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CNET First Look
Vizio M and P series promise great picture quality for lessThanks to local dimming, Vizio's midrange M and P series should again challenge better-known brands for image quality superiority.
The latest 2017 versions of Vizio's M and P Series haven't changed much from last year. And that's a good thing. I'll start with the M Series, which includes size 50 through 75 inches. It's one of the least expensive TVs you can get with polar ray local dimming, a technology that helped lat year's version achieve image quality that beat every other TV at its price. Due for 2017, the M series also has better color with dynamic green sources and continue to sport both HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. Another change from 2016 is the lack of a tablet remote. Instead, you get a standard multi button clicker complete with the ability to change picture settings and other parameters on screen instead of having to [UNKNOWN] The app remains an option if you want however, and Vizio has improved its usability and functionality. The n series still lets you cast apps directly from your phone. But coming later this year is a full fledged on screen smart TV system too. It works just like other systems but I really like having the option to use a standard clicker, or universal remote instead of a phone. One downside the system still doesn't support Amazon video. The P series is a bit more expensive and available in 55 through 75 inches. It's improvements over the M series are focused on picture quality with more local demi zones and a brighter image. Visio says the 2017 P series television's actually exactly the same as the 2016 version. But both will continue to receive software upgrades to improve the picture quality. I plan to review the 2017 M&P series TVs as soon as possible. I'm David Katzmaier for CNN.