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VIZIO E3D420VX 42 Inch Class Theater 3D LCD HDTV with VIZIO Internet Apps (2011 Model)

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  • 42-inch CCFL-backlit LCD HDTV with 1080p resolution, 3D video, and VIZIO internet apps
  • Immersive VIZIO Theater 3D uses lightweight, inexpensive polarized glasses (two pairs included)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with Internet Apps for access to Netflix, VUDU HD movies, Pandora Internet radio, and more
  • 120Hz refresh rate for smooth, super-sharp viewing for fast-action sports and movies
  • TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 40.2'' x 27.6'' x 9'', TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 40.2'' x 25.9'' x 3.3''
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Technical Details

Size: 42-inch
  • Brand Name: VIZIO
  • Model: E3D420VX
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:09
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Product Details

Size: 42-inch
  • Product Dimensions: 40.2 x 3.3 x 25.9 inches ; 31.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 46 pounds
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  • ASIN: B004U5T2OG
  • Item model number: E3D420VX
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (789 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,494 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 25, 2011
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Product Description

Size: 42-inch


3D Technology Checklist

This product is 3D-related. To help you get a great 3D experience, use the checklist below to ensure you have everything you need. 3D viewing requires:

A Display
First, you'll need a 3D-ready display--whether it's a 3D HDTV, 3D projector, or 3D computer monitor. These displays have more processing power than standard 2D models for displaying 3D images in rapid succession.
A Source
Your display may be ready for 3D playback, but you'll still need a device to read 3D content. This can be a cable box with a subscription to a 3D channel, a 3D Blu-ray Disc player, or a PlayStation 3 system.
3D Content
3D content--the actual entertainment, in other words--will be played back using the source mentioned above, whether it's a 3D broadcast from your cable provider, a 3D Blu-ray Disc, or a 3D video game.
3D Glasses
For now, the vast majority of 3D HDTVs require glasses for 3D viewing. Many use powered "active shutter" glasses, others polarized "passive" glasses. You'll need one pair per viewer, and they'll have to be compatible with your display, whether they're the same brand, or a pair of "universal" glasses designed to work across brands.
HDMI Cable
To connect your source (such as a 3D Blu-ray Disc player) to your display, you'll need a high-speed HDMI cable. Cables with this designation feature bandwidth speeds up to 10.2 Gbps (gigabits per second), for carrying the 3D signal without any loss of quality.

If you want to get more information about 3D, shop our 3D products, watch videos, or interact with other customers, we invite you to visit 3D 101, our customer center about everything 3D.

Internet-Ready Television

Internet-Ready Television

Internet-ready TVs use your broadband connection to deliver dynamic content, whether it's streaming video from Netflix, new music from Pandora, or a quick glance at today's weather forecast.

Although there is overlap, each manufacturer offers a unique bundle of free or paid services, including streaming video and music, social networking apps, online photo galleries, news and financial updates, weather info, sports scores, and a variety of other smartphone-like applications.

Manufacturers continue to add new content to their offerings, keeping customers current through firmware updates, and making a bit of research a prudent step in your buying decision.

Learn more about Internet TVs, how they work, what services are offered by different manufacturers, and exactly what you'll need to get started at our Internet TV 101 customer center.

March 2011
VIZIO's 42-inch E3D420VX CCFL-backlit LCD HDTV delivers an immersive 3D experience, Internet-connected entertainment with built-in Wi-Fi, playback of music and images from USB devices, and solid audio/video performance for a price that might surprise you.

Immersive 3D content and a wealth of features in an affordable HDTV.

Affordable, Internet-Connected 3D HDTV

Immersive Theater 3D

Bring that intense 3D movie experience home with VIZIO's polarized Theater 3D. You'll enjoy the same crystal-clear, flicker-free 3D you get in the theater, with similar lightweight glasses that are comfortable and significantly more affordable than the heavier, powered active shutter 3D glasses used with other systems. Two free pairs of glasses are included, so you can launch your Theater 3D experience right out of the box.

VIZIO Internet Apps
Stream movies and TV shows, listen to music and get the latest news, sports and weather with VIZIO Internet Apps.

2D content is stunning as well. 1080p Full HD resolution and a striking 200,000 to 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio render every image with amazing clarity, color and contrast, while an ultra-quick 120Hz refresh rate provides smooth, super-sharp viewing for fast-action sports and movies.

