Pros Great image, great build quality, looks great with HD DVD's and Blu Rays, works with all our components. Relatively light compared to some other sets.
Cons Silver and clear speaker bezel is a bit cheesy.
Summary Originally purchased a Westinghouse 52" LCD, but with the HDMI, not all the components were playing nicely with each other. So we bought the Vizio for the living room and it works flawlessly. The picture is amazing once you calibrate it, and the HDMi seems to work well. Sometimes the set takes a few extra seconds to register a source is connected but once its detected the signal it works great. For the money, you cant find a better HDTV.
Pros Did all the usual comparisons (price, manufactures, LCD, LED, Plasma, 240 Hz, etc). I am sure the 240 Hz or LEDs may be a little better, but why pay over a $1000 more if you can not see the difference. It was a cinch to set up. GREAT PICTURE QUALITY
Cons No SD or USB slot, Base was hard to take off (we did a wall mounting)
Summary We owned this for 2 weeks now. We did all the usual comparisons (price, manufactures, LCD, LED, Plasma, 240 Hz, etc) and selected the VF550XVT from Costco with a 2 year warrantee for $1150 (black Friday sale). We compared the picture quality to other sets at all the major retailers, and it basically came down to price. The variation in picture quality was undetectable between sets of the same size. I am sure the 240 Hz or LEDs may be a little better, but if its that hard to recognize, why pay over a $1000 more for something you can not see.
We found plasmas took more energy, have a hot glass screen that can reflect, seemed less crisp (had blacker blacks, but greyer whites), but do have a fast refresh rate and cost less. The LED sets, well we had a hard time telling the difference. The 240 Hz vs the 120 Hz and plasma was almost undetectable for regular motion.
We plugged the VIZIO it in and it was a cinch to set up. And even with only our antenna with local TV broadcasting in HDTV, it looked great!!. We were amazed! We also got the Blue Ray player. Rent from Netflix, Picture quality is great. The speakers are nice too but we use our home theater for the move watching. The remote has a switchable light that illuminates some of the buttons for use in the dark
For the cons, we wall mounted the unit and had a hard time removing the base. Maybe it was use, but that base was loose but just would not come off until have beating it up some. The TV while having 5 HDMI inputs does not have an SD or USB input which we thought we would like to use for our pictures and clips. But the Blue Ray player took care of that.
Pros Looks great, picture is fantastic. Looks terrific on dish network, and even better on a blu-ray
Cons Nothing so far
Summary Great screen, crisp - sharp. Compared this to the Sony and Samsung we were considering - we made the right choice. Can't wait for the superbowl! We also have the 37 inch vizio in the bedroom, and we're very satisfied with the vizio tv's For the price you can't beat them.
I picked this up at Costco for about 1599. The sony and samsung were both over 2000. I sure can't see 500 dollars in difference. This is a wonderful TV...
Pros Price, ease of setup, picture quality, sound quality, styling, durability.
Cons Nothing that comes to mind !!
Summary I own 4. A 55" 47" 37" and I think a 19". I have not had any trouble with any of these. They are much cheaper than other "high end" brands with just as good of quality in picture and sound. I have HD on all but the 19". Picture quality is excellent. If you are in the market for a Vizio, then you need to shop online at Walmart. You can save yourself some money vs buying it in the store. Also online they offer a 3 yr. warranty. The price varies with the price of the tv. I just bought my son a 42" refurbished unit online today. I should arrive at the store in about a week or so. If you don't mind waiting a little while it sure saves some money. I was not big on referbs, but with the additional 3yr warrenty (about $44) if it gives a problem, take it back for another one. I recommend saving the box. I used to buy all my tv's at Best Buy. Not no more!! Best Buy ain't the best buy and they don't carry Vizio. Bottom Line: For the money you can't go wrong!!
Pros This was $300 cheaper for a 55" than the 52" Samsung that it replaced which was stolen.(Samsung was '08 model, Vizio was '09 model) Pictures are comparable, put Vizio has plenty of inputs. Matte finish on screen is a plus.
Cons The menus could stand some work. This TV is much thicker than I would expect a LCD TV to be. It also gives out plenty of heat. I notice more blur on sports than I did with my Samsung.
Summary This is a great entry level LCD TV for someone upgrading from CRT or DLP. You have the full range of resolutions for this type tv (480i/p, 720p, 1080i/p) and plenty of inputs (5 HDMI, 2 composite, 2 component, VGA, TV). Hooked up to a BluRay player and 90% of the people would be totally satisfied with the picture. Definately a good "bang for the buck" TV, and it won't break the bank.
For the 10% that have already had an LCD or Plasma and looking to upgrade, perhaps a higher end TV (Samsung. Sharp, Panasonic, Sony) may be the way to go..