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First Look: Vizio offers the least expensive 60-inch LED TV you will find

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First Look: Vizio offers the least expensive 60-inch LED TV you will find

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The Vizio E1i-A3 series is the best value yet among big-screen LED TVs.

David Katzmaier from CNET, and I'm standing next to Vizio 60-inch E61-iA3. [unk] say 60-inch LED TV with Smart TV. Now, given those specs, how much do you think it costs? If you guess a thousand dollars, you're right. This TV is the least expensive. It's a 60-inch LED TV we've ever seen and it's a Smart TV. It's also pretty darn good. Let's get to the design on the set, around the edge of the screen you'll notice a very thin vessel, it's about 7-inch thick on the top and sides. The bottom is a little bit thicker. Of course the slim design, the set makes it-- look like it's pretty much all picture when seen from the front and from the side it's an LED TV obviously 'cause it's pretty slim or thin especially for such a large screen. That Smart TV features the headliner on his set side from the screen size. Vizio's Via App Suite has an excellent selection of content including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon, Instant and pretty much no missing streaming video services. Plenty of good audio tune including Pandora and Rapsody. On the downside, the design of the interface is not quite as intuitive as a lot of the other competitors out there, but again, for this inexpensive we'll score around a little bit on the bottom, and the trade offer having such a good content. TV does have built-in WiFi of course, you can connect wirelessly without having to run an Ethernet cable at the back of the television. Other connections are ample, there's 4HDMI, 1 component video, 2 USB, as well as a PC inputs. So it's really nothing missing from the back panel. Another cool feature on this Vizio, not that you'd expect at this price point is a flipper remote. So it's got a normal remote on one side but when you turn it over, the backside has a QWERTY keyboard that enables you to enter searches and passwords and stuff used in Smart TV, a lot easier than those virtual on screen keyboards. The downside is that there's not back lighting and you do have to keep the keyboard aimed at the screen 'cause it uses IR instead of Bluetooth, but still pretty cool to have a QWERTY at this price point. Vizio offers umpteen picture presets named after sports. They really do want to improve the local sports but it's nice to have those extra slots anyway. Advance it does include two-point gray scale and ability to just the smoothing de-judder on this 120 Hertz TV. Moving on to picture quality, the Vizio rated a 6 or good overall in our review which means that it's pretty darn good or better than a lot of the other LED TVs out there but really not the best especially compared to some of the other more expensive models. Main weakness on this Vizio picture wise the inability to produce a very deep shade of black and dark scenes you can see. The image is a little bit more washed out than some of the other LED TVs. We also saw some uniformity issues which are some brighter spots especially in dark scenes in the other corners and sides. On the flip side, the color on this TV is very accurate especially in brighter areas, dark areas did tend a little bit toward blue. We also appreciated the big matte screen, did a great job of controlling ambient light. So if you have a very bright room, this Vizio is definitely gonna be better than similarly priced large screen plasma. On the other hand, some of those large screen plasma will definitely produce a better picture in this Vizio in dark rooms. So they're gonna be the choice for video files. That's a quick look at the Vizio E1-iA3 series, available in 60 and 70 inches for one in $2000 respectively, they're the best value among big screen LED TVs we've tested this year. I'm David Katzmaier from CNET.

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