Good 55" vs decent 58"

Insomniator

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My living room needs a new 55" TV, basically the largest size we can fit in the space. I could go for a 58/60 as well but the models are limited obviously

So basically between the 55" Hisense U8G ($750) vs the 58" Vizio M7 ($550) -- is the 3" increase in size worth the trade off of a worse quality picture? Its not like the M7 has BAD reviews, just certainly not as glowing as the Hisense.

Money is not a factor, though I don't want an OLED for this because its a very bright room and is the kid's playroom so... cocomelon would prob be burned into it quick.

Don't really care about 120hz, low input lag etc-- this is just daytime TV and kids watching. Got an OLED in the basement for real movie watching/gaming.
 

UsandThem

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As a secondary TV for just for casual viewing, I think I'd rather save the $200 and get the bigger TV (as long as long as the picture quality looked good enough to me).
 

Commodus

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My living room needs a new 55" TV, basically the largest size we can fit in the space. I could go for a 58/60 as well but the models are limited obviously

So basically between the 55" Hisense U8G ($750) vs the 58" Vizio M7 ($550) -- is the 3" increase in size worth the trade off of a worse quality picture? Its not like the M7 has BAD reviews, just certainly not as glowing as the Hisense.

Money is not a factor, though I don't want an OLED for this because its a very bright room and is the kid's playroom so... cocomelon would prob be burned into it quick.

Don't really care about 120hz, low input lag etc-- this is just daytime TV and kids watching. Got an OLED in the basement for real movie watching/gaming.
UsandThem does have a point, but three inches isn't that much — I'd rather have a picture I'm happier with.
 

Insomniator

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Good points for both -- though right now the Vizio subreddit is hammered with people angry about the latest updates breaking their TV's. Not sure saving $200 is worth the potential headache...
 

Muadib

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Your kids don't play video games? If they do, then size matters. Here are reviews on both, and they agree that the U8G has the better picture.


 

mindless1

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I'd never call Hisense the "good" alternative after my last one (though different model #), kept hanging due to buggy android (till all android features and internet was disconnected so android couldn't do anything), then died a few weeks ago - was the shortest lived TV I've ever had, less than 18 months.

Unfortunately reviews and tests don't run the TV long enough to catch either of these issues - RTings did review my Hisense.

I'd get the largest Samsung that will fit your budget. Unless you want a different OS than Tizen. I've no problem with Tizen, aren't trying to add 3rd party apps - though vaguely recall there may be some way to do that too, for "some" Android apps.

Good points for both -- though right now the Vizio subreddit is hammered with people angry about the latest updates breaking their TV's
There's the other issue, IMO the top tier brands have better OS debugging, both out of box and with updates.

I'd rather have a picture I'm happier with.
I'd rather have my money back. ;)
 
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Insomniator

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So I picked up the 58" Vizio today and it's good - probably fine. The slightly larger size is definitely noticed and anything would be better than the 1080p insignia that was there.

No issues with smartcast other than it bombarding me with useless recommendations so far.

I think 55" are off the table now - I'll spend the weekend with the Vizio and if I don't like it I'll return and try the Samsung Q60A, though that is $250 more expensive and seems to be rated worse. Two more inches never hurt though!
 

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