VIA (VIZIO Internet Apps)

Easily connect to the Internet and stream movies and TV shows, listen to music and get the latest news, sports and weather. The latest VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) platform delivers a large array of web-based content directly to your living room, without the need for a PC or set-top box. Or a network cable, for that matter: connect wirelessly with built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi. Enjoy streaming video from Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, VUDU, and Hulu Plus; social networking from Facebook and Twitter; a variety of music from Rhapsody and Pandora; the latest NBA action from NBA Game Time; and a wealth of other content at the touch of a button.

Optimal Viewing in Any Light

No matter your lighting arrangement, you'll always have the best picture possible thanks to built-in ambient light sensing technology. The E3D420VX automatically adjusts backlight levels based on its surroundings to optimize levels. The result is a balanced picture that will never appear washed out or too bright.

Superior Surround Sound

This HDTV also delivers advanced audio, thanks to SRS technologies. SRS TruVolume limits volume inconsistencies between programming, saving you from those incredibly loud commercials or smoothing out that action film so you don't wake the neighbors. SRS TruSurroundHD delivers an immersive surround sound experience marked by clearer dialogue, and more precise bass and high frequency signals.

VIZIO USB Media Player
Connect a thumb drive to your TV loaded with music or photos.
3 HDMI Ports

Three HDMI ports accommodate your home theater setup, Blu-ray Player, and HD cable or satellite TV, to deliver Full HD and 3D entertainment from multiple sources.

USB Media Player

The E3D420VX features two USB ports, allowing you to connect a thumb drive to your TV loaded with music or photos. MP3 format music is supported (with display of album art and other ID3 tag info), along with JPG images. Here's your chance for a fullscreen slideshow of that family vacation.


VIZIO's ECO HD label means this HDTV exceeds the current ENERGY STAR Guidelines, saving you money on your utility bills while limiting your carbon footprint.

E3D420VX Select Specifications

Display Size (Diagonal): 42-Inch
Backlight Type: 3D CCFL
Resolution: 1080p
Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 200,000:1
Refresh Rate: 120Hz
Response Time: 5 ms
Viewable Angle (Horizontal/Vertical): 178 Degrees
Channels/Speaker Output: 2 x 10W
Wireless (WiFi): 802.11n Single Band
HDMI with HDCP: 2 Rear, 1 Side
Component Video (YCrCB): 1 Rear
Composite Video: 1 Rear
Computer RGB: 1 Rear
RF Connector for Internal Tuner: 1 Rear
Stereo Audio Input (RCA): 1 Rear
Ethernet: 1 Rear
USB 2.0: 2 Side
Optical Digital Out (SPDIF): 1
Analog Audio Out (RCA): 1
With Stand: 33.1 lbs.
Without Stand: 31.3 lbs.
With Stand: 40.2 x 27.6 x 9.0 Inches (W x H x D)
Without Stand: 40.2 x 25.9 x 3.3 Inches (W x H x D)

What's in the Box

Vizio E3D420VX 42-Inch 1080p CCFL-backlit LCD TV, Remote Control With Batteries, 2 Pairs Basic Theater 3D Glasses, Power Cable, Safety Cable, Cleaning Cloth, Documentation

Product Description

VIZIO's 42-inch E3D420VX delivers an immersive 3D experience, Internet-connected entertainment with built-in Wi-Fi, playback of music and images from USB devices, and solid audio/video performance for a price that might surprise you.VIZIO Warranty : One Year Parts & Labor; Free Lifetime Technical Support

