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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.
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.
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.
The M series has a darker frame around the screen than the P.
Here's the top corner of the M series frame.
The remote that comes with the TVs is all-new. Gone is the tablet remote included with the 2016 versions.
New for 2017 you can actually adjust the picture settings onscreen, just like on a standard TV.
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.
Speaking of updates, later this year Vizio will add an onscreen smart TV app launcher to complement its built-in Chromecast.
Apps will look and behave similar to what they do on competing smart TV systems.
Vizio will continue to support its SmartCast app, which allows complete control of the TV.
The app serves up content, too.
Recent app updates include making the remote control buttons smaller and allowing direct launching of apps.
Like Chromecast, Vizio TVs work with Google Home to power up, start streaming and perform other functions via voice.
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.
The more expensive P series has either 126 or 128 zones, depending on size.
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.
We're looking forward to testing the latest versions of both TVs soon.
In the meantime, check out what we know so far about them.
Vizio M series (2017)
Vizio P series (2017)
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