Vizio OLED 4K UHD (2020) Review: For the Masses
December 27, 2020
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As others have noted, I did find the peak brightness of this TV to be darker than that of more expensive OLEDs as well, at least in the factory “calibrated” mode. This problem is easily improved, though not totally mitigated; you can bump up the luminance in the advanced picture settings menu, which makes high dynamic range (HDR) content slightly more vibrant.

As with all OLED panels, you can expect some screen burn-in (where content leaves an imprint on the TV’s panel) over the lifetime of the unit if you leave a single station (or desktop app bar, or game menu) showing for many hours a day. I suggest a standard LED TV like the TCL 6 Series if you think this might be an issue, but it really won’t be for most people.

It’s Organic

Photograph: Vizio

Don’t let lukewarm enthusiasts on forums get to you. Trust me: Even though it’s not quite as bright or as detailed in darker scenes (or in brighter rooms) as more expensive OLEDs, this TV still looks remarkable.

I watched everything from 4K Blu-ray discs to 720p Plex streams, and in every instance, I found myself dumbfounded by how fantastic a TV with this price tag looks. I only had to turn up the luminance and turn off motion smoothing—things I’d do on any new TV. From there, everything I played looked nothing short of fantastic. In previous years, the gulf between TVs that were two or three times the price and this would be staggering. This year, it feels like a small leap over a garden hose.

One area I give Vizio the upper hand is with its Smartcast interface. It’s easily my favorite of the three major OLED TV companies, thanks to an intuitive interface and associated app. I like that it also has support for both Apple AirPlay and Google Chromecast, so casting from any phone is a breeze.

It’s also better than Sony’s OLED when it comes to console gaming. The Vizio is one of the few TVs on the market with HDMI 2.1 ports, as well as full support to use the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X at 4K resolution with a 120-frames-per-second refresh rate. As of publication, the only other TV to support this functionality is the LG CX (and other pricier LG models).

Photograph: Vizio

I wasn’t able to test either new game system in my review period (and I have heard there may be some initial compatibility issues), but upgrading your TV (if you’ve got the cash) is absolutely worthwhile to access these features and make the most of your shiny new console.

Vizio’s OLED has a few visual compromises, but overall, this new TV has the best price-to-performance ratio you’ll find outside of TCL’s 6-Series. Make sure to wait for a holiday sale, as it usually gets close to $1,000, if it doesn’t dip below. If I were in the market for a new TV right now, this would be near the very top of my list.

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