Vizio V655-H19 Review: A Budget 65-Inch 4k Feature-Rich Smart TV

The V in Vizio stands for value:

(It doesn’t, but we like to say it does).

Being able to pick up a feature-rich 65-inch 4k TV for just north of $500 is a bargain. And we do mean feature-rich, just look at what the Vizio V655-H19 is packing:

  • A refresh rate of 3ms
  • Full HDR compatability, including HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG
  • Built-in Chromecast
  • Built-in Apple AirPlay
  • And full voice assistant compatability

You can find the Vizio V655 H19 4k 65-inch Smart TV at BestBuy for $519.99.

Despite the positives, for $500 you do have to make trade-offs. And because this TV packs the above features, it skimps on the following:

  • The TV comes with a VA panel. Which means it isn’t premium for contrast and colors
  • The VA panel isn’t the best for live sports and gaming (adequate, but not the best)
  • The image fades if you watch from a viewing angle of more than 45 degrees
  • Plus, the sound is hit and miss (yet, all TVs need soundbars these days)

Therefore, if you’re after a 4k TV for a small room and don’t expect OLED clarity, the Vizio V655-H19 might be the perfect fit for you.

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Vizio V-655-H19 Series Review: Design

Like other sets in the V Series, the V655-H19 has a black plastic case:

In addition, it comes with two V-shaped legs at each end to support the set on a tabletop. To mount this set to a wall, you will need a VESA 200 x 200-millimeter bracket, which costs between $25 and $80 – depending on how sturdy (and branded) you want the bracket.

Regardless of how you set up the Vizio V-Series, it is relatively easy to get it where you want it. In addition to weighing just 21lbs, it is relatively thin, with dimensions of 44.13 x 25.6 x 2.42 inches.

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Vizio V655-H19 Review
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Performance

The Vizio V-Series has many models, covering many budgets. However, every model includes commonalities such as the IQ Active Processor and support for multi-HDR:

The common thread linking this Series is the new IQ Active Processor. Which helps upscale HD to 4K and power its lineup of apps.

Additionally, this V-Series includes the V-Gaming Engine. So despite the VA panel not delivering top-of-the-line contrasts for gaming, the TV still provides low latency and a high refresh rate with maximum response in games.

These technologies help deliver a feature-rich 4k TV that’s perfect as a household hub that doesn’t need cutting-edge, high-budget tech.

(Another great feature of this TV is that it can turn older HD photos into 4K vibrant motion graphics).

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Connectivity / Ports:

Among the three HDMI 2.1 ports on the device, one supports an enhanced audio return channel (eARC). The TV recognizes the soundbar or A/V receiver when it is connected to an eARC port, so the sound is sent to it automatically.

In addition, there are:

  • 1x USB port
  • 1x Ethernet connection
  • 1x Headphone Jack
  • 1x RF connection for an antenna
  • 1x Digital audio output
  • A set of composite video inputs for older video sources like a VCR

You can also sync the Vizio smart TV to your mobile, Apple AirPlay, and Google Chromecast.

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Conclusion

Pros:

  • Good build quality
  • Nice selection of inputs
  • A responsive OS with compatibility of Google Voice Assistant
  • Very low input lag

Cons:

  • Low brightness
  • Weak audio
  • Narrow color gamut
  • Narrow viewing angles

You can pick up the Vizio V655 H19 4k 65-inch Smart TV from BestBuy for $519.99 today.