Also available in a 39-inch size for less, this Vizio series will outperform the others on the list by a bit, thanks to its local dimming technology. That, and its Smart TV suite, makes it among the best values on this list.
The good: The Vizio E0i series shows deep black levels, a uniform screen, and commendable bright-room performance, making it a solid midlevel LCD TV. The Smart content selection is excellent. With its thin bezel, the set has a more compact, sleeker look than many competitors.
The bad: The set's local-dimming system can cause crushing, obscuring shadow detail; the dimming effect can be very obvious on some scenes; the so-called 120Hz refresh rate does nothing to improve picture quality.
The bottom line: The Vizio E series offers picture quality nearing the more expensive M series and is a very good choice if you value its Smarts and styling.
October 31, 2013 3:25 PM PDT
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