Vizio V5 Series 2021
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Vizio V5 Series 2021 – a worthy successor?

Published 09/15/21

The Vizio V5 2021 is the successor from last year’s V series. The American manufacturer has also launched a solid TV this year that is not inferior to its predecessor in any way – and is even better in some places. It comes with a very good contrast, deep blacks and a solid reflection handling. The V5 certainly offers a good movie experience, but buyers will have to do without some features.

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Plain and simple

As an entry-level TV, the Vizio V5 Series has a solid build and looks like its 2020 predecessor. The plastic casing is a bit thicker at the edges than in other models, but that doesn’t affect the picture experience. The V-shaped stands leave enough room for a soundbar, but are a bit wobbly in their shape. The back panel is plastic and the bottom sticks out more for the inputs.

Unfortunately, the Vizio V5 doesn’t have a cable management, but the ports are still easily accessible on the back.

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Design
  • Solid build
  • No cable management
  • Wobbly stands

Vizio V5 - good contrast, poor HDR

Deep blacks and a very good contrast ratio characterize a VA panel – and so does the Vizio V5. The 10bit-VA-panel has 60 Hz and a direct LED backlighting. Local dimming is not available in this device. Nevertheless, the contrast is impressive with a ratio of over 8000:1.

One weak point of the V5 Series is the poor HDR peak brightness. The picture does not get much brighter than with SDR content, which means that many highlights are lost with only 240 nits. The TV has a narrow color gamut, which matters in HDR content but the gradient handling is excellent. High-definition movies and series are less effective with these poor rates. At least the reflection handling ist good and the panel absorbs light well.

Another negative point is the poor viewing angle of the VA panel. Losses in picture accuracy become visible from different positions, where the blue hue is particularly prominent. So if you want to watch sport events with several friends, the picture quality won’t be that good in wider angles.

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Picture Quality
  • Contrast 8100:1
  • Deep blacks
  • Good reflection handling
  • No wide color gamut
  • No local dimming
  • Narrow viewing angle
  • Poor HDR brightness

Rather slow response time

Compared to its predecessor, the Vizio V5 Series has improved in response time to 7 ms, but only has a 60 Hz panel. Still, there are noticeable motion blurs that occur during dark transitions due to the slow response time. One advantage of this response time is that there is almost no stutter at low frame rates. Unfortunately the Vizio doesn’t have Black Frame Insertion which is useful to make motion look clearer when viewing 60 fps content (sports, video games) and no Motion Interpolation for he look of smoothed videos.

The backlight is flicker-free and can be calibrated for extra dark scenes. 24p judder is fixed for apps and native sources, but 60p/i sources are only managed by the Vizio V5 Series with certain settings.

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Motion Handling
  • 60 Hz panel
  • Backlight flicker-free
  • Removes judder
  • Response time 7 ms
  • Motion Blur
  • No optional Black Frame Insertion
  • No Motion Interpolation

V5 - Gamers will miss some features

No 120 Hz, no HDMI 2.1 and other important functions for the perfect experience: Gamers have to do without some features with the V5 Series. The 60 Hz panel doesn’t support FreeSync and VRR, which is especially important for consoles. Gamers should therefore expect tearing. With an input lag of 11 ms at [email protected] Hz, the Vizio V5 is quite responsive and gaming is therefore quite fun with the TV. The high contrast is also convincing when playing in dark rooms, but local dimming is missing.

The Vizio has an Auto Low Latency Mode that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode when a switched-on console is detected to keep the input lag as low as possible.

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Gaming

Good sound and many connection options

The internal 2.0 Soundsystem of the V5 Series have a good volume with 20 W, where dialogs can be heard well. The sound profile is very balanced, only the bass could be a bit stronger. Distortions are not audible at normal volumes, but there can be slight distortions when turned up to full volume. However, that depends on the content.

The Vizio has eARC support, which allows you to play Dolby Atmos and DTS content. Additionally, you have the option to connect older devices with an analog audio output.

