Skip to main content

I tested Vizio’s cheap 4K TV, and it does 4 things as well as pricey sets

Vizio recently announced its MQX series 4K TVs, the new second-tier models in the budget set-maker’s lineup. The MQX series is aggressively priced, with a 50-inch model selling for $629, followed by 65- and 75-inch screen sizes at $849 and $1,199, respectively.

For that money, you’re looking at a fairly generous feature set, including Quantum Dots for enhanced color reproduction, a 32-zone full array local dimming LED backlight, and support for both the Dolby Vision and HDR10+ high dynamic range formats. Such features are typically found on some of the best 4K TVs, so getting them at these prices is a nice perk, though competing budget TV makers like Hisense and TCL incorporate similar ones in their sets.

Gaming features are also generous, with the MQX series touting 120Hz display, four HDMI 2.1 ports,  FreeSync Premium, VRR, Auto Low Latency Mode, HGiG (HDR Gaming Interest Group), and Dolby Vision auto gaming. All those features are ones found on the best gaming TVs, and the 50-inch MQX set additionally provides 1080p / 240 Hz video input support .

Beyond what I’ve already mentioned, the MQX series offers the following:

  • New IQ Ultra Plus+ processor to enhance picture quality
  • FreeTV+ streaming with 250 live channels and 5,000 on-demand ones with no subscription
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • ATSC 1.0 tuner
  • Bluetooth headphones output
  • Casting via Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast Built-in
  • Alexa, Apple Home, and Google Assistant ready
  • Remote with built-in mic for voice control
  • Dual-purpose stand (can be raised to accommodate a soundbar)

Vizio sent us a 65-inch MQX model ($849 at Amazon) to review, and after running some initial tests, we already have a good sense of how it holds up against its budget TV competition, as well as against higher-end sets. A main competitor that we see for the MQX series is TCL’s 6-series TVs, which are slightly higher-priced (a 65-inch 6-series model costs $999) but offer a mini-LED backlight as opposed to the regular LED one found on the new Vizio sets.

Keep an eye out for our forthcoming full 65-inch MQX series 4K TV review, but in the meantime, here are four key things we noted about Vizio’s new set:

High contrast ratio 

The 65-inch MQX set’s 4,511:1 native contrast ratio (measured full-on, full-off on a 10% white window pattern) is quite good for a budget TV. With the TV’s full array local dimming feature switched to the High setting, its contrast ratio becomes unmeasurable due to the set completely switching off the LED backlight when a full black input is detected. 

Many other full-array local dimming TVs, including pricey ones, do the same, so the Vizio MQX is in good company here. At best, this means the TV can display a true, deep black. At worst, it means that shadow detail can get obscured – something we’ll be looking out for in our full review.

High brightness

With a measured 870 nits peak light output (on a 10% white window pattern) in Vivid mode with an HDR source, the 65-inch MQX doesn’t measure up to the brightest 4K TVs, some of which can exceed 2,000 nits on the same test. But we were encouraged by the 680 nits the Vizio hit with an HDR source in Dark Calibrated mode, which is good overall performance for a TV in its most accurate picture preset. (Skin tones in Vivid mode, in comparison, took on an unnatural purple-ish hue.)

As a reference point, the TCL 6-Series TV mentioned above has measured at just over 1,000 nits in its accurate Movie mode, higher peak HDR brightness being one benefit viewers can expect from a set with a mini-LED backlight.

Vizio mQX series TV angled on stand

The stand on MQX series TVs is a dual-purpose design that can be elevated to accommodate a soundbar. (Image credit: Future)

Wide color gamut

Vizio’s specs for the MQX series cite coverage of DCI-P3, the color gamut used for mastering movies for digital cinema and 4K Blu-ray disc, at 95.5%, and our measurements (made using Portrait Displays’ Calman color calibration software) confirmed that exact number.

While this particular spec is below what we’ve seen on higher-performance TVs – Sony’s A80K OLED, a model that sells for $2,000, hit full DCI-P3 coverage on the same test – it’s close for a budget TV. What’s more impressive is that Vizio doesn’t inflate this spec – what is claimed is what you get.

