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Really old school television
I was looking for a secondary monitor to use with my HTPC to use at the breakfast table when I didn’t want to turn on the big plasma, and thought this might be interesting because it’s LED backlit (edgelit really) and had Netflix and some other widgets.
It turns out to be really cool… good picture quality – not as much contrast ratio as a much pricier, larger TV obviously, but decent for casual TV watching, good colors and viewing angles. The Netflix support works really well, streamed HD over the wireless without any issues, apparently the same quality as my Roku HD box – that alone is worth buying it for.
Some of the widgets are pretty useless (I’m looking at you, CBS), they’re basically just ad channels, and I haven’t found news that’s more than two lines long. It would be nice if there were a web browser for it, or a dedicated NY Times app.
The sound quality isn’t bad for a TV… you’d get better sound adding some cheap computer speakers with a subwoofer, but I don’t really blame the TV, it’s so skinny there’s not really room for decent speakers.
All in all, quite a nice toy, great for a dorm or kitchen.
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We have only had this TV for a week but we love this TV. It replaced an old TV in a bedroom that required a digital converter box. We hooked it up to a rabbit ears antenna, and followed the easy on-screen instructions to connect it to our wireless home network. We live in a metro area and with only the rabbit ears, we get a terrific picture. Besides the picture, one thing we especially appreciate is the automatic sound level control feature that probably all Vizio televisions come with. It stops commercials from blasting us. We haven’t used the Web apps yet, but we would already recommend this TV to anyone for a bedroom or office.
I wanted a monitor for home office to connect to my Macbook Pro. Looked at monitors, and settled on the Vizio instead. This is an early review (bought it yesterday).
The unit is very light and is easy to assmble (no tools required other than opposable thumbs). Connected to the network via LAN cable to Airport Extreme. The unit detected internet with no problems. The internet apps were available right out of the set-up process including some of my favorites like Pandora and Netflix.
The internet apps allow me to watch videos off Netflix and listen to music without turning on the computer at all. I haven’t used the unit as a monitor yet. Will update the review when the cables arrive.
Pro: Light, good picture quality, direct internet connectivity.
Cons: Painful to enter information from the remote, slight lag in moving between apps.
Updates to follow.