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Vizio P65-C1 display review: Dolby Vision HDR and an Android remote control

Jon L. Jacobi | June 29, 2016
The Vizio P-series displays are the first we've seen to offer Dolby Vision HDR. The picture is great, but there's no TV tuner.

Vizio also includes a pleasantly simple standard remote. Simple was to be expected given the minimal on-board features, but it could, or should have been even simpler; the included channel-change buttons have no function on the tuner-less P-Series.

Specs

The P65-C1 weighs approximately 62 pounds and its chassis is 2.5-inches deep at its thickest. You'll need at least 12 inches of depth if you intend to set the display on a horizontal surface (versus ditching the stand to hang it on the wall). The screen itself  is 3840 x 2160 pixels (4K UHD/2160p) and measures 64.53 inches diagonally (65-inch class).

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The back of the Vizio P-Series display. Note the lack of a co-ax connector. The Y component connector accepts composite video.

Our model featured five HDMI ports: Four of these are HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 support and one is HDMI 1.4. An upgrade to HDMI 2.0a is promised on the website, which will probably be part of the HDR 10 compatibility roll-out since it's a requirement. ARC (audio return channel) is supported for outputting audio to receivers and sound bars.

Also included are two USB ports, one 3.0 and one 2.0, though there’s not much that can done with them. You can play files from USB media, but it’s all automatic upon insertion with no pause, play, or skip controls. Component and analog audio inputs are present, as well as analog and digital (optical) audio outputs. Composite video signals are accepted by the green component (Y) connector, though the docs don’t hint at this. 

Picture

The P65-C1 produces more accurate color than your average LED/LCD display. Vizio uses a different red/green dye on top of tuned blue LEDs to great effect, though I’d still rate accuracy lower than OLEDs; the Sony D-series which use a similar system; and especially Samsung’s SUHD TVs with their sheet of quantum dots. Note that all those TVs are considerably more expensive than the P-Series displays.

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Dolby’s rendering of Dolby Vision’s effect on a TV image.

HDR can mean either more life-like or more fantastic images, depending on the material and the artistic intent. Between the P65-C1’s wider color gamut and HDR, watching the Dolby Vision trailers, as well as streaming Pacific Rim and Mad Max: Fury Road, was an exceptional visual experience. 

I’m used to good color, having never forsaken my old CCFL-backlit displays, but the contrast and impact of HDR on bright screen elements such as cannon fire, flames, colored lights, reflections, and the like is fantastic. As far as standard dynamic range material, that looked quite nice as well. But after looking HDR video, SDR color looked washed out. HDR is addictive, and the P-Series does it well. 

 

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