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Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today’s list is headlined by a deal on Vizio’s excellent P-Series TV, the 55-inch model of which is down to $648 at Walmart. That’s a $150 discount that brings the TV back to its Black Friday pricing.
This P-Series set will inevitably be replaced by a new model in the coming months, but at this price it’s still a good buy. It has almost unanimously positive reviews across the Web, with praise heaped on its high contrast (for an LED TV) and subsequently strong HDR performance. The P-Series supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision and includes five HDMI ports (and a TV tuner, unlike some past Vizio TVs.) Vizio’s smart TV interface isn’t quite as simple as that of a Roku TV, but it does have built-in Chromecast support.
To address the elephant in the room: yes, Vizio is likely tracking what you watch and selling your data to advertisers. Yes, this is creepy. But it’s also something every major smart TV manufacturer is doing, and Vizio has at least been pressured into being more transparent about what data it collects and shares. Annoyingly, the one surefire way to halt the snooping is to disconnect your TV from the Internet entirely. Nevertheless, while the P-Series’ picture isn’t quite as stunning as those of the best OLED TVs, it’s still impressive for something that costs half as much (and has no risk of image burn-in down the road).