Q. I know you have been writing about new TV stuff for a long time. Is there anything in particular that excites you now? Something to look forward to? — Daniel, San Diego.
Daniel, you are right. I have covered the TV technology scene for more than two decades and it’s easy to get jaded about some new products. But there are several things that have me excited me now, especially a new TV series from Vizio.
Vizio has just released its P-Series line of 4K TVs for 2016 and they include HDR support. In case you don’t know, HDR, which stands for High Dynamic Range, promises to deliver more vivid and realistic colors than non-4K sets, and even the best High-Definition TVs. For the first time since the 4K TV was introduced, more than four years ago, there’s a reason to believe that it will provide a real update over the HDTV.
The P-Series Vizio 4K TV is exciting for two reasons.
1. The early reviews from display experts such as David Katzmaier of CNET have been glowing. Katzmaier gave the 65-inch edition 4.5 stars out of a possible five and said it delivers “outstanding picture quality that competes well against the highest-end TVs.” Consumer Reports has also praised the Vizio P-Series for both its 4K resolution and its capacity to upscale high-def content so it looks even better than it does on a high-def set.
2. The reviews alone are cause for excitement, but Vizio’s prices for the P-Series are far below what comparable 4K TVs with HDR support cost. For example, the 65-inch P-Series TV costs $1,999 while the 50-inch edition is $999. Samsung sells a similar (and well-reviewed) 65-inch 4K TV with HDR for roughly $3,500.
So, as you probably guessed, I plan to purchase a Vizio P-Series 4K TV in the near future. (The line was just launched so availability is still somewhat limited.) When I do, I will keep you abreast of my personal experiences here and at our sister web site, TVPredictions.com .
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