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120 reviews | 4.3 out of 5
The picture and sound are excellent. The only drawback is it takes 33 seconds from the time I press the on button till you get a picture. Also the remote buttons are so small, you can't use it easily in dim light. My old remote had larger buttons and I did not have to turn a light on in order to use it.
I am using this TV mainly for DVD watching and Computer home Office work. It works great for both. I just watched Prometheus on it and it looked amazing. Sound quality is very good (I tested it by only using it for my sound), but I normally use my theater sound system. I just got this TV but since there were few reviews I wanted to get this out ASAP. I will update if any problems crop up.
I purchased this TV to replace an older Plasma that had a resolution of 480 which is Enhanced Definition or ED. The picture was really good and no one believed it was only ED. I've watched Blue Ray disk on this TV and football is like being on the sideline. The family really enjoy this TV. It's a little slow on startup but once it connect to your source it is beatiful. The speakers are OK for a small to medium room but I don't use them because I have the TV connected to an entainment system. I purchased an expensive HDMI cable but the information states I am only getting 60Hz. I have not noticed any ghosting yet.
This TV has lots of nice internet integration : YouTube, NetFlix, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc..
However, it can be a frustrating experience. The TV takes about 10 seconds to power on. Want to go to NetFlix? That'll take you another 15 seconds. The response time for navigation through the various menus is incredibly sluggish and painful. No doubt the software that runs this TV is unfinished and buggy. For example, just now, we watched an Amazon video and afterwards, the screen went blank... no keys on the remote would work and so finally had to REBOOT (i.e. power cycle) the TV. I can't say I've ever had a TV that required rebooting. Also,after having it setup for 2 days, it mysteriously lost network connectivity (WiFi) for no reason at all and so I had to set that up again.
I really like the TV's picture, sound and capabilities, but usability and reliability fail miserably. At this point, I'm contemplating a return.
Excellent picture. Good sound. Like one persons review said it take a while to come on when you first power it on. But it's not that big of a deal. I wouldn't let hinder your purchase of this tv. It didn't me and I love this tv!
This tevelevision is awesome. You can watch Netflix, Youtube, Vudu, Hulu, etc. on it. The sound is great. The picture is so clear. I really have nothing negative to say about it. The price is REALLY reasonable than other stores with the same television. I think I am biased towards Vizio anyway. I recently had a Samsung that was exactly like this one. I had it for a year and a half and it wouldn't turn on anymore. We purchased it at another store and it was just a horrible experience. I will continue to get anything electronic from Walmart. The price is always right and I never have a problem with the product.
I own 2 Vizio internet enabled TV's and have had nothing but good luck with them. However, this M550VSE model is garbage. The software in the tv is extremely buggy. Sometimes the remote responds, sometimes it doesn't. While "apps" on the TV such as netflix or amazon instant video work reliably, the basic system controls such as selecting an input or adjusting the brightness do not - in fact, most often the system settings menu does not even load. The only way we've found to reset the TV is unplugging it and plugging it back in. Worse than all of this hassle, I did also see the question asked about this TV being incompatible with Direct TV. While the Vizio "expert" says yes that it is, the expert is dead wrong. It won't recognize a Direct TV signal consistently. Through our troubleshooting, we've tested both our HDTV via HDMI Direct TV boxes as well as standard def via coax boxes. Same result with each. We bought this TV on 11/30/12 and after 3 weeks of fighting it, tonight we exchanged it for another identical unit. My belief was that we just had a lemon - this was to my disbelief untrue. The new unit behaves exactly like the last - in some cases, such as when the set-up menus, even worse. I feel like I'm rambling... so here's the tldr: I own 2 other Vizio TV's, unlike those, this model is junk, don't buy it. Also, it doesn't work well with Direct TV.
I purchased this TV on a whim, because I am all about being instantly gratified, and the TV that I have researched and really want was not available for another week. Yes, I'm very impatient. BUT, enough about me. For what this TV costs, this is a great deal, IMHO. There have been some issues with the power supply, but I think Vizio has corrected that with this particular model. The menus are, to me, slow and unresponsive. BUT, keep in mind, I am extremely picky. I have 5 different friends come look at this TV, and not a single one of them would have an issue with the "lag" switching from app to app in the menu. IT really isn't that slow, but it is noticeable to me, and became a thorn. I highly doubt that a normal person on the street would have an issue with this slow response, so therefore, I would recommend this product. IF you are as picky as I am, and you are probably self-aware at this point, then go to the store and look at this model before you buy it. Ask an associate to see the remote so you can fully evaluate it yourself.
