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 VP505XVT

About Video Transcript

First Look: Vizio VP505XVT

1:49 /

Vizio's best effort yet, the VP505XVT 50-inch plasma aces that delicate balance between picture quality and value.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, I'm David Katzmaier from CNET and this is the Vizio VP505XVT. It's a 50-inch flat panel plasma TV. One of the less expensive plasmas in that screen size we reviewed this year. This is a 1080p model, however, so it does have the highest resolution available today. Vizio acquired this panel in the standard glossy black finish. Around the edge of the screen there is a little bit of touch of color. Below the screen, there's bronze speaker bar here is besets a little bit so it's a nice touch. The stand itself, though isn't quite as classy. It's just kind of a matte black number that get's the job done. There is no swivel on this stand. Vizio did equip the TV with 4 HDMI inputs although unusually two are on the side panel, but there's also two on the back here along with a single component video input which is less than normal as well as a PC input that could take the full 1080p resolution. Vizio's menu system does offer a good amount of options to adjust the picture, you can go in and play with the color temperature for example and customize it to your want. There is also a lot of other advanced picture controls including the advanced game control. We leave most of these off for a critical viewing. The TV also features a solid picture and picture which is something that's found on not -- all that many TV's this year, so that's kind of a plus. When you check the Vizio it allows the -- the biggest plus was its picture quality. We were very impressed by its black color performance, it's among the better plasma we've tested this year in that department delivering a nice deep color of black. The color accuracy especially after calibration was also nothing to sneeze at. This TV also features HQV video processing which did a really good job in general with standard def and high def materials. So all in all it featured extremely good performance especially for the price. That's a Quick Look at the Vizio-VP505XVT and I'm David Katzmaier. ^M00:01:47 [ Music ]

New releases

Tomorrow Daily 140: Google's Atari AI, a futuristic doghousedoghouse for £20,000 and more
26:40 March 5, 2015
On today's show, we check out an impressive robot that could be a precursor to dinosaur robots, an AI build from Google that learns...
Play video
The push to make VR headsets mainstream
1:42 March 5, 2015
Video games are literally going to people's heads. At the Game Developers Conference, virtual reality headsets were all the rage as...
Play video
Inside Scoop: Watches and what else to expect from Apple on March 9
2:49 March 5, 2015
CNET's Kara Tsuboi and Shara Tibken talk about what news might emerge from Apple's upcoming media event in San Francisco. Price and...
Play video
Hackaball brings the iPad to the playground, Ep. 194
4:37 March 5, 2015
This week on Crave we get to play with the Hackaball at the playround, find out what it would be like if Wes Anderson directed an X-Men...
Play video
Meerkat mania: Live-streaming app is new Twitter trend
2:50 March 5, 2015
Learn how to broadcast video on Twitter with Meerkat, get the band back together for Rock Band 4, and let Google be your bartending...
Play video
Netpicks: Free TV episodes and new movies on iTunes for March 2015
1:51 March 5, 2015
It can be hard to catch all the new shows on TV, so Apple's made some premieres free for a limited time. Plus, iTunes gets some movies...
Play video
Kyocera heads for Europe with the rugged Torque
1:07 March 5, 2015
The durable and waterproof Kyocera Torque (s701) sports a 4.5-inch display and sets sail for Europe in the spring.
Play video
Gionee Elife S7 is a super-thin smartphone
1:01 March 5, 2015
This smartphone is a mere 5.5mm thick, and has a 'chameleon' app that themes your mobile around colours picked out by the camera.
Play video