I found a few things I'm not pleased with but overall I'd say the picture quality, features and value you get for the price in this TV are worth 5 stars overall, despite some of the issues I've found.
I love it. It looks really great to me. It took about an hour of playing with picture settings before I was happy though. Looking at other Edge Lit LED's in stores, this TV seems to create as good looking a picture as some much higher priced sets. In a dark scenes, I am seeing the detail in various shades of blacks. On bad LCD's I've seen areas of various shades of black look like one solid blob of the same shade of black (a man wearing black cloths that are 5 different shades of black looking like he's wearing a solid black suite for example). That's about my most picky TV requirement and so far with some picture tweaking I am seeing detail in the blacks (or enough that I'm happy). If you're not on the very picky side, I'm pretty sure you should be happy with the quality on this TV.
I was nervous about this. Edge Lighting makes it possible for this TV to be very thin, but at a performance cost. A LED with Full Array lighting and local diming is much better (ability to dim a specific zone of the screen). Edge Lighting being popular now is an example of form of function. So far, I'm totally happy with Edge Lighting though , no complaints here as far as picture quality.
When this TV is turning on at first, or on a pure black screen, I clearly see LED clouding. It's very minor and not even noticeable when watching something.
Almost none. On a black screen I can see a little bit around the edges but basically there isn't any noticeable light bleeding during operation. I think even if you're very picky about light bleed, you'll be happy.
The TV screen is very reflective (mirror like). Bright objects (sunlight through cracks in shutters, etc.) will be very visible on the screen and the super glossy frame. For an LED of this size, I'm going to say it's normal to have this much reflection in the screen. But, the reflective glossy frame of this TV is just a bad design choice. It should be a matte finish or not such a high gloss. As far as the screen, I'm going to say in normal room you shouldn't really notice it unless the picture on the screen is very dark and reflected sunlight is involved. I'd rate this as something I'm not happy about, but dealing with. It's like there is an hour during the late afternoon when the sun comes in the shutter cracks at just the right angle to drive me nuts. The rest of the day I barely notice or care.
I couldn't test it. I use WPA2 encryption on my WiFi router and a full 128 character passcode. This TV woun't allow more than a 64 character password to be entered in it's WiFi password field. I'm not sure if this is just a mistaken limit on the form field or what. I didn't spend any time thinking about and just connected a LAN cable to the TV for now. I mean to call in to Vizio customer service to ask about this but haven't yet.
NETWORKING & VIDEO SERVICES:
I tried most of of the services including Netflix and they all worked fine. Everthing seemed to be good as far as I could see. I think if most people care at all it's that Netflix worked and it did work great. The UI wasn't 'great' but it seemed to work fine and got the job done. There are special TV apps you can download (like maps, or games, etc.).
DNLA MEDIA SERVER:
The TV worked fine picking up DNLA media servers, I tested with a WD TV Live Media Hub, Tversity and PS3 Media server. The menu was a bit sluggish and uncomfortable to navicate and the codec support was horrible. There is not a lot of media this thing is compatible with. I did have success with Xvid and WMV's. MKV's and serveral different types of MPG's did not play at all. Playing pictures of music worked fine except for the lack of any music playback features (like even shuffle).
USB PORT MEDIA:
The manual says you have to turn power off, then connect a drive to the port. It works fine when you plug a drive or stick in while the TV is on though. It did read both FAT32 and NTFS. Picture slide shows were nice. Music playback was 'ok' but there are just not options at all (shuffle, etc). Video playback was fine except for the really bad lack of support for various codecs.
I really don't like it at all. There's no backlighting at all but there aren't too many primary buttons you need to get the positions of down. I have an LG LCD in the same room and discovered this Vizio remote uses a very similar command set. The menu also resonds a little slow to cursor movements and selectios. To me, the remote is tolerable though and the alpha text pad on the back has come in handy a couple of times.