You will not be disappointed. Great sound and outstanding picture quality. WiFi is a plus.
Easy set up . Vizio rocks!!
E series is the economy line of Vizio M series is middle of the line XVT is top of the line We bought a M series. Could not be happier for the cost it is a superior TV
I have only had this TV for a Few days and have been using it for those few days alot have not left from infront of it but fot sleep and work. The Piccture is great no complaints there at all. The Start up is the only thing that might bother someone it takes about 30 seconds to turn on which is not that big of a deal. The apps are simple and fast but when your in netflix or somethingt hat is streaming its kind of slow when looking at the different apps on the TV but thats expected they didnt put in a I5 Processor in it or anything. The sound is average for a TV i have a home theater system hooked to mine so there is notihng i can complain about. The value is great because couldnt find any other LED Smart TV for under 1000 and this one was with taxes. The coolest part that i think was a great idea was the remote its a normal remote on front and full keyboard on back with arrows. In my opinion so far the TV is great after a while of use i will post another review on how well it works or if i have an issues.
This Vizio television is a great deal. Excellent picture (once the settings are calibrated) and blu rays and HD TV look amazing. I was going to throw the TV out the window because of the SOE (soap opera effect) when watching movies. I called support and they said there wasn't any way to turn off the smooth motion on this particular set. I don't know about you but I HATE watching movies that don't look like film, the way the director intended. I did a little research, and it's an easy fix. Just turn on Game Mode in advance picture settings and Voila! fixed. Apps are diverse and load quickly. All in all, great value for a great TV!
An easy to install and configure TV. I added the Vizio soundbar with wireless subwoofer to get a truly rich sound
I am quite pleased with the overall performance of this TV. The picture is crisp, brilliant and completes the full HD experience in grand fashion. The only drawback I've discovered two weeks in is the sound. The speakers are easily distorted, so my home theater is always in use.
I do not understand the negative reviews on here. This TV has an outstanding picture. Setup was a breeze all of the apps work great, the wireless was a no brainer. If you are using a cheap HDMI cable you may have picture issues. 120Hz refresh rate requires a high speed HDMI cable because of the bandwidth used. As far as the sound I have no comment. Why would anyone spend the money for a set like this and not pair it with a good surround sound system? As far as the so called "soap opera effect" turn the film mode in the advanced picture menu to "off". This is a common and annoying feature in virtually all of the newer HDTV sets.
Very nice easy to hook up great picture
Once again, Vizio has made us happy. The quality of the TV itself, the picture, sound and options, along with the easy setup/hook-up, continues to make this our favorite brand. Vizio is great for giving us quality at a great price!
First off I do not use this TV for just casual watching, I bought it solely for the purpose of heavy duty gaming (roughly 4-8 hours a day) and I could not be more pleased with the product. From top to bottom this TV is the true breadwinner of TVs. The picture clarity, the dynamic contrast ratio, and the brightness are all stunning. All that aside, it even comes with built-in apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime instant video. Pure genius, and it is so lightweight I put it on the wall myself. I strongly recommend this TV to anyone who does anything from casual watching TV to Hardcore gaming, this is your best bang for the buck.
We were specifically looking for a 55" LED smart TV. When we found this TV, we thought it would be perfect! We purchased this TV and the picture was great, features seemed great. But we soon begin to notice the "soap opera effect" after searching the settings and not finding anything to fix the problem, we downloaded the online user manual to find out how this could be turned off. We came across "smooth motion effect" and "real cinema mode" and those settings were not available on this model TV. We thought at first maybe it wasn't that noticeable and that we could deal with it and it actually looked nice on football games. But after watching a certain movie the next day we then decided that this TV must be returned it was so bad that it made us dizzy. We returned this TV and purchased the E601i-A3 and this TV has the option to turn the smooth motion effect on or off, thank goodness!!
I bought this to replace a 5 year old 52" Sharp LCD. The picture quality was no better. I was really disappointed with the picture quality and the time it takes to turn on. I returned it for a 50" back lit LED 60 Hz Toshiba at almost half the price and I am much happier. Pros:
$995 for a smartTV isn't bad
Not too wide - good use of space. Cons:
Edge lit LED picture was no better than a 5 year old Sharp LCD.
Takes about 15 seconds to turn on
Two-sided remote looks cool, but is annoying because you tend to hit the keys on the wrong side when trying to press them on the other.
No simultaneous component & composite in = no Wii & xbox connected at the same time.