The Good Inexpensive for a 120Hz LCD; excellent color in bright areas; video processing handles 1080p/24 correctly; matte screen works well in bright lighting; solid picture adjustment options.
The Bad Reproduces relatively bright black levels; dark areas tinged blue; subpar off-angle viewing; benefits of 120Hz difficult to discern; fewer picture controls than some competitors; scarce analog inputs; ho-hum styling.
The Bottom Line Among the least expensive 120Hz LCDs available, the Vizio E0VL series delivers a decent picture but falls a bit short of competitors.
Like most TV makers, Vizio offers a wide variety of features at different price points. The E0VL series reviewed here lacks the Internet and LED backlight options of the company's flagship XVT3 series, but its spec sheet and price tag hold the real appeal--it's one of the least expensive TVs on the market with 120Hz processing. On the other hand the Vizio's downsides, namely lighter black levels and less-impressive performance when viewed from off-angle, give us some pause when comparing it with other non-LED-based 120Hz LCDs. But if you want this feature set and don't mind a couple of sacrifices, the Vizio E0VL makes a strong value-driven argument.
Series information: We performed a hands-on evaluation of the 47-inch Vizio E470VL, but this review also applies to two other screen sizes in the series: the 42-inch E420VL and the 55-inch E550VL. All three sizes have identical specs and, according to the manufacturer, should provide very similar picture quality. There are also two smaller sizes in Vizio's E0VL series, the 32-inch E320VL and the 37-inch E370VL, to which this review does not apply.
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