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Vizio E series gives great picture quality for the money, but isn't very smartMost so-called "Smart TVs" have built-in apps for Netflix and more, but Vizio's E series makes you Cast from your phone. If that's OK with you, it's a superb value with a very good picture.
Howdy, everyone. This is Vizio's E series, one of the best tvs for the money available today. While it's not as good as some of the higher end models I reviewed this year, if you're on a tight budget, and don't care too much about built in smart tv, it's a great choice. You're looking at the two sizes I used in my review, a fifty inch model and a sixty-five inch version. The E series comes in all sizes all the way down to twenty-three inches But I'm only recommending models 48 inches and larger. Why? Because they're the ones with local dimming, the feature the improves contrast and punch, especially in dark home theater environments. Image quality of these e series TV's is head and shoulders with anything else in their price range. The styling is generic as you might expect from budget set, with a glossy black frame and relatively thick cabinet Little legs have patterned cut outs that look a little different from the norm, but that's about it. And remember what I said about built in smart TV? To watch apps like Netflix and Hulu on the E series, cast them from your phone. You also need to use the phone to access TV settings like individual picture adjustment, using Vizeo smart cast app for iOS and Android. It works okay, but in my book, having a real on screen menu for that stuff is a lot more convenient. [UNKNOWN] include the simple TV remote for basic functions. But unlike the more expensive video models, there's no included tablet. Overall, if you prioritize image quality in your cheap TV, then the video [UNKNOWN] is a great choice. But if you want the convenience of built-in smarts, you should go with the Roku TV instead. Of course, you could always attach a Roku device to this TV and get the best of both worlds. I'm David Kathmyer for CNet.