vizio recently announced their MQX-series 4K TVs, the new second-tier models in the budget appliance maker’s lineup. The MQX series is aggressively priced, with a 50-inch model selling for $629, followed by 65-inch and 75-inch displays for $849 and $1,199, respectively.
For that money, you’re looking at a pretty generous feature set, including Quantum Dots for enhanced color reproduction, a 32-zone full-array local dimming LED backlight, and support for Dolby Vision and high dynamic range formats. HDR10+. These features are commonly found in some of the the best 4K TVsso getting them at these prices is a good advantage, although competing low-end TV makers like Hisense and TCL build similar ones into their sets.
Gaming features are also generous, with the MQX series touting a 120Hz display, four HDMI 2.1 ports, FreeSync Premium, VRR, Auto Low Latency mode, HGiG (HDR Gaming Interest Group) and Dolby Vision auto games. All of these features are those found in the best gaming tvsand the 50-inch MQX suite supports 1080p/240 Hz video input additionally.
In addition to what I have already mentioned, the MQX series offers the following:
- New IQ Ultra Plus+ processor to improve image quality
- FreeTV+ streaming with 250 live channels and 5,000 on demand with no subscription
- WiFi 6E
- ATSC 1.0 tuner
- Bluetooth headphone output
- Stream via Apple AirPlay 2 and built-in Chromecast
- Ready for Alexa, Apple Home and Google Assistant
- Remote control with built-in microphone for voice control
- Dual-purpose stand (can be lifted to accommodate a soundbar)
Vizio sent us a 65-inch MQX model ($849 on Amazon (opens in new tab)) to review, and after running some initial tests, we already have a good feel for how it stacks up against low-end TV competition as well as high-end handsets. A main competitor we see for the MQX series is TCL’s 6-series TVs, which are a bit more expensive (a 65-inch 6-series model is $999) but offer a mini-LED backlight as opposed to. to the common LED found in the new Vizio sets.
Keep an eye out for our upcoming 65-inch MQX series 4K TV review, but in the meantime, here are four key things we noticed about the new Vizio set:
high contrast ratio
The 65-inch MQX set’s native 4,511:1 contrast ratio (measured fully on, fully off in a 10% white window pattern) is pretty good for a budget TV. With the TV’s full matrix local dimming feature switched to the High setting, its contrast ratio becomes immeasurable due to the TV completely turning off the LED backlight when an all-black input is detected.
Many other fully dimmed local TVs, including expensive 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 shadow detail can be obscured – something we’ll look for in our full review.
With a measured peak light output of 870 nits (in 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 in the same test. But we were encouraged by the 680 nits the Vizio achieved with an HDR source in Dark Calibrated mode, which is a good overall performance for a TV at its most accurate picture preset. (Skin tones in Vivid mode, by comparison, have taken on an unnatural purplish hue.)
As a point of reference, the aforementioned TCL 6-Series TV measured just over 1,000 nits in its film-accurate mode, with the higher peak HDR brightness being a benefit viewers can expect from a mini-backlit set. LED.
wide color gamut
Vizio’s specs for the MQX series cite the DCI-P3 coverage, the color gamut used to master digital cinema films and 4K Blu-ray Disc at 95.5%, and our measurements (taken using Portrait Displays’ Calman Color Calibration Software) confirmed this exact number.
While that specific spec is below what we’ve seen in high-end TVs – Sony’s A80K OLED, a model that retails for $2,000, achieved full DCI-P3 coverage in the same test – it’s close to a budget TV. Most impressively, the Vizio doesn’t inflate that spec – what it claims is what you get.
low input lag
The MQX series is positioned as a player-friendly TV option, and the many related features it offers support this strategy. Using a 4K 60 Hz source, we measured the input lag at 58.8ms in Dark Calibrated mode and 13.2ms in Game mode with low latency enabled. This is slightly above what we measured on the same Sony OLED TV mentioned earlier and is a generally excellent result.
The MQX series TVs also provide a gaming menu with additional configuration options, making them a very attractive low-cost option for gaming.
Vizio MQX series: the budget TV to beat?
In addition to scoring well in our initial series of tests, the 65-inch MQX image was easily calibrated for accurate color and gamma performance. We’re looking forward to watching some movies on this TV, especially the 4K HDR ones that will challenge your tone mapping ability.