Vizio M43-C1 UltraHD TV Review

Specs

ManufacturerVizio
ModelM43-C1
Display TypeLED LCD
Resolution3840x2160
Inputs5x HDMI (1x HDMI 2.0 w/ HDCP 2.2), Component, Composite, Antenna, USB
OutputsOptical, Analog Audio
Streaming ServicesNetflix, Amazon, HuluPlus, Spotify, UltraFlix
Wi-Fi SupportYes
3D SupportNo
Display Size37.9” x 24” x 8.3”
Display Weight22.7 lbs.
Review DateSeptember 16, 2015
Price$530

The Vizio M43-C1 offers UltraHD resolution, superior contrast ratios, and full array local dimming in an affordable package. The integrated streaming supports UltraHD from both Amazon and Netflix, the two main sources of UltraHD material today, and it has an HDMI input with HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 support for the future. Finding another TV with all these features from another manufacturer costs hundreds more today making the Vizio M-series a true bargain.

Full Array Local Dimming

Specs
Manufacturer:Vizio
Model:M43-C1
Display Type:LED LCD
Resolution:3840x2160
Inputs:5x HDMI (1x HDMI 2.0 w/ HDCP 2.2), Component, Composite, Antenna, USB
Outputs:Optical, Analog Audio
Streaming Services:Netflix, Amazon, HuluPlus, Spotify, UltraFlix
Wi-Fi Support:Yes
3D Support:No
Display Size:37.9” x 24” x 8.3”
Display Weight:22.7 lbs.
Review Date:September 16, 2015
Price:$530
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On an LCD TV, no feature is as desired by videophiles as full array local dimming. This gives the TV individual control over the brightness of different areas of the image. The more zones, the greater the control. Most TV vendors don’t tell you the number of zones, but most models in the M-Series use 32 zones, while the smaller 43” M43-C1 reviewed here only uses 28 zones. In high contrast scenes, like the moon against a black sky, the moon can be brightly lit while the other zones dim to increase the black level and provide a better image.

No dimming system is perfect, and when used too aggressively you will see blooming, or halos around bright objects against a dark background. Some also exhibit a rapid pumping of brightness levels, where the whole image quickly goes very bright and then very dim. Explosions are a common trigger for this but I didn’t have issues with it on the M43-C1 during my time with it.

What I did notice is that the contrast ratio roughly doubles with the local dimming enabled on the M43-C1. Blacks get darker while bright areas maintain their high-brightness elements without excessive haloing. Part of what Vizio does to enable this is by offering pixel level dimming control to go with the backlight. It’s an interesting trick to offer finer control and one that worked during my use of the M43-C1.

UltraHD Ready

As the amount of UltraHD content continues to expand, the Vizio M43-C1 is ready for it. Of course it has a 3840×2160 resolution screen to show every pixel of UltraHD content. It also has integrated streaming from Amazon, Netflix, and UltraFlix for viewing UHD content now. One HDMI input also features HDCP 2.2 and full bandwidth HDMI 2.0 so it can handle any content planned right now. It can’t stream YouTube in UltraHD because it uses a different codec than Netflix and Amazon that isn’t supported on the Vizio. You also lose out on HDR and wide color gamut content, but an UltraHD TV that displays those starts at $2,500 right now.