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

First of all, let me say that the picture is crystal clear. I'm satisfied as far as that goes. Read more ›
What a difference.. The Hisense had terrible tinny sound and the picture quality simply was not sharp and the blacks were mostly dark dark green or dark chcolate braown. Read more ›
I got this television as a gift for my husband and didn't realize what a Smart TV was until my son in law showed us…The picture is a amazing and the sound is great as well. Read more ›
One firmware update caused 3D to not function on my pc for a…One final note, the clarity and smoothness of motion on normal HD content is the best I've experienced as well. Read more ›
Good sides: Low price, performance is not bad. Bad: Remote control does not work well. Read more ›
The picture etc was great while it lasted. We purchased two of these televisions, both the same 3D model. Read more ›
But now my warranty is expired. The apps are incredibly slow. It takes forever for the Vizio app page to open. Read more ›
Movies also look great on here in both 2D and 3D. The apps are decent however I had some issues with them from time to time. Overall this is an amazing tv at 350-500 bucks. Read more ›
It doesn't work almost at all if you block the sensor and you have to get up anyway…Because the keyboard is annoying, a lot of internet apps are really painful to set up. Read more ›
Don't really use the 3D much, but I do like that it uses the "cheaper" polarized…The internet apps (VIA) are cool, though I wish Spotify was available as a widget. Read more ›
I simply cannot say enough good things about this TV. The quality is phenomenal, 3D works great, the wi-fi apps are very useful, and the sound is out of this world. It's… Read more ›
It has a great picture. The apps are cool. One of my favorite things is the ability to plug in a USB memory stick and watch movies from it. Read more ›
For the price, this is an amazing TV! This is what I would call the perfect balance. Read more ›
Our first one was bought off Amazon, as well as 2nd which is the 3D. The price is great for a quality big screen. We've never been disappointed. Read more ›
It is a 3d Smart TV. The price is absolutely amazing. The pictures just as amazing as if not just as good as any LG or sony tv. Read more ›
It was easy to set up and the picture is great with and without 3D videos and the price was awesome, no more than a regular TV. Read more ›
Excellent tv and the price was low, never seen a tv packed the way this one was, the tv box was packed in another box with 3" of packing material all the way around it,… Read more ›
We love the picture quality and the ability to get all the apps. Have not tried the 3d yet but so far I am completely satisfied and the price was wonderful. Read more ›
I've had it a little over a year. The sound quality is great, especially compared to some of the cheaper TVs I've come across over the years. The bass isn't booming, but it… Read more ›
Love, Love, Love this TV. The sound is GREAT. The picture is GREAT. Read more ›
They don't…If all you are going to do is use this as a 2D TV, the image is great and I really haven't had a need to install other speakers as the sound is pretty good too. Read more ›
I replaced a 10 year old CRT type TV with this and I'm very pleased. It has a very nice picture and the sound is pretty good too (have considered a sound bar). We haven't… Read more ›
This is in a guest room, consequently not used very often. Picture and sound are great . . .use it with Sensenhauser Headphones. Read more ›
The 3D glasses are same that they give out at the…The Sound is fantastic, the picture is an eye-popping pleasure to watch, and everybody seems very happy with my choice. Read more ›
The 3D function is wonderful (just like in the movies - you will need 3d glasses) and because it's a smart tv, we can just stream 3D movies (we use VuDu) instead of buying… Read more ›
Extra glasses are easy to purchase. The smart TV functions are great. Some reviewers comment on the longer start up time. Read more ›
I would buy this again in a heart beat. WiFi reception is strong. Read more ›
This television has sharp crisp quality with rich blacks and bright whites. The 1080p mode is brilliant, super clear. You WILL need to adjust the picture options here, as… Read more ›
The 802.11n WiFi works very nicely, after putting in the password for my wireless network, the TV did the two firmware updates automatically. Read more ›
A lot better then what I expected. 3d features are great. Live my new tv Read more ›
I had a problem with my remote when I first got it home, and the cs rep spent an hour with me trying to get…It turned out the remote was bad and a new one fixed everything. Read more ›
It is excellent for a very affordable price. The control is very useful with the keyboard on the back. I hope you have a range of spares for any accident. Read more ›
The remote bottoms are too small. I love the keyboard on the back of the remote, typing is easy. A friend of mine got the same tv after I recommended it. Read more ›
Tv was purchased as a new TV through Amazon but when I call Visio to get assistance for a remote that is not functioning I am told there is no warranty because the TV was… Read more ›
We had planned to use the TV with a…The issue is that the Remote is not functioning properly and attempts to get a replacement remote have been unsuccessful so far. Oth… Read more ›
