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First Look: Vizio E3D0VX series

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First Look: Vizio E3D0VX series

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The Vizio E3D0VX series has excellent features for the price, including 3D and robust streaming, but its 2D picture quality is a big Achilles' heel.

David Katzmaier here. I'm sitting next to the Vizio E3D0VX Series. This is the 42-inch member of the series. There's also a 32 and a 47-incher. This is the least expensive 3D TV on the market. Vizio actually includes 2 pairs of 3D glasses here which makes the TV a better overall value than the cheaper 3D plasmas that are available. We'll get to that in a little bit. But first, let's take a look at the other features on this TV and its styling. Styling is not really a great point. It has a sort of dimple here in the middle underneath the screen. It kind of interrupts the speaker grille altogether; a pretty chunky look of the stand that doesn't swivel. On the flip side, design-wise, we really did like this flipper remote. Vizio does include a full QWERTY keyboard on the back side of its remote which is really cool for navigating apps and typing in passwords, doing searches, stuff like that. So, it's a real help. We wish more manufacturers would include it 'cause obviously this TV is pretty darn inexpensive and to throw in that remote didn't add all that much of a price. The downside comparing to the flipper found on some Samsung TVs is that this TV doesn't have Bluetooth, so you have to actually keep the remote aimed at the TV while you're typing. So, unless you have something interrupting your line of sight that shouldn't be too difficult. TV also includes built-in Wi-Fi to access all those internet features, so we really like that. You don't have to run a wire to this TV and the Wi-Fi worked very well in our testing. Of course, speaking of internet, it does include Vizio's VIA applications platform which includes Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, Vudu and all the major services. There's also Pandora. There isn't YouTube however, but that's not really a big deal in our opinion. We did like the Rhapsody app which, of course, only works for Rhapsody subscribers that allow you to stream unlimited music and also with few other apps. The interface, however, wasn't all that great. It includes this sort of strip along the bottom here. You can only see 4 at once so you gotta scroll a lot of if you have a lot of apps. Also, Application Discovery is not quite as advanced as a lot of the other TVs on the market. The connectivity on the Vizio is pretty darn good. Around back, you'll find 2 HDMI. There's also a third on the side. We also like that the inputs are labeled Good, Better, Best for people who are not too familiar with input quality. So, basically just plug in HDMI and it'll be fine. So as you can see, the Vizio is very well-featured but on the downside, its picture quality is not all that great in 2D. Its biggest flaws are relatively light black levels which wash out the darker parts of the picture and make the entire image look a little bit flatter and with less pop than some of the competing entry-level TVs. Video processing was also a weak point. The Vizio doesn't handle 1080p/24 source as well as some of the other TV we've tested. On the flip side, its color accuracy was very good and we did appreciate the matte screen which reject the ambient light well. Finally, it does have better uniformity than many of the other LED TVs we've seen. 3D picture quality on the Vizio was a mixed bag. It does have passive 3D which is brighter and has less crosstalk than an active 3D in general, and that's very good. On the down side, there is some visible line structure in text and some flat fields. We also saw that images are a little bit softer than some of the other TVs on the market. But again, 3D was pretty darn sharp all told. That's a quick look at the Vizio E3D0VX Series, and I'm David Katzmaier.

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