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Vizio M and P series TVs get real big-screen menus

The 2017 versions of Vizio's midpriced M and P series TVs address one of our chief concerns with their excellent predecessors: lack of a TV-based interface.

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Vizio M series

Vizio's 2016 M and P series were some of CNET's favorite TVs in 2016. Now their 2017 successors have arrived.

The M series pictured here is available from 50 to 75 inches, and is one of the least-expensive models available with full-array local dimming.

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Vizio P series

The main difference between the two is better image quality specifications on the P series, pictured here. It starts at 55 inches and goes up to 75, and costs about $500 more than the M series initially.

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Vizio M series

The M series has a darker frame around the screen than the P.

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Vizio M series

Here's the top corner of the M series frame.

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Vizio M and P series remote

The remote that comes with the TVs is all-new. Gone is the tablet remote included with the 2016 versions.

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Vizio M and P series settings

New for 2017 you can actually adjust the picture settings onscreen, just like on a standard TV.

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Vizio M and P series settings

Vizio has also revamped its software update procedure to be in line with other TVs, allowing you to easily make sure your set is up to date.

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Vizio M and P series Smart TV update

Speaking of updates, later this year Vizio will add an onscreen smart TV app launcher to complement its built-in Chromecast.

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Vizio M and P series Smart TV update

Apps will look and behave similar to what they do on competing smart TV systems.

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Vizio M and P series app

Vizio will continue to support its SmartCast app, which allows complete control of the TV.

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Vizio M and P series app

The app serves up content, too.

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Vizio M and P series app

Recent app updates include making the remote control buttons smaller and allowing direct launching of apps.

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Vizio M and P series Google Home

Like Chromecast, Vizio TVs work with Google Home to power up, start streaming and perform other functions via voice.

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Vizio M and P series local dimming

The main reason I liked the earlier versions of the M and P series was their excellent image quality, powered by full-array local dimming. The M series has 32 zones.

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Vizio P series

The more expensive P series has either 126 or 128 zones, depending on size.

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Vizio P series

Last year the P series was the best-performing LCD-based TV CNET tested. For 2017, Vizio says it's using the exact same hardware.

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Vizio M and P series

We're looking forward to testing the latest versions of both TVs soon.

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Vizio M and P series

In the meantime, check out what we know so far about them.

Vizio M series (2017)

Vizio P series (2017)

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