I have been obsessed with the perfect contrast of OLED displays for years, but they’ve always been pretty darn expensive. Until recently, a 55-inch OLED would cost you over $ 1,500 – on sale. That’s why I’m so excited about Vizio’s Black Friday special. It slashed the price of its 55-inch 4K TV by $ 400, which means you can finally get OLED for under $ 1,000.
OLED (organic LED) TVs work differently from traditional backlit displays, because each pixel acts as its own backlight, instead of being illuminated by a separate light source. That means one thing: near perfect black levels. When a pixel is “off” on an OLED, it is really off – no light leakage at all. It makes shows like The Mandalorian, which uses a lot of dark contrast, looks amazing.
For comparison, LG’s cheapest OLED TV costs around $ 1,200 and the excellent Sony A8H OLED TV costs around $ 1,500.
Is Vizio’s 4K OLED TV Right For You?
I haven’t spent enough time with the Vizio OLED to write a full review, but I currently have one in the test room and have been testing it for about a week. So far, so good. It looks just as fantastic as its more expensive LG counterparts, with gorgeous contrast and an ultra-thin display. That’s no shock, given that the panel inside the Vizio is made at LG’s factory (like all OLED TV panels on the planet).
Another thing that Vizio’s TV has in common with LG models is the HDMI 2.1 ports, which allow it to play 4K games at a 120Hz refresh rate with next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. It doesn’t support Nvidia G-Sync however, something you’ll find on the more expensive LG CX serious PC gamers should probably look elsewhere.
As far as the TV interface goes, I like Vizio’s SmartCast system. It allows you to easily access media from phones and built-in apps. It even has a center pedestal bracket instead of legs on either side of the TV, so you can easily install it on old TV stands from the days of pre-flat screen TV.