Vizio M-Series Quantum 4K HDR TV (Q7) Unboxing and Setup

by birtanpublished on October 3, 2020

Can't have a budget tv battle without vizio being part of the conversation and here we have the m series quantum or at least one of them welcome back everyone i'm caleb dennison and today we are reviewing the vizio m series quantum q7 yes there is also a q8 which is a significantly better tv by the specs kind of frustrated why not just make one m series and call it a day well anyway the q7 here has significantly less zones and less peak brightness than the q8 we'll talk about the differences

There later just know that we're reviewing the q7 which is the tv by the way that you can get just about anywhere the q8 is exclusive to amazon you can also get this at amazon but you can also get it at best buy you can get it at costco sam's club you get the idea let's unbox this thing here's everything that comes in the box you get two metal feet nice that they're metal uh some screws for those duracell batteries power cable physios remote and i can't remember off the top of my head if this is the same style as last year but uh

Man it's way better than that old school square thing that they had years ago and then uh some product stuff this probably means more to me than like most people one of the things that i appreciate about vizio tvs at least the unboxing portion is that you get this whole lift with the bag situation attaching the feet is super simple with vizio tvs you just slide this guy in and then get to screwing it which reminds me i wanted to ask do you guys value

This portion of the unboxing video do you enjoy seeing me screw legs in back at the tv shot time and one thing i got to tell you right away is that this is not the slimmest tv it's a little bit chunky due to this bump out right here one thing that is interesting is the port selection so not only is there analog composite and audio input with actual rca plugs there's also analog audio output with rca plugs which is interesting there's also optical output

And then hdmi 1 is your earc port that will support dolby atmos pass through and then ports 2 3 and 4 will support 4k up to 60 fps along with variable refresh rate thanks to freesync so they're not full spec hdmi 2.1 but they're going to get the job done for most gamers so i want to take a second to thank vizio for this very simple inclusion of foam lined cardboard because it protects the screen and shipping yes but also makes setting this guy up way way easier we gotta get rid of that to look

At the front of the tv there she is and we've got a little energy guide label that we've got to get rid of but man really tight bezels here they're not ultra thin but overall the look is very nice i'm a little concerned about the reflectivity we'll check that out a little bit deeper later but generally speaking an attractive tv let's power this kit up and while we wait for the splash screen to finish up and get

All loaded let me just say i've been pretty critical of vizio smartcast tv system and that's because it's always felt a little sluggish and i didn't really care for the layout but vizio assures me they've been working on that and this is much better now we get to find out the initial part of this setup is about what you would expect checking for your region home use that sort of thing and then ultimately you get to the update portion and this varies from

Manufacturer to manufacturer you usually have to wait a little while but up to 10 minutes well thankfully that did not take 10 minutes in fact i think it was just over a minute we'll call this our den tv i suppose now that was definitely the tv update no word on whether the apps are also going to need to update so we'll find out about that in just a second i do not have an antenna connected so we're going to skip the local channels thing and skip again all right here we go with

The terms of service and privacy policies for both vizio and google you might want to check these out to understand what kind of information they're gathering from you also understand that if you decline some of these you may not get all the functionality of the tv so we'll skip registration move forward smartcast loads up it takes you through a little bit of a tutorial not much of one and hey we're up and running that's not too bad at all now i was curious if it was going to

Need to update apps so let's just find out we'll pop into netflix and it doesn't look like it let me just get logged in here cool so no update to netflix needed and hopefully that's true for other apps we'll find out since we're in netflix though i want to go ahead and take a look at the picture settings it looked like it was in standard and well here it says it's in bright picture mode there's also calibrated calibrated dark game sports wow you know what the game

Color looks really good that's excellent we're seeing more and more of that with tvs these days i'm going to start with calibrated because that is just my go-to move we'll see if that really ends up being the best start later on but ambient light sensor being off is good backlight's juiced up pretty well for a calibrated mode brightness and contrast at the median which is what you would expect for sdr this is an sdr title in netflix warm color temperature let's go into the advanced picture

Settings black detail is off we have low medium and high i'm going to play around with that a little bit and report back in the full review super resolution which i think is going to be some image enhancement is also turned off i want to see how it performs without that edge enhancement is low i'm going to turn that off for now local contrast is off by default so that's a processing that enhances contrast that is not the full array local dimming feature which is actually here we have a low

