6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Vizio VF550XVT

About Video Transcript

First Look: Vizio VF550XVT

2:10 /

Although better-performing 52-inch models are available for less money, the 55-inch Vizio VF550XVT will appeal to less-critical viewers who want a bigger screen.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hi. I'm Senior Editor David Katzmaier with CNET.com, and I'm sitting next to the Vizio Vaio 550-XVT. This is a 55-inch flat panel LCD TV, one of the least expensive TVs of its size on the market. Vizio did not include LED backlighting on this TV. That's another Vaio 551-XVT, available later in the year. This one has standard backlighting. We'll get to that in a little bit. First off, the style on this TV. You might think, below here, that this speaker is detachable. It is not. This big speaker bar is gonna stay where it is. There's a little kind of window behind here that you can see through to see your wallpaper on the back if you do hang it on the wall, or whatever's behind there. Speaker bar is silver, the frame around the TV, glossy black. It's kind of a bulky overall frame, and we're not huge fans of this look, but, you know, some people might like it. The menu system on this TV is, again, a little bit awkward to use. You can scroll through and see there's a lot of options here, but it's kind of difficult to get to them all. That said, if you're patient, you can adjust a lot of things on this TV, including the color temperature, which is nice. And there's a bunch of other settings, including a backlight control. The back of this TV has four HDMI inputs, and there's a fifth on the side. That's more HDMI inputs than we've ever seen before, so if you have a lot of HDMI gear, this is pretty good. The connectivity, otherwise, is also excellent with a PC input and a component video input on this set, so again, plenty of connectivity. Picture quality on this set is not as good as we'd like to see. The real issue here is black level performance. The blacks on this TV can't get very deep. So if you turn down the lights and watch in a dark room, you're gonna see that kind of characteristic lighter, kind of washed-out look. But, of course, at the end of the day, if you're watching in a brighter room, it's not that big of a deal. The color accuracy, on the other hand, is excellent, especially after you are able to use some of those color tweaks. You get very nice skin tones. And overall, the primary colors were very good on this set. It also has the 120-hertz dejutter mode. Again, we really weren't all that impressed with it. There was a lot more artifacts than we've seen on some other major brands' dejutter modes, but if you like that smooth look, you can turn it on, or you can turn off if you don't like it. So it's got a lot of options on the dejutter. That's a quick look at the Vizio Vaio 550-XVT. I'm David Katzmaier. ^M00:02:08 [ Music ]

New releases

McLaren P1: Harbinger of the hybrid supercar revolution (CNET On Cars, Episode 58)
23:31 January 30, 2015
McLaren P1 on the track and on the street, CNET Style. How engines get their names and what it means. Also: CNET's Top 5 cars of last...
Play video
Boost's ZTE Speed is a 4.5-inch, low-priced Android
1:07 January 30, 2015
Featuring a 5-megapixel camera, a quad-core CPU, and a 4.5-inch display, the ZTE Speed is one of Boost's prepaid bargain Androids.
Play video
The LaCie Mirror is perfect for narcissists
2:14 January 30, 2015
CNET editor Dong Ngo totally likes what he sees when looking at the one-of-a-kind LaCie Mirror portable drive. And that's because (you...
Play video
Rid your Android quick settings menu of oddball toggles
1:17 January 30, 2015
CNET's Dan Graziano shows you how to fix one of the most annoying features in Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Play video
Beats Pill XL: Bigger Bluetooth speaker justifies its premium price
1:25 January 30, 2015
We weren't such big fans of Beats' original Pill, but the company's jumbo-sized model is well designed and performs much better.
Play video
Facebook using beacons to show location 'tips'
2:50 January 30, 2015
Social network's new app feature sends location tips to your feed using GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth beacons. Meanwhile, your home Internet...
Play video
Testing out 'Insane Mode' in the Tesla P85D, Ep. 190
4:28 January 30, 2015
This week we get all nostalgic with the Prynt smartphone case that makes your iPhone work like a Polaroid camera, we learn some scary...
Play video
Nvidia G-Sync is a smooth move for PC games
3:01 January 30, 2015
The right graphics card and a G-Sync monitor can make games look better.
Play video