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VIZIO XVT373SV 37-Inch

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VIZIO XVT373SV 37-Inch

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  • Customer Rating Great picture technology with many handy features. A winner., 2011-02-02
    This review is from: VIZIO XVT373SV 37-Inch
    Bought this TV to replace a 19″ CRT, in a bright studio apt. living room w/2 windows, to fit in decorative fireplace. Deep blacks would be critical.

    Usage: Movie & TV viewing, simple stereo hookup, Wifi (w/Aiport Express) and HD cable. Occasional use as a monitor from a MacBook or Hard Drive.

    Impression: Quality product, nicely designed, easy to hookup. Frame & screen are less reflective than models I’ve seen at the store. The UI is satisfying; app system is a breeze & customizable. Nice that whatever you’re watching can still be seen along w/launched apps–especially handy when using the HDTV settings app).

    Image: You’ll see right away how the screen adjusts from overly lit blacks to deep blacks while the Vizio logo displays at turn on. To adjust broadcast images, I adjusted settings on an as-needed basis. A big mistake I made was relying on the video colors of local channel NY1. I had trouble with a yellows not looking very natural. As soon as I switched to CBS or NBC I had a far more trustworthy color palate. I elected not to use anybody’s calibration settings that I saw on the web, believing that everybody had different tastes. A few weeks later I was stunned by the excellence of the image of the State of the Union Speech (any channel), and Colbert & Stewart (Comedy Central). I read up on a overall method for improving image, and now I switch between 2 primary settings: Standard and Movie. I went into stores after making this purchase and fully believe that this LED w/Edge Lit technology, 1mil:1 contrast completely beat out the detail level and image quality of the higher-end brand names offering older LCD technology for less.

    Remote: This item was a big selling point that I realized only AFTER using it. First, it’s got a beautiful, simple & modern design (I looked at pictures of the remotes of remotes from other brands & models by downloading their manuals of many others, but ALL were old-fashioned). Second, it has the advantage of being an almost perfect universal remote. ($ value). Third, it uses Bluetooth to communicate, so you don’t need to ‘point’ it at the TV. Fourth, it has a teeny-fingered slide-out keyboard. Anticipating the internet usage (e.g Facebook) convergence w/TV, it seemed like a keyboard would be a useful feature. It surely helped during the setup and some Facebook usage.

    Modernity: Internet ready; Wifi built-in ($ value; no dongle needed); USB ports. All great to keep this TV for many years to come.

    Applications: As my first foray into the modern age, I’m satisfied (for now) with the apps that I found. The media widgets (Netflix, Amazon, Vudu) & weather (Yahoo!, Accuweather) are the most complete and practical. Pandora is nice but why have the TV on to hear music? Flickr is very nice. Facebook, Twitter, Fandango, WikiTV are handy although liimited.

    Sound: Perfectly ample for my simple needs. Richer than I expected for it was far better than my old TV. No need to use stereo for regular use.

    Hookups: More than I needed. Until I get a blu-ray, I used AV (red-yellow-white). Wifi handy for eliminating the Ethernet cable.

    SUMMARY: A great TV for 37″. If you can go up to 42″, can afford an extra 1″ of depth and the additional cost, then I’d recommend the XVT423SV: Better technology (full array w/local dimming, 10 mil:1 contrast, 240HZ) making the viewing experience even better.

    Note: The 37″ didn’t fit in my fireplace and then, needing to get one that would cover its opening, I went looking for a larger screen size. After many DAYS of review reading and research of all brands, I took a chance on Vizio’s 42″ because CNet and Consumer Reports still recommended this model and considered the XVT3SV series the best of 2010– despite the concerns about blooming and sound that was identified in their models 42″+. I’m thrilled by my choice, which suffers not at all from sound, and the blooming I have yet to see. The 1″ thicker housing is less elegant, but on all other fronts the XVT423SV is a welcome step up in size & quality.

