Pros + Images are brilliant, the colors perfect
+ Very smooth and looks great
+ Remote is fine
Cons - Some grey smokey areas in the middle
Summary I INITIALLY HAD A DAMAGED SET: I will start this by saying that my set was damaged from the factory. Although it had a perfectly intact box when pulled out the back side was buckled slightly on both side causing the screen to bend slightly backwards. I contacted Vizio and they had me return it to the store for an exchange. I did that and the replacement set was fine in construction.
My first concern with this set is how glossy it would be. I have a very light living room with lots of windows and lamps. This thing is a mirror, you could shave in it. It's as glossy as any plasma set you see in stores. We adapted to this by moving it to a wall between two windows which keeps the reflections in check in our situation.
I am very impressed with the set. I was surprised by the effect the 240hz scaling does to shows, but I don't necessarily dislike it. The set is bright enough in my pretty bright room. It is sharp and colorful as I could want. There is a bit of blurring on a thrown football or baseball, but very briefly and I think that is just a flaw with the 240, which I think I could turn off in the settings. But all other motion, and I watch a lot of sports, is very smooth and looks great.
I do think the glossy screen really helps with the blacks and colors, this thing is vivid but in a good way IMHO.
The kids have liked the 3D very much, it seems pretty similar to me to what we have seen in theaters. The theater Real3D glasses work very well with the set. We had 10 people watching 3D at a recent gathering.
We have not used the apps much, we have a GoogleTV box that we use for that. The remote is fine. The speakers are passable but with a set this thin you just can't expect much quality from the sound. I did log into the Amazon Instant Video and it worked fine, the Netflix app worked as good as on any of other external boxes and the Rhapsody app was a little better than the GoogleTV one.
ISSUES: The only real screen issue I see is on a very dark black screen you can see some grey smokey areas in the middle (seen easiest on the boot up screen with the V logo) and on very fast motion like a baseball field about you can see a few darker lines top to bottom, it doesn't distort the color, but these are very subtle. I used to sell TV's, I have a very critical eye and on a bright color screen the picture seems very even.
The one other quirk is that after turning it on the set won't accept remote control presses for several minutes, no volume up/down etc. It's odd and something I hope can be fixed in a firmware update or maybe was caused by my set being bent. It does this on universal remotes and the vizio remote. Both sets I had do this, the one I returned and the replacement.
All in all I am very happy with this set. If you have a darkened room or one with good light control I think you will be very satisfied with the set.
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It's a great mix of features and extra large size at this price point!
Pros $1600 at Walmart. 3D Picture & HD Picture. It will make you smile.
Cons None I can think of. It is that good.
Summary I read the owners reviews and ordered this TV. Once I got it home I was upset. I am replacing a Samsung LED DLP 61 inch. The only reason I bought this TV was for the size and 3D. The Samsung has a great picture. This TV's picture sucked! I went on line changed some settings & it was not what I was use too. Now the 3d & blu-ray was wonderful but HD cable was dark & blue color. My PS3 screen looked bad.
So I read the review on CNET & they mentioned it had a blue tint that would not go away & they recommend the 55. My wife said the picture was not right. So I spent some time printing out settings. In the mean time we watched a 3D nature movies & we kept saying "WOW". Some water splashed from a river & we ducked. So that part was very good. Then I went to the football setting & brought the bright setting up & "WOW"! My picture I was hoping for came back for cable & PS3. Now I am pleased with this TV.
Don't worry about the CNET review.
This is a good TV. My wife said "WOW" when she watched 3D. When watching TV it looks like you are looking through a window. My daughter has the 55 inch and she has the same type of picture. After having this tv for about 2 weeks now I give this 5 stars. This tv makes me smile when I see the picture. Watching 3d is like looking at one of those old view finders but it moves. Go get this tv.
UPDATE: This is the setting that work for me.
Picture Mode: Football ( could be any of them )
Color Temp: Custom
Red Offset 128
Real Cinema: Grayed out
Noise Red: Low
MPEG NR: Low
Color Enhance: Grn/Flesh
Aptive Lumina: Medium
Film Mode: Auto
Smart Dimming: On
Ambiet Sensor: Light
That's it for now.
Pros Breathtaking picture. Simple to figure out and work with.
Cons I wish that it had an S-Video port.
Summary Your reviews are usually on the money C Net, and I have come to rely on them. I am afraid that you really missed the boat on this one. You must have got a bad example. None of the problems that you describe exist on mine. It's a beautiful television and the best bargain out there.
Pros Great Contrast, very bright, outstanding passive 3d, good black levels. Unbeatable size for the money!
Cons A bit to glossy and has a bit of glare.
Summary I almost let Cnets review scare me away from this, but every other review out there is very positive and there seems to be very few reports of any problems or negatives other than the screen is reflective and has a bit of glare. The 3d is great, passive is only way to go, the screen is very bright, I don't get any of this so called blue tint the reviewer complained about. It has very deep black levels for an LED, we just got done watching Dark Night Rises on Blue ray and it looked phenomenal, and there are plenty of blacks in that movie. The apps seem solid, and the remote is sort of cool, even though I won't use it in favor of a harmony. Forget Cnet, this tv is great! In building a new home theater set up the one thing I bought that I took Cnet's advice on was a Panasonic Blue Ray player, it was a complete lemon, it couldn't even play a disc properly. I'm wondering if they are on the take from Panasonic the way they push that brand.
Pros price, quality
Cons glossy screen
Summary The only accurate piece in the editor's review is the screens glossy finish. Strange how the glossy finish on Panasonic plasmas didn't warrant similarly poor rating.