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Sound
  • 2.0 Soundsystem 20 W
  • Clear dialogues
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS
  • HDMI eARC
  • Many connection options
  • Lacks bass

Simple SmartOS, but no app store

The Vizio SmartCast system is very simple and has all relevant apps e.g. Netflix, Amazon prime video or YouTube but unfortunately, you can’t download any extra apps besides the ones that come pre-installed. The SmartCast interface has a minimalistic design, but there could be delays in the menu navigation in between. Apple Airplay can be used to connect to an iOS device, and recording via USB is also available – but there is no twin tuner. The time shift feature allows you to watch your movie or series later.

The remote control has been redesigned, removing the numeric keypad and adding a microphone for voice control. Although it can be used to open apps or check the weather, but it can’t be used to control certain content in apps. The integrated Google Assistent and Amazon Alexa is perfect for this feature.

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Smart TV
  • SmartCast 5.0
  • New simple Remote
  • Easy Interface
  • Voice Control
  • Apple AirPlay
  • Integrated Google Assistent and Amazon Alexa
  • Time shift
  • PVR
  • No app store
  • Laggy Navigation
  • No Twin Tuner

Entry-level 4k TV with interesting features

You want to watch your favourite TV show on Netflix oder Amazon prime? The Vizio V5 Series 2021 is a good choice as your first entry-level 4k TV! The high native contrast ratio and the good reflection handling will give you a nice experience. Unfortunately, the Vizio is very dark in HDR content and only has the best picture when you sit directly in front of it and don’t look from another angle.

Gamers in particular should look for an alternative because the V5 doesn’t support HDM 2.1 or VRR – But you can’t expect that in this price range. The revised remote control and Smart OS are easy to use and are mainly for users who want things to be rather simple.

For a mid-range TV, the Vizio V5 is very solid. If you don’t want to waive 120 Hz or a wider viewing angle, there are some better alternatives for a few hundred dollars more.

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PROS
  • High native contrast
  • Deep blacks
  • Low input lag
  • Solid sound
CONS
  • Doesn't get bright in SDR nor HDR
  • Narrow viewing angles
  • No HDMI 2.1
  • No VRR
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Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
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Viewing Angle
Picture quality when sitting at an angle to the TV - Also relevant when sitting very close in front of a large TV.
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Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
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HDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in HDR, so everything from HDR, HDR10, HLG to HDR10+ & Dolby Vision.
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Use of the TV for movies, series & documentaries - be it as stream, BluRay or in the TV program.
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Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
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Suitability for watching soccer, Formula 1, Olympics and more, even with several persons
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Smart TV features, connections and general equipment of the TV
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Data sheets Vizio V5 Series 2021

Vizio V555-J01 technical specifications

Dimensions
Screen diagonal55 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1246 x 723 x 86 mm
Weight without stand14,7 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1246 x 784 x 260 mm
Weight with stand15 kg
Footprint (WxD) x mm
VESA Norm200x200 mm
Removable standN/A
Image properties
Panel typeVA Panel
Panel ManufacturerVizio
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC
Resolution4K
Contrast ratio8100 :1
Color space coverage81 %
REC 202060 %
Average brightness220 Nits
Maximum brightness240 Nits
BacklightingDirect LED
Local dimming
Dimming ZonesN/A
Curved
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 7 ms
Input Lag< 11 ms
Frequency60 Hz
VRRN/A
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)N/A
Energy consumption On (W)N/A
Energy consumption per year (kWh)N/A
Energy efficiency class
Smart TV
Operating systemSmartCast 5.0
Bluetooth
WLAN
USB recording PVR
Timeshift
Picture-in-pictureN/A
TunerAnalog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin TunerN/A
Audio
Audio Channels2
Power (W)20 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbar
Connections
HDMI 2.03
HDMI 2.1
HDMI ARC
USB 2.01
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack1
Digital optical1
Satellite
Antenna1
Ci+ 1.4
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Vizio V655-J09 technical specifications

