Pros + Incredible picture - bright image, great blacks
+ Streaming from Netflix, Vudu and Amazon works great
+ Great built-in features
+ Remote is dream to use too. It's full, slide-out QWERTY keyboard is great for all data entry
Cons - Internal speaker is weak as most TV speakers are so I recommend a sound bar or surround system
Summary Setup was a snap - got it out of the box, hooked up a Toshiba DVD recorder/VCR combo via HDMI and a standard def DirecTV DVR to the composite A/V (no HD DVR yet). On a HD signal, this TV has an incredible picture - bright image, great blacks (some TVs have problems with dark/night scenes, but this one handles them wonderfully). Standard-def images (480i) can be grainy, but that's simply a factor of size vs. resolution and is only really noticed if you're close to the screen. Viewing from across our family room (about 12' from tv to couch) is fine. We also connected an antenna to pull in over-the-air signals. The tuner is pretty good, and picked up all the UHF networks in our area, about 30 miles away. The local CBS affiliate broadcasts on a VHF frequency and we can't pick it up - but we can't get it on any of our TVs, so I can't say this tv is any better or worse in that regard.Edit Link
Connection to our wireless network was quick and easy, and streaming from Netflix, Vudu and Amazon works great. I haven't tried any of the other services available, but there are plenty to choose from. The Netflix software on this TV is better than on the LG blu-ray player we have connected to another TV - this one will allow you to find movies that aren't in your instant queue, while the LG will ONLY play items in your queue, so that's a bonus. Vudu plays well in SD or 720 format, but frequently pauses in 1080p - we need a faster internet connection to support full HD downloads. DivX movies downloaded in full 1080p look fantastic when played from the Toshiba player over HDMI.
This TV comes with a remote that connects to the TV via Bluetooth. It remembers which equipment is connected to the various inputs, and automatically changes the controls to match the input equipment - really nice! I found that it will control all my equipment, and since it works via bluetooth, you don't have to have direct line-of-sight to the TV. Wish that the bluetooth part worked for my satellite equipement too! Programmable remotes will operate this TV, but depending on how old they are, they may not be able to hit all the features of the tv - our older directv remotes will operate the basic features, but only the newer models will change the input source - so you may want to use the remote that came with the TV. We have smaller kids, and wanted to limit their use of the tv remote, because it has a slide-out keyboard similar to those on some cell phones to make posting to facebook (one of the apps that comes on the tv) easy. Since our youngest is 5, we thought it might be best to keep that remote out of harm's way.
All in all, this is a fabulous TV for the money - it's an LED for less than many LCDs of smaller size. I was considering the new Sharp LED with the 4th 'yellow' pixel, but after seeing it in person, couldn't justify paying nearly 50% more for a smaller (52") screen. The LED runs mucher cooler than plasma - while shopping for TVs we walked through a local Sears store, and you could feel the heat radiating off the plasma screens - that alone steered us away from plasma. LED seemed too high until we found this Vizio - we'd gotten a 32" Vizio with 1080p capability for our bedroom at Christmas, so knew that the Vizio had the quality of the bigger names, but without the price premium of Sony, Samsung or LG. When we get ready to replace our other tube TVs, we'll be looking at the Vizio M-series as our top choice - just in a smaller size!
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Updated on Nov 22, 2011
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Pros 1. Beautiful picture.
2. Great price.
3. Super thin.
4. Built-in WiFi is fast.
5. Highly customizable TV settings.
6. Apps are a great ad-on.
7. Many ports/Blue Tooth pairing.
8. Remote has a pop-out keyboard.
Cons 1. The TV advertising implied you could surf YouTube on the TV, but I have yet to figure out how to do this. Could be conflict with Yahoo/Vizio and Google.
2. This controller would've been perfect if it had backlit keys.
Summary 1. Beautiful picture. I'd easily compare this to the top Samsung/Sony in its category.