There are x4 HDMI ports on this TV and they are all on the left side of the TV. They are all on the side of the unit. There are two issues with them. 1) They are very close to the back of the TV so if you have cables with thick grips near the end it will be a tight fit. 2) All 4 connecters are so close to the side of the TV. I have cables that area little bit thicker than normal and it took me a little while to pull them down and bend them enough so they downward bend didn't stick out past the edge of the screen.
I wasn't expecting much and it was much better than I expected. High quality detail is not here at all. But, it will go very loud without distortion so even if your hearing is not great you'll get enough volume to hear speach clearly.
This TV doesn't have a true 'headphone' jack. It does have a standard 3.5mm audio jack. The default function of this is to supply audio out to a device such as a sound bar. If you want to use headphones with this jack, in the audio section of settings you will need to change the audio output mode of this jack from it's default of 'fixed' to 'variable'. When you make that change, the TV volume control will adjust the output level of the audio jack. You will also need to turn the TV speakers off in the menu. I thought the audio delivered to headphones this way sounded really good. The only negative is you have to go into the menu to turn the speakers on or off every time you switch to headphones or back to speakers (unlike a true headphone jack which usually auto switch tv speakers).
TV's normally perform image processing on a video signal which can an a delay between when a frame was sent to it and when it appears on screen (Input Lag). This LED supports a "Game Mode" which removes the video processing so the TV can respond almost instantly to a new frame. A good feature with this TV is that each input has it's own Game Mode setting. For example, if you have a PC or Game Console on HDMI Port 2, you can set Game Mode to 'on' for just HDMI Port 2. So, this is a setting choice you only have to make 1 time. The default setting for each input is "Off".
With Game Mode turned to 'on' I could not detect any input lag at all. I tested this with a couple of different laptops and a desktop. What I did is open a small window and move it. I was looking for the window on the TV to begin moving at the exact same time as on the laptop monitor or computer monitor (in either case I had the monitor infront of the TV so I could see the winodw o nthe TV and computer monitor at the same time). I could not detect any delay in the window starting to move on the TV compared to the monitors. If there is any input lag, I couldn't detected it.
This TV has response time of 8ms. That is very good for PC and console gaming. The best you can normally get in a higher end LCD TV's is 2ms, and the absolute worst for an LCD is 16ms. To me, 8ms is plenty good for gaming and this TV has a lot better response time than a lot of other 2012 models out there. There are actually a lot of new LCD's out there where you cannot even find the response time listed as if the manufacturer is hiding the figure (cough Samsung).
(used a PS3 and set the TV to 'Game Mode = ON' on the PS3's input). Excellent! I spent a little bit of time finding the right picture preset and making some adjustments. I've played a few hours now with this TV and I'm really pleased. Earlier today I played a couple of hours of Uncharted 3 and I was seriously thinking that I couldn't imagine how the picture could look any better.
PC via HDMI:
Excellent! (current rig: i7 2600 @ 4.5Ghz, GTX 680). I looked at some programming code for awhile and then played a couple of hours of Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim. I was very pleased, PC gaming and text (2D desktop work) looked really great. Actually PC gaming looked rather amazing on a 42" screen from a few feet back. I'm using a 32" standard 1080p LCD as a computer monitor right now and this TV had a better looking picture
PC via VGA:
I tried 3 different laptops. One had only an Intel graphics card, one had an Nvidia card and the last had a hybrid Intel/ATI graphics. In each case I was unhappy. The screen looks slightley fuzzy and the colors seemed dull. Maybe it's possible to make VGA look good but if so, I didn't figure out how after playing with picture settings for 30 minutes while on VGA. I would not use a VGA connection for gaming or text work at all with this TV. I think something is wrong here. I've seen 1920x1080 through VGA look descent on an LCD. In general: VGA seemed fuzzy and dull.
No tilt or anything but it does have rubber feet on the bottom. I've moved it around a lot and it hasn't left any scratches.
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