Vizio M50 D-1 Review

THE GOOD The Vizio M50 D-1 is very affordable and offers a sharp picture especially noticeable when viewing motion in video games and sports. The M50 D-1 provides plenty of inputs ( 5 HDMI, 2 USB) and The Google Cast system offers a large collection of apps. The M50 D-1 offers a fantastic picture when viewed straight on. The upscaling engine for non-4K content ranged from pretty good (480p and 720p) to really good (1080p).

THE NOT SO GOOD We found the remote/tablet to be incredibly frustrating to navigate. The remote/tablet is a fully functioning android tablet so like a smart phone/tablet it needs to be charged with heavy use and the apps need to updated regularly. Fans of a traditional remote might find having to do all the settings from the tablet cumbersome. Additionally we noticed at times a lag between tablet input and command functioning on screen. Vizio does include a separate smaller remote but it’s extremely limited in functionality ( think on/off, volume and mute). The M50 D-1 has no built-in tuner so cord cutters will need a separate tuner to watch over the air channels. We also thought viewing from an angle provided a less than desirable picture and we found the overall sound/speakers to be below average. Also, we do wish the overall LED was a little brighter.

SEAT42F BOTTOM LINE Even though we don’t love the remote/tablet and the M50 D-1 offers no built-in tuner (a non starter for most cord cutters) the overall picture and value still make the M50 D-1 a solid choice for someone looking to jump into a new 4K picture. The M50 D-1 is a perfect fit for fans of doing everything from their phone/tablet with no interest in over the air channels looking for a new screen to stream content or watch their favorite Blu-ray movies.

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Introducing the all-new VIZIO SmartCastTM M-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display. Part of the VIZIO SmartCast collection, every M-Series includes a 6” tablet remote and features Google Cast, the easiest way to stream mobile apps you know and love to the M-Series Display. Simply download your favorite Chromecast-enabled apps such as Net ix, Hulu, and HBO NOW to the included tablet remote or your phone, then tap the Cast button to stream the content to the big screen. The VIZIO SmartCast app’s intuitive tap and voice-based controls lets you easily control your VIZIO SmartCast display – power on/o your display, adjust the volume, switch inputs, play and control streaming content and much more.

High Dynamic Range with support for Dolby Vision content delivers a dramatically di erent visual experience with astonishing brightness, radiant contrast, and incredible depth. Full-Array LED backlighting and up to 64 Active LED Zones® dynamically adjusts to on-screen content by intelligently illuminating the brightness of the LED backlight for deeper, richer black levels and more accurate contrast levels across the whole picture. And up to Clear Action 720 and an ultra-fast 240Hz E ective Refresh Rate achieved with backlight scanning, sports and action fans will enjoy enhanced stability and smoothness with reduced motion blur during intense action, rapid-play, video games and high speed sports. With the all-new VIZIO SmartCast M-Series, what you love won’t change, but how you experience it will never be the same again.

More Depth and Contrast than Ever*

The VIZIO SmartCastTM M-SeriesTM Home Theater Display features High Dynamic Range (HDR) with support for Dolby VisionTM, a transformative technology for imaging that delivers a dramatic visual experience — astonishing brightness with remarkably high contrast levels. To further enhance the contrast range, the all-new M-Series uses a Full Array LED backlight with up to 64 Active LED Zones® that automatically adjust light levels based on the content playing on the screen. This technology works in concert with HDR to allow the M-Series to deliver truly breathtimic real viewing experiences to excite senses, physical, and emotional responses.

To view HDR with Dolby Vision, you will need to watch content that has been mastered in Dolby Vision. For the purposes of this review, content in Dolby Vision has been provided on USB keys for ease of use. This reviewer’s guide provides a detailed outline for you to properly set up and calibrate a M-Series display enabled with Dolby Vision.

