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Overview

Corner detail

Stand detail

Side view

Remote control

Back panel inputs

Side inputs

Photo viewer

Main menu

Main picture menu

Picture modes

Advanced picture menu

Color temperature menu

Picture-in-picture

Picture quality

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.
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The one distinction offered by the pedestrian-looking, black-on-black frame of the E0VL is the beveled bezel, which is glossy toward the screen and matte away from it such that it resembles a stylized picture frame. That 120Hz badge is not removable.
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Nope, that stand doesn't swivel.
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In case you care, the Vizio E0VL isn't quite as slim as LED-based models.
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From an ergonomic standpoint, Vizio's clicker is middling at best. We liked the well-differentiated button groupings, but the main keys around the diamond-shaped cursor are too easy to confuse, the little-used "media" button is too prominent, and the lack of a dedicated key to switch aspect ratio is annoying. We did appreciate the three direct input-type keys (HDMI, AV, and TV), however. In addition to standard control-over-HDMI, the remote on the 47- and 55-inch members of the series (but not the 42-incher) can command up to three other devices via infrared.
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Analog video inputs are relatively scarce. The back panel has just two, in the form of one component- and one composite-video.
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The side panel lacks analog jacks altogether, but the USB does allow photo viewing.
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Slipping a USB thumbdrive with picture into the side slot brings up the E0VL's only multimedia capability. Music and movies won't play back.
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Vizio's menu system is clean-looking and easy to navigate.
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Sure you could choose the Movie mode, but what if you want to watch football?
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Vizio has you covered. (Note that choosing a sports-related picture mode doesn't necessarily improve the picture for that particular sport.)
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Dejudder presets are in evidence, although a few more advanced controls go missing.
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We like the option to adjust color temperature via two points, but Samsung and LG offer 10, if you're counting.
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Picture-in-picture is becoming rarer these days.
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The overall picture quality of Vizio's E0VL series competes well against the similarly featured Sony and Samsung models we tested, although we'd rate it a notch below them on account of its less-impressive black levels and off-angle performance. Color in bright areas was a strong suit, however, and there were no major issues with video processing or uniformity--the latter proved better than typical edge-lit LCDs, in fact.

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