2. Great price - I paid just under $1400.
3. Super thin, very easy to move, not very heavy.
4. Built-in WiFi is fast enough to stream Netflix in HD.
5. The TV settings allow for maximum customization.
6. Apps are a great ad-on (especially Netflix and Pandora).
7. Ports for just about every device, plus easy Blue Tooth pairing.
8. Remote has a pop-out keyboard (reminiscent of the Droid).
BOTTOM LINE - I figured this would be a splurge and completely superfluous buy, but the more I play around with this TV I realize it's going to be an awesome addition to my home. My friends were blown away by the clarity (120hz really shines) and watching HD and Blu-Ray is... well you just have to see it. The in-store display model didn't hold a candle to my direct feed sources and this TV is truly a sight to see. The settings make it easy to transfer between playing a game and watching a movie or TV show. I find myself wanting to play more games in 1080p just to see what I've been missing all this time.
YouTube would've given this TV 5 stars, but as of right now I'll make due without it.
Bravo, Vizio. You've turned a skeptic into a believer.
"Awesome Product..."on by RawDogg
Pros vizio internet apps, size, thin, inputs, features, beautiful, Wifi, slide universal remote, weight
Cons non working usb ports, Poor Speakers
Summary "I purchased Vizio 55" Edge Lit LED LCD HDTV Model#: M550NV. I never knew a Television could show such a great picture. The picture is rich with colors, deep blacks and sharp as a tack. I also love how thin it is. Extremely easy to setup and it is very customizable. Menu is pretty simple once you get used to it. Not a big learning curve there. The remote is very cool with a sliding keyboard for typing on screen.Comcast is my cable provider. I don't get HBO HD or ShowTime HD I get all my local channels in HD put to 75 miles away. My brother has an HD package from Comcast and he said my HD content looks far superior than his.
I love that fact that I don't need to buy a HD Package from my local cable company, nor do I have to buy an antenna to receive HD programing. I use my basic cable line and it picked up over 150 channels with half of them in HD.
I also bought a Vizio Blu-Ray Player model VBR231 and a Vizio Sound Bar Model VSB210WS. I bought the sound bar because the TV speakers have no bass at all. I'm set like a Fat Cat for the NFL Season.
I'm thinking about purchasing the 42" model for my bedroom.
Two problems...the 3 USB ports on the back are non functional & the speakers are weak. They need some Bass. The 3 USB ports are for future use as stated by the Vizio Tech Support rep. they stated the TV will be updated via the web to make them work in the near future (I hope)
All in all I could be happier with my purchase (I just with wished the usb ports worked & the speakers had just a little bass)"
Updated on Jan 28, 2012
Updated on Jan 28, 2012Yes the USB ports are working.
Pros Picture! picture! picture! value! value! value! The picture on this T.V. blows away the rest and to get a 55" LED T.V. with all the features and internet options this has for only $1299.00 is awsome.
Cons At this point there is nothing I do not like or unhappy with
Summary My last T.V. was a Samsung 46" LCD. Before buying it, I did a lot of research and it was ranked as one of the best in its category. The features were very good and picture was great. At that point is was the one of the best I had watched. After having only a year, I wanted an LED and something bigger. As I always do before purchasing something expensive, I did some research and read what others had said about the T.V.s I looked at. For a 55" LED with the options that the Vizio had, it was by far the best value at $1299.00. I went straight home and set it up. It was very easy and after just a few minutes I was ready to go. All the settings are easy to use & I love the remote with slide out keyboard. As mentioned before, I thought the Samsung had a great picture, but when I started watching this, I was blown away. There was a big difference and I am now on the Vizio band wagon!
Pros Very nice picture, tons of features and controls. Would put it up against any of the more expensive tv's. Can't go wrong for the price. Customer service is pretty good also.
Cons I would like it if the usb ports were functional. Very minor edgelit bleeding. But shouldn't be an issue since to get the best picture in my opinion you should have it turned way down between 10-20 is what I keep it at.
Summary I love my m550nv, I am very pleased with it's features and performance. Very good value. I could have bought a sony or samsung but the extra money I would have paid would have been for the name. One of the other boards someone had a problem with playing his video games, maybe he got a freak bad tv. I think it was something he was doing wrong, such as bad settings on his end. I have had no issues call of duty is awsome on it, cant imagine playing it on anything less. The tv has 2 videogame mode settings. It is even better with my marantz nr1601 and infinity ps212 sub, feels like your in the game. If you are thinking of getting this tv do it, you will not be disapointed.