Vizio’s TV include a clicker with press-to-talk functionality, allowing you to search for TV shows, change settings, launch apps and more using voice commands. The new features are part of updated SmartCast smart TV system, and the most affordable with a voice remote is a 43-inch V-series model for $340.
Vizio’s TV are available now and more will start shipping throughout the summer. In addition to the voice remote, higher-end versions in the P-series and M-series promise improved image quality with high brightness, full-array local dimming and support for the latest gaming features.The company has been losing ground lately to rival TCL in sales and in our reviews, Vizio’s remains a top seller with excellent features and picture quality for the money. Last year we lauded the M7 series as a more affordable alternative to our favorite TCL 6-series, which uses Roku’s smart and voice system.
TVs with voice remotes have been sold by pretty much all of Vizio’s competitors for years.first revealed its own voice system in January 2020, but now is the first time it’s been available. Cleverly called Voice, it supports natural language queries, and says you can build upon search results without restating the entire query.How it compares with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant is an open question. Those two voice systems dominate the gadget market, support a vast array of devices and are built into TVs from Samsung, LG and Sony.
Vizio TVs can pair with Amazon and Google smart speakers, as well as Apple’s Siri, for limited commands, but only Vizio’s Voice is built into its TV. The company says its SmartCast phone app for iOS and Android will also work with Voice, to enable current Vizio TVs to respond.
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