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VIZIO E550VL 55-inch

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VIZIO E550VL 55-inch

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  • M. Sanders says:

    Customer Rating LOVE It!!!, 2010-11-05
    This review is from: VIZIO E550VL 55-inch
    We love this TV! I’m not sure why the other reviewers are having problems. We are a TV family. We have a TV in almost every room. We have had Panasonic, Tosheba, Samsung, Phillips and RCA. This is the best TV we have ever had. Blu-Ray shines!! PS3 Rocks! HD is F-ing awsome!

  • Rod says:

    Customer Rating Turn of Smooth Motion!, 2010-11-08
    This review is from: VIZIO E550VL 55-inch
    This is a good, low priced TV, no frills but a good basic big TV. The problems the other reviews talk about, with video lag and processing that takes away the film-look bothered me right away as well, and give the images a very weird effect. I thought maybe it was just me, or I wasn’t used to a good quality picture, but whatever it was was not good. I really noticed it with fast motion sports, a football in the air was jittery and choppy. But there is a solution – on the second page of the TV Picture setting (select “more” at the bottom of the first Picture screen) there is a setting called Smooth Motion. Turn it off, and turn the Smooth Motion DEMO off. Problem solved, no more lag, jitters, and the film grain is back in the image.

  • Customer Rating Great except for one issue, 2010-12-19
    This review is from: VIZIO E550VL 55-inch
    I knew the picture on this set would be awesome. And it is. I have a 42″ Vizio that is a couple years older that looks very similar in construction and it has had an outstanding picture. The HD picture of this TV is excellent and easily equals any other brand. Plus, the color reproduction bests other brands (such as LG and Sony), or at least to me it does. Vizios are no joke picture wise, so do not be fooled by the price. They routinely rank among the best by Consumer Reports and CNET for picture. The SD picture is also very good and as good if not better than most other brands.

    Where Vizio falls behind is with the design of the set as the aesthetics are not exactly art worthy (and this set is nearly 5″ thick, whereas current LED sets are getting ridiculously thin). If looks are not a big deal for you though, Vizio is hard to beat for the price (in fact, they can’t be beat from my experience). This set also has no online apps of any kind, so keep that in mind. I have a Home Theater PC and an Xbox 360 so I do all my online and Netflix stuff that route. Also, there are only 3 HDMI inputs, so be aware of how many you may need (unless you plug all your stuff into a receiver and then just feed one plug to the Vizio like I do).

    The 120hz seems to work okay, but I do not like it (never have on any set) and leave it off for all viewing (I like some blur because it seems natural). The sound is also probably the best you will find on a flat panel TV (probably because the set is somewhat thick, Vizio can put decent speakers in). The sound is by no means like a real 5.1 setup (my Klipsch HDT 500 speaker set driven by an Onkyo TX-SR508 is vastly superior of course), but for news and sitcoms it is plenty adequate. Vizio claims an average wattage of ~150 watts for this set. I have no way of checking this, but if this is true then that is another plus and it actually keeps it in the same power range as some newer LED sets.

    The only issue I have had is with some mura effect or ‘clouding’ in the bottom left corner of the picture. If I use the dynamic contrast setting, it is minimized but still apparent during dark scenes. This bothered me, so I called Vizio and it sounded like they were going to swap the set out after the first call. Nice! However, after emailing pictures two separate times to Vizio tech support, they decided the issue was ‘normal’ (to quote them exactly). I am not entirely sure of this though. Many LCDs will have some clouding, but usually it is so faint that unless you are really looking for it, you won’t notice it. In this case however, it is fairly easy to see during a dark scene. So, I am a little peeved at Vizio for at first displaying awesome service, but then deciding to not help me out. I was really tempted to return the set but it was actually fulfilled through TigerDirect and they do not cover return shipping (it looks like amazon does apparently…doh!) and for this big TV and bigger box it would have cost over 200 bucks to ship back (it has to go back via a big truck and prices ranged from $209-380!). Add that to the $50 shipping I paid on the way out and I would be out a quarter of the TV’s cost. So, I have decided I will just live with the issue and NEVER buy a big TV online again unless they have an awesome return policy like amazon does (a retail store like Costco is ideal here where you can return a TV to any of their stores for any reason, no return shipping headaches to deal with). The good news is that the clouding has gotten a little better since the first day. Perhaps it will continue to improve (fingers crossed). So, after this experience I still recommend Vizio but I would advice purchasing through a retailer where returns will not be an issue.

