Want a 4K TV for Less Than $900? Meet Vizio’s Incredibly Cheap 2017 D-Series Models

by on March 28, 2017

Stephan Jukic – March 28, 2017

Vizio is firmly continuing its tradition of innovating on either incredibly low price or impressively premium features at a low price in its latest batch of D-Series 4K UHD TVs for 2017. The same company that brought us the first ever truly well-made low-cost 4K TVs in 2014 and 2015 and then followed up on these with some of the best priced full-array 4K HDR TVs we saw in 2016 has now unveiled their D-Series 2017 models at some remarkably low price points.

Just how good? Well, the 65 inch D-Series mode is selling for just $899 with a 55 inch version on retail for an MSRP of $570. No, these are not fancy models with a pile of premium HDR and wide-color specs but at these prices, who cares? The new D-Series models will absolutely worth the dollars you end up spending on them even if they only match up to the display performance of the 2016 D-Series 4K HDR TV, which we reviewed here. And we’re fairly sure that the 2017 versions of the D-Series will outperform their 2016 cousins at least by a bit, making them all the more worthwhile as low-price starter 4K TVs.

What we do know about these new televisions is that they will feature full-array LED backlighting, integrated WiFi (of course), Vizio’s V8 octa-core processor and smart TV functionality through Vizio’s SmartCast app-based platform with built-in 4K/1080p content apps like Netflix, Vudu and others. The full-array LED backlighting of the D-Series won’t come anywhere close to offering the same number of local dimming zones as we saw in the 2016 P-Series and M-Series models but even a limited FALD capacity in such low-cost 4K TVs is a major win for potential 4K TV owners working on a tight budget –even limited full-array display offers generally superior local dimming to edge-lit backlighting in premium 4K TVs.


The D-Series models will not feature support for Dolby Vision HDR technology but we are expecting connectivity support for HDR10 and at the very least there is the presence of all those extra pixels in these models. Furthermore, if the 2016 D-series 4K TV models are anything to guide our expectations, their 2017 versions will be excellent 4K gaming displays for consoles like the PlayStation 4 Pro or Xbox One S and others. The input lag under 1080p and 4K gaming in the 2016 D-Series was one of the best we saw in any 4K TV from any brand or at any price for 2016.

So to sum up, if you want 4K TV technology in your home but are insistent on HDR from Dolby Vision, your cheapest bet will be one of Vizio’s 2016 P-Series, M-Series models and Vizio’s 2017 E-Series HDR TVs, or a 2017 TCL P-Series (no relation to the Vizio P-Series despite the identical name) TV, which sells for just $500 for its 50 inch version and does indeed offer Dolby Vision HDR support). However, if you’re content with superb start 4K TV display and top-shelf connectivity without HDR display, the 2017 D-Series is your best bet so far at getting a huge 65 inch 4K TV for less than $1000.

The 2017 D-Series 4K TV models are now selling from retailers like Walmart, Target, Best Buy and others. The lineup of televisions with 4K resolution starts at the 43 inch set for just $420 ang does onto the 50 inch model for $500, the 55 inch model for $570 and the great big 65 inch set for $899.

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  • Ducktruck
    March 29, 2017 at 7:58 am

    The 2016 D Series from Visio wasn’t HDR. You mentioned in the second paragraph that it is. Please update the article.


    • Stephen
      April 1, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Hey there Ducktruck, in the second paragraph we specifically state that the D-Series lacks the premium HDR and wide color specs of its Vizio cousins. Quote from the article: “No, these are not fancy models with a pile of premium HDR and wide-color specs but at these prices, who cares?” That said, the 2017 D-Series isn’t the same as the 2016 model and does offer some level of HDR support, for HDR10 from what we know (we haven’t reviewed a model yet), though it lacks Dolby Vision.


  • Jephy
    April 23, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Does it contain a[n off-the-air] tuner??


    • Stephen
      May 15, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Hey Jephy. No, I believe the 2017 D-Series don’t come with a tuner. We haven’t reviewed them yet but we are reviewing the E-Series now and know it has no integrated tuner.


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