Pros Edge to edge, crystal clear and an easy to adjust (to taste) picture. Best part, I only spent $1,050. Vizio has hit a home run.
Cons - Sluggish television response to remote.
- Sluggish apps.
- Television housing, back 'connection-port' panel, physically restricts fiber-optic cable connectivity.
Summary The TV supports multiple(i believe 4) 3D modes and comes with 8 sets of non-powered, light weight, 3D glasses. My wife and I watched Prometheus in 3D on our new TV. Though the movie, Prometheus, is ..., watching it upon our new Vizio, in 3D, was quite memorable. We've seen a number of movies in 3D both in the theater and at friends homes -- this was by far the best 3D we've experienced. We were amazed.
Folks have said the remote was sluggish. I believe this is a direct result of the vizio adding app, baloney, into the mix. The apps, in theory, sound great. Trouble is their existence requires the television to have a processor/GPU, integrated or separate, memory and NIC card all sucking power and generating heat. All of which are an 'over-reach' on the part of the television makers. If I could find a way to disable their use and availability I would do just that.
I searched and searched for a non-smart TV which had as good of a picture for my price point but came up nearly empty. I say 'nearly' because the Samsung 6003 was a decent non-smart tv for the same price but in the end the Vizio M1d's picture stole the show.
Lastly, the point I made in the 'Cons' section of this review regarding fiber-optic cable connectivity: In order to test/try the television-supplied 'smart-tv' apps I had a need to send audio from the TV to my receiver. My options were bi-directional HDMI, RCA or fiber-optic. I had a few fiber-optic cables lying around. One by Monster and another from a high-end shop near my home. Neither would seat properly into the TV's fiber-optic port due to the televisions housing interfering with the head-end of the cable. Essentially, if the radius of the fiber-optic cable is larger than 'X' the cable won't seat properly. Fortunately I was able to find a cable which worked but the process of sifting through and cannibalizing cables from the other rooms in my house, in search for the right cable, was a headache.
Price and picture were my two goals. The M551d exceeded both expectations. Adding, jaw dropping, 3D into the mix was an unexpected bonus.
If you have other means of finding media (Xbox apps, Google's Chromecast, Roku, etc..) like I do, then you won't care or miss the use of the 'smart-tv' apps.
The M551d is a 5 star product. However, I can't give this product 5 stars due to Vizio's choice to include the sluggish apps. Having said that, I would buy it again apps or no apps.