Vizio M43-C1 UltraHD TV Review
|Display Type||LED LCD|
|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|
|Display Size||37.9” x 24” x 8.3”|
|Display Weight||22.7 lbs.|
|Review Date||September 16, 2015|
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
|Display Type:||LED LCD|
|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|
|Display Size:||37.9” x 24” x 8.3”|
|Display Weight:||22.7 lbs.|
|Review Date:||September 16, 2015|
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.
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.