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Vizio M50-D1 Review – A Different Way To Watch TV

by Robert
Vizio M50-D1

Out on the market for a new television set? You might be familiar with top manufacturers, as well as low budget names. Just because you want something in the middle, it does not mean that you can ditch entry level companies – exactly! You would be surprised.

Vizio is probably known for its entry level TVs – basic features, good quality standards, and decent prices. However, the past few years have shown us that Vizio can also play along with the big boys. In fact, the M and the P series can easily go above the average bargain collection.

I was just as surprised when I got my first Vizio TV. In fact, this Vizio M50-D1 review will help you understand why picture quality and performance will beat anyone in this range – including big names like Sony or Samsung. The entry-level market has just become competitive and interesting…

VIZIO SmartCast™ M-Series 50

The catch with Vizio M50-D1

Alright, so I was out there looking for a new TV. This one has the feature and image quality of a high end unit, but it costs three times less. I knew Vizio was an entry level company, so how come they managed to provide all those without increasing the price?

The TV works with a tablet only. Nothing to worry about – the Android tablet is included in the price. It is essential for streaming application access, as well as all kinds of settings. While it is different, it is still similar to a big screen operation. It feels a bit unusual at first, but it is worth the savings.

Also, it has no tuner, so you cannot come up with an antenna. To watch TV, I had to get a third party tuner box. But then again, it feels a bit less convenient, but you save lots of money, so it is worth it.

Who Vizio M50-D1 is for

If you have a smartphone or a tablet, you will get along with this set. You will figure out how it works immediately. Basically, this set is for everyone who wants to save money without compromising quality – everyone who is familiar with how touchscreen devices work.

On the other hand, I would never buy one of these for my grandmother. She can barely operate a classic remote controller and she has no idea what half the functions do. Having her run stuff through a tablet would make the TV unusable.

Vizio M50-D1 over other M series screens

There are more screens released in this M series – 55, 60, 65, 70 and 80. Apart from the screen size and the type, there are no differences. One exception though – M60-D1 comes with an IPS panel. Other than that, it is mostly a personal preference of screen size, which will also reflect on the price.

Features and specifications

So, what else can you expect from this unusual screen?

4K content

You may run into an older Vizio M50-D1 review claiming on the lack of access to 4K content – 2015 and older models though. The 2016 releases feature HEVC and VP9 4K access. In other words, your high definition content access has been increased.

Other than that, one of the reasons why I chose this TV was the implementation of HDR10 and Dolby Vision. I could get HDS content from Amazon Prime and Netflix – some of my main priorities when getting a new TV.


Alright, so, at a first glance, it looks like the tablet is responsible for all controls. I like a classic remote controller – I want to change the channel, turn the volume up or down without taking my eyes off the screen. Sure, you get used to it, but still. The tablet comes with Vizio’s application preinstalled.

Luckily, Vizio also includes a small remote controller for basic functions – volume, input, aspect ratio and a few others. Let me add that you can also invest in a quality universal controller – Vizio is compatible with plenty of solid brands.


When most 4K TVs come with a quad core processor, Vizio has implemented an octa core processor on its M and P series – extra speed, lots of power and no freezing. Besides, such a processor will work with native 4K content with no issues at all.

LED backlighting

Vizio has also focused on full array LED backlighting. Now, I have tried a few high end TVs from other manufacturers and Vizio’s technology is not as robust, but it is clearly impressive, especially as the price is significantly lower. Moreover, the technology comes with local dimming.

Final words

In the end, I hope my Vizio M50-D1 review has made it clear for you. To keep it simple, Vizio has brought in many features and technologies you would only find in high end TVs – all these while keeping prices low and reducing the convenience a bit. Is it worth? I say it is, but it is up to you to set your priorities.

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