    Room for improvement:

    1) HDTV Settings Widget: Would be nice to scroll through Picture Modes (Movies, Standard, Sports, e.g.) when it is visible on the menu. Launching the app to change this setting takes too many clicks. Other manufactures have an easy to use mode button on their (ugly) remotes.

    2) Time Warner Codes: Two features still tether me to my old remote: Favorites and Page Up/Dn, features found on other remotes. Favorites, of course, saves one time by skipping undesired channels, and TW’s interface requires Page Up/Dn to scroll through screens of information.

    3) Picture Modes: It’s overkill having 4 sports settings. This viewer never needs those. Handier would be Daytime, Nighttime, or even more than one Custom setting.

    4) Apps: YouTube and Picasa were noticeably missing, but they may come sign up in the future. The most important Apps are already supplied. Additionally, by not being able to click on links (FB, Twitter…) the functionality of those apps is limited. Some browser functionality would be a nice upgrade.

    5) Wireless streaming of videos from Apple computers. (Wired requires two cables: video & audio)

  • Customer Rating Brilliant picture quality for HDTV use, 2010-11-14
    This review is from: VIZIO XVT373SV 37-Inch
    -sharp vivid colors
    -easy set-up
    -cool remote

    -sound can be a bit tinny without tweaking
    -USB inputs have no instructions how to access

    This HDTV is impressive (using it for TV viewing, no PC connection). I was constrained for space and the maximum dimensions I could get was 37″ so I wanted the latest-and-greatest for this size. I was pleased Vizio made a model that had LED, 120Hz refresh rate and the internet apps. You can’t surf the net (yet -I’m sure this capability will come as an update later) and the slideout remote for accessing the internet apps is great. Bluetooth connection and built in WiFi are fast and straightforward as well as getting the remote to control all components. My connection was to the DirecTV H24 HD receiver and it was connected and ready in 5 minutes. The set is connected to a Vizio BluRay which of course worked perfectly. I highly recommend this as a great upgrade or entry into HDTV viewing.

  • Customer Rating Vizio HDTV XVT373SV, 2011-03-23
    This review is from: VIZIO XVT373SV 37-Inch
    I spend too much time investigating everything I buy. After weeks of field work, including reading the helpful reviews on Amazon, I selected this Visio 37″ LED LCD HDTV (Model XVT373SV) for $629 from Amazon.

    1. it was the exact size I needed for my bedroom, where I also have a desk and
    work on the computer.

    2. it was the only 120Hz HDTV in it’s price class. All the others were only 60Hz. This is important. The higher this number (60 – 120 – 240 – 480) the less motion blur you should experience. So an upgrade from 60 to 120 is a great start.

    3. The wireless internet wi-fi connection works great. It was easy to set up. I am using an old Linksys Wireless 802.11N Router (Model WRT150N) running with encryption. It’s connected to a cable modem with Time Warner Road Runner service. I just had to shorten the password to about 22 characters. If you get good wi-fi reception in the room, then the tv’s internet connection will work just fine. (Note: It has to be 802.11n). I’ve run my desk computer’s internet connection via wi-fi so I knew I already had a good wi-fi connection. You can also connect the TV directly to the internet via an ethernet cord.

    4. The sound is very good for my purposes. What do you expect? It’s not close to what a Bose 5+1 sound system will get you (which by the way is really nice), but for a TV speaker it’s still very good.

    5. Nice HD picture when connected to a cablebox and viewing HD channels. Straight-on is awesome. If I am at my desk, my viewing angle is less than optimal: 70-degrees to the side and about 35-degrees down — the picture is still pretty good (it washes out a little, but it’s still very clear).

    6. The set up process is very easy and worked great.

    7. Remote has a slideout keyboard for internet use.

    1. no “Sleep timer” button on the remote. You have to work your way into a menu system to activate it.

    2. delay when changing channels, but this also occurs on my 52″ Samsung HDTV too.

    3. menus are not optimized to make searching for internet content as easy as you would like.

    1. If you belong to Amazon Prime, you can currently stream about 2,200 movies and TV shows for free off the internet. (40,000 more are avalable on a pay-per-view basis). I am streaming via my wi-fi connection. I have not experienced ANY delay and the picture quality has been excellent.

