Vizio M series (2017) Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET
Vizio TVs have had a great run recently in CNET’s reviews, and the 2016 M series earned my 2016 Editors’ Choice Award. It delivered the best picture quality for the money of any TV I tested last year.
Now its successor, the 2017 M series, is upon us. I haven’t had the chance to review it yet but I expect it to once again compete for the designation of best TV for the buck.
For 2017 Vizio made a few changes to the M series, and to me they sound like improvements. No longer does it include a touchscreen Android tablet remote in the box and ask you to use an app to access most TV settings. I wasn’t a fan. Instead the 2017 M series comes with a traditional multibutton clicker, which you’ll use to access traditional onscreen menus. Yay tradition!
For Smart TV you still have the option to Cast stuff like Netflix from your phone using Vizio’s Chromecast built-in feature, which also allows control via the Google Home. New for 2017 there’s also an onscreen menu, called Smartcast TV, that allows you to launch apps using the traditional onscreen approach. It’s coming via software update later this year, although it still doesn’t support Amazon video. Boo lack of Amazon, but you can always add a Roku.
Otherwise the M series seems basically the same as 2016, and that’s a good thing. All of the sizes incorporate 32 zones of full-array local dimming, which contributed to its excellent picture last year. The company says it has improved light output and color for 2017, which might help improve HDR performance. We’ll see.
Competition is more fierce than ever this year, with pressure from higher-end brands like Sony with its X900E series, as well and from Chinese makers like TCL’s P series and Hisense’s H8D series. All of these models offer full-array local dimming and HDR compatibility for similar prices to the M series.
Availability was not announced, but here’s pricing and basic specifications for the Vizio M series. I expect to have more information, including the all-important “IPS vs. VA” breakdown, soon.
Vizio M series 2017
Vizio M series 2017 specifications
- 4K resolution
- HDR compatible with HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats
- Full-array local dimming (32 zones)
- 120Hz “effective” refresh rate
- Chromecast built-in, Google Home compatible
- Onscreen apps interface coming in summer 2017
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April 25, 2017 at 06:31AM