Vizio's low-price, high-value formula has a couple of new incarnations in the 60- and 70-inch E1i-A3 TVs, which are selling for $1,000 and $2,000, respectively, at press time. Those prices are bargain-basement for such massive, LED-powered screens alone, but Vizio goes one better by mixing in features like Smart TV and a remote with a real QWERTY keyboard.
To get better picture quality in a 60-inch LED TV you'd have to pay another couple hundred dollars for Sharp's LC-LE640U series, with its crucial ability to display a darker shade of black. The Vizio E1i-A3 series competes well against that TV in other areas of picture quality, however, making it undoubtedly the superior bargain. It has a tougher row to hoe against the excellent Panasonic TC-P60U50 plasma, which also costs about a grand but is "dumb TV," for better or for worse. Buyers who prize picture above all else and don't want a 70-incher should choose the Panasonic, but for everyone else in the big-screen market, the Vizio E1i-A3 is our value pick so far this year.
October 5, 2012 11:32 AM PDT
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