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5 Things We Love About the VIZIO M-Series SmartCast Display

Let’s talks about the line of VIZIO M-Series SmartCast displays. Are you someone who appreciates theater quality picture, but doesn’t want to spend an arm and a leg, nor endless hours setting up a home theater experience? VIZIO’s new M-Series SmartCast line gives you the latest in technology when it comes to displays. From awesome quality picture to the ability to control your display thru your smartphone, let’s dive into what this M-Series is all about.

5 Things We Love About the VIZIO M-Series SmartCast Display

We recently received the VIZIO M-50 D-1 to review. We haven’t turned it off but a hand-full of times in the last few weeks. Here are 5 things we are loving about the VIZIO M-Series SmartCast™ Displays, that we think you will love to.

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Picture Quality 

The VIZIO Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display provides a picture quality that is hard to beat. Dynamic Range DOLBY Vision transforms your cinema and viewing experiences with astonishing brightness, contrast, and color. Learn more about Dolby Vision.

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Looking for 4K content?

  • Rent your favorite movies in UHD from VUDU
  • Watch Netflix in UHD


The VIZIO M-Series SmartCast line has Google Cast built-in. This is the same technology behind ChromeCast which allows you to cast your favorite content from your phone or laptop to your TV. You can mirror your Android phone screen or Google Chrome browser.

We have a ChromeCast that we’ve used for years with our kids upstairs, but being built-in to a television? BRILLIANT.  I can’t tell you how many times my husband wants to show the family a video, we have 6 of us fighting to see his silly viral video on a 6 inch screen. With ChromeCast, he can just cast the video to the VIZIO display – the quality is amazing and the picture is big enough for everyone to use.

VIZIO SmartCast App

The VIZIO SmartCast App makes any smartphone the remote for your M-series display. No more sitting through endlessly scrolling guides or jumping between apps to find what you want. With the SmartCast app, you can see what’s playing from multiple apps all at once. Then just tap to cast it to the big screen.

6″ Android Tablet Remote

The VIZIO SmartCast display comes with a 6″ Android tablet remote. The tablet remote includes the VIZIO SmartCastapp pre-installed, users simple tap, swipe and voice-commands and revolutionizes how you think of a remote control.

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The Android tablet offers 8GB of storage, 720p HD, Quad-core processor and charges with a wireless charging dock.

The tablet is super easy to use. The only downside, is that you can use the tablet without the television. We’ve caught our 2 youngest with this tablet up their room watching Netflix.

Simple Setup

There is nothing more frustrating than getting a new piece of technology and having to spend an hour setting it up.  The setup for the VIZIO is simple. No complicated instructions, hours of frustrations and hair pulling – just a few steps and you are ready to watch TV!

Awesome Price Point

VIZIO is known for their quality products and affordable prices. The M-series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display™ SmartCast series starts at $849. Screen sizes for the M-series starts at 50″ and go up to 80″.

Overall, we’ve enjoyed our experience with our M-series VIZIO display. We love being able to use multiple devices to control the display. The photo quality and sounds quality (we haven’t purchased a sound bar yet) is fabulous. There are multiple color options to optimize the picture.

Something to note, this is a display, not a TV. What’s the difference between a Display and a TV?  A TV is a device class that includes a built?in tuner. VIZIO SmartCast displays do not have a tuner built in, but still offer the same brilliant picture quality, intuitive experience and exceptional value that you would expect from a VIZIO TV.

We are not network television people, we HULU, Netflix, Sling, HBO Go most everything we watch. We do have one television setup with local networks, but honestly can’t tell you the last time I’ve “tuned into” watch anything on network television using the old school method!

Vizio M-Series Tech Specs

Screen size and weight will vary depending on the size of the VIZIO display that you purchase.

Tablet Remote

  • Screen Size 6 Android Tablet Remote
  • Resolution 720p
  • Storage Memory 8gb
  • Processor Quad-Core
  • Audio Dual Stereo Speakers
  • Microphone Yes
  • Accessories Wireless Charging Dock, USB Power Cable

HDMI Inputs

  • HDMI Ports 4 (1 side; 3 down)
  • HDMI Version Port 1 supports: v2.0; Ports 2-4 supports: v1.4
  • HDCP Version v2.2
  • HDMI 1 Tech Spec 600MHz pixel clock rate:
    2160p@60fps, 4:4:4, 8-bit
    2160p@60fps, 4:2:2, 12-bit
    2160p@60fps, 4:2:0, 12-bit
  • HDMI 2-4 Tech Specs3 40MHz pixel clock rate:
    2160@60fps 4:2:0 8 bit

Additional Inputs

  • Component1 (side)
  • Ethernet1 (down)
  • USB Ports2 (side)


  • ARCYes
  • Analog Audio Out1 (down)
  • Digital Audio Out (SPDIF) 1 (down)


  • Effective Refresh Rate 120Hz
  • Active Pixel Tuning™ Yes
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio 20M:1
  • Aspect Ratio 16:9
  • Viewable Angle (H/V) 176°/176°
  • Number of Colors 1.07B
  • OSD Language English, Spanish, French


  • Speakers/Power Output 10W x 2
  • DTS StudioSound™ Yes
  • DTS TruVolume™ Yes

Energy Savings

  • Energy Compliance N/A
  • Power Consumption 105W
  • Standby Power Consumption <0.5W
  • Ambient Light Sensor Yes

Wall Mount Specifications

  • VESA Compliance Yes
  • Mount Pattern 200mm x 200mm
  • Screw Size M6
  • Hole Depth 14mm

Stand Assembly

  • Screw Size M4
  • Screw Length 16mm

Included Accessories

  • Tablet Control 6 Android Tablet Remote XR6M10
  • Remote Charger XD6M10 Android Tablet Remote Wireless Charger
  • Remote Control XRT132
  • Battery Type AAA x2
  • Cable 6 HDMI Cable


VIZIO offers a one year parts & labor and free lifetime technical support.

Digital Mom Review

With 4 kids, our weekends are pretty much spent doing all things kids. By the time night rolls around, we are exhausted. Our weekend nights are typically spent with take-out and lounging with the family, watching a movie or show.

The VIZIO M-Series SmartCast display has only been turned off a hand-full of times in the last few weeks.

Our kids love using the Android tablet like a visual guide to decide what they want to watch. The picture and sounds quality is amazing and the design is pleasant to the eyes.

If you are in the market for a home theater display and want great quality at a reasonable price, check out the VIZIO M-Series SmartCast line of displays.