Your quick guide to purchasing Vizio D-Series TVs
Immerse yourself in your favorite movies and shows with a Vizio D-Series TV. Available in a range of sizes and packed with stellar features, this line of flat-screen televisions boasts advanced technology and crisp pictures packed into space-saving dimensions. Here's what to consider as you shop.
What Is the D-Series?
Vizio's D-Series is a line of smart televisions with 4K resolution and a variety of options intended to improve your viewing experience. But what is 4K, and what's a smart TV? ""4K"" describes the TV's resolution, or how many pixels there are in the screen. The more pixels there are, the smaller they usually are. This means the screen displays a higher level of detail because the smaller pixels are more effective at smoothing out lines. The result is a crisper, brighter picture that can be more engaging to watch than a TV with 1080p resolution. A 4K TV's resolution is about four times that of a 1080p TV, meaning a 4K model's screen typically has more than 8 million pixels. If you want to get the most out of your gaming console or video-streaming services that are increasingly providing 4K content, this is the resolution you'll need.
Vizio's D-Series TVs are also smart, which means they have built-in internet capabilities and sometimes even apps. Think of them as TVs with some of your more frequently used computer features combined into a sleek monitor. Many of the D-Series models are equipped with a smart feature called SmartCast OS, which is Vizio's own software system. This allows you to tell the TV commands and run the thousands of compatible apps available using only your voice. D-Series TVs are also compatible with Vizio's proprietary SmartCast Mobile app, which allows you to use your phone or tablet to control what's playing.
Purchasing a 4K TV is a good idea if you want it to integrate more with your other tech products. D-Series TVs are equipped with a computer mirroring function, which means you can project whatever's on your monitor or laptop screen onto the TV. This is helpful for watching home videos you've stored on your computer. It's also ideal if you work from home and want to have an easier time reading documents or finessing the details of a graphic design project. Another of the D-Series' smart capabilities is full integration with virtual assistants and smart speakers, which adds a further functional layer of assimilation with tech you might already own.
Choosing a size
Vizio D-Series TVs come in sizes ranging from around 24 inches on the smaller end up to models that are a massive 70 inches or more. If you're looking to create a theater-like experience in your home, it helps to purchase the largest size that your budget and room size can accommodate. Consider the dimensions of your space and how far away you'll be able to place your seating when choosing a size.
One of the great things about 4K TVs is that you can safely sit somewhat closer to them than you can with a 1080p TV. This helps you see all the bright, rich details better. Generally, your viewing distance should be about one to one-and-a-half times the TV's diagonal screen size measurement. You can always sit farther away, but you'll miss some of the details. Use these guidelines to choose a TV size based on any seating constraints your room might have:
- 40 inches: 3.2- to 5-foot viewing distance
- 43 inches: 3.5- to 5.5-foot viewing distance
- 50 inches: 4- to 6.3-foot viewing distance
- 55 inches: 4.5- to 7-foot viewing distance
- 60 inches: 5- to 7-foot viewing distance
- 65 inches: 5.5- to 8-foot viewing distance
- 70 inches: 5.8- to 8.7-foot viewing distance
- 75 inches: 6.5- to 9.5-foot viewing distance
You can comfortably sit 10 feet away from most 80- and 85-inch Series-D TVs. Keep in mind that screens look best when you're viewing them straight on. The picture is also at its best when you're watching at eye level, so consider that placement element whether you're planning to mount the TV on the wall or use a stand with it. Keep the width of the stand in mind, too, as it can place the TV closer to your seating area than you initially planned. Most wall mounts have adjustable arms, so you can pull and push them closer to and farther from your couches or chairs. This makes it easier to accommodate a variety of preferences members of your household may have."