Vizio OLED TVs are finally on sale – and they're really, really cheap

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The first Vizio OLED TVs are finally on sale at Best Buy, and the price tag is startling low for a brand-new OLED.

The 55-inch Vizio OLED-H1 is retailing at just $1,199, with its larger 65-inch size costing $1,999 instead, making the smaller size the cheapest OLED TV currently on sale in the US.

By comparison, the 55-inch LG BX OLED – the cheapest set in LG's 2020 OLED range – starts at $1,500.

While there are some more competitively-priced OLED sets in the UK – such as the Panasonic HZ980 or Philips 754 – there has been a spot in the US market for a lower-priced OLED for a while now, and Vizio looks to be filling it.

How good will it be?

The OLED-H1 is a 4K HDR TV, with support for the HDR10+ and Dolby Vision dynamic HDR formats. You'll get decent app support, with Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus, Hulu, Netflix, Peacock, Prime Video, Redbox, Tubi, XUMO, and YouTube – as well as support for Apple HomeKit, AirPlay, Chromecast, and the major voice assistants (Alexa, Google Assistant).

The quality of the OLED panel isn't under question – all being manufactured by LG Display – as it's the processing that will determine how vivid, detailed, and smooth these 4K HDR pictures actually look.

It's worth being sceptical of budget OLED models, given they usually make use of a cheaper chipset to keep down costs. On the LG B9, this was a mild issue, causing more video noise than on higher-end models – while the bargain Hisense O8B was nearly unusable at times.

We'll be sure to keep you informed as and when we've tested the set ourselves, though.

Via OLED-info

Henry St Leger

Henry is a freelance technology journalist, and former News & Features Editor for TechRadar, where he specialized in home entertainment gadgets such as TVs, projectors, soundbars, and smart speakers. Other bylines include Edge, T3, iMore, GamesRadar, NBC News, Healthline, and The Times.