    2. Widgets are direct links to internet content which appear at the bottom of your screen after you hit a button on your remote. You can set up widgets for Yahoo Sports (like Fantasy Football, but not Fantasy Baseball yet), weather, Netfix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Blockuster, and about 100 others. If you want to delete any internet widgets that appear on the bottom of the screen (after you you activate them), highlight the widget in question, click the “yellow” bar button, then “red”, then “red” again to delete the widget.

    3. The booklet that comes with the tv will pretty much allow you to do what needs to be done to get you up and running.

    4. Visio Support can be found at: […]

    5. The second time I turned on the TV (after setting up the wi-fi link), the tv automatically downloaded a firmware update.

  • Customer Rating 1,000,000 to 1 Contrast Ratio Gives Great Picture Quality, 2010-10-03
    This review is from: VIZIO XVT373SV 37-Inch
    When I read some of the other reviews here and elsewhere, I see that their expectations for this TV were a little unrealistic when it comes to using it as a computer screen. Before I bought it through Sam’s for $698 (deal is off now, but probably will be back for Christmas), I researched it completely. The Internet Apps right now are OK, but more will come that will be exciting in the future through automatically downloaded firmware updates. I was told by Vizio that eventually, it probably will have the capability to Wi-Fi what is on your computer screen to this TV. But, as for now, I’m very happy with the picture quality and size of this TV, as I watch it from a 10 to 15 foot distance away. Like someone else said, it is not too big, and not too small. When I watch HD Theatre channel’s travel/nature shows, the picture quality is close to a Blue Ray’s quality, IMO.

    Oh, the lower amount of heat that comes off, and the less electricity use than my 2 1/2 year old Sony Bravia S-Series KDL-32S3000 32-Inch 720p LCD HDTV that went bad, are great buyer benefits! Sony wanted me to take that tv to an authorized Sony repair shop and pay $50 to find out why the picture went out with no guarantees that they would pay for parts and/or labor to fix it. I thought it was throwing good money after the bad $900 that I had paid for the TV. So, on my new 37 inch Vizio, I bought Sam’s 3 extra year extended warranty for $79.96 after reading the “fine print”. No extended warranty is perfect, but Sam’s was the least offensive, IMO.

  • A. Molina says:

    Customer Rating Great TV for a great price, 2010-12-31
    This review is from: VIZIO XVT373SV 37-Inch
    When I initially purchased the product, it was damaged during shipment. My wife refused delivery and the UPS guy took it back. One call to Amazon and they immediately placed another product to be shipped. If this happens to anyone, call Amazon immediately and they will get another shipment out otherwise you have to go through the return procedure thru their website.

    The TV is awesome. It has great picture and great sound. The Vizio Apps thats installed is simple and easy to operate. The initial set-up was a breeze and the prompts are user-friendly. The great part of the TV is the cool remote it came with. It has a built in keyboard. Once you set up all of your widgets, profile, and other equipment, you won’t need the keyboard as much. The remote is also a universal remote and can control your cable box and any other audio or video equipment. Again, setting it up is so easy. You just have to identify the brand of your equipment and the remote works like a charm. The only disadvantage with the remote is it does not seem to have the ability to page up or page down on the program guide when you’re looking to browse what’s on the over 200 channels offered by your cable company. I still keep my cable remote to browse channels.

    There are many TV settings to choose from. And you can save the settings based on your profile. You and your wife may pick different widgets and have your own Facebook and Twitter accounts. That’s alright as long as you input your login info, the system automatically will log you in every time you turn on your TV or when you switch profiles.

    Before I bought the TV, I had a chance to check out Google TV. This TV is not a Google TV. So don’t mistake that. It uses Yahoo widgets and the Facebook feature or “widget” does not display the full site. It still allows you to look at wall updates and enter your status but it doesn’t give you the whole Facebook page that you get when you access the site from an actual computer.

