Pros Razor thin (name implies); LED Back-lit for outstanding color and contrast; very low power consumption; good selection of inputs; Easy-to-Use menu system and setup; Actually sounds better when using the SRS Surround
Cons No side inputs (obviously because of how THIN it is); white Power LED does not turn off EVER (unless you unplug the TV); does not use standard power cable; remote not always responsive as it previous models; Audio is loud, even at lower volume
Summary It's not without its shortcomings, but this is one of the best TVs I've come across in this price range.
It's thin. Really thin. This may be a drawback to some planning on wall-mounting it, since all of the inputs are located on the back. Though, because of it's smaller screen size, I don't see too many people going that route.
The VM230XVT is LED edge-lit. No, it's not a full LED-array you'll find in the higher-end (and much larger) XVTs. However, it still draws significantly less power and offers far better picture quality that other TVs its size and price, especially after tweaking. Even going with one of the presets will help deliver better video quality without the work.
Setup is simple. Plug it in, hook up your antennae/cable/consoles/what-have-you, and fire it up. You'll be walked through the initial setup process (which is relatively quick), and be ready to start viewing (or doing more in-depth tweaking) in no time. Those looking to save even more power can take advantage of the ambient light sensor that will automatically adjust the backlight to the lighting in the room.
To compliment the LED lighting, Vizio has seen fit to go edge-to-edge with the glass across the front. To me, it makes the screen seem bigger than it really is, always a plus.
As far as inputs, this unit offers a pair of HDMI, as well as component and composite, VGA for computer usage, and even USB to turn this into one monster-sized digital picture frame. Though, if you intend on using this as a picture frame, you should probably check that thought. Also included is the built-in Analog/Digital tuner, of course.
Controls on the TV itself are actually contact-sensitive, not actual buttons. I like this, because those LEDs fade away after a few seconds. If only the Power LED would do that...
There are two things that hold me back from giving this a higher rating (I really wanted to give this 4.5). 1)The Power LED. It's white and always on as long as the TV is plugged it. If the unit is in an office or game room, that's not bad. It's in my bedroom. I have no choice but to turn off the power strip at night. 2)Even at low volume, the TV is louder than others I've heard. I'm not talking volume at 10 or even 5. It's easy to clearly hear down to about 3 and becomes soft at 1. Though, this is the only TV I've come across where I actually prefer using the simulated surround sound setting. I think it actually sounds better (doesn't really sound surround-ish, but it just sounds better).
Some will complain about the size of the power adapter. My only complaint in regards to it is that it's not a standard power cord. Rather, it's a wall-wart. Granted, it doesn't draw as much power as a wall-wart would, but it's still bigger than a regular cable. This may be of concern if you're using a power strip/power center. Though, I don't see how it becomes an issue when wall-mounting. Maybe because the cable is thin and white?
The remote is thin, but feels sturdy. However, it's glossy and isn't always responsive. And the battery cover is a bit stubborn to remove (maybe not a bad thing?)
Some may opt to use this unit as a computer monitor. I encourage it. If fact, I use it from time to time hooked up to my laptop. Using either VGA or HDMI, it works great, though, I did have to change some settings on the laptop when using HDMI to fill the screen at 1920x1080 (may not have to, depending on you graphics processor)
Overall, I'm very impressed and very satisfied with this TV. It's quite the improvement over Vizio's older 22" model. If you can put up with the always-on Power LED, it's perfect for a bedroom/dorm room, and does an excellent job pulling double-duty as a computer monitor, though, you may need to watch the volume (or maybe look into an alternative audio solution and take advantage of this TV's Optical or Headphone outputs) if you don't want to disturb others around you.
Pros Excellent picture, super thin, light
Cons Minor con for bedroom use is the power button stays lite even when the tv is off.
The powere transformer is sizable at 1" thick by 2 1/2" square. This can pose a problem for those wall mounting this. This was not an issue in my case.
Summary great product, but for those wanting to wall mount this the transformer may be a deal breaker. In my case I installed the tv on the wall between our bedroom closets and ran the power cord through the wall into the closet where installed a power outlet.
Pros This LED edge-lit 1080p LCD HDTV is surprising at its price point, and impresses with performance and thoughtful, stylish design. Screen quality capable of a luminous quality, and digital tuner and controls are very sophisticated.
Cons Overall brightness of screen is ordinary and contrast is not exceptional.
Summary I will use this as both an HDTV for frequent use in many areas, but will also press it into use as a top quality PC monitor as needed.
Pros It is 12 volt, so can be used most any where. Has a great picture and is easy to set up.
Cons The audio leaves something to be desired, but it works.
Auto scan for channels can take quite some time, 237 channels on cable required 35 minutes to search.
Summary This is my second of 3 Vizio tv's, yes I do like them. The others are a 47" and 32". I recommend this set for those who want a good quality tv in a smaller space, keep the viewing range to 8 feet or less.
Shop around for the best price, I paid $50 less the the minimum shown here, that included shipping.
Pros Super Thin,bright,plenty of inputs,Settings and Nice Screen,Good price
Cons Remote is just clicks.
Summary Nice HDTV with very good performance at a great cost