Vizio SmartCast M-Series M50 Ultra HD 4K HDR Smart TV Review

Thinking it’s time to jump into the 4K world with a new Ultra HD television? Then you definitely want to check out the new Vizio M-series HDR Smart TV. This review explains how it works, talks about the innovative Vizio design, explores 4K resolution and how much content is available (answer: not so much yet), and demonstrates the unique tablet-based smart controls and tightly integrated Google ChromeCast aka SmartCast.

Dave Taylor of invites you into his living room and shows off the 50-inch M-Series, with content from Netflix and Comcast Xfinity streaming live from the 6-inch Vizio Android control tablet. It’s pretty slick…


Trend Beatz says:

This guy looks like Dave Pensado lol

danteblair30 says:

Very helpful. After seeing this review, I went out to bestbuy to buy one. I payed 649.99. Thanks for the great review.

David Dougher says:

had this tv and the tablet connected to the tv about 50 percent of the time very aggravating always said connection timed out over and over

Rent Wewoka says:

Is the 50 inch a 60hz model? I was under the impression that is was 60 and not 120

David Noguera says:

tyvm for the review, just subbed to your channel, I just purchased the 65″ version and it’s my 4th vizio

Scott Campbell says:

hey there. I just got the vizio m50d-1 and I’m having an hdr issue. I’m all hooked up properly in hdmi 1 with my Xbox one s and subsampling is on. on the xbox display settings everything checks out but on the displaying info in the TV settings under HDR is says “NO”. any explanation for this? I’m a missing something?

Alexis O'Hara says:

Great review! Been looking at this exact tv! Very helpful

Irma Andrade says:

I need a tuner to hook up my cable to the tv since I have a coaxial cable but no input on the TV can u recommend one

Melisa Thompson says:

The TV keeps losing the network connection. We have Comcast. How do we set up the cable on the tablet or on the TV? This is frustrating! There are no instructions in the TV manual.

Eli Chouinard says:

120 mega hertz. 120hz* only at 1080p. at 4k its only 60hz

Ramon Caceres says:

what do you think about this tv for the PS4 Pro?

Abraham Torres says:

I was wondering if the tablet charger stand use the standard wireless charging. I was hoping it can double as a charger for my Samsung Galaxy phones.

Nick Shelton says:

just picked up the 60 in version yesterday at Costco for 749 typing this comment on my remote now while casting your video on my tv. I love this lol . any chance we can add memory to the tablet? gonna try my Plex server next. thanks for the video.

djrichoeLoco says:

Excellent review :). looking at purchasing the Vizio M80-D3 80-in. SmartCast™ 4K Ultra HD from Costco and this one looks to be a true 240 HZ tv and not an upscale like some other brands usually do like LG’s true motion.  Wondering if you got any feedback on this specific model which seems very similar to the M50 ultra HD? Trying to find an 4K tv that’s over 80 inch will kill your wallet hence why the threshold right now for an 80 inch is pretty reasonable.

Rasheed Masarweh says:

i bought this tv to use with a 4k q see nvr , as i changed the resolution on the nvr to 4k , the tv is showing me a message saying that the video format is not supported. and the screen turned black so i could not go back to the lower resolution on the nvr.i turned the nvr off and took it home , i connected to my 4k 65 ” vizio that i have home the screen came back on , so i could adjust the resolution to a lower level and use back this 50 ” 4k tv

Jon Hickman says:

Thanks for the review. Just as an aside, the refresh rate of the TV isn’t in MHz, but just Hz.

Gary Petty says:

By any chance do you know if the chrome cast is pushing 1080 or 4K?


how can i get to my main tv menu do i use the tablet remote if so were do i start i want to shut off the tv speakers

Matt W says:

What an excellent review, thank you!

Brian says:

There are good and bad things about SmartCast. It is good that you can easily use any device to cast to the panel, which makes it more future proof then a set with a built in smart device.The bad thing is that you are using an additional step with video coming from the internet, to the (wireless) tablet, then back to the TV. This is an inefficient step, and essentially limits the TV to Wi-Fi speeds due to everything going through the tablet. A wired TV would see less buffering compared to the wireless tablet.However nothing is stopping you from using a separate 4K device like a Smart 4K player or streaming device.

