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VIZIO E422VA 42-Inch

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VIZIO E422VA 42-Inch

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  • Customer Rating the ying and the yang, 2011-09-08
    This review is from: VIZIO E422VA 42-Inch
    VIZIO E422VA 42-Inch LCD 1080p HDTV with VIZIO Internet Apps, Black…….BOUGHT THIS BACK IN MARCH 2011 AND FOR A WI-FI INCLUDED SMART TV THE VALUE IS OUTSTANDING. ONE PROBLEM CROPPED UP THOUGH THAT SEEMS TO BE CHRONIC. FROM JUST A FEW WEEKS AFTER I GOT IT OCCASIONALLY THE SCREEN WOULD GO BLACK AND THE POWER LIGHT WOULD START TO FLASH WHILE THE TV’S COMPUTERS WOULD REBOOT AND IN TIME THE PICTURE AND SOUND WOULD RETURN. AFTER A HALF-DOZEN CALLS TO TECH SERVICE THEY FINALLY HAD A REPAIR PERSON COME OVER AND INSTALL TWO NEW MOTHERBOARDS. OK FOR ABUT 3 WEEKS AND IT REOCCURED AGAIN JUST ONE TIME. THERE WAS ANOTHER REVIEW EARLIER IN THIS SECTION WHICH INDICATES ANOTHER CUSTOMER HAD THE SAME PROBLEM. BUT STILL I GAVE FOUR STARS BECAUSE IN EVERY OTHER ASPECT THIS REMAINS A TERRIFIC VALUE BUT NOT A FIVE STAR BECAUSE OF THIS ISSUE

  • Glenn says:

    Customer Rating Nice TV, Short on inputs and technical support mediocre, 2011-03-29
    This review is from: VIZIO E422VA 42-Inch
    This is my first review. Purchased this TV as a gift for my mother.

    Out of the Box – easy to assemble TV. Vizio has the best boxes. No tape to cut. Just pull out 4 clips and lift the box top off. TV assemlbes easy. Screws for stand can be turned by hand, no tools needed.

    Internet Connectivity – Lots of problems here. TV would find our Netgear router, but would not connect to it (the security password was correct as I could connect other computers, phones and Blu-Ray players to it). Called technical support. First wait wasn’t too long, but the person I spoke to wasn’t trained to support internet TVs. After a much longer wait I spoke to a person who was trained. That person said that the TV doesn’t work with Netgear routers (allegedly due to some Netgear firmware upgrade). Very upsetting. But its a pain to ship it back so we bought a Linksys router. Well, that didn’t work either. Called Vizio back. Long wait to get to first person who then had to re-transfer me to a person who could deal with the internet. That person was no help. Offered to send a repair person out. I just said I would rather send it back. He said fine.

    I was frustrated, so I decided to see if I could figure out the problem. After trying lots of things, I then tried turning off the router password and all of a sudden the TV could connect. I then tried changing the password to 8 a’s in a row. That worked. The password we were using was three words with a space inbetween the words. I then changed the router passord by deleting the spaces and then the TV could connect. Yeah! But meanwhile I probably had 4 hours into trying to make this TV work, counting the calls to Vizio.

    TV Connections – first it was disappointing that the TV only has one set of non-HDMA connections. The one set doubles as both component (3 video cables) and composite (1 video cable). I could get the Wii to work with the component cables directly connected. However, when hooking it up to a surround sound receiver and then hooking the receiver up to the TV through component cables (receiver doesn’t have HDMI) the picture was awful–shaky, blurry with too much color. I also hooked up the DVD player using component hookups. It was also terrible in the same way and it didn’t matter whether it was connected directly to the TV or through the receiver. I was using Amazon Basic Component Cables. I tested them on another TV and they worked fine. I called technical support for a third time. They were no help and said I should take 2 pictures of the problem and send it to them. A special department would get back to me in a day or two. That wasn’t an option since I was going to be leaving town. (I did tell them about the password issue and not using spaces, so hopefully they can pass that suggestion on to other customers. I also spoke to a supervisor to tell her that while her people were friendly, they could not do very much and that contrary to what they say, they don’t have “first in class” customer service.)

    I never could figure out the component input problem. In the end, I bought a Blu-ray player and used the HDMI connection. That worked fine. I also used an optical audio cable to connect the TV to the surround sound receiver.

