Televisions have changed in just about every way from the time they were invented to now. The first televisions had very small screens, poor image quality, no remotes and weighed a ridiculous amount. It took until the mid-1960s for color to be a popular feature on TV sets. Through all these years, though, one of the biggest changes has been the size of the average TV. Where televisions with screens of 32 inches or smaller were once common in living rooms, many homes have at least one 60-inch or 65-inch TV.

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If you don’t have a big TV, now is the time to upgrade. As newer television technology is constantly developing, television prices are dropping and rewarding the consumer. A TV that may have cost a thousand dollars a decade ago may only be a few hundred now. You can find a 65-inch TV with great image quality and a range of features at a reasonable price, giving your living room the upgrade you’ve been dreaming of.

However, you shouldn’t jump at the first good deal you see on a 65-inch TV. If you don’t choose the right model, you may end up missing out on features or having to upgrade sooner than you’d like. You need to make sure the display you buy is of high quality and designed with future technology in mind.

Thankfully, we’re here to help. Read this review to learn all about the Vizio P65-C1, a 65-inch 4K television from Vizio’s P-Series of TVs. We’ll cover everything you need to know, from the image quality and display specs to the supported technology and physical details.

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Public Opinion

You don’t want to make a purchase using information from a single source, so public opinion shouldn’t be the only thing you look at when shopping for a TV. This doesn’t mean that public opinion is a bad source of information, though. User reviews can be very helpful.

The Vizio P65-C1 is available at a range of stores, and it has the same rating at pretty much all of them. The lowest rating you’ll find for the P65-C1 is on Amazon where it gets 3.5 stars in 3 reviews. At Best Buy and Walmart, however, the ratings are a bit different at 4.4 stars and 4.9 stars respectively. While you shouldn’t buy this TV because of these reviews, the fact that hundreds of customers have been satisfied means this is a solid TV.

Display Size

The display size you shop for really depends on what you’re buying a TV for. There is a size-to-distance relationship between your TV and where you need to sit for the optimal viewing angle. If you sit five feet from a huge TV, you will strain your eyes and have trouble seeing the whole picture well. If you sit too far from a small TV, the picture will begin to lose its clarity.

The Vizio P65-C1 is a 65-inch TV, which is the perfect size for a larger living room. Although this TV will work for any size living room, you’ll want to make sure your seating is a good distance from the TV. Because larger TVs like this often have higher input lag, this may not be the best TV if you’re looking for something to play video games on.

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Resolution

You'll want to make sure the TV you buy is ready for the future by making sure it supports a range of resolutions. Your resolution determines how many pixels are used to create an image, which in turn helps determine the quality of the image. If you’re spending a good amount on a newer TV or monitor, you should make sure it supports 2K at the very least and 4K ideally.

Luckily the Vizio P65-C1 is built for the future with full support for 4K ultra-HD viewing. This means that your TV will support resolutions of up to 3840 x 2160 to give you the best picture quality when you’re watching movies and playing video games. However, gaming at a 4K resolution usually means lower response times, so it may not be ideal if you’re a hardcore gamer.

Refresh Rate

Refresh rate is one of the most important specs to look at if you’re buying a TV for gaming. The refresh rate of a TV tells you how many times it can refresh the image on its screen in one second. This matters because you need a refresh rate at least as high as your frame rate if you want to take full advantage of your frame rate.

The Vizio P65-C1 65” TV has a refresh rate of 60 Hz, which means it can perfectly display frame rates of up to 60 Hz. Most console video games have a maximum of 30 FPS with some going up to 60 FPS, so this TV will get the job done for gaming as long as you’re not looking for a 144-Hz display for PC gaming.

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Response Time

If you’re looking for a good television for gaming, this is really the biggest thing you want to look at. The response time of a TV describes the amount of time between when you press a button and when that button press triggers an action on screen. If you’re playing a first-person shooter, a higher response time means there will be a noticeable lag when you try to aim or shoot your gun.

For its size, the Vizio P65-C1 actually has a pretty solid response time of about 10 ms. If you opt for a gaming monitor or gaming TV, you’ generally get a response time of 1 ms, 2 ms or 5 ms, so this definitely isn’t too bad. You’ll notice a bit of input lag with this TV, but it shouldn’t be enough to affect your gaming experience seriously.

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Smart Capabilities

Just about any TV you’ll find on the market today will have some level of smart capabilities, which means it will be able to connect to the internet and stream content without the use of a Blu-ray player or your Xbox or PlayStation.

