Pros + Internet Apps Work Great!
+ Screen is glossy
+ Picture Crisp and clear
+ Easy Set-Up
+ Slide-out keyboard remote works fairly well
+ 2D Image quality
+ 3D Glasses are cheaper than any other brand
+ Very wide viewing angle both in 2D and 3D
Cons - No easy way to get firmware updates.
- The stand does't swivel
- VIA internet applications are limited.
- Non included 3D glasses are heavy but work well.
Summary The 2D image here is extremely sharp, almost shockingly so. Remember when you first moved from SD to HD and all the TV shows suddenly seemed kind of... shabby? As if the sets just weren't up to HD scrutiny? The image here is so clear, the colors so deep and the contrast so high, that you can have that experience over again. Sometimes it even feels like the 2D images are 3D. Compared to my earlier sets, it's actually disorienting.
I've made some changes to the review to address questions and discoveries.
As usual, the out of the box settings tend to favor a brightness that could give you a tan. However, the default "movie" mode tones things down a lot (and looks very much like what I got after spending hours on calibration, so you may want to spare the effort and just make that quick selection, assuming all these things emerge from the box equal). Technically, the out of the box modes all seem to run a little to the "warm" side, so you'll need to cool the image down a bit if you want the textbook values, but I find myself liking the warmer image a bit better. Somehow (even though I know better) it looks more lifelike.
The screen is glossy. Yup. I've found that it doesn't cause a problem during the day because the set's inherent brightness shrugs off evenly distributed lighting from reflected sources (I don't get direct sun on the set, but that would be inadvisable for most sets). And naturally, the set looks great in a dim room. However, if you're sitting down and have some lamps in front of it at night, they can be reflected. Some reflections even give a scattered, prismatic effect that can be distracting. It's not a big deal. It doesn't take on the mirror-like appearance of some screens. But it is noticeable and may require that you rearrange your set position or lighting.
The slide-out keyboard remote works fairly well, but it has a list of problems. First off, it's not backlit, and on a remote this complex that's a real problem if you expect to use it to replace your cable box or DVD remotes. You'll find lots of small buttons, many almost flush with the case, that you can't make out by touch. The slide-out alpha keyboard is fine for entering information needed to access Netflix or search for clips, but a Tweet is about the longest thing that can be typed comfortably. The handling of multiple devices is both clever and irritating. The remote associates a device with each input to the TV. So if you tell it that HDMI-1 is your satellite box and HDMI-2 is your blueray player it will (after correct setup) switch the remote function to the appropriate device when you switch input. However, getting it to control a different device -without- changing the input (if, for example, you have all your devices running through a receiver) is much less neatly handled.
Initially, I was having trouble getting DirectTV to recognize this set as 3D and kept getting the "Your 3D TV does not support this resolution." This appears to have been resolved, and I can now watch soccer re-runs and old tennis games while waiting for more 3D content along with everyone else. The depth of the 3d is good -- equal to the apparent depth on the Samsung X500, which is the best I've seen. However, there is no apparent way to use the 3D effect on 2D images which, while a gimmick, is a handy gimmick when you don't feel like watching "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" for the 20th time just to see some 3D.
I've been unable to view any video off USB ports. I have a downloaded 3D clip saved to a flash drive which was provided as a test of the Samsung. Though there are 3 USB ports, none of them seem to recognize the clip (or actually, to even respond to inserting the flash drive)
2D Image quality
I'm still very taken with the 2D image. Even neighbors who were unimpressed with previous Vizio sets are excited by this one. Very deep blacks, color saturation nice (initial setup is slightly on the warm side... but I find that I rather like it). Brightness and contrast have a wide range and will go right up to the "torch" level that many stores seem to like. If you think it looks good on the shelf at Megamart, it looks even better on the wall at home.
I've upped my rating a star after two weeks of owning the set. I still wish it came with an improved remote, but now that it's all calibrated and connected to my system, I have little else to complain about.
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Pros amazing picture quality, sharp contrast, full zoned LED backlight, great 3D performance, connectivity, wireless
Cons internet services, no bundled 3D glasses
Summary When I was considering a 3D TV, my top three choices were this model, the Sony KDL-55XH800, and the Samsung UN55C8000. I eliminated the Samsung based upon a lukewarm CNET review, as well as its high price relative to the other two models with no apparent benefit in features. I ultimately decided on this Vizio because its specifications were, without argument, superior to the Sony model. The Vizio features full LED backlighting, whereas the Sony (and Samsung) are both edge-lit LEDs. Additionally, the Vizio packs what effectively amounts to a 480Hz refresh rate, double that of the other models. Its contrast ratio is phenomenal, courtesy the full zoned LED. But in all honesty, a side-by-side in-store demonstration sold me on this TV.
