Over the summer we had the chance to check out Vizio’s various soundbars for the year but also get TV time with their entry level 2021 V-Series model V555-J01. This time we are going back to M-Series territory with the M70Q7-J03 which is a 2021 revision as well. Besides being 5” larger than the M65Q7-H1 from last year Vizio has managed to cram more into its thin frame.
I have to sit back and just marvel at the size of this 70” LED HDR 4K display. Its practically bezel-less from edge to edge putting your content on full exhibit without distraction. Vizio’s logo sits in the right-hand corner at the bottom. First change you will notice this year is what Vizio is using what they are calling a Dual-Purpose Stand.
Basically, the TV legs still screw into the base of the display but now give you the opportunity for a shorter or higher viewing experience. Also, since these legs are more in the middle than on the sides you can rest your soundbar on them as well. I have only tested this with Vizio’s M-Series soundbar though. They have stated this works via wall-mount as well. I personally do like the uniform look though and blends in better overall.
The display itself weights 57.2lbs (55.7 w/o legs) and I suggest you use at least a two-person crew for setup. Like last year’s model there is ports for RCA, Optical, Ethernet, USB, and Antenna if needed. I do like that Vizio decided to put the (4) HDMI ports (w/ one supporting eARC) on the side for easier accessibility. This is like its V555 model I reviewed previously rather than the M65Q7-H1 that had ports on the side and some firing towards the bottom.
These (4) HDMI ports are being utilized by a NVIDIA Shield, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Vizio’s M-Series 5.1 M51ax-J6 Home Theater Soundbar system. CEC Discovery recognized all the devices and named them accordingly via the Input labels. All these ports support 4K/60Hz as well as HDMI 2.1.
Stereo speakers on the M70Q7-J03 sound louder than last year but as usual don’t provide much depth so I would go along with a soundbar to grasp some of that detail you want. But this is typically with most TV speakers in my eyes anyway.
Navigation / Apps / Features
When first powering on your TV you will notice Vizio has revamped its remote control, now offering a smaller sleeker build. Number/Channel keys are gone, and streaming apps have been revised to what’s most popular now with Peacock, Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Crackle, and Tubi. While I do like the smaller size, I do miss the “pic” button as I liked to change my TV formats depending on the content and didn’t have to go diving into the settings.
This 2021 edition remote also brings you voice controls. Hold the mic button and give commands and it will try its best to accomplish the request. Even though its hit or miss to me but I say play around with it and see how it caters best for you. It can be applied for anything from input changes to app choices.
Vizio’s SmartCast UI keeps adding more apps, so you don’t have to veer towards any other devices. It has gotten snappier over the past year especially jumping from one app to the other. Mirroring with Google Chromecast and Apple Airplay pop up right away.
I did come across an issue with SmartCast for a couple weeks where it kept disconnecting from my Wi-Fi. I did find doing the latest update though alleviate this issue and it’s been zero problems since. Besides that SmartCast is a one-stop app-aplenty UI which should satisfy most needs.
Casting was done mostly with either my iPhone 12 Pro or Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.
What to Watch?
With us being in the Fall season, on the TV side I found myself watching all kind of sports such as MLB, NBA, and NFL and is mostly through the YouTube TV app. Picture quality wasn’t bad and TV was able to keep up with all the fast movements. I would mostly toggle it to the Sports format but it’s not ultimately necessary.
The M70Q7 can get vivid and pop with color especially if you are watching something via Dolby Vision. I would notice this during the ever popular “Squid Games” on Netflix as well as some movies such as “Black Panther” via Vudu or even “Terminator: Dark Fate” which support the visual boost. Scenes can get intense and not a hint of pixilation or blurring transpired. Besides Dolby Vision, this TV does also support HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG. I noticed great detail in a couple Apple+ TV shows I watched such as “Invasion” and “Foundation”.
As far as settings I still find Calibrated and Calibrated Dark to be the most balanced but Bright isn’t bad depending on the content. Vivid can be too much color and overbearing at times. Optimal viewing for the M70Q7 is directly in front of it as catching it from any side angles isn’t the best position.
What to Play?
Gaming tends to be the sleeper hit with these Vizio M-Series TVs. If that is your thing you are in the right place. Its ProGaming Engine has support for AMD FreeSync, VRR, and an Auto Game Mode. All this while coming in at 4K 60fps. Unfortunately there is no 4K 120fps which the Xbox Series X and PS5 support but games still look stunning. The big upgrade this year is their HDMI ports actually support HDMI 2.1
Titles on the PS5 that keep you moving such as “Tony Hawk” and “Tetris Effect” can be nonstop gaming frenzies while good old “God of War” looks vibrant and detailed while switching from Axe to Blades.
Now if you have an Xbox Series X you may get a bit more out of this TV as that console supports Dolby Vision(and Dolby Atmos). I have seen it portrayed thus far in Far Cry 6 and the color palette looks extremely good. Other titles I have played such as Forza Horizon 4 utilize HDR10 which is just as good and what the PS5 goes up to.
With either next-gen system I didn’t experience any lag and gaming content held up well in not so well-lit areas to accompany the HDR detail.
One thing I must mention with the Xbox Series X I notice you have to go into the HDMI settings and enable HDMI 2.1 for the console to recognize and kick in the 4K settings. FYI, this was also needed on the prior Vizio models I reviewed as well.
Like always Vizio provides great value for its line of TV especially for one this big. Along with its massive size, the M70Q7 packs various ways of enjoying rich content ranging from HDR10 to Dolby Vision which also spills over to their ProGaming Engine to supply users with a pleasurable experience when video gaming. Besides the SmartCast UI being wonky here and there the other hardware and software improvements over last year are a welcome addition with this model.
The Vizio M-Series M70Q7-J03 retails right up for $1099.99 but I have seen the prices go up and down.