    If you have a Netflix account, it works seamlessly with the TV and it works exactly the same when you access it on your PS3 or Wii units. When you do an initial set-up, you just need to get a code from Netflix so you’ll need to access your account over your computer to get the code.

    To summarize, the TV’s best feature is it’s ease of use and initial set-up, the cool remote, ability to switch profiles based on who’s using the TV, and all the widgets you can get. Oh, picture quality is great too!

    I definitely recommend it and if you’re going to buy it, the best place to buy it from is from Amazon.

  • Customer Rating Great Product for us: ONE REMOTE!! – for two 60 plus year olds, 2011-01-02
    This review is from: VIZIO XVT373SV 37-Inch
    Electronic Express did a fine job of getting the product to use. It took only two days and product arrived in perfect shape.
    PLUS: A TV setup with ONE remote! Yes! Only one! Granted our son, who is 27 and loves electronics, set it up while explaining the process. But if we were to read the included product booklet as he did, we could do it ourselves! Easy to understand booklet….And did I mention with this product we have only ONE remote??! Only one to keep track of and understand. We have a VHS player, a DVD player, can get Netflix at the touch of a button and a great picture to boot! Great visibility from the angle of the chairs in our family room. Yes. This was the perfect TV for us. Just enough bells and whistles and only ONE REMOTE to wrangle.

  • Customer Rating Vizio 37″ internet app tv is outstanding…, 2010-08-06
    This review is from: VIZIO XVT373SV 37-Inch
    From all of my research in late July, this tv is only available from […]. I left a review on their site in regards to the tv’s performance. I ordered the tv from Dell and they gave me ‘next day’ shipping and surprisingly I received it the next day in San Diego. Outstanding imagery and interface. Quickly get Netflix programs or movies, Facebook app is quick and you can slideshow your photo galleries. Pandora sounds perfect. We have one cable coming from this tv and that is to the electrical outlet, everything else is wireless. Setting up the Wifi was too easy and Vizio’s interface is a cinch. I am very satisfied with the purchase. I did also purchase the 4-year extended service contract for when and if. I have a Motorola Droid X and am just waiting for the mini-HDMI cable so that I can watch my phone content on the tv.

  • Customer Rating This. TV. Rocks., 2010-12-16
    This review is from: VIZIO XVT373SV 37-Inch
    I am not a TV person but my 15 year old tube TV needed replacing. I am SO glad I got this model and not a stepped-down cheaper version. I am no technophile by any means, but setup was a snap. It was out of the box and running in 5 minutes. The picture quality is amazing. I can point the Bluetooth remote at the ceiling if I want and it works. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard is a very cool feature. The internet apps are fun to use – I rated them 4 stars instead of 5 only because Youtube isn’t on the list. Four HDMI ports (3 back and 1 side) are more than enough for me. A 37 inch screen is perfect for me – large, crystal clear picture that doesn’t overwhelm the room. As I said, I’m not really a TV person, but with a long winter ahead I know I will be getting my $$ worth out of this one.

  • Darren says:

    Customer Rating Everythings awesome… except input lag., 2010-10-14
    This review is from: VIZIO XVT373SV 37-Inch
    I primarily bought this TV because I was using my Samsung XL2370 23″ monitor for playing my Xbox 360 and it was difficult having to sit so close to the screen (Console games are designed to be played on a largish screen from a further distance, as opposed to PC games which are designed to be played on a smallish screen from a close distance). I bought this TV for my Xbox 360 and also to watch 1080P movies because the HDMI port on the Samsung isn’t very good, it’s not native support so it’s blurry.

    Anyways, the picture quality on this TV is excellent. The smart dimming may not be quite as expensive as a TV with a full-array LED backlights, but it works wells enough that really dark scenes look a little bit better, you can usually notice when only one area of the screen has dimmed or is dimming, it just doesn’t follow the movement of light colored objects as well as a full-array equipped TV. The contrast and shadow quality is great, and the colors are well saturated. I haven’t seen the non-LED version of this TV but it seems that this one does have better contrast because it’s the best I’ve seen on a TV under 40″.