    Also, the Wii connection looked terrible initially. But an internet search told me that there was a firmware updgrade for the TV that wold fix this. Once I got the internet connected, the TV automatically downloaded an upgrade. The picture was fine then.

    Internet Applications – a lot of them are really nice. Netflix and the Amazon Prime service worked great. Weather and CNBC also. I could not get it to log me onto facebook for some reason. It would not recognize my password (and it has no spaces). But other than that, I liked the apps.

    Picture – Picture quality is really good, once one adjusts the settings. Very pleased.

    Sound – seemed ok, but didn’t use it much because the surround sound was set up. I couldn’t really here the simulated surround sound from the TV.

    Remote – very basic, but ok. Has a nice big button to activate the internet applications.

    Overall – if you set this up with HDMI cables and you have a non-Netgear router with a password that doesn’t have spaces, then the TV is great. If you have equipment that need component input, pick another TV. Now that the TV is working, I would give it 4 stars. But the technical support drops this to 3 stars. Now that I know the issues, I would consider this TV again. But I would consider other TVs with built-in internet. However, the pricepoint for this TV is very attractive. For $600, it was worth it.

  • Philip says:

    Customer Rating Bumpy Start but Improving [UPDATED], 2011-03-26
    This review is from: VIZIO E422VA 42-Inch
    I just bought this TV from Costco and wanted to share my initial impressions. A more detailed review will follow after a bit of use.

    Unpacking and Initial Setup: Very easy and smooth. It took me about 5mins to unpack and setup the hardware and another 5mins to go through the on-screen setup.

    Apps: It was disappointing that Hulu Plus as NOT working out of the box. I spent over an hour researching the issue and finally found buried in the manual that the firmware updates automatically when the TV is off. That did happen and hulu and blockbuster apps were added. I still would want more music options such as rdio.

    Remote: Terrible. Feels cheap and buttons are hard to press and unreliable. Does not support the supposedly much better blue tooth remote.

    Image: Good for the price.

    Sound: Better than most TVs but not comparable to an external audio setup.
    —–

    Update after one week of use:

    I’m considering returning the TV because of lackluster app performance, crashing, and the god-awful remote. If it weren’t for the remote I may keep it and just got a Roku, but that thing is just a pain to use.

    Apps: Overall, this is a bit of a downer. The apps are very slow, the navigation of many apps (e.g. the Amazon App) does not minimize the use of the (terrible) remote. Once video plays it is more reliable than on my PlayStation or Roku. However, the TV has crashed (!) twice within one week of light use.

    Remote: Still terrible. An absolute joke. The right navigation button seems to be semi-defective.

    Image: Still satisfied with the quality. I know it is 60hz only, but it is good enough for casual TV and movie watching.

    Sound: Still satisfied with the quality. It’s not amazing, but not bad either. Definitely loud and clear enough for the environment we use it.

  • Customer Rating Great TV!, 2011-09-17
    This review is from: VIZIO E422VA 42-Inch
    This TV was well worth the price. I thought the internet aps feature would be more of a gimmick, but we LOVE it! Pandora is used frequently, along with Revision 3, TWIT, Web Videos, Vudu, and a few others. I’ll list the pros and cons, and although the cons will seem longer, it’s mainly for shoppers as discriminatory as I am. Keep in mind I still give it a 5 star rating.

    Cons:
    The only gripes I have aren’t big enough to drop the rating at all, but are still a little irritating.
    The casing of the TV seems to be very cheap and flimsy plastic. As I was attaching a wall mount bracket to it, the back of the TVs casing actually bent like a Frisbee. Which brings me to my 2nd gripe, but this was one is completely my fault. I tried to use the bolts that came with the wall mount on the TV, and after trying to screw the first one in, realized they were too long for the TV and I would have to buy different ones from a hardware store. In trying to take it out, I heard a snap and the bolt would not move. Thank goodness it was the bottom of the bracket, and I was able to put the correct bolts in the other 3 mount holes. I was worried it would not hold up well on the mount due to the bending and the bolt issue, but it’s been hanging on my wall a few months now without issue.
    The HDMI ports are awkwardly placed on the side of the TV, and although back fairly far, I still had to use a 90 degree HDMI adapter to hide one of my HDMI cables from sticking out past the side of the TV.
    The lack of options other than HDMI was rather disappointing, but is clearly noted in the product description. Make sure you have read it before buying if you have more than one non-HDMI device to hook up.
    The remote seems awkward, but I only really use it for the aps. I use my cable box’s remote for everything else.

