Vizio's new TVs sport Google Forged, HDR and Android tablets
Vizio’s newest P-Collection 4K HDTVs are extra than simply an annual improve — additionally they utterly redefine how you will be accessing media. The TVs, which vary from 50- to seventy five-inches, are nonetheless technically “sensible,” however they have no apps of their very own. As an alternative, you will should stream content material with constructed-in Google Forged — a primary for any TV set. You possibly can shoot media to the units utilizing the Vizio SmartCast app, both from the included Android pill distant, or another iOS or Android gadget. SmartCast additionally serves because the central hub for locating media, and it controls your whole TV settings.
On prime of all that, the brand new P-Collection lastly brings HDR and Dolby Imaginative and prescient help, in addition to extremely-extensive shade spectrum, right down to Vizio’s extra reasonably priced units. There’s additionally full array backlighting, with 128 lively LED zones (the extra the higher, relating to attaining wealthy black ranges). Beforehand, all of these options have been solely out there on the corporate’s pricier Reference Collection.
The 6-inch Android pill that comes with each P-Collection set is not very thrilling by itself: It is obtained a 1080p display and a V8 octa-core processor. Nevertheless it’s considerably extra fascinating than the normal remotes most TVs ship with. The pill felt fairly strong in my hand, and it additionally fees wi-fi via a nifty charging dock. Vizio additionally features a small infra-pink distant that does basic items, like altering the quantity or channels.
As for that SmartCast app, it is surprisingly nicely designed. You’ll be able to seek for TV exhibits and films, and it will level you proper to it on the suitable streaming service. Sending content material to the P-Collection units is not any totally different from utilizing Chromecast: Merely discover the TV in a Forged-suitable app and choose it. The TVs had no hassle taking streams from the remotes, or cell phones from Vizio’s reps. Vizio additionally plans to introduce SmartCast-enabled audio system later this yr.
I checked out one P-Collection set in a pitch-black lodge room, and I used to be principally impressed by its capability to succeed in inky-deep black ranges. It was onerous to inform the black imagery on display from the opening of Man of Metal from the encompassing darkness. Truthfully, it is sufficient to persuade me to go away my plasma TV someday quickly.
Vizio’s HDR know-how additionally shined — every part popped a bit greater than regular in a clip from Mad Max Fury Street. The purple flames and costume from the guitar-jamming mutant in that movie additionally appeared extra deeply purple than on a typical TV set. Vizio reps famous that the advantages of HDR and expanded shade gamut permit them to show reds, particularly, higher than ever earlier than.
Whereas HDR demos used to make TV exhibits and films look barely bizarre, the newest batch I’ve seen present that there is loads of promise behind the know-how. HDR is a much more putting visible change than 4K alone, and now we’re lastly seeing extra media reap the benefits of it.
Beginning at present, you’ll be able to snag a 50-inch Vizio P-Collection TV for $1,000, a fifty five-inch mannequin for $1,300 and a sixty five-incher for $2,000. And in the event you actually need to go all out, there is a seventy five-inch model for $three,800. We’re hoping to check considered one of these fashions out quickly, so maintain an eye fixed out for updates.