Powerful Ultra HD Performance

With over 8 million pixels in every image, four times the clarity of 1080p Full HD, VIZIO’s ultra-powerful, Ultra HD displays produce breathtaking detail and clarity. Watch Full HD sports, movies and TV shows in 4K Ultra HD resolution, thanks to VIZIO’s powerful Spatial Scaling Engine. And support for the latest HDMI standard and HDCP 2.2 enables Ultra HD playback from next generation cable/satellite receivers, Blu-ray players, and game consoles.

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Importance of Full-Array Local Dimming for High Dynamic Range

With the increased contrast in High Dynamic Range content, it is critical to use local dimming to optimize low black level and peak brightness. VIZIO’s M-Series features a Full-Array LED backlight with up to 64 Active LED Zones® for an incredible picture, accurately delivering peak brightness to highlights and deep black levels to shadow detail, enabling a wider and more dynamic range of luminance.

6′′ Tablet Remote with Wireless Charging Dock

The M-Series also includes a 6” Android tablet remote, with the VIZIO SmartCast app pre-installed for a beautifully simple unboxing and setup. The VIZIO SmartCast tablet is also a great standalone tablet with Android Lollipop installed, plus a 720p resolution, stereo speakers, and 8GB of storage — making this Tablet Remote a perfect second screen companion to the TV watching experience.

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Key Specs

  • Class Size50″
  • Screen Size (Diag.)49.50”
  • Panel TypeVA
  • Smart PlatformVIZIO SmartCast™ w/ Google Cast™ Built-in
  • High Dynamic RangeYes w/ Dolby Vision
  • ResolutionUltra HD – 3840×2160
  • UHD Upscale EngineSpatial Scaling Engine™
  • Display ProcessorV8 Octa-Core Processor
  • Backlight TypeFull-Array LED
  • Local DimmingYes with Active LED Zones® x32
  • Clear Action™360
  • Built-in Wi-FiYes
  • UHD Codec SupportHEVC (H.265), VP9

Tablet Remote

  • Screen Size6” Android Tablet Remote
  • Resolution720p
  • Storage Memory8gb
  • ProcessorQuad-Core
  • AudioDual Stereo Speakers
  • MicrophoneYes
  • AccessoriesWireless Charging Dock, USB Power Cable

HDMI Inputs

  • HDMI Ports4 (1 side; 3 down)
  • HDMI VersionPort 1 supports: v2.0; Ports 2-4 supports: v1.4
  • HDCP Versionv2.2
  • HDMI 1 Tech Spec600MHz pixel clock rate:
    2160p@60fps, 4:4:4, 8-bit
    2160p@60fps, 4:2:2, 12-bit
    2160p@60fps, 4:2:0, 12-bit
  • HDMI 2-4 Tech Specs340MHz pixel clock rate:
    2160@60fps 4:2:0 8 bit

Additional Inputs

  • Component1 (side)
  • Ethernet1 (down)
  • USB Ports2 (side)


  • Effective Refresh Rate120Hz
  • Active Pixel Tuning™Yes 
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio20M:1
  • Aspect Ratio16:9
  • Viewable Angle (H/V)176°/176°
  • Number of Colors1.07B 
  • OSD LanguageEnglish, Spanish, French


  • Speakers/Power Output10W x 2
  • DTS StudioSound™Yes
  • DTS TruVolume™Yes

Size and Weight

  • Product with Stand Dimensions44.40”W x 27.98”H x 8.70”D
  • Product with Stand Weight30.86 lbs.
  • Product without Stand Dimensions44.40”W x 25.61”H x 2.68”D
  • Product without Stand Weight29.32 lbs.
  • Product Packaging Dimensions49.88”W x 32.60”H x 6.38”D
  • Product Packaging Weight41.67 lbs.

Included Accessories

  • Tablet Control6” Android Tablet Remote – XR6M10
  • Remote Charger XD6M10 – Android Tablet Remote Wireless Charger
  • Remote Control XRT132
  • Battery Type AAA x2
  • Cable 6’ HDMI Cable

VIZIO Warranty

  • Warranty One Year Parts & Labor. Free Lifetime Technical Support.