    Well, I lucked out. I found a little cluster of 6 pixels stuck in the red color right in the middle of the screen and much to my surprise I learned that Vizio (on certain models, this one included) has a zero bright pixel defect guarantee. So, Vizio’s customer service setup a TV swap and in a couple weeks the freight company arrived (Manna, they were okay) and unboxed a new set and took the other one away (well, the replacement set is a refurb actually, and has a a couple small dings in the frame, but who cares, its the screen I am looking at). This set does not have any mura effect or clouding that I can see (or stuck pixels), just the same awesome picture minus the backlight issue. So, I am a happy camper once again. Nice job Vizio. You may have retained me as a long term customer.

  • Gamer says:

    Customer Rating Great tv for the price, 2010-12-09
    This review is from: VIZIO E550VL 55-inch
    Great TV! There are some better tvs out there but you would have to spend hundreds more. Plus, its not like you will ever have 2 large Tvs side by side. My buddy brought over his high dollar sony bravia (for system link gaming party), and you could tell maybe a slight difference in picture side by side. But not enough of a difference to justify the hundreds extra he spent! I also do a lot a gaming and I havent noticed any lagging issues, I play plenty of high speed games such as Modern 2, Black Ops, Dantes Inferno ect with no problems. Good bright clear picture and quick response. I have read some others complaints about some lagging issue but I hardly beleive its the television, maybe more user error. I love my television, and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • tahadda says:

    Customer Rating Very Nice TV, 2011-01-27
    This review is from: VIZIO E550VL 55-inch
    Please dont let any negative reviews bother you on this tv. I was shaky at first too, but if you look long enough everything has a bad review. If you want a great tv, without all the extras you dont need, then get this, you wont be dissapointed. I have an xbox, bluray, and directtv hooked into my surround sound reciever with hdmi’s and everything looks and sounds awesome. All the lagging issues for gaming are probably bad installation or using componet cables instead of hdmi’s, i got a 6′ cable for 2.99 by the way on amazon as well,,, again you wont be dissapointed

  • Customer Rating Everyone loves our TV, including me, 2010-11-05
    This review is from: VIZIO E550VL 55-inch
    We purchased this from a different retailer for 1399 around Jan 2010. It looks amazing in hi def with broadcasts like Glee, Marriage Ref, or regular DVDs.
    Counter to the other reviews, The playstation looks awesome too, Full 1080P. I haven’t noticed unplayable issues of lag, & I game online all the time. There was lag when I went through my receiver first via HDMI enough to notice in guitar hero or rock band, so I plug in directly ps3 to TV now for video because of that. I can’t help but wonder if that kid knew how to hook up his game console. Hint: if it isn’t with an HDMI cable, then you aren’t seeing HiDef 1080 correctly. We’ve had nothing but jaw dropping fan reviews from our picture, people always want to come back and play/watch some more.
    Vizios also have ability to turn off speakers and have more adjustments to audio, this is good, as I rarely use the TVs speakers. Had a friend tell me his new Sony wouldn’t let him do that.

    Cons: this TV can see through green screens… making fake shots look even more fake. I’ve tried to adjust it myself, but came back to default settings which looked better than mine. It brightens movies, losing that film effect, making movies look more like soap operas or camcorder shots. I suspect ‘backlight’ to be the cause of this, but again, I was never happy with my adjustments to make it better. another thing, when the screen is really bright, and I can see a fault in the ‘plastic film’ near part of the screen, a fold. I’d have to point it out to you it’s so minor and you wouldn’t see it 99 percent of the time, but it was a fault in my particular tv.

    My panasonic Viera picture is slightly better & less bright, but I would make this purchase again over & over.(especially at the new price!)

  • Customer Rating Bought for my Husband, 2011-01-02
    This review is from: VIZIO E550VL 55-inch
    I bought this for my Husband before Christmas and he loves it, I love that it was delivered on time and did not have to wait around all day. The guys delivering it were great.

  • J. Jordan says:

    Customer Rating Great, No Frills Big TV, 2010-12-16
    This review is from: VIZIO E550VL 55-inch
    I wasn’t TV shopping when Amazon last had this TV on Cyber Monday for $899. When I started shopping, it was up to $988, which was still good, but I didn’t pull the trigger. I ended up buying locally at CompUSA/Tiger Direct during a 2-day sale for $899. So even with tax, I was happy to be able to bring it home immediately and avoid the possibility of delivery issues other reviewers have mentioned.

    About the picture: Right out the box, with the factory settings, the picture is crisp and very nice! Looked better than it did in the store! Set up was VERY easy. Take it out, set up to the cable box, pull off plastic, turn it on, watch TV. Took just a few minutes. Now that I’ve had it a few days, I’ve experimented with all the settings other have mentioned. There are enough picture options for standard viewing, movies, different sports, and games that everyone will find something useful. Picture will be a matter of taste, so use other reviewer’s suggestions to narrow down on settings to your liking. I still have to swap out my current cable box for HDTV programming, so I can only imagine how good it will look if regular programming looks this good!