    The sound is pretty good, it’s better than a lot of flat-screen TV’s, especially because flat screens prevent the speakers being able to have deep mounts. It’s why LCD’s always have tinny sound, but the bass is fairly good on this TV. 10 watts each is actually better than average for built in speakers.

    Standard definition TV looks pretty darn good if you put a lot of the post-processing on such as noise reduction. Everyone knows SD looks worse on an HDTV than a SDTV, but the plethora of post-processing options help a lot to make up for that as much as purists may not like those. There is a lip-sync option in the audio or video menu that can help make up for the input lag that is added for using these processes.

    Movies are awesome. It’s pretty cool that this TV has a Toslink/Optical output built in so that if you have a speaker system with an integrated amp such as Logitech 5.1 speakers for computers, you can just plug it right in and get 5.1 from your HDMI. Note that this TV does NOT have a miniplug (3.5mm headphone jack) output so it will not work out-of-the-box with stereo or 2.1 computer speakers or non-Bluetooth headphones. The movie setting in the video menu worked well for Iron Man 2 and the 120Hz and smooth motion stuff makes action scenes a lot less nauseating.

    Now the main con I have (which I will update if I remedy it with instructions). Vizio TV’s are apparently known for their input lag, which is due in part to their circuitry design, partially to their over-use of post-processing (color enhancement, noise reduction, smooth-motion, smart dimming etc.) and the last one is actually a blessing and a curse: they use IPS-Pro or S-IPS panels (I forget which), which have superior off angle viewing angles and color accuracy, but have far inferior response time (input lag) except in the most advanced and expensive displays. Despite going to a larger screen with way better contrast and twice the refresh rate, my Halo: Reach scores are WAY down because of the input lag. I’ve tried turning off ALL post-processing and trying with the “Game Mode” (not picture setting, there is something called “Game Mode” in the general options that isn’t defined. Usually this turns post-processing off or goes into overdrive mode to improve response time) and turning them on, separately, I haven’t been able to get the input lag to improve enough (there is a small difference so I’m on the right track). I tried using VGA with a crappy VGA adapter and it was better, so this is likely due to un-disable-able post processing (VGA is raw there are limited video options when using VGA) that occurs when using HDMI. I also tried setting my Xbox to 720P and I don’t think that made any difference (probably because of added upscaling). I’m going to try buying a wired controller (supposedly removes up to 1.78ms of input lag) and using Component to see if it’s better. A lot of time analogue inputs are faster for various reasons).

    The Vizio Internet Apps are pretty awesome, albeit slow. Because it uses Yahoo! widgets, you can count on their being more options to surplus the already existing options (Great! There is even an app for seeing what my Xbox Live friends are playing! Most awesome show-off app ever, + Yahoo! Finance, weather, Wikipedia!! Vimeo, Vudu, Amazon Video On-Demand, Web Videos…) regardless of whether Vizio is committed to continual support, which is a nice comfort. The only thing that could make this more cool is if you could play Pandora in the background while playing Xbox.

    Other cool things, picture in picture controls are intuitive. This seems to be a kind of neglected option in TV’s these days so it’s nice and nostalgic. The resolution of the screen is nice enough that using the side by side option you can watch both, or switch to cable with Xbox in the corner looking for multiplayer matches (best use in my opinion). Digital and analogue closed captioning (whatever that means). The menus have a nice elegant slate blue and grey scheme with shadows and anti-aliased text that follows the widget layout, and is consistent in little things like volume adjustment. First-time-start setup is cool you can create an account on the TV and choose a picture avatar, you can set parental controls on a profile you make for your kids, set your zipcode so the weather and other appropriate apps can give appropriate information, the remote is bluetooth so you can point it anywhere, the QWERTY keyboard makes text entry so much better, you can turn your Xbox off with the remote! I’m trying to think of little cool things that other reviewers haven’t mentioned… Easy switching of picture zoom modes for TV, there is a somewhat useless but cool power button on the side that rotates to change channels, but trust me, do NOT lose the remote. Once you go QWERTY it’s hard to go back!

