Pros Picture was absolutely stunning.
Wireless internet connectivity works pretty well.
Great price for the value and quality.
Easy to set-up.
Cons Built-in speaker is not good.
Summary My wife and I were in the market for a new TV, and after going to the store and looking at half a hundred different models, we settled on the Vizio 60" LED Smart TV.
I'm not gonna lie, it didn't have the same picture quality as a Samsung or Sony of the same size and type (LED/LCD/etc), but we wanted a larger tv as our couch is fairly far from our entertainment center, and we weren't willing to break our bank to get a better model.
That said - without having the Samsung or Sony immediately next to the Vizio for comparison, I am absolutely thrilled with the picture quality. This may be partially due to the fact that we were able to tinker with the picture settings, unlike the store display model which was on the factory default settings.
We watched some South Park (not like that's a good way to judge picture quality, but whatever) and some Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I was unsure about our purchase, however, until we turned off the lights and watched a handful of episodes of Game of Thrones with my sister. The increased contrast you get with an LED tv was immediately apparent - the white wall shining clearly behind the men of the Night's Watch, clad in black. The picture was absolutely stunning through the 4 episodes we watched.
The SmartTV functionality works exactly as I'd expected, and it's very convenient not to have to power up the Wii every time we want to watch something on Netflix. I read some reviews which stated that the remote and its keyboard on the back side felt cheaply made, though this was not my experience. The remote wasn't anything special, but I don't feel like it will break if I drop it or handle it roughly.
The only con to this TV is that the sound quality of the built-in speaker is not good. However, if you're spending ~$1000 on a 60" tv, you likely have already invested in an external sound solution. If not, you'll want to spend a couple hundred bucks on a decent stereo sound system.
Another thing to note is that I'm writing this review the day after we purchased it, and as this line of TVs from Vizio only came out last October, it's hard for anyone to really comment on their longevity. For this reason, my wife and I opted for our retailer's 4-year extended warranty plan, but I will update this review in 3 months and again in 6 months or as soon as I encounter any issues with the product.
My Advice: Before you will buy this TV, I suggest you have to check for low price at: Smartledhdtvs.blogspot.com/p/vizio-e601i-a3.html
In the end, I couldn't be happier with my purchase and wanted to add my voice to the others who say that this TV is the best 60" LED tv for the price.
Pros Pretty good audio quality and excellent image quality producing good black level. This HDTV has very accurate color and good performance for a great price. Great for watching movie or gaming during daytime and nighttime.
Cons The sound quality is not as good as home theater system.
Summary I highly recommend you get this HDTV for doing anything during daytime or nighttime, for its image quality and price. Also, feel free to check out http://www.squidoo.com/best-hdtv for information on best HDTV to get this year.
Pros Great picture, great price - $888 at Sam's Club, price match to other retailers. Lots of picture configuration options. Internet apps
Cons potential for hardware failure (see full review), still some glare in bright room
Summary I LOVE this tv. It was a great deal for a 60" and the picture looks awesome. I am very happy with my purchase. However, after digging around on the support site, I happened to find this page buried in the Q&A section: https://vizio.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/962/kw/vizio%20e601i%20firmware
They have identified specific serial numbers that have defective hardware that will cause the video to go out within about a month of use. Luckily, my serial was not in the range they provided, so I HOPE my tv will not have this issue. They have extended the warranty for a year for this specific issue and will repair for free...but still a huge hassle. I know I never want to have to take this tv off the wall after the hell I had trying to put it up there (I was too stubborn/stupid to wait for help from a friend and did it myself). If you do decide to purchase, check the serial first!
Pros - Big and bright; nice color; matte screen for bright rooms
- 4 HDMI inputs
- Thin and very attractive minimalist glossy black frame <1" wide
- Built-in WiFi and DLNA (CNET review is wrong); most of the popular subscription-based smart apps
Cons - Still some glare in bright room
- Only one shared composite/component input
- Slightly gray blacks, but insignificant
- Possible delay that cause very slight lip sync issue
- Dedicated remote buttons for services
- USB ports hard to access on back
Summary Very happy so far with the E601i-A3. While the remote only allows input switching by progressing through all inputs, the TV accepts discrete commands for each of the inputs. This allows much better control with universal remotes like the Logitech Harmony series (use the discrete commands from the Vizio VF550M). It is also very interesting to note that, while the feature list does not include picture-in-picture (PIP) or picture "freeze," those commands from the VF550M also work on this model.The TV failed only a couple of weeks after being installed. It began going black for a few seconds at random times, and a week or so later it stayed black. I now have to wait 8 days for a repair person to come. VERY DISAPPOINTED.
Updated on Nov 26, 2012
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!
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