Most people think of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay area as home to America’s big tech companies. Recently, Irvine and Orange County California have become a powerhouse for high tech, too. For example, Blizzard Entertainment, maker of World of Warcraft
are all based in the area.
According to the NPD Group’s U.S. Weekly Retail Tracking Service, Vizio has been the leading TV maker based on units sold from Jan. 1, 2017 through Jun. 6, 2020. Vizio sees its mission
as delivering “high performance, smarter products with the latest innovations at significant savings that we can pass along to our consumers.” In other words, Vizio aims to sell advanced TVs below the prices of its competitors. Further, Vizio has been recognized with Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service, including being a 2015 Grand Stevie Winner for Being Among the Most Awarded Organizations.
Discover SmartCast OS
Before exploring the model lineup, it’s important to understand that SmartCast OS
is built into every Vizio TV model. SmartCast OS is the operating system for Vizio TVs. It gives users control that few other TVs can match.
- Enjoy your favorite apps – Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, etc.
- Watch 200+ free channels with no fees, subscriptions, signups, logins, or passwords. They’re part of the Vizio experience.
- Stream and control video via Chromecast or Airplay, which means a phone or tablet can serve as an entertainment center that allows play, pause, and other options.
- For Apple product owners, stream, mirror, and share content stored on an Apple device, and control video using the Control Center on the device, Siri, or the Home app.
- Use Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa to control Vizio TVs with your voice.
- SmartCast OS is smart-home compatible. For instance, a smart speaker, phone, or tablet can connect a Vizio TV to external cameras such as the Google Nest, letting you see who’s at your front door.
The Vizio TV Lineup
Vizio makes TVs in six model lines with sizes ranging from 31-inches to 85-inches and prices from $120 to $3,100. Note that all Vizio TVs, except those in the D-series, are designed for 4K resolution. They offer a variety of image enhancement technologies including HDR (high dynamic range), HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG. Learn more about those here
||Screen Size & Price Range
||4K, SmartCast™, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, 3840 x 2160, Spatial Scaling Engine, IQ Active™, Full Array LED
||40- to 58-inches, $229 to $649
||4K, SmartCast™, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, Quantum Color, 3840 x 2160, Spatial Scaling Engine, IQ Active™, Full Array LED †
||50- to 70-inch, $399.99 to $799.99
||SmartCast™, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, Quantum Color, 3840 x 2160, Spatial Scaling Engine, IQ Ultra™, Full Array LED †
||65- to 85-inch, $1199.99 to $3099.99
||1080p, SmartCast™ with Chromecast built-in, 1920 x 1080, Six-Core Processor, Full Array LED
||24- to 40-inch, $119.99 to $199.99
||SmartCast™, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, Quantum Color, 3840 x 2160, Spatial Scaling Engine, IQ Ultra™, Full Array LED
||65- to 85-inch, $1499.99 to 2099.99
† Octa-Core Processor standard on some models, otherwise Six-Core CPU.
How to Improve on Vizio’s Warranty
It’s no surprise that Vizio warrants their TVs for one year, but only against defects in material or workmanship. Their warranty protects the company, not the consumer. Vizio offers in-home service for TVs when practical, but otherwise requires that TVs be returned for servicing with the customer paying freight to the service center.
In cases where a TV fails after the one-year warranty, the cost of repairs can be exorbitant. Service centers can set their own prices and charge whatever they wish, so it’s smart to consider an extended warranty from Upsie.
Upsie offers 2-, 3-, and 5-year extended warranties. Think of them as service contracts that clearly spell out repair costs, so you won’t have to worry about being blindsided. Upsie’s page that outlines contracts for Vizio TVs
shows prices for 5-years of protection at about a dollar per month for entry-level models and just about $7 per month for the top-of-the-line $3100 P-series model.
But that’s not all. You can buy your extended coverage any time within 11 months after buying your TV. And, unlike competing plans, with Upsie you pay nothing at the time service is performed, no deductibles, no copays!
And even more, you’re protected against screen burn-in, mechanical failure, power failure, screen failure, speaker/sound failure, button failure, and Wi-Fi failure. In short, Upsie covers you against virtually every defect. Best of all, Upsie sends a certified repair technician to your home so you don’t have to worry about boxing up your TV, shipping it off, paying the freight, and hoping it survives the trip.
No matter what brand of TV you’re considering, be sure to study Upsie’s TV warranty page
, and feel free to call Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM CST with any questions. 1-877-844-7745.
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