I have streamed Netflix through the television with the built in application, and it works…The remote responds well, you just have to make sure to keep line of sight. T… Read more ›
Setup was fast. The TV came on instantly, and the installation procedure was clear. Read more ›
Received on time..setup was easy..picture nice and clear..apps are a bonus.i already have a roku and apple tv set up..3d is fantastic. No problem with the sound as others… Read more ›
Set up was super easy and the internet apps work great. Read more ›
It was delivered very quickly. The setup was really easy, and this TV does it all: HD, wi-fi (so I can watch Netflix), and 3D. I think this is an amazing television for the… Read more ›
I mounted it on the wall and with the VideoSecu mount it was very easy to do. Read more ›
It was the same price as Walmart but I saved money with super saver shipping and on the tax. I am SUPREMELY HAPPY with this TV. setup was easy. the picture looks great! the… Read more ›
I thought that visio was better than this. I have a 9 year old plasma that still works like new and the colors are amazing Read more ›
I patiently waited for twelve years watching my, now 20…The picture detail and color is fantastic for all types of DVD's, but especially brings to life my older 420p discs. Read more ›
Connecting to a wireless internet is seamless and that feature works well with the apps. The colors are bright and the sound is fine for t.v. speakers. There are lots of… Read more ›
TV is still working and (knock on wood) we don't seem to be having any issues with this one. -Blacks are very good Read more ›
When viewing a 480 program via cable, satellite or over the air (yes, I've tried all three with this TV), the color is washed out, the picture is fuzzy, and there are… Read more ›
Friends and family don't believe me quality…The quality, the color is crisp, internet app excellent as I am also able to access crackle.com and watch movies for free. Read more ›
Our much older Samsung is still going strong. The Vizio display was quite good until it stopped working consistently. The internet features were nice. Read more ›
I don't notice lines like what is supposed to happen with passive 3d. Some games look better than others, and 3d resolution is lower than hd. Read more ›
It takes a bit to start up 15 seconds or so. I have used it to watch HD TV and regular programing and the contrast and detail is great for the price. I have also used it to… Read more ›
The screen is stunning...2d, 3d, whatever. I am coming form a 42" plasma TV that has a pretty dang sharp picture (720p) and great blacks and contrasts. Read more ›
Sound is good for built in speaker size. 3D screen is as good as Avitar in theater. Read more ›
Pluses: TV is lightweight and easy to carry up to a third floor (or more) apartment. Setup is really easy and on-screen menus are easy to navigate. Picture and sound are… Read more ›
For the money, you can't get a better value. Great picture, good sound, easy to use menu, easy set-up and I would recommend. Read more ›
-Great remote -Easy to use interface -Fantastic Price for what you get Read more ›
3D is stunning and easy to use. ALTHOUGH frankly I thought that I would use it more. Read more ›
Setup was easy. The internet apps are easy to use. Wireless setup was a snap. Read more ›
It also gets plenty bright. The colors are not the best there is, but not bad for his use. Read more ›
Fast shipping. The TV has great images and easy to use menus. We enjoy it with a bluray dvd player and image/sound are great. Read more ›
Bought for my mom to upgrade her home theater area. She has a small living room, and the 42 inch size is perfect for her. I've owned a Vizio in the past, but it went out on… Read more ›
I was interested in having the 3D TV for our bedroom, so the smaller size is perfect for in there. The picture quality of the TV is really good for regular viewing. Read more ›
So now that my initial issues are resolved let me…The size is perfect for my room, although I'm considering a 47" now, and the quality of the tv is pretty great too. Sc… Read more ›
I her my Netflix and can watch YouTube or surf the net. The size is great for my living room. Not too big like I thought it might be. Read more ›
I've really enjoyed this TV over…It even feels light for its size(which is a plus) and the internet apps like netflix and hulu plus work really well and relatively fast. Read more ›
For the living room, I wanted a nice sized television that didn't overwhelm the living room. The VIZIO E3D470VX 47-Inch Class Theater 3D LCD HDTV with Internet Apps fit the… Read more ›
The design is very sleek and modern. The color and sound are great.lightweight and the stand was easy to install. Read more ›
Standard Def looks worse, a lot worse, I'm wondering if it's a TIVO setting or just that LCD doesn't bleed/blend in the same plasma did. Read more ›
Setup - Installation was a breeze. The stand was easy to put on, and the rest of setup was cake. There are plenty of inputs/outputs for this TV. Read more ›
All in all, a great value. The only weakness is the stand, which seems a bit cheap and flimsy. The sound could be better, so my suggestion on these TVs is to offer surround… Read more ›
It is perfect with its stand. Hanging big TVs on the wall is Read more ›
Could use some more bass. Not the best stand, but was surprised to see a real #2 phillips screw driver included in the box. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

