Vizio 43″ 4K Ultra-HD Smart TV: You Get What You Pay For

On Saturday, I finally decided to go full 4K and get the Vizio M43-C1 television. The $579 price tag seemed wonderful and the screen looked halfway decent. I ended up returning the television set on Sunday. Although there are many good things about the Vizio M43-C1, there are also some bad things that are hard to deal with.

The Vizio M43-C1 offers a great picture -- as long as you don't look at it from too much of an angle.

The Good

  • The $579 price tag.
  • The television barely has any bezel, making the screen look even larger than the 43 inches.
  • Very easy to set up.
  • Menus are easy to navigate.
  • Will play most HD (but not Ultra-HD) videos on a thumb drive.
  • Plays 4K videos from Netfix easily, even with an Internet connection that’s fast, but not lightning speed.
  • When looking at the screen straight on, the color representation is very accurate.
  • Several different picture modes.
  • Upscaled content looks pretty good.
  • Blacks look very good — unless you turn all the lights off at night; you will notice the light bleeding from all four corners of the screen.
  • Fantastic double-sided remote control with keyboard.

'Orange Is the New Black' looks great on the Vizio 43-inch Ultra HD TV

The Bad

  • YouTube won’t play 4K videos since the M43-C1 doesn’t have the M9 processor that is required.
  • Very bad light bleeding.
  • The speakers are on the rear, causing sound to become somewhat distorted at times.
  • You have to mess with the gaming settings in order to turn off the soap opera effect, which is completely annoying.
  • Most external hard drives won’t work with the M43-C1. To make things worse, your 4K videos won’t play unless they are encoded with the H.265 codec. You can easily convert your videos on Windows with CyberLink Power Director 13.
  • The viewing angles are mediocre; the more you move to the left or right, the more the screen loses color saturation.
  • The remote control is sometimes unresponsive.
  • One may need to do a lot of tweaking before getting the most desired picture.
  • The Ultra-HD set lags a lot in gaming mode.
  • Slightly too much motion blur.
  • Still not a lot of 4K content (this isn’t Vizio’s fault).
  • In 4K mode, there is only a 60hz refresh rate

If you don’t want to spend much more than $500 and are just dying for a 4K television, this may be a good purchase. However, if you have a little more money, you may want to check out the 40-inch Samsung Ultra-HD TV that can be purchased at Best Buy for $699.99. There will be more of that on the iRetron blog later this week.

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Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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