Amazing picture quality
Incredibly thin bezel
Amazing feature set at this price
Sound quality is OK, loud enough
Remote itself is cheaply made
Problems with playing games
This is a joy to watch, but painful to use. The upside is I've never seen a picture this good in this price range--better than even higher cost models. The downside is the remote control, and the unit's slow response time to the remote control. Apparently Vizio decided ... Read full review
This is a joy to watch, but painful to use. The upside is I've never seen a picture this good in this price range--better than even higher cost models. The downside is the remote control, and the unit's slow response time to the remote control. Apparently Vizio decided to make the best possible screen, and cut costs everywhere else.
And don't lose the remote--there isn't even an on/off button on the unit--it's a screen with an incredibly thin bezel on a reasonably strong stand, period. The remote will not work at all beyond about 5 feet away. This is doubly frustrating because the response is slow even when you are in range--it's sometime difficult to tell if the unit is just taking time to respond or simply didn't get the remote signal.
The remote itself is cheaply made, and I found myself repeatedly pressing buttons just to do one thing. The remote is back-lit, so you can see what you're doing in the dark--a nice idea, except you have to press a button to get the light to turn on--which means pointing away from the unit to press a button just to get the back light, then pressing the button you actually want.
The physical set-up of the unit is a bit labor-intensive--once you figure out how to attach the stand, i.e., you have to turn the unit on its face (I did this on a bed) then attach the stand--the unit is not heavy, but still awkward to deal with.
The Remote has 3 buttons dedicated to NETFLIX, AMAZON, and something called MGO. Using a button in the center of the remote brings up all the wireless content providers--assuming you're setup with your WiFi source, which did not take me long, and was no more complicated than setting up a Roku box.
Occasionally on boot-up the unit will display "looking for updates." This may mean it could add digital sources at sometime in the future...maybe. For now the options are: Netflix, Facebook, Rhapsody, MGO, YouTube, Yahoo sports, Vudu, Yahoo profile, Yahoo weather, Yahoo news, flickr, Yahoo finances, HuluPlus, Twitter, and WebVideos.
YouTube videos have a neat function--instead of using the unit's search function, you can find the YouTube video you want on your PC, then type a series of numbers, and the TV will play whatever it is you have on your PC. I have not been able to get similar function from the other available sources.
The sound quality is OK, loud enough, but no low end. You'll want some kind of external sound system for any immersive experience.
Lastly, I had problems with the unit playing games--there is a noticeable lag in response to the game controller--the screen doesn't tear, ghost, or judder, it just doesn't respond in true real-time. This is not a problem with any other viewing except gaming. I can't recommend for gaming.
For one of the best pictures with a built-in "Roku" capability at this price point, this is it. For the worst interface, this is also it. I haven't had it long enough to know about reliability--I fear the remote will not last long--even one drop on the floor would finish it off. I gave it 5 stars because what it does do well is does very well-- I just accepted the slow interface and cheap remote.
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I hope it helps.