    Pros:
    The aps are awesome!
    Great picture quality.
    Lots of options to tweek your settings. I really love the football and game settings.
    Fairly light for it’s size, but that’s pretty common these days.
    It’s a 42 inch HDTV with internet aps for under $600! How can you go wrong?

  • Jennay says:

    Customer Rating Excellent TV for the price, 2011-05-19
    This review is from: VIZIO E422VA 42-Inch
    I love this tv! It is fantastic for the price. Its great that it can wireless connect to the internet for the internet apps. Netflix is great on the TV. I hope they come out with additional apps to use on the TV because there are only about 50. I DO wish the remote had a QWERTY keyboard, however it is still manageable. The TV is very large, I have it in my bedroom, but plan to move it to the living room when I move and get a smaller one for my bedroom.

  • Customer Rating nice tv, easy setup, 2011-09-19
    This review is from: VIZIO E422VA 42-Inch
    I am no expert on LCD tvs. From the time I got my hands on the package, it took about 20 minutes to set the TV up and have it running. The remote is not sophisticated but it does the job. Packaging was very good, didn’t have to struggle to get the TV out. Apps appear to work fine, I have only tested Netflix at this point. The reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because I have had it only for a few days 🙂

  • Customer Rating Very nice replacement living room TV, 2011-05-24
    This review is from: VIZIO E422VA 42-Inch
    We’ve had this TV for about a week now. Despite it being a 60Hz rather than 120Hz, I don’t detect any problems with fast-paced action shots. But we don’t watch a great deal of sports, so I can’t comment on the quality there. We’re using the machine in our living room. The room is backed by our kitchen, so we can see the screen from both the couch and from behind the kitchen island. The details are clear and crisp from either spot, and there isn’t any issue with the angle of viewing from any of our seating. I was also pleasantly surprised by the speaker volume. It’s just as good as the original TV that we replaced with it. For those that want to connect something like a sound bar, you can plug into the headphone out jack. When you do, the main speakers on the TV will keep working, so it doesn’t silence automatically when you plug the jack in.

    We have the TV connected through an ethernet cable and the widgets run great. We have a smaller Vizio with the VIA software using wireless and it works just as well either way. The ethernet cable just guarantees us less interference from other signals, since we’re using it as our main entertainment TV.

    Overall, we’re very happy with this purchase. The remote isn’t completely terrible, but we did swap it out with a universal remote pretty quickly.

  • yes says:

    Customer Rating changed the way i watch tv, 2011-03-29
    This review is from: VIZIO E422VA 42-Inch
    set-up was a breeze, and i had no problem connecting it to my wifi. i really wanted an internet-ready tv, and don’t plan on getting cable! the apps are great: mostly, i use vudu for movies, pandora for music, and hulu plus for tv shows – having weather/news apps is also nice. as promised, hulu plus came after an upgrade (to figure this out, i did some research, then contacted vizio customer service through their online chat support, they were very helpful – basically as long as your tv is connected to the internet you’ll get it automatically). this is my first HDTV and i think the picture/sound quality are fantastic. the remote is ok but the buttons are sometimes inconsistent – i really wish we had the option to upgrade to the fancier vizio remote with the qwerty keyboard. overall, im very happy with it, especially at this price point – it feels like a smart tv (and i joke about relinquishing my phd to it)!

  • bono says:

    Customer Rating don’t buy vizio tvs, 2011-08-13
    This review is from: VIZIO E422VA 42-Inch
    i bought a vizio E422VA 42 inch LCD on march 28 2011 and lately the screen would go black and the power light would keep blinking after 2 to 3 mins the screen comes back on.this matter happens every day whether the TV has been on all day or not ,before going all dark it would flicker for seconds and out completely.i wonder what would in the future with this TV.i am only 4 months in and all this happening .if i could get my money i would ask for a refund .don’t wast your money on this piece of junk.

  • Toks says:

    Customer Rating In My Opinion, 2011-04-07
    This review is from: VIZIO E422VA 42-Inch
    The internet application functionality is limited than I expected. The product cannot load youtube which is a popular site everyone visits.

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