something you can do today, courtesy of Vizio Movies Anywhere. Here’s how they say it works:

MOVIES ANYWHERE brings together users’ movie collections from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Twentieth Century Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

The app enables consumers to sync their movie collections across digital accounts – Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu/Walmart, Xfinity, Google Play/YouTube, Microsoft Movies & TV, FandangoNOW and Verizon Fios TV – bringing together one cohesive movie collection in seconds that can be played on their VIZIO SmartCast TV.

This doesn’t feel too dissimilar to what a Roku box can do, searching for content amongst the various “channels” you have installed. This is adding in the additional capability to search – and pull together – the various spots (in this case, movie studios) that you may have purchased your entertainment from.

In our minds, anything that makes finding your stuff easier is great in our book. And the fact that it’s a free thing being added to a TV you may already have, that’s just icing on the cake. I haven’t followed other TV manufacturers closely, but Vizio seems to be constantly working on and iterating on their platform, delivering more value for their customers. vizio.com/smartcast

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Vizio collaborates once again with (RED)®

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