Vizio continues to carve out its space in it market, offering attractive designs and solid performance for substantially less overall than comparable screens from brands like LG and Samsung. At $799.99 for the 65-inch M657-G0 we tested, Vizio’s midrange M7 Quantum series is less costly than many big-name models out there, and also TCL’s Editors’ Choice 6-series. It provides among the best color performance we’ve seen for a non-flagship TV, but its relatively dim picture helps it be feel somewhat overpriced.

Design
The M7 looks minimalist and simple, with narrow matte black plastic bezels measuring 25 % of an inch on the sides and top, and three-quarters of an inch on underneath. A metallic Vizio logo sits on the low right corner, with an infrared sensor and small status light at the low left. The screen sits on two Y-shaped black metal legs located near to the sides of it, so be sure to have sufficient space underneath to aid them.

All connections and on-TV controls take a seat on the proper side of the trunk of it. Power and Input buttons, plus a volume rocker, are available on the low right corner. Two HDMI ports, a USB 2.0 port, and a couple of RCA composite video inputs sit facing right near to the right side of the screen, with two more HDMI ports, optical and stereo RCA audio tracks outputs, an Ethernet port, and an antenna/cable connector facing downward.

The remote is a slim black plastic wand dominated by a square-shaped direction pad. Power, Input, and dedicated service buttons for Amazon, Crackle, iHeartRadio, Netflix, Vudu, and Xumo sit above the pad. Two large volume and channel rockers, a SmartCast button, and lots pad sit below.

Streaming With SmartCast
Vizio’s SmartCast platform permits the M7’s streaming media features. Like its name implies, it’s made for casting video from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. The platform is situated partly on Google Cast, so that you can treat the TV as though a Google Chromecast is mounted on the trunk. You can stream any Google Cast-compatible software from your own phone, or any Chrome tab from your own computer. The platform has been updated to support Apple users, too; SmartCast supports AirPlay 2, so that you can stream video from your own iOS device or Mac as easily as from your own Android device or PC.

SmartCast was at first built around casting content, but Vizio has since added a complete on-screen interface and limited iphone app support, to help you stream a lot of video without needing your phone. Pressing the SmartCast button on the remote introduces the on-screen smart TV interface, with a few dozen software including Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, Plex, and YouTube. The interface also offers a WatchFree section powered by PlutoTV free of charge streaming internet tv with out a login, and you could also utilize the regular PlutoTV iphone app and Sony Crackle for more free video. The iphone app selection is pretty anemic, however the Google Cast and Apple AirPlay 2 support mean you can utilize practically any streaming service you want, unless you mind making use of your phone or tablet to regulate it.

Performance
The Vizio M7 series displays 4K video and supports high dynamic range (HDR) content in HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG.

We test TVs by using a Klein K-10A colorimeter, a Murideo SIX-G signal generator, and Portrait Displays’ CalMAN software, using methodology predicated on Imaging Science Foundation’s calibration techniques. Out from the box, in Calibrated Dark mode, the M7 shows a peak brightness of 265.8cd/m2 for a complete white screen and 356.16cd/m2 for an 18-percent white field. This is not particularly bright for an TELEVISION, but it’s consistent with Vizio’s claims of 400cd/m2 peak brightness for the series, that could be reached by by using a smaller white field compared to the 18-percent one we use to judge peak brightness.

IT has relatively few local dimming zones (20 in the 65-inch model we tested), and black levels ranged from 0.11cd/m2 to 0.21cd/m2 on various areas of the screen for typically 0.18cd/m2. This results in a mediocre 1,977:1 contrast ratio. Curiously, the Calibrated picture mode, that ought to be brighter than Calibrated Dark, shows almost identical peak brightness and with slightly higher 0.21cd/m2 average black level, so we recommend Calibrated Dark mode generally in most viewing conditions.

For comparison, the slightly pricier TCL 6-series gets substantially brighter while showing much better black levels (497.15cd/m2 and 0.01cd/m2 for a wildly superior 49,715:1 contrast ratio). The Hisense H8F series gets even brighter (796.84cd/m2 with 0.02cd/m2 black level for 39,842:1 contrast ratio), though it will suffer somewhat from light bloom. The TCL 4-series, alternatively, is dimmer than every one of them but nonetheless outperforms the M7 on contrast (244.02cd/m2 on a full-screen white field with 0.04cd/m2 black level for 6,101:1 contrast ratio).

What the M7 lacks in brightness and contrast, it creates up for in color range and accuracy because of its usage of quantum dot technology to boost its capability to display colors. The above chart shows DCI-P3 color levels as boxes and measured color levels as dots. Out of your box, in the Calibrated Dark picture mode, it hits practically all colors spot-on, with greens and cyans reaching somewhat further than the colour space without significant skewing. Along with slightly undersaturated yellows, this implies it covers 93.5 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, which is great for a budget screen. In addition, it covers 80.5 percent of the wider BT.2020 color space, which is again consistent with Vizio’s explained specs (and for reference, no consumer display can cover BT.2020 completely yet).

As the M7 is relatively dim, we recommend maxing out the backlight setting in the event that you anticipate watching it with any significant overhead light in the area. Setting the Active Full Array setting to Medium or High may also help. With these settings configured in Calibrated or Calibrated Dark mode, the TV’s excellent color performance comes through even in a well-lit environment. That is clear when watching BBC’s THE WORLD II. Colors just like the greens of plants, the blue-greens of water, the tans of dry grass, and the browns of lizard scales look vivid and natural. It’s a balanced, crisp picture that may display any color accurately out of your box.

The red of Deadpool’s costume in Deadpool looks accurate in the opening sequence, and doesn’t appear purple-tinted beneath the cool, overcast lighting. The yellows and oranges of the flames in the burning lab fight also look bright and vivid taking into consideration the relatively dim panel. The mediocre contrast of it is apparent in the shadows, where details can look muddy or, with the Black Detail setting resulted in, slightly washed out.

The party scene in THE FANTASTIC Gatsby displays admirable detail taking into consideration the M7’s low contrast. With Black Detail resulted in, the cuts and contours of the black suits is seen the majority of enough time, though muddiness occasionally still obscures some lapels. The bright whites in the scene look lively enough to supply an excellent sense of contrast regardless of the panel’s range, and skin tones look saturated and natural.

Input Lag
Input lag may be the period of time between whenever a TV receives a sign and the display updates. In Calibrated mode, the M7 shows an input lag of 58.2 milliseconds using an HDFury 4K Diva HDMI matrix as a lag tester. This drops to a far greater 14.4ms in Game mode, putting it beneath the 20ms threshold we consider to be one of the better TVs for gaming.

Colors vs. Contrast
The Vizio M7 group of TVs genuinely impresses using its color performance. It hits the DCI-P3 color gamut with excellent accuracy out of your box, which means an excellent overall viewing experience. However, it lags far behind on the other hand, with a comparatively low peak brightness and disappointing black levels. At $800 for the 65-inch model we tested, we expect a brighter panel with better contrast. Taking into consideration the Hisense H8F series will get much brighter and darker for $100 less, and the TCL 4-series offers similar contrast performance for two-thirds the purchase price, the M7 feels somewhat too expensive for everything you get even after considering its superior colors. When you can find it for under list price, though, it’s worth a look.