"A great product!"5.0 starson by murlinm
Pros: The VF522 does everything as advertised! It has a bright, sharp picture that practically jumps out at you. The set up was flawless; even the wireless internet connection worked on the first try.
Cons: It seems like most of the web-based services involve fees. (Not the tv's fault!)
Summary: I bought my first HDTV nearly ten years ago. It was a pain to hook up with a mass of wires and complex antenna adjustment for broadcast reception. Took hours to set up. The Vizio VF552 was unpacked, put on the stand and hooked up in about ten minutes. I have three Direct DVRs and a blueray DVD player. Just plugged in the HDMI cable and went through the simple start up process. Even the wireless hookup to my secure router worked the first time. I think the remote is reasonably sturdy. The remote is light and easy to use. I like the input button on the opposite side of the remote from the tv on/off button. On an older Visio tv, the input button was next to the main on/off switch and I was forever turning the tv off when I wanted to switch inputs.
One problem with the sharp, bright picture is that you can see set lighting. Programs such as "Chuck" are so realistic you can tell when they are on a set.
My wife told me not to mess with the color adjustments. I think the as-receive adjustments are a bit too bright with over saturated colors. I backed off the settings slightly and I think it looks better. Trouble is that programs seem to have drastically different color values and saturation (e.g. "Miami CSI" seems to be grossly saturated.) Not the tv's fault.
The web materials seem to work okay, but I've only gone superficially into them. Most seem to want to set up subscriptions. Since I have a Direct package, it remains to be seen if any of the web services will be of value to me. But if and when something I like is available, this set should have that functionality.
All in all, I think the Vizio VF552 is a great value!