ALW4YS 2 CL0WN!N says:

Hey man thanks for this video Very well explained i subscribed because you seem like a cool guy. I already knew all the Info because I did my research because I purchased this tv, I should be getting it in 3 days. Although when you said that the tablet was still crisp and clear because its projected off the tablet that was a question nobody could seem to answer so Thank You for answering that.

Mitch Jensen says:

Great video, thanks for the info. One question: does the smartcast app output 4k video?

maxxpacks says:

Bought this TV and there is no menu to access media files thru either one of the USB ports….HELP All my other Vizio’s had a menu system to access video, music and pictures….where did it go… is there some app??? Regards, Jeffrey

Frank says:

Looking to purchase the 55″. I’ve had issues with a vizio in the past in regards to the picture quality on xfinity cable. How is it?

Joel Serrano says:

Just bought a 60in. Vizio 4K HDR smart tv yesterday. Its different, but I like it. Using phone and tablets as a controller. I have a question. In order to watch 4K. I would have to get a dvd-4K player, right? So, anything coming from my digital DVR cable box doesn’t out-put 4K?

brad Johnstone says:

How sturdy is the tablet. Having 3 teenage boys running around, things tend to get knocked over. Is this tablet strong enough to take a few drops from your lap while sitting on the couch or is it going to break the first time it lands on the screen??

DSB DanB says:

Do you have any calibration settings for this TV or do you know where I could find them? Thanks

MrHotcontent says:

Horrible review, it’s Youtube and all I see on this review is your face, why not talk and show the TV’s capabilities? Seriously way to much talk and not enough viewing of the TV, you know the Vizio……………..

Monster Vodka says:

Does it have a full web browser to use with Chromecast and Google PlaY?

Michelangelo D'attoma says:

Great Vid by the way.
I wanted to know if there’s a way to see icons on the screen instead of a tablet or phone.

David Cole says:

Just bought Vizio M55-D0 – 55″ Version which comes with Better Speakers and Best Buy has it for only $50 more then 50″ Version

STAT 01 says:

I have a vizio 4k TV m series 50 inch. I’m trying to connect the app to my TV via WiFi but when I pick my internet & put my password in it doesn’t connect. do you have any idea why that could be

maxxpacks says:

Shipped the POS smartcast Vizio back and bought a 2015 P series for less money. I can cast to this tv, watch movies from a hard drive hooked up to the usb port, has a remote with a keypad. Vizio has lost their minds …the new smartcast tv is worthless the remote the comes with it is crap… the app was designed by a Moron. the app has limited tv controls…no keypad so you have to scroll thru all the channels. The usb ports are non fuctional…so no movies, pictures…ect. So this P series will be our last Vizio due to the stupid decisions to dumb down there tvs and home theater monitors. Also a word about the Vizio smartcast tablet…. keeps on loosing sync with the tv….frustrating as this was supposed to be easier to use. bottom line just hook up a hdmi to your cable box and use the Vizio smartcast as a dumbcast tv.

David Paul Rosato says:

I have a Verizon service for my tv. Is there anyway that I can select the channels I watch and not have to go through all the channels listed in the guide. Basically setting up a Favorites List either on verizon or the SmartCast Tablet ???

Mark Herrera says:

I got the 2015 version 50 inch m series no HDR looking to get the same tv your reviewing but with HDR how is the picture and how good is the HDR compared thevizo p 50 I love Vizio m series but is the p50 a better tv I just subscribed

maxxpacks says:

you even mention 2 usb ports in your review??????

maxxpacks says:

called Vizio and they were absolutely useless. They did not know anything about it. you can hook a hard drive up to either one of the usb ports and it will play a movie but you cannot select which one or have any control over media content. Vizio does list 2 usb ports in the specifications but there is nothing listed in the user manual about them. TV is getting packed up to return and get the standard M series tv.

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