VIZIO M43-C1 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV 2015 Model

VIZIO M43-C1 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2015 Model)

The VIZIO M43-C1 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is a value for money option that a lot of people have been eagerly waiting for for quite some time.

The Vizio M Series come equipped with as many as 64 active LED zones, this particular model coming with 28 and filled with a full array of backlighting, as compared to the P-Series’ 64.

This model has a Clear Action Rate of 360, a reduction from the P-Series’ 960.

Important Features

Here are some of the features of this unit:

  • Different Picture Setting Modes (Vivid, Game Mode, Computer, Standard, Calibrated, Calibrated Dark, Color temp choices)
  • Reduced judder setting
  • Black levels and contrast
  • 360 Clear Action Rate
  • 120 Effective Refresh Motion Lag
  • Side Angle Viewing Quality
  • Light Flowthrough Extreme
  • Internet

Features

There are various picture setting modes in this model, the first one being Vivid, which comes as a pre-set on this TV. As the color temperature leans more on the cool side, there is a marked blue push. Also, the auto brightness control is disabled under this setting.

One of the benefits of the Game Mode is that it ensures a low input lag when playing games.

The Reduce Judder setting on the other hand is set to 50% on all of the modes. It provides over-clarification of the background, thus giving it that “soap opera” effect, or a somewhat fabricated and enhanced image. Experts recommend turning this setting off for all modes, except for gaming and programming. Although a bit of judder can still be seen, it makes the images look all that more natural.

The 28 zones Full Array Backlighting System which comes with the Vizio M43-C1 model, ensures quality black levels and contrast, a notable feature of the Vizio M-series. This results in an edge on previous models in two vital ways – better black levels and contrast in particular situations, as well as better side-angle viewing quality.

Additional features include a 360 Clear Action Rate and a 120 Effective Refresh Motion Lag. This backlight scanning feature amplifies the screen’s native resolution and produces better and faster action performance.

There are certain times when this feature is valuable, such as with sports. However, generally it should be turned off. At the same time, by turning the setting off for the reduced judder, some noticeable judder can still be observed.

As with all other LED backlit LCD TVs, the VIZIO M43-C1 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV follows in the same vein, in that both color saturation and contrast are reduced at side angles.

Still, the full array backlighting system which comes with 28 zones, and a quality panel which does not produce glare, performs well when it comes to controlling the reduction in its contrast.

Another great feature is its amazing lighting effects coming from the on-screen windows and in room lights. This can result in a great visual effect, making programming look 3-dimensional.

However, it also takes a little time to get used to, especially for purists, since it may turn out to be extreme enough to result in the picture looking less realistic, thus diminishing the natural blur in the background. It’s worth noting that there is virtually no “shadow bleed”

This model also comes with internet features – the Vizio Internet Apps Plus and wireless, but no web browser.

One of the positive benefits of the upgrades done on this model is that it is equipped with a V6 processor which uses a quad-core GPU, working alongside with a dual-core CPU.

This is a powerful combination that deals nicely with all the computing and video processing that you will need using a smart TV.

Pros

  • Light and color flowthrough
  • 5 HDMI (with 1 USB)
  • Affordable price
  • Side Angle Viewing Contrast/Color Loss within acceptable levels
  • V6 processor using Quad Core GPU work very well with Netflix and Amazon Apps
  • Gaming input lag
  • Image edges, clarity, picture definition

Cons

  • Enhanced Image edge and virtual artifacts
  • At times, despite using the reduce judder setting, the display still produces over-clarified pictures
  • Does not come with 3D compatibility
  • No internet browser
  • Without the browser, the QWERTY keyboard is pointless
  • Turning off Reduce Judder results in noticeable motion lag/judder

Summary

At a price averaging less than $600, the VIZIO M43-C1 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is no doubt set to becoming one of the most competitive models there is.

This is because there are only a few smart TVs of this size that are equipped with such an amazing set of features.

While there may be some minor drawbacks, the positives certainly outweigh the negatives.

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