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Vizio E2VLE seriesThe Vizio E2VLE series may appeal to budget shoppers who just want Smart TV, but sub-par picture quality hurts its chances against the tough competition.
Hi. This is the Vizio E472VLE. There's also a 42 and a 55 inch member this year. This review will apply to all free. This is Vizio's entry-level smart TV which means it has internet connectivity with WiFi so that's a plus. On the downside, its video quality wasn't all that craze. We don't consider it the best value. This is one of Vizio's least expensive TVs with the smart TV interface this year that allows you to connect to the internet and get stuff like Amazon video on demand, Netflix, Voodoo and a host of other services. In fact, Vizio's selection of services is pretty darn good especially for a TV that's relatively budget like this one. One of the ways you're able to get to budget land is by getting rid of the LED back-lighting found on more expensive TVs. Sets a standard LCD back-light but really in our picture quality testing, that really didn't make all that much of a difference. First, look at the design of this TV, whoever can see around the edge, it's a thicker than a lot of the LED TVs. Its got this kind of angled look around the frame here so it's got a pretty thick bottom and also holds pretty pedestrian look over all. The glossy black does catch some reflections along the edge. Seen from the side, the TV is also a lot thicker than those LED TVs. So over all, not the most stylish thing for the living room. Other features aside from that internet connectivity include builts and WiFi so you have to run an internet cable into your living room. Also a 120 Hertz TV is you get that smoothness that some people like although we really don't. When we took the Vizio into the lab for picture quality testing, we're a little bit unimpressed by its picture quality. In fact, the worst thing was the relatively light black level, this TV can't get nice and deep and dark. You don't really expect it to be super dark for budget TV but there's a lot of budget TVs we've seen that get quite a bit darker. So really, it's not the best value if you're looking for that picture quality punch especially for home theater. On the other hand, the Vizio did a pretty accurate color. We liked the matte screen rejected and be light pretty well but all told, the picture quality was little bit disappointing. Vizio has four total HDMI inputs, three on the back and one on the side which is pretty darn good for a budget TV. There's also a pair of USB inputs. There's only 1 Analog Input over the (economy's?) most component video and composite videos. So you got a lot of legacy sources, you might have to use a switcher or something else. Anyway, that's a look at the Vizio E2VLE Series. I'm David Katzmaier from CNET.