Vizio finally fixes the color flaw that had been a major thorn for its ultra-affordable 4K TVs
Stephan Jukic – January 14, 2015
Possibly in the face of fierce competition for buyers’ dollars or possibly out of customer loyalty, Vizio has finally fixed a major flaw that a lot of users reported in its P-Series 4K TVs and particularly in its cheapest 4K model, the 50-inch P-Series, which retails for less than $999.
According to a recent review, the Vizio P-Series came extremely close to being the holy grail of awesome 4K TVs. They offer the entire spectrum of technologies for the best possible 4K experience, come with full connectivity to the latest 4K media services and, best of all, cost much, much less than the competitor models made by Sony, Samsung or just about any other high-end brand.
However, one major flaw that spoiled this ideal trajectory was a firmware problem that caused the TVs to have image processing issues which produced less than ideal color combinations under certain circumstances; mainly, the sharpness of color was too excessive and made a lot of video content look absurdly fake.
When these flaws were first noted in November, Vizio readily admitted to the problem, calling it a “bug”, and promised that it would soon be fixing the issue into the first days of 2015.
It seems that the company has made good on this promise after all. They recently made a free software update patch available for their P-series. Since the TVs are web-connected, the patch will likely download and install automatically for most users.
Furthermore, Vizio has also dropped the price of their smallest 4K TV, the 50-inch model from its previous $999 to just $799 and has also decreased the price of its 60-inch P-Series by $200, to just $1499. These two price drops make these already extremely affordable 4K TVs into some of the very lowest priced models available from any high-end brand.
The new software patch that fixes the Vizio’s sharpness bug is desiged so that users can now shut the sharpness all the way off. Doing this should not only make color look more natural on the TVs but will also reduce the effect of “halo” formation around dark lines in video shown on the TVs.
In simple terms, the new update means that characters in movies shown on the P-Series no longer look like the vampires from Twilight.
The new Vizio patch also updates several apps from streaming services like Amazon Prime and Ultraflix.
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