If you’ve found this page then you’re likely in the same boat that I was at some point. You have decided to buy a new TV and narrowed down your choices to either a Sony x900F or Vizio P65-F1. I hope that by the end of this article you will have the information you need in order to make a great choice.
The Sony x900F is a great contender for best mid-range TV of 2018. With its impressive picture quality, Dolby Vision support, and Full-Array local dimming (FALD).
Vizio P65-F1 is another great mid-range TV, with similar specs to the x900F. It also has fantastic image quality, Dolby Vision support and Full-Array local dimming.
|Sony 65" x900F||Vizio P65-F1|
|Resolution||4K UHD||4K UHD|
|Local Dimming Zones||60||100|
|HDR Support||HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG||HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG|
|Smart TV OS||Android||Vizio SmartCast with Chromecast built-in|
Key Differences Between Sony 65″ x900F and Vizio P65-F1
Both the Sony x900F and Vizio P65-F1 have Full-Array Local Dimming. The Vizio comes out slightly ahead of Sony with 40 more dimmable zones, allowing it to have slightly better contrast and less blooming.
Sony x900F comes with Android and Vizio has its own proprietary OS. A common complaint about Sony is that Android is slow. I wouldn’t let that be a deciding factor. There are always things you can do to speed it up, such as removing unnecessary apps. With Android, you have the advantage of installing apps such as Kodi. Vizio’s smart OS is a standard OS that works okay. It’s nothing special and supports the main apps that average consumers will care about, such as Netflix, Youtube, Plex, etc.
Sony comes out ahead when it comes to upscaling 480p and 720p content. When it comes to 1080p upscaling, Sony and Vizio manage to do a similar job.
Quality Control and Reliability
There are reports that the Vizio P-Series has quality control issues. Users have reported that buying a Vizio can mean you are playing a panel lottery, hoping to get a properly working unit. Some customers have had to return the TV up to 3 times before getting a working unit.
Vizio P65-F1 can be had for a few hundred dollars less than Sony x900F. If you’re okay with potentially having to replace the TV if there are defects with the panel, then the Vizio is the better buy. One of the best features of the TV is the amount of dimmable zones when compared to the Sony. The Smart OS has all the apps that most of us will want, and lastly, it supports all HDR content formats.