In 2020, Vizio is offering numerous TV models which are categorized into 3 series, the V-Series, M-Series, and P-Series. The V-Series has entry-level models with screen sizes from 40 to 70 inches. They all offer exceptional 4K HDR picture at amazingly low prices. The V705x-H1 has a large 70-inch screen and it has the original price tag of just $659. During Black Friday, you can even find it on sale for just $478 at Walmart.
Unboxing & Setup
Design & Features
Despite being a budget TV, the Vizio is equipped with a lot of high-end features including support for Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, and HDR10+, SmartCast 4.0 platform, HDMI 2.1 connection with eARC. Moreover, it features VIZIO’s IQ Active processor for better image quality, V-Gaming Engine for lower input lag, faster response time, and auto low-latency for a clean, smooth picture while gaming.
The V705x supports HDMI 2.1 but it is not really meaningful because it uses 60Hz panel. You won’t be able to get 4K signal at 120Hz when gaming on the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5. However, you still can benefit from the HDMI 2.1 connection in terms of audio quality since eARC supports DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD, and Dolby Atmos passthrough.
In terms of real life usage, the TV runs on SmartCast 4.0 platform which is fairly lightweight and responsive. It is not as fast and smart as Android TV on my Hisense TV, however, the interface is quite friendly and intuitive. It is fast when turning on/off or launching apps. It has all the streaming apps I am using like Youtube, Netflix, Apple TV, CBS All Access, Amazon Prime Video, etc. The addition of Apple TV+ service a few months ago is highly appreciated since I couldn’t watch Apple content on Android TVs.
Another useful feature is Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast built-in; I use AirPlay 2 a lot to cast content from my iPhone and iPad to the big screen. I can not only cast videos from streaming apps but also photos and videos from my iPhone, and even wirelessly mirror the whole phone screen to the TV easily.
Although the remote control doesn’t have a built-in microphone, you still can use voice control with your smartphone. The TV supports all voice assistants like Google Assistant, Apple Siri, and Amazon Alexa. You can give voice commands to power on/off the TV, play content from streaming apps, etc.
The Vizio supports a wide range of HDR formats but their performance is limited due to the low peak brightness of 250 nits and no local dimming. Having said that, if you watch HDR content in a dark room, you might be surprised with the picture quality. I am really impressed with the high contrast ratio and great black uniformity. There is some clouding and backlight bleed around the edges but they are unnoticeable when watching movies, even in dark scenes. The black level of this LED TV can get quite deep; You can check out some video footages below.
As compared to the more expensive M-Series and P-Series, the V-Series TV lacks some features like local dimming, Quantum Color (165% more color than standard), motion clarity, variable refresh rate, AMD FreeSync, and significantly lower brightness. Obviously, the TV is not the best option for gaming on new consoles like PlayStation 5. However, most average consumers would find this more than enough, especially when we use it mostly for watching TV or content from apps.
I’ve tested at least 2 TVs every year and I can tell you that the budget TVs have got a lot of improvements recently. In fact, all 3 TVs I’ve used in the last year cost less than $500 and I am very pleased with their picture quality. The Vizio V705x-H1 is the largest TV I’ve ever used and it actually delivers more than I expected. Therefore, we at TechWalls totally recommend the product, especially if you can find it on sale during the holiday season.
Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The commission help keep the rest of my content free, so thank you!