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TCL vs Vizio V Series (2021): Budget 4K TV Comparison

It’s amazing how far entry-level TVs have come in the past few years. You no longer need to pay top dollar to get excellent visuals and features with newer TV models. The TCL 4 Series and the Vizio V Series are among the best budget TVs that you can buy today. These TVs come with loads of smart features and excellent response times and visuals when gaming, watching your favorite shows or streaming content from various streaming apps. So which one is better? We compare the two to find out.

TCL vs Vizio V Series Comparison Chart

ModelTCL 4 SeriesVizio V Series
 TCL 43-inch 4K UHD Smart LED TV - 43S435, 2021 ModelVIZIO 43 Inch 4K Smart TV, V-Series UHD HDR Television with Apple AirPlay and Chromecast Built-in
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
Available Sizes43, 50, 55, 65, 75, 85 inches40, 43, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75 inches
PanelVAVA
Supported Resolutions1080p
4K
1080p
4K
HDRHDR, HLGHDR, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG
VRRNoNo
Smart OSRokuSmartCast

Build Quality and Design

The TCL 4 Series and Vizio V Series have similar build qualities.

tcl vs vizio v series build quality
Side-by-side view of the TCL 4 Series (left) and Vizio V series (right).

Since these are budget TVs, you can’t expect them to have premium build qualities. That said, the TCL 4 Series and Vizio V series are well built for the price that you are paying for them. They have thin metal sheets at the back that are covered in plastic casing. They have similar wide-set stands that are stable, but they will require a larger surface since they are about as wide as the TVs. When placed on top of a TV rack, they don’t wobble.

You also have the option of wall mounting either TV since they are VESA-compliant. With the TCL 4 Series, you won’t encounter any issues when wall mounting since their ports are side facing. The same can’t be said about the Vizio V Series because some of their ports are rear facing, so they can be hard to reach when wall mounted.

The bezels for both the TCL 4 Series and Vizio V Series measure about a half inch, so they are not thick at all. If you are the type that gets annoyed by thick bezels, these TVs will be great for you. From the side, the TCL 4 Series is about an inch thicker than the Vizio V Series TVs. It’s not a very big issue but it is worth mentioning.

Features

The TCL 4 Series Roku TV is better than the Vizio V Series SmartCast OS.

tcl vs vizio v series features
Back view of the TCL 4 Series (left) and Vizio V series (right).

Most TCL TVs have Roku TV built-in, while Vizio TVs come with SmartCast. Both of these give you access to paid and free streaming apps that allow you to watch various content. They are easy to use and navigate and they are responsive as well. That said, Roku TV is slightly smoother than SmartCast. Both TVs come with pre-installed apps that include most major streaming platforms. You have the option of downloading more apps through the Roku store, something that SmartCast doesn’t offer.

While the TCL 4 Series and Vizio V Series both come with HDR10 and HLG support, only the Vizio V Series has HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. HDR10+ is an enhanced version of the standard HDR10 and Dolby Vision is also a superior format.

Both TV lineups come with multiple HDMI ports, composite input, optical audio and analog audio ports. The TCL 4 Series has HDMI 2.0 ports while the Vizio V Series comes with HDMI 2.1. Vizio V Series TVs come with eARC support while TCL 4 Series TVs are limited to ARC only. If you plan on using external devices such as an AV receiver, Blu-Ray players, game consoles and more, Vizio V Series TVs allow high quality audio (Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and more) passthrough since it supports eARC.

Picture Quality

The Vizio V Series offers slightly better performance than the TCL 4 Series when it comes to gaming.

tcl vs vizio v series picture quality
The TCL 4 Series (left) has built in Roku TV while the Vizio V Series (right) comes with Vizio SmartCast OS.

The TCL 4 Series and Vizio V Series are the brands’ entry-level lineups, so they don’t come with more advanced panels such as QLED or OLED. They have standard VA panels that offer deep blacks and very good contrast ratios. However, they don’t have the best viewing angles and their peak brightness are limited.

The screens of the TCL 4 Series and Vizio V Series have semi-gloss finishes so during dark scenes, light sources are reflected. When watching during the day or in brightly-lit rooms, the low peak brightness of both TVs can be annoying. It’s best to use these TVs in dimly lit rooms.

All TCL 4 Series and Vizio V Series TVs are 4K. Out of the box, the colors are good, but if you calibrate them, they will look even better. For gamers, the Vizio V Series offers slightly lower input lag and when it comes to response time, they perform almost the same.

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Verdict

You can’t go wrong with either the TCL 4 Series or Vizio V Series if you are looking for an entry level 4K TV.

The TCL 4 Series and Vizio V Series offer very similar performance and picture quality. If you want a more responsive interface, the TCL 4 Series Roku TV OS will give you a more pleasant experience. If you are going to use your TV with external devices such as Blu-Ray players, AV receivers or game consoles, the Vizio V Series is the better choice. Its eARC HDMI support and HDMI 2.1 port allows you to take advantage of features such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X passthrough. Whichever you choose, you’ll be getting a very good entry-level TV with the TCL 4 Series and Vizio V Series.

FAQs

๐Ÿ“Œ Do Vizio TVs have Bluetooth?

Yes, but they only support Bluetooth LE at the moment. This connection only allows pairing your tablet or smartphone to use as a remote.

๐Ÿ“Œ Are TCL TVs good?

Yes, they offer excellent price to performance. Their entry level TVs are very affordable without skimping out on features.

๐Ÿ“Œ Are Vizio TVs good?

Entry level Vizio TVs are very good. They are affordable and they perform very well for the price. Gamers like Vizio TVs since they have low input lag and good response times.

๐Ÿ“Œ Do TCL TVs have Bluetooth?

Yes, you just need to go to the settings page to set up the Bluetooth connection.

Last update on 2021-07-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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