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Vizio E50-E3 50-inch 4K TV review with warning signs

If you are looking to buy the cheapest 4K TV in the US, we have another recommendation for you now with Vizio once again the front runner brand that consumers love to opt for these days.

We’ve already spoken about some of the other popular Vizio models on the market right now, but now we wanted to give you a heads-up on the Vizio E50-E3 50-inch 4K TV which is currently selling at Best Buy for a huge discounted price of $379.99.

Under $400 for a 50-inch 4K TV sounds too good to be true you may be thinking, but what exactly do you get in terms of features for that kind of money?

Vizio E50-E3 specs include a 4 HDMI ports, 60Hz native refresh rate, Vizio SmartCast, Chromecast built-in for Smart apps and 1 USB input.

We do have to point out however that there are some serious shortcomings with this model. For starters, the 4K features are severely lacking.


By that we mean that the Vizio E50-E3 does not have HDR, it doesn’t have 4K upscaling and it doesn’t have any UHD dimming only standard local dimming.

Right away, it means that the TV is definitely not recommended for the new PS4 Pro and Xbox One consoles as you wouldn’t be able to enjoy one of the key features with HDR.

It’s also only an 8-bit color panel TV, so if you thought it was 10, you are going to need to spend a bit more money – perhaps on the Vizio P-Series instead.

If you are not bothered about gaming potential and just want a big screen TV that supports a 4K resolution, this TV may still be suitable for you. However if you are expecting a multitude of 4K features such as upscaling and HDR, you are not going to get it with the E50-E3.

To see what other buyers have been saying, we recommend you check out the Vizio E50-E3 reviews at Best Buy here where there is currently a 3.8/5 score at the time of writing.

Are you interested in this model? Let us know what you think about the lack of 4K features and HDR or if you have any other questions for us.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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