It has been a long time coming but now it is possible to get a fairly feature-rich and 60-inch TV if you have at least $1,500 to spare. Add a little bit more and you can even buy a larger 65-inch TV. But VIZIO doesn’t want you to shell out any more than that and it could be a big deal if TVs like the VIZIO M652i-B2 deliver in the rest of the key areas. Surprisingly, there are a lot of things that VIZIO did right with this TV.
65-inch TVs coming from popular manufacturers always feature good designs and other manufacturers tend to copy them. But the M652i-B2 stands on its own by taking some of the best things that make large TVs look good and add some unique design twists. The 8mm bezel makes the TV virtually borderless. But if you look closely on the bottom right corner of the TV, you will see a small VIZIO logo popping out. Most other TVs just have the logo printed on the center of the bottom portion so it is nice seeing VIZIO switching up things a bit. The stand is also designed with minimalism in mind as it takes the form of a rounded rectangle border made of metal. The neck is made of metal too so overall, the design is pretty premium and should take away that common perception of VIZIO making only cheap products.
On the back of the VIZIO M652i-B2 is the usual arrangement of ports that one would find in most large TVs nowadays. 3 HDMI ports are found on the bottom while the other one is on the side. There is also a pair of USB ports along with the common optical audio, composite, component and Ethernet ports. VIZIO added some visual indicators to make it easy to make the essential connections and even labeled the HDMI ports as the best ports to use for optimal video.
The feature set of the M652i-B2 is similar to other VIZIO TVs in the E-series but so far, VIZIO hasn’t released a 2014 model of its cheap 65-inch display. But the keyboard functionality that you find on the back of the TV remote is now exclusive to the M-series. The layout has been redesigned too with larger keys and better spacing to make the text entering experience a bit better. The arrow keys are laid out vertically which can be a bit confusing at first and game buttons are no longer present. There is also an “Alt” key which enables you to easily enter symbols. Finally, the remote is backlit making it a joy to use at night too.
The Smart TV experience remains the same though as you can access it with the big “V” button on the front of the remote. This should instantly bring up a small dock with iconized tiles. Many of these tiles have logos of familiar services like YouTube, Facebook, Netflix, and Spotify. It is a customizable dock where the idea is to put all of your favorite apps so they are easily accessible. It is a nice and elegant approach to using the Smart TV’s Internet and Wi-Fi features. You can view the full list of apps installed by pressing the “V” button again where you see the tiles arrangement in a full screen view. You can also view the featured or latest apps that you can download for the VIZIO M652i-B2 in their respective tabs. The nice thing is that you don’t have to install the app in order to try it thanks to the nifty preview feature. The app selection is pretty decent too so you may not need a separate component if you want to access the news, stream and audio and video or engage in social networking activities. The remote control also has a shortcut buttons to M Go, Netflix and Amazon.
What the M652i-B2 is a bit lacking in is the mobile integration. An iOS or Android device can serve as a second screen for the Netflix and YouTube apps so you can get ratings and other information on the content you are watching. Sharing content to the screen from the mobile device is pretty simple too although there isn’t much else functionality.
A lot of the technology behind the M-series’ enhanced performance is focused on the LED backlighting. The VIZIO M652i-B2 is a larger display than many of the other M-series models so it has 32 Active LED Zones which help improve the contrast and deepen the black levels. Compared to the recent E-series models, there is a noticeable improvement but it still lags behind the other non-VIZIO TVs priced in this segment. But because there are so many picture modes and related options, it is possible to improve the picture quality to a more exceptional level. The Active Pixel Tuning and Black Detail options are great to tinker with and the former is only exclusive to M-series TVs. There are even separate modes for gaming and computer if you need to reduce the input lag.
Other nice performance enhancements include a 240 Hz refresh rate for VIZIO’s Clear Action 720 to reduce blurring when playing back various action segments and sports programs. The M652i-B2 also has a slightly faster processor under the hood to improve the performance of the VIZIO Internet Apps Plus experience.
$1,500 is simply an amazing deal for a 65-inch LED TV that actually looks pretty good. By spending that amount of money for the VIZIO M652i-B2, you are basically trading some of the extra fluff featured in similarly priced 60-inch rivals for a slightly bigger screen and since you will be owning a TV for the next several years, that small bump in size could be all worth it. Just be prepared to calibrate the TV if you are critical with the picture quality. But once you are done, the TV works well and you can always get a VIZIO sound bar to improve those average sound quality.
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