The Best 4K TV on a Budget

Chris Heinonen

The Vizio M-Series Quantum (model Q8) has a high contrast ratio thanks to its full-array local-dimming LED backlight, and it supports every high-dynamic-range standard in use today (including HDR10, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and HGiG) so you’ll always get the best picture quality no matter what you watch. Quantum dot technology helps it produce a colorful, bright image, and this TV even has support for all the latest HDMI 2.1 gaming features, which are not often found on TVs this affordable. The integrated SmartCast platform offers most of the popular streaming services available right now, though it still has some holes (such as HBO Max), and the TV supports both AirPlay and Chromecast. Note that the 2020 M-Series Quantum lineup includes two different models, the Q7 and Q8, which can cause some confusion. (Vizio also has begun to roll out its new replacement 2021 M-Series TVs, described in What to look forward to.) Though the features are identical across the two TVs, the Q8’s improved brightness and contrast make it the better choice—but it’s available only in 55- and 65-inch screen sizes.

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