502 of 512 people found the following review helpful By Bob Drake VINE VOICE on May 18, 2011
Size Name: 32-inch Verified Purchase
The impressive thing about the Vizio E3D320VX is the way it is packed and the attention to detail. They give you a full sized Phillips screw driver to install the base, and eight stainless bolts when you need only six. The remote batteries are Mitsubishi alkaline, not some cheap "heavy duty" items. Both the panel and the glasses come with Vizio supplied cleaning cloths.

The TV is easy to set up, and the remote has a rubberized alphanumeric keyboard on the back side, making data entry easy. The two supplied 3D glasses are of the passive, polarized variety, with the premium one contoured and the basic one flat. (However you might want to liberate a pair of Real D 3D glasses from the movie theater if you wear glasses. Both of these bend in at the temples to hug your face. The Real D 3D glasses accommodate glasses better.)

The 3D and 2D pictures are both great as is the TV off-air picture using a Terk HD digital antenna here in the NYC area. The 3D (using a Panasonic 3D player) is bright and truly 3D. (The TV indicates with a dialog box that it has detected a 3D source and asks if you want to switch to 3D.)

It has a built-in wireless Wi-Fi receiver (not an expensive extra like my Panasonic plasma) and is easy to connect using the alphanumeric keyboard on the remote.

I am still exploring the various extras. But things look good so far!

ADDED 5/21/11:

A recent Samsung ad tells the difference between the active 3D TVs that they sell (both LCD and plasma) versus passive 3D TVs like this Vizio (and some LG models). Yes, they are correct that there is a minor "venetian blind effect" (light horizontal bars), particularly on white block text, but it is not really visible when you are watching a movie.
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296 of 310 people found the following review helpful By Muhammad S. Ali on April 15, 2011
Size Name: 42-inch
I had been researching 3D TVs for over a year before I bought this TV. Plasma had my vote as lack of deep black levels were something that were very noticeable for me on my last two televisions. I had been interested in Panasonic GT25 series for a while but the cost of active shutter glasses and up-keep (battery, wear and tear etc.) was prohibitive (this being a 2nd TV in the bedroom).

The first I had heard about FPR passive glasses based devices was about a year ago. They were said to be the next best thing but being a geek who has been burned before I was initially skeptical that the 3D effect would be very good. I was certain there will be sacrifices in image quality for 2D however I was actually very surprised by the image quality (both 2D and 3D) on this television. The device simply can not be beat in terms of image quality and features at this low price (Similarly capable LG TVs (albeit with 240 Hz and some extra bells and whistles) cost more than twice as much).

I have had an HDTV (this being my 3rd) for the past 5 years and this TV has the best image quality and features and costs the least.


- Even though this is an LCD panel the blacks levels are actually pretty good.
- PS3 and XBOX360 on HDMI look fantastic and there are several modes available to tweak color temp and/or brightness hue contrast levels.
- 3D effect looks amazing with both games and movies. I have had the TV for only a day so I have not had a chance to watch a full length 3D movie yet. 3D games I tried include wipeout HD which looks amazing. I had tried this game previously on a 3D Sony TV before and this one looks just as good while costing one 3rd.
- Lots of options are available for different settings e.g.
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123 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Fujii on April 18, 2011
Size Name: 32-inch
If you're looking for a 3D internet connected TV, then this is the one to buy. This TV is probably the best overall value out there right now. Picture is incredible and sound is adequate. By "adequate" I mean that the sound is good enough if this is a TV for your room. If this is a TV is for a family or entertainment room, you may want to buy external speakers just to improve the overall quality of sound.

The internet connectivity and available apps is really nice. If you are a Netflix or Hulu+ user, this will be extremely convenient. There is plenty of apps for sports updates too.

3D is a really nice touch to the TV. I've tried a few things in 3D and can say that you really will get a solid 3D experience from this TV. However you can't be sitting anywhere you want to. The manual comes with a diagram of "optimal 3D viewing". From certain side angles you won't get the 3D viewing.

The only major issue I've had with this TV is when using a PS3 to play video games. Ghosting (motion blur) can be an issue as well as awkward pixelations and lag when viewing in 1080p. Vizio support was more than helpful with this. They recommended changing the output settings on my PS3 which ended up fixing the problem for the most part.

Overall I highly recommend this TV for anyone who is looking for the most advanced TV tech available, while still being able to afford it.

**UPDATE 5/14/11: PS3 Settings to Reduce Ghosting and Eliminate Lag**

After playing with a ton of combinations of settings I found the following PS3 settings to work best while gaming in 2D. These settings were based on MLB 11: The Show because that particular game had the worst ghosting issues out of my games. Other games, may not need these settings.
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