Vizio has unveiled its 2017 P and M ranges that will feature Dolby Vision, full-array local dimming panels, and go back to having on-screen user interfaces. The TVs will be marketed as “XLED” TVs.
Vizio 2017 P & M series
”QLED” and “ULED” were taken so Vizio has settled for “XLED”. It appears that every LCD TV of 2017 is trying to capitalize on the success of OLED.
Nevertheless, Vizio’s 2017 M and P ranges do look promising. The TVs come equipped with full-array local dimming, 4K resolution, and HDR. Unlike most other LCD TV manufacturers, Vizio bets on local dimming to deliver convincing HDR from an LCD panel - and based on our testing that is a wise choice. The 2017 P series TVs will utilize up to 128 local dimming zones whereas the 2017 M series TVs will utilize up to 32.
All of the TVs will have support for both Dolby Vision and HDR10.
- “VIZIO’s picture quality expertise comes to life in the living room with P-Series,“ said Matt McRae, CTO, VIZIO. “We’ve taken our most powerful full-array local dimming backlight – XLED Pro – and combined it with other premium technologies to push the boundaries of High Dynamic Range to dramatically enhance the viewing experience with added detail, color and contrast. For those searching for excellent picture performance complimented by a robust smart TV experience, P-Series is the collection to consider.”
Tablets are out, UIs are back
Last year, Vizio in a bold move removed TV tuners and the on-screen user interface from its TVs. Instead, it wanted the user to rely solely on a tablet and Chromecast.
That experiment is officially over.
- ”Coming this summer, SmartCast TV will enable users to browse featured content and a curated list of apps directly on the big screen with the included remote,” the company said.
The TVs have no tuners but will continue to have Chromecast built-in so you can still to cast content from iOS and Android mobile devices. However, this functionality is now complemented by an on-screen user interface that will be rolled out over the summer. The UI software update will also be available for 2016 Vizio TVs.