Pros Great picture
Cons Power board failed in a little over 3 months from purchase.
Speaker and sound quality poor.
Summary We purchased this TV after much research. It was purchased from a big box electronic retailer approximately 4 months ago. After a little over three months the unit would not power up. Called Vizio help support and they troubleshot it over the phone and finally determined it to be a power board failure. They set up a service call but said that it would be 3 to 5 business days. We needed the TV due to guests we had so I tried to see if the store we bought it from would take it back and exchange it with a new unit. They would not (last time I'll buy from them)! I will say that the Vizio support team was excellent and had us fixed in about 4 days. The other thing we did not like about the TV was the sound. The small speakers are in the back of the TV facing aft. We ended up having to buy a $200 soundbar to make the sound acceptable. I would do a little more research before buying this TV and don't always believe what JD Powers says!
Pros Easy to use, very helpful, SmartTV functions. Matte screen, which is perfect for the high levels of ambient light. Great size! Very thin and light. Set up was very simple and quick. I love the QWERTY key pad on the back...it's very useful!
Cons The screen definition and color is very nice, but not what you'd get on a Plasma or more expensive TV, but there's a big price to pay for that better picture. The speaker quality is poor, so plan on buying some external speakers of some sort.
Summary Excellent picture, great size and great value.
Pros • Price
• 4 HDMI inputs
• QWERTY Keyboard on back of remote
• Great high definition
Cons • As another reviewer said, sketchy pedestal.
• SmartTV functionality is kind of lame, but useable.
• Its light for a 60" but the size of the screws for wallmounting are a bit small for my liking.
Summary An older 52" Samsung went died on me so I went to check out new TVs. I ran across a review on this TV on another site that encouraged me to head out to Costco to check it out. It looked great and at 980 bucks it seems like a steal. I already needed a new TV for my den so I picked up a second one about a week later. The SmartTV functionality is not that great but I think the Netflix app is better than whats on the Xbox. but I could care less about the Smart functionality. I look for Smart functionality in devices I connect to it, like a blueray player or Roku.
Maybe this isn't for the HD enthusiasts but I think the picture is an upgrade from my Samsung I bought in 2007.
Pros Amazing picture at a great price ($979.99 from Costco)
Cons Potential Safety hazard. Much too easy to tip over due to very small pedestal (18"). Oh, and if it falls over it is not warranty.
After 3 other Vizio TV's this one has no free air channel guide.
Summary While the price and the picture are great some of the customer useability has been lost.
This is our 4th Vizio product and that sets the stage for certain expectations. In two instances this product fell short.
For those of use that want to place the TV on a cabinet be aware that the pedestal is barely adequate for the job. My old sets had pedestals that were at least half the width of the screen and provided a stable platform. The E601i-A3 has an 18" pedestal attached with 3 screws. No matter how tight the screws the TV rocks side to side and front to back. When Support was asked about a possible wall anchor (not a wall mount) to help secure the TV from tipping their response was they offered no options either with the set or at some extra charge. You are on your own.
A feature I had on my old Vizio's and was surprised not to find on this one is a free air digital channel guide. All that's left is a little info bar in the upper right corner that identifies only the channel/program you are on. According to Support Chat it doesn't matter which set you buy Vizio no longer provides this very useful feature at any price.
Not the customer oriented company I'd come to appreciate.
Pros Cheap Big Screen
Cons No Web Browser
Audio Video Synching Problems
Summary How do you have a "smart" or "internet" TV and remove the capability of browsing the web? No built in browser makes this TV a joke. I spoke with Vizio support and they suggested buying their $99 set top box that turns a normal TV into an "internet" TV using the Google Chrome browser. Extremely dissapointing that they would not provide the same capability built in to their "internet" TVs. The only access to the internet is the built in apps for paid services such as Hulu Plus and Vudu. However, when streaming video, the picture and sound are out of synch.
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