    One other thing to note, which may be a big thing to you, this TV is a little quirky. My remote and physical controls on the TV were non-functional randomly while watching TV. The manual suggests a hard shutdown by unplugging it: this seems dangerous and sort of barbaric for such a big ticket item. There is a rather large troubleshooting section: I think Vizio is admittant there that you really are getting what you pay for, this TV saves money on getting the most reliable or consistent components.

    I’ll edit this post with my Xbox antics. Please leave comments if you have any questions or a solution to my problem.

    PS: I would assume everything in this review applies to the 32″ (XVT323SV) version as well.

    EDIT: 10/16/10

    So I believe there is a “break in” period in which the response time has gotten better. I’ve been using the same HDMI port (side) since I got the TV because I can’t find the HDMI cable for my laptop so I’ve been taking it out of the Xbox and putting it into my laptop and vice versa. Either I’m getting used to it (doubt it, it was really bad) or the response time is getting better. LCD’s aren’t really supposed to have a break in period, but maybe Vizio does less hours worth of testing so whereas a Sony or Samsung would be broken in by the time it leaves testing, a Vizio is still “cold” per se. I am now able to play Halo: Reach just fine. I’m pretty sure the menus are a little more responsive too. I’m pretty sure it’s not just me getting used to it because I’m able to track enemies a lot better in close quarters and the sound seems more synced up well. Because of this, I can recommend this TV for gaming in all but fighting games like Street Fighter because I know you guys need the best-of-the-best response time. I played Iron Man 2 in 1080p on loop overnight and it seems to have improved the response of the screen and/or broken that specific HDMI port in.

    Because of this I am changing it to a five-star review. It really is the best value and the best 37″ TV as far as I know.

  • Customer Rating Best TV for the Price Point, 2011-04-04
    This review is from: VIZIO XVT373SV 37-Inch
    To fully have one appreciate the candidness of my review and length of research done before deciding to buy this TV, I’ll give a little bit of set up. I have been looking at LED TV’s for about 3 months and have been doing hours of online research to find the TV that will give me the most bang for my buck. This exact model kept coming up on review websites so I finally decided to keep it in the running among other bigger name brands such as Samsung (which I initially wanted the most) & Sony Bravias. The reviews were similar between the 3 but the big difference was price. Samsungs and Sonys have a great reputation for TV’s and I saw a big difference when placed next to most other brands but they were priced 30-50% more than this Vizio model.

    From right out of the box, set up was mostly easy with one small hiccup. The instructions vaguely mention how to set up your cable from Satelite or Digital connections so I had to call and get directions. Initially, the menu and multi-layered settings via the on screen prompting is not always clear and it can be frustrating at times. After getting everything figured out though, this TV delivers on everything I could want in a TV. First and foremost, the picture quality in HD is stunning. Many people who have come over since first purchasing it have commented on the superior image quality. The colors are bright and distinct and the 120 mhz makes a noticeable difference when watching sports and actions sequences. Close-ups are much more detailed but the one small issue I’ve noticed with it is, in dark scenes, sometimes the screen is just too dark. Perhaps this is from the movie itself versus the TV but it’s worth mentioning.

    The sound quality & max volume of the TV is well above average which is a nice change from other flat screens I’ve owned. The on screen integrated applications are a cinch to use and I <3 being able to watch Netflix without turning my PS3 on and off. The remote control with the keyboard comes in handy often and its very responsive so this is just icing on the cake for people who plan on searching for movies via Netflix, using FaceBook, or even posting on Twitter etc. The TV had no issues syncing up with my HD DVR, PS3 & Surround Sound so kudos to Vizio for making it so easy.

    The last thing I want to mention is that while watching a movie on Netflix, my TV just froze completely and the remote would not turn it off. I had to physically unplug the TV from the wall and replug it in and wait about 30 seconds for it to work again. It has only happened once but it is something I will watch out for and keep my review updated on if need be. Otherwise, this TV is awesome and I love both the quality I got as well as the price point. I recommend it all the way.

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