I was shocked to be walking out the door with a Vizio. After all, I had always considered Vizio a budget brand lacking in picture quality and features relative to its contemporaries. Nevertheless, there I was setting up my first Vizio TV in my living room. I knew before I even turned it on that I was going to be very skeptical of its performance, and I was prepared to return it if it so much as flickered at me in the wrong way.
However, this TV won me over faster than I could have ever imagined. The picture quality is incredible, and the contrast ratio is every bit as sharp as advertised. The wireless networking and automatic updates while in standby mode are great features as well. Also noteworthy is the remote, which resembles late-model cell phones with the slide-down feature to expose a QWERTY keyboard. This made it very easy to navigate menus and perform searches for TV shows or using the included internet services.
However, the main drawback I initially found was with these bundled internet apps. Although some people may find it exciting that they can update their Facebook status right from their TV, I considered this a worthless app, just like most of the other bundled apps. You Tube and several other online streaming video sites were nowhere to be found, but the abilities to check the weather or stock prices were available. The only app that I (somewhat surprisingly) found useful was Wikipedia for TV, although others may enjoy access to Flickr and other such sites which are also available.
The big test was still yet to come though, and I felt a few butterflies as I finished setting up my new 3D Blu-Ray player and put on the 3D glasses (both sold separately) for the first time. A tech-savvy friend recommended I use the IMAX film "Under the Sea" for the trial run, so I popped it in and hit the power button on the 3D glasses. From the start I was amazed. The 3D picture quality was phenomenal, with strong depth and no noted blurring or blooming. I found the film itself to be a bit like watching an extended National Geographic Channel documentary that I would have normally turned off, but the picture was so stunning I could not bring myself to hit the stop button. I could feel myself smiling as a large fish seemed to swim right out of the screen and almost hit my face, and in that moment I knew I had made a good choice with this TV.
After a couple of weeks of service, I feel great about recommending this TV to anyone looking for a high-quality experience in both 2D and 3D. Although the internet services are somewhat lacking at this point, they will be continually improved, and are not really a major drawback if you invest in a Wifi-capable Blu-Ray player that offers complementary services. Expect to pay a little more than the TV's sticker price simply because the 3D glasses and 3D Blu-Ray player are not bundled, but this really feels like a TV that would compete with the Samsungs, Panasonics, and Sonys selling in the $3K-$4K price range. As a picky consumer myself, I would be very surprised to find anyone who would be less than satisfied with this TV. Hats off to Vizio for offering a TV that is an incredibly good value for the money, and quite possibly the best product to ever roll out of their warehouse.
Pros Sharpest picture I have seen on a 3D set. Easy to set up and use. LED backlights are bright enough to produce a good picture in my window-filled living room. Not just WIFI "ready", but WIFI enabled out of the box. Priced right!
Cons Glasses are the least comfortable I have tried on. Bezel is thicker and less attractive than comparable sets. The Vizio name is not going to impress any vidiophile, but based on the performance of this set it should be. Does not come with glasses.
Summary I did a LOT of research and tested MANY sets before purchasing this one. This Vizio simply outperforms the other brands priced much higher than it. You can find this bad boy at certain stores for under $1800. Argue with that.
Pros The picture quality is great, with bright and accurate color and great clarity.
Cons TV sound sometimes modulates a bit, but we primarily use an audio-visual receiver so it hasn't been an issue.
Summary We've had our 554 for 6 months now, and it has operated perfectly without any problems at all. The color quality is excellent, as is the clarity of the picture. We haven't tried the 3D yet, but mostly I'm concerned with what is by far the thing of most importance in HDTVs - the 2D picture quality, and this TV has a wonderful picture..
Pros Picture quality, auto dimming, rich full color and black/back light, image stunning with no blurryness on sports; easy setup; looks clean on the wall and reasonable price.
Cons Remote a little clunky, but getting use to it; wish it had Pandora and maybe some other apps...blows my Samsung out of the water.
Summary Just bought this TV over the weekend; my first words WOW I can't believe it!!! I have always been a Samsung fan, until just recently when my Samsung 52" started going out; "the ole red dots and power supply issues". Therefore, it's gone and replaced with my new 55" LED 3D Vizio XVT.
After setting it up, which was easier as 123, I found the quality out performs the Samsung by a long shot. The blacks are richer, the colors more brillant, and the auto dimming was great for my living room (I like the blinds open).
I will say, I was hesitant like others with the brand Vizio, but now I am sold. Looking forward to more 3D, Newflix bring it on with the movies as Vizio can handle it all. Extremely please customer Vizio; keep up the great work!