    As far as limited inputs, that is true, but all I needed was a good looking big flat panel TV. I plan only to add a blu ray and Wii, so this TV more than fits my needs. I compared plasma, LCD, LED, and looked at TVs with internet applications. If you plan to add a lot of equipment and want all those internet applications, you may need to go with something with more HDMI input. I decided against plasma because I found dwindling availability. It seems LCD/LED is the way to go. I went LCD over LED for cost, and I prefer the less glossy picture that it offers over plasma. This TV replaced a big (but nice) 200lb HDTV rear projection, which costs me $2000 6 years ago and is worth just pennies today. At that time, plasma and DLP started at $4000. Very few DLP being sold, and similarly sized plasma can now be had for $700, so I’m glad I didn’t spend $4000 back then! I didn’t break the bank to go LCD, and saved quite a bit over a similarly sized LED.

    It’s big, it’s nice looking, it has a crisp picture, and it’s not a heavy monster. This TV will fit most people’s needs. But whatever you decide, don’t overbuy. Don’t spend hundreds for features you will not use. Prices continue to come down as technology evolves.

  • Pamela says:

    Customer Rating Great TV and great price, 2010-12-02
    This review is from: VIZIO E550VL 55-inch
    We bought this TV from Amazon several weeks ago and just love it. It is our first HDTV and first flat screen so maybw I’m happy because it’s so much better than what we had before. We have not played any video games on it yet but we have played DVD’s through a Playstation 3 and through a regular DVD player.

    This screen is huge and the picture is very nice. We mounted it above our fireplace on a tilt and swivel mount so we are able to turn the TV in any direction but I have found that you can view this TV very well at many angles anyway.

    We paid $899 for it on Amazon and it included free shipping which was wonderful. The delivery men set it up and made sure it worked before they left.

    Since we bought this, we have also purchased a smaller Vizio from Walmart on Black Friday and we love it too.

  • Jim says:

    Customer Rating EXCELLENT PURCHASE!!!, 2010-11-14
    This review is from: VIZIO E550VL 55-inch
    First off, this review is based on the TV, price paid, and features it has, i.e. “value for the money”. That said, this is a great TV with a good picture (but I have not done a side-by-side comparison with other HDTVs). Games play fine, not sure why others had problems…maybe they did not do the set-up correctly. TV does have a “Game” mode which is supposed to help any lag one might experience, and under advanced picture mode, you can set the “Smooth Motion Effect” to various levels. One of the main reasons I purchased this TV was that Vizio is one of the few manufacturers that list the power usage of their TVs without having to do a lot of searching, which was important to me. I have owned this TV for about a week.

    Side note: Too bad one of the first reviews gave this TV a bad rating based on perceived lag which is not true. But first reviews always get the most votes because they are automatically put at the top, which is a catch twenty-two, because that tends to keep them at the top (people vote most for the first few reviews they see, thereby keeping them on top).


    Great value
    Easy setup
    Light weight (this thing only weighs 67 pounds, but TV is about 5″ thick)
    Picture quality…very nice picture (but did not check out 1080P)
    Energy Star 4…uses only 138 watts (THIS IS A BIG ONE, will save you a lot of money!) Edit 12/19/2010-see below.

    CONS (minimal):

    Sound is not the best, but still pretty good
    No direct hookup to online media (i.e. Netflix, etc.) (but of course I knew this, I just use my DVD player)
    Style is good, not great (but still much BETTER than the original Vizios)
    Minimal connections, 3 HDMI, and only 1 composite & AV, really s/b two each
    No side connections-(except for 1 HDMI & USB) worst con in my opinion
    Poor onboard TV controls (without remote) …but I guess this is normal nowadays

    And this is not part of the overall rating, but the Amazon TV information (specs), purchase, checkout, truck delivery time (to inside house) and setup was top-notch, I knew when the TV would be delivered (2 hour time frame) at time of purchase! No problems!! I would definitely buy this TV again.

    Edit: 12/19/2010
    I tried the video games Quake 4, Serious Sam and Super Mario World, still cannot perceive a lag. I am no game expert, but I have not found any problem.

    Also hooked up a “Kill A Watt” to check power usage, watts used when off = 0…Good! Watts used when on and using zoom (full screen) ranged from 160 to 200 with the average in between (mostly 170 to 180)…Not so Good! This is higher than I hoped but still good for such a large TV. But I wonder how they got the advertised 138 watts?

    Edit: 1/23/2011
    Per the site: […] this TV is rated at 152 watts. The maximum wattage an energy star 4.1 TV of this size can use to qualify is 178 watts.

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