Medium and high not a lot of difference between medium high and medium is the default which is what we want to look at anyway now motion control let's get into that clear action is off by default love it excellent noise reduction is on low again it's an out of box setting so i go ahead and leave that there pro gaming engine is not engaged because we don't have a gaming source fill mode is on that's fine gamma is 2.1 i usually go with 2.2 but we'll stick with 2.1 for now and

Color calibration comes later when i actually pull out some measurement tools so by and large the calibrated mode looks set up well right out of the box now let's pop into something that offers dolby vision we'll let this run a little bit pause real quick and then we'll get into the picture settings pause please thank you very much bounce into the menu we are in dolby vision calibrated mode good uh tone mapping at 50. that's an interesting setting i haven't seen that

In a while uh as we go through all this it all looks correct going to advanced picture again i want to find out if motion control is defeated and it is that's great we did not see that with some of the tcl tvs so really really effortless picture settings here now we can go in and change the dolby vision calibrated to something like calibrated dark uh there is a dolby vision game mode sports vivid

And then there's dolby vision bright which i think is going to look attractive but let's again go into advanced picture and find out where it puts stuff if we go down to motion control clear action is still off excellent wow i really feel like vizio has got its out of box settings looking solid now we'll have to check out performance in a little bit now we're in youtube i'm going to pick an hdr title because i want to check out what standard hdr looks like as opposed to dolby vision

Nice hdr 10 tag right there on the screen i really appreciate that let's give this a pause and then go into the menu check out the picture settings for standard hdr it's in a bright mode which is cool there is a calibrated mode you can see the difference in the color temperature there is significant we'll start with calibrated but again i'm not saying that i'm necessarily going to land there as my favorite picture setting we've noticed some differences this year going through some of the other settings

Clear action is also off in the calibrated mode which is fantastic all right so it's really consistent across sdr hdr adobe vision all right so that takes care of our apps now let's go into our hdmi inputs and find out whether any of those settings were carried over this is an hdr10 disk so it's in an hdr mode right off the bat if i go into the menu and pick picture settings it's hdr 10 bright okay so you do need to go into each of your hdmi inputs and verify that your settings are what

You want let's switch to another one really quick let's go to the xbox which i notice it knows the name of the blu-ray player but it doesn't know that an xbox is in hdmi one you have to actually go in and name the input manually which is too bad because i see it auto labeled by other tvs now the xbox splash screen is not in hdr so if we go into the menu picture settings it's in game mode by default which is great it did manage to

Understand that it's a game console however i'm not playing a game right now and if i went to go play a blu-ray i'm a little concerned that it would play that blu-ray in game mode as opposed to a tv picture mode so i'm going to switch it to calibrated and then i'm going to launch a game and see what happens so i popped into fortnight we're actually in a game now we'll press the menu button go into picture settings and it is set to game mode so that's great if i back out

Of the game i would expect that it goes back to calibrated mode let's check that out so we're back at the home screen now and i'll press menu picture and we're back to game that's interesting i'm not a huge fan of that particular setting there may be somewhere deeper in the menu where i can disable that but i'd love it if it just worked such that it was in calibrated mode on movies or tv that i watched through the various apps

And only went into game when i actually started playing a game that again is something that i'm going to dig into a little bit deeper for the review so having done some basic picture settings work i went ahead and watched some footage i'm super familiar with on this tv and the positive first impression is that it has very good black levels but after that i started running into several issues issues which i will discuss in detail in the full review right now though i want to point out the

Fact that this 65-inch m-series q7 costs about 700 bucks for the 65-inch version and that places it below the tcl6 series in terms of comparable price but above the tcl5 series which is a well-specced out tv in its own right so i'm not sure exactly where this tv is going to end up sitting i will say that i'm probably going to lean towards the m8 if you want to do an m series at all but let's not get ahead of ourselves there's a lot to dig in with this tv so we'll see you back here for the full review thanks as always for watching everyone

Where is the m series on your radar especially with so many competitive budget tvs out there leave me a comment down below and let me know what you need to know about this tv in the full review as always like subscribe hit that notification bell and as always visit digitaltrends.com for the latest tech news and reviews

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