Thanks to VIZIO for providing their M-Series 65” SmartCast TV for review!
Our favorite “Featured Pick” in this year’s Modern Mother’s Day & Futuristic Father’s Day Gift Guide For Techies 2020 is the incredible VIZIO M-Series™ Quantum 65” Class 4K HDR Smart TV. This review had been arranged in early March, and I thought it would not only be a wonderful addition to our home, but also a great surprise for Jai’s 50th birthday. Life has certainly changed since then: His birthday was on March 13th, which was the same day that a national emergency was declared due to COVID-19. We’ll certainly never forget this milestone birthday!
The TV shipment was already en route, and arrived the day before we began self isolating at home. I’ve never had the pleasure of owning such a large television before, and the process of receiving it was quite awe-inspiring: This TV arrived on a semitruck, which had to shut down a lane of traffic and idle in front of my house to make the delivery. It was truly an impressive sight! The driver and I both made ample use of Lysol spray and wipes as the handoff was made in order to protect each other. I’d like to take a moment to say a huge, gigantic “Thank you” to him and all other delivery drivers (and other essential workers) for what they are doing right now!
As it happened to work out, Jai was on his way home from his final errand picking up advanced prescription refills, so I waited on the porch next to the TV for him to come home – I even added a little bow on the top! I could see his jaw dropping as he pulled into our driveway. Happy birthday! Since we’ve never owned a TV this big before, the wall that we previously kept our TV on actually wasn’t big enough to fit this, so we re-arranged our entire living room setup to accommodate it. We switched around shelves and pictures, moved the couch to the opposite side of the room, got rid of furniture and switched up our entertainment center to make way for the M-Series Quantum. We love the new setup – the whole space looks better and feels more comfortable to be in. And we’ll be entertained in style now!
The VIZIO M-Series Quantum 65” Class 4K HDR Smart TV is the most impressive TV I have ever seen. First off, let’s talk about the amazing 4K Ultra HD picture quality. It is incredible, providing such sharpness and clarity. VIZIO’s next generation Quantum color provides up to 80% more color than standard HDR TVs with with over one billion shades of colors – that’s a lot! Active Full Array® provides deeper black levels for more depth and contrast, while UltraBright 600 brings out detail in highlights and lowlights. You’ll also enjoy 120Hz Effective Refresh Rate and backlight scanning thanks to Clear Action® 360, plus a wider spectrum of colors and detail with Dolby Vision™ HDR.
Combined with the 65″ screen, this picture quality provides a truly cinematic experience from the comfort of your own home – and since the new movies of 2020 are now showing “On Demand” instead of cinemas, you can really create that movie theater experience at home watching it on the M-Series Quantum. (Psst – you can also rent all those new releases right from the SmartCast Home screen!) And it’s not just movies that I notice the picture difference on – even watching a tutorial from one of my favorite makeup YouTubers, I saw much more detail than I usually do, which makes it easier to follow along and see how different cosmetics look. I wasn’t expecting that!
The M-Series Quantum is also a Smart TV with VIZIO SmartCast 3.0, which gives you access to all the essentials like Netflix and Hulu. There are so many apps built-in to stream content with – I am especially impressed with VIZIO WatchFree, which allows you to access over 100 free TV channels – no subscriptions or logins required. It’s set up with an easy on-screen guide which replicates the traditional experience of flipping through TV channels, which I really enjoy – I “Cut the cord” many years ago and never looked back, but I do sometimes miss being able to just flip through channels the way I would on cable; I take a certain comfort in it!
And when they say this TV is smart, they really mean it! The VIZIO M-Series Quantum 65” Class 4K HDR Smart TV has voice control support built in, meaning that you can pair it with Google Assistant, Siri, or Amazon Alexa. While I was drinking my coffee this morning, I was able to say, “OK Google, turn on the living room TV” and it automatically powered on – it’s so futuristic, I felt like George Jetson! And if you’re a fan of Chromecast and Apple Airplay 2, you can stream content from your device right onto your TV. Aunt Martha’s family slideshow just got the 4k treatment!
I would have been thrilled to add the M-Series Quantum to our home anytime, but it’s especially helpful now that we are staying home for the indefinite future. Television is a source of both information and entertainment during this time that we’ll be leaning on; I’ve even been using the TV to do yoga on my Wii Fit and get that much-needed home exercise! The VIZIO M-Series Quantum 65” Class 4K HDR Smart TV is an amazing gift in any situation – and I can say from experience that it has been a really phenomenal thing to have during this lockdown.
The VIZIO M-Series Quantum 65” Class 4K HDR Smart TV is available to purchase online for $699.99. It would be a wonderful and thoughtful gift for stir-crazy parents as we approach Mother’s Day & Father’s Day! As always, check ahead to find out about current delivery times and methods – my delivery required a signature, so make sure you’re following current health advisories and practices since we’re in a rapidly changing situation. And if you’re reading this post after the world has come out of quarantine, hooray!