Dimensions
Screen diagonal65 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1457 x 841 x 61 mm
Weight without stand20.4 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1457 x 905 x 12 mm
Weight with stand20.8 kg
Footprint (WxD) x mm
VESA Norm400x200 mm
Removable standN/A
Image properties
Panel typeVA Panel
Panel ManufacturerVizio
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC
Resolution4K
Contrast ratio8100 :1
Color space coverage81 %
REC 202060 %
Average brightness220 Nits
Maximum brightness240 Nits
BacklightingDirect LED
Local dimming
Dimming ZonesN/A
Curved
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 7 ms
Input Lag< 11 ms
Frequency60 Hz
VRRN/A
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)N/A
Energy consumption On (W)N/A
Energy consumption per year (kWh)N/A
Energy efficiency class
Smart TV
Operating systemSmartCast 5.0
Bluetooth
WLAN
USB recording PVR
Timeshift
Picture-in-pictureN/A
TunerAnalog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin TunerN/A
Audio
Audio Channels2
Power (W)20 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbar
Connections
HDMI 2.03
HDMI 2.1
HDMI ARC
USB 2.01
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack1
Digital optical1
Satellite
Antenna1
Ci+ 1.4
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Vizio V705-J03 technical specifications

Dimensions
Screen diagonal70 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1569 x 908 x 69 mm
Weight without stand24.4 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1569 x 976 x 329 mm
Weight with stand23.9 kg
Footprint (WxD) x mm
VESA Norm400x200 mm
Removable standN/A
Image properties
Panel typeVA Panel
Panel ManufacturerVizio
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC
Resolution4K
Contrast ratio8100 :1
Color space coverage81 %
REC 202060 %
Average brightness220 Nits
Maximum brightness240 Nits
BacklightingDirect LED
Local dimming
Dimming ZonesN/A
Curved
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 7 ms
Input Lag< 11 ms
Frequency60 Hz
VRRN/A
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)N/A
Energy consumption On (W)N/A
Energy consumption per year (kWh)N/A
Energy efficiency class
Smart TV
Operating systemSmartCast 5.0
Bluetooth
WLAN
USB recording PVR
Timeshift
Picture-in-pictureN/A
TunerAnalog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin TunerN/A
Audio
Audio Channels2
Power (W)20 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbar
Connections
HDMI 2.03
HDMI 2.1
HDMI ARC
USB 2.01
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack1
Digital optical1
Satellite
Antenna1
Ci+ 1.4
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Vizio V755-J04 technical specifications

Dimensions
Screen diagonal75 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1669 x 958 x 74 mm
Weight without stand26.7 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1669 x 1029 x 338 mm
Weight with stand27.3 kg
Footprint (WxD) x mm
VESA Norm400x200 mm
Removable standN/A
Image properties
Panel typeVA Panel
Panel ManufacturerVizio
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC
Resolution4K
Contrast ratio8100 :1
Color space coverage81 %
REC 202060 %
Average brightness220 Nits
Maximum brightness240 Nits
BacklightingDirect LED
Local dimming
Dimming ZonesN/A
Curved
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 7 ms
Input Lag< 11 ms
Frequency60 Hz
VRRN/A
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)N/A
Energy consumption On (W)N/A
Energy consumption per year (kWh)N/A
Energy efficiency class
Smart TV
Operating systemSmartCast 5.0
Bluetooth
WLAN
USB recording PVR
Timeshift
Picture-in-pictureN/A
TunerAnalog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin TunerN/A
Audio
Audio Channels2
Power (W)20 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbar
Connections
HDMI 2.03
HDMI 2.1
HDMI ARC
USB 2.01
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack1
Digital optical1
Satellite
Antenna1
Ci+ 1.4
All information without guarantee.

Frequently asked questions about Vizio V5 Series 2021

The Vizio ‎V705-J03 has 3 HDMI 2.0 inputs but no HDMI 2.1 input, an HDMI eARC, one USB 2.0 port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a digital optical TOSLINK output, an analogue video input e.g. for older gaming consoles
The Vizio V5 Series 2021 is dimensioned without stand as follows (WxHxD):
  • 55 Inch: 1246 x 723 x 86 mm
  • 65 Inch: 1457 x 841 x 61 mm
  • 70 Inch: 1569 x 908 x 69 mm
  • 75 Inch: 1669 x 958 x 74 mm
The Vizio V5 Series 2021 is compatible with the following wall mounts:
  • 55 Inch: 200x200 mm
    Flat Pivotable
  • 65 Inch: 400x200 mm
    Flat Pivotable
  • 70 Inch: 400x200 mm
    Flat Pivotable
  • 75 Inch: 400x200 mm
    Flat Pivotable
The Vizio V5 Series 2021 costs as follows:
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