Low input lag

The MQX series is positioned as a gamer-friendly TV option, and the many related features it packs support that strategy. Using a 4K 60 Hz source, we measured input lag at 58.8ms in Dark Calibrated Mode and 13.2ms in Game mode with Low Latency turned on. That’s slightly above what we measured on the same Sony OLED TV previously mentioned, and is a generally excellent result.

MQX series TVs also provide a Game menu with additional setup options, making them a pretty compelling low-cost choice for gaming.

Vizio MQX series: the budget TV to beat? 

Along with scoring well in our initial series of tests, the 65-inch MQX’s picture was easily calibrated for accurate color and gamma performance. We look forward to digging in and watching some movies on this TV, especially 4K HDR ones that will challenge its tone mapping capability. 



Source: TechRadar

Popular posts from this blog

FCC approves broadband 'nutrition labels' to help you shop for internet

The FCC is pushing nutrition labels for internet providers. What you need to know The FCC has voted to move forward with new rules for ISPs to display nutrition labels. The proposed rulemaking would mandate ISPs to display relevant speed and pricing information to consumers. This should make it easier for consumers to make an informed decision on their broadband. The FCC voted unanimously on a plan that would allow consumers to make better decisions about their broadband internet. The proposal will require internet service providers (ISPs) - including many of the best wireless carriers in the U.S. — to display "nutrition labels" that display relevant service information for consumers at point-of-sale. This includes internet speeds, allowances, and clear information on rates. "If you walk into any grocery store and pull boxes of cereal from the shelves, you can easily compare calories and carbohydrates," FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statemen

Slack’s new integration deal with AWS could also be about tweaking Microsoft

Slack and Amazon announced a big integration late yesterday afternoon. As part of the deal, Slack will use Amazon Chime for its call feature, while reiterating its commitment to use AWS as its preferred cloud provider to run its infrastructure. At the same time, AWS has agreed to use Slack for internal communications. Make no mistake, this is a big deal as the SaaS communications tool increases its ties with AWS, but this agreement could also be about slighting Microsoft and its rival Teams product by making a deal with a cloud rival. In the past Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield has had choice words for Microsoft saying the Redmond technology giant sees his company as an “existential threat.” Whether that’s true or not — Teams is but one piece of a huge technology company — it’s impossible not to look at the deal in this context. Aligning more deeply with AWS sends a message to Microsoft, whose Azure infrastructure services compete with AWS. Butterfield didn’t say that of course

Yandex spins out self-driving car unit from its Uber JV, invests $150M into newco

Self-driving cars are still many years away from becoming a ubiquitous reality, but today one of the bigger efforts to build and develop them is taking a significant step out as part of its strategy to be at the forefront for when they do. Yandex — the publicly-traded Russian tech giant that started as a search engine but has expanded into a number of other, related areas (similar to US counterpart Google) — today announced that it is spinning out its self-driving car unit from MLU BV — a ride-hailing and food delivery joint venture it operates in partnership with Uber. The move comes amid reports that Yandex and Uber were eyeing up an IPO for MLU  last year. At the time, the JV was estimated to be valued at around $7.7 billion. It’s not clear how those plans will have been impacted in recent months, with COVID-19 putting huge pressure on ride-hailing and food-delivery businesses globally, and IPOs generally down compared to a year ago. In that context, spinning out the unit could

Elon Musk sends yet another notice trying to terminate the Twitter deal

Kristen Radtke / The Verge; Getty Images Elon Musk has sent a third letter to Twitter attempting to terminate his $44 billion acquisition of the company . Musk’s legal team cited Twitter’s multimillion dollar severance payment to former security chief and whistleblower Peiter Zatko as a violation of the merger agreement and a reason to end the deal. The letter, dated September 9th, was sent to Twitter’s chief legal officer Vijaya Gadde, and was included in a filing Twitter made with the SEC on Friday (which you can read at the bottom of this article). Last month, Zatko made headlines by accusing Twitter of misleading investors about the number of bots on the service, failing to delete users’ data, and having poor security practices, among other things. Musk jumped on the accusations, citing them in his second termination letter and subpoenaing Zatko to testify in the lawsuit. Zatko was set to be deposed on Friday. Elon Musk sent his first letter of termination in July , say