The Vizio P65-C1 65-inch TV has smart capabilities that include Vizio SmartCast and Google Cast right out of the box. You get a convenient Android tablet remote that allows you to browse through different apps and use voice commands to watch all of your favorite movies and TV shows. You can even listen to music and watch live TV with the Vizio P65-C1’s smart features. With Google Cast, you can use apps like Netflix and YouTube to cast all of the content you love from your phone to the TV.

Technology

There are a number of different technologies used to give the Vizio P65-C1 its clear picture and other great features. Vizio Ultra Color Spectrum technology adjusts the backlight and dims the TV as needed to make sure you get the clearest colors and best picture quality. Active Pixel Tuning helps reduce the amount of light that bleeds out from your TV for better quality. This TV also features an ambient light sensor which allows it to detect the amount of light in the room and adjust the picture settings accordingly. Whether you’re in a pitch-black room at midnight or enjoying a show on a sunny afternoon, your TV will always look good.

The Vizio Spatial Scaling Engine is one of the coolest features you’ll find in the Vizio P65-C1. This technology allows the Vizio P65-C1 to take an image of a lower resolution and artificially scale it up to an HDR image. While this won’t make an old copy of Home Alone on DVD look like it came from 2018, it will definitely give you a higher quality image that looks better on your 4K TV.

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Ports

While most modern TVs are pretty good as far as how you can connect your devices, there are some small differences that change between different models. Before you buy a TV, make sure it has enough of the ports you need so that you can connect all of your devices. If it doesn’t have enough ports, make sure you have a way of getting around that issue and connecting everything.

The Vizio P65-C1 features five HDMI inputs, one component video input, one Ethernet input, one optical digital audio input, one RCA audio L+R input, two USB 2.0 inputs, and built-in WiFi if you don’t want to use an Ethernet cable. Most of this is pretty standard, but the plentiful HDMI inputs are something to consider seriously. In this day and age, a lot of people have four or five devices that use an HDMI cable, so having a TV with five HDMI ports means you don’t have to worry about unplugging one device to plug another in when you want to switch between them. With the Vizio P65-C1, you can have up to six devices connected at once.

If you still need more HDMI inputs, you always have the option of buying an HDMI splitter. There are all sorts of HDMI splitters equipped with handy switches that allow you to switch between more devices than you have HDMI inputs on your TV.

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Build Quality and Appearance

As important as the aforementioned factors are when purchasing a TV, you also need to make sure the TV works for you in a physical sense. You don’t just need a TV that offers great picture quality, but you also need a TV that won’t be a pain when you want to rearrange your living room or move into a new house or apartment. Beyond this, you want a TV that will last.

The Vizio P65-C1 weighs 62.39 lb when it’s fully assembled, which is a tad on the heavy side for a 65-inch TV. However, the TV still has a very sleek look to it that will add a modern touch or fit with modern decor in any home. The extremely thin bezel gives the TV an even nicer look, which is a perfect match for the picture quality it provides.

In terms of size, the Vizio P65-C1 is what you’d expect from a 65-inch 4K smart TV. This TV measures 57.44 inches wide, 35.39 inches high, and 11.26 inches deep. Although the Vizio P65-C1 is a little bit heavier than some of its similar competitors, it is a little bit smaller which gives it an aesthetic edge. And if style is important to you, you’ll absolutely love the tablet-style remote that comes with this TV.

Price

Just because a TV is good doesn’t mean it’s a good deal. With the number of television sets on the market today, you simply can’t afford to get ripped off. Make sure the TV you’re buying offers the features you need at a reasonable price, not hundreds more than competitors.

The Vizio P65-C1 is actually a pretty reasonable TV when it comes to the price, offering the same features you’ll find in many competing 4K smart TVs at a price of just about $1,199.99. If you’re looking to upgrade your TV but don’t want to spend a fortune doing it, the Vizio P65-C1 is a good choice. However, there are certainly other options in the same price range, so it wouldn’t hurt to compare a few different models.

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Warranty

The Vizio P65-C1 comes with a one-year warranty, which is pretty standard for TVs, whether they’re as feature-filled as this one or not. Your Vizio P65-C1 is covered for parts and labor for one year from the date of purchase, allowing you to send it back if it’s defective or has some other problem within that time period. If you want additional coverage, you can generally purchase that through the retailer you’re buying from.

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