In the past After a few years of watching movies, I realized that many viewers want a medium TV. Maybe not a TV that drives a BMW and lives in a big McMansion in the suburbs, but one that is a step above corporate success.
We wouldn’t want to shell out thousands of extra dollars for improved brightness or a thinner screen, but strength pay a few hundred for better response time for games and games, or for local dimming so we can see Game of Thrones don’t wonder what’s going on.
That’s where Vizio’s M-Series Quantum X really made its mark. The segment below the company’s P and PX series, but above the budget D and V series, the solid 4K TV offers a very good picture at a price that most middle-class people can afford. Add to that an easy-to-use interface and easy calling from a smartphone, and this is one of my favorite TVs of the year.
First, let me repeat that I have something on the legs. They should be in the middle of the TV, so we don’t have to buy the biggest TVs in the world (or install a 65-incher on the wall ourselves).
I’m happy to say that the biggest aesthetic difference between this and other M-Series models I’ve tried over the years is that the legs are on the sides of the canvas, making it easy to fit them over existing seats.
Otherwise, this looks like a TV: round, thin, and with thin bezels on each side of the screen. On the side, you’ll notice that there’s a green HDMI eARC port designed to help you connect your audio easily. From there, you just need to connect the TV to the wall and turn it on to start the installation.
Vizo uses the Smartcast ecosystem, an in-house design that I prefer over the efforts of many other companies. It’s designed to integrate seamlessly with mobile devices, with easy streaming (hence the name) from Android and iOS via Chromecast and Apple Airplay.
Turn on the screen and you’ll see a list of all the major apps—everything from Netflix to Plex—making it easy to find what you’re looking for right away. I love that when I watch F1 TV, an option not available in the Vizio app store, I can use Chromecast and stream it from my phone. Small things like these make the difference between a good and a great TV, rather than a subtle difference in picture quality.
The M-Series Quantum X isn’t the most tech-packed TV the company makes, but it does offer some of the best technology of its kind. The dimming performance itself – with multiple areas of re-lighting at the deepest black levels – has been a hallmark of Vizio’s latest range of models, and you’re in for a treat here. I was able to see shows with different weights like Game of Thrones and Andor without any problem. It has fewer features than the TCL 6 Series and Hisense U7H models, which I also like, but Vizio’s software comes close enough to make up the difference.
You get a 120-Hz refresh rate and support from AMD Freesync, which means that this model is the best option for gaming. The 50-inch TV model can do 1080p at 240 frames per second, which is impressive for any TV, let alone one in the price bracket. Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 gamers will love that it supports the full 120 frames per second that 4K devices can deliver. No more middle-of-the-road obstacles on TV!
This makes the 50-inch model especially (my review unit was a 65-incher) very attractive for those who play in small spaces. Most of us don’t need anything bigger than bedrooms, dorm rooms, or small houses, which makes a TV compelling and affordable for those places.