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VIZIO E421VO 42-Inch Class LCD HDTV (2011 Model)

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4.3 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
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  • 42-inch class (4202 inches viewable) HDTV with CCFL backlight and full HD 1080p resolution
  • 100,000:1 contrast ratio for deeper blacks and brighter whites across programming
  • SRS audio technologies for virtual surround sound and volume smoothing
  • TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 40.3'' x 27.6'' x 9.6'', TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 40.3'' x 26.2'' x 3.8''
  • Two HDMI inputs for connecting your HD sources
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: VIZIO
  • Model Number: E421VO
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

Product Description

The VIZIO 42" 1080p LCD HDTV delivers a full-HD picture for incredible color and contrast, a 60Hz refresh rate for ultra-sharp, smooth motion when viewing fast-action sports and movies, and striking 100,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio for truly deep blacks and brighter whites. No matter your lighting arrangement, you'll always have you the best picture possible thanks to built-in ambient light sensing technology that automatically adjusts backlight levels based on its surroundings. The result is a balanced picture that will never appear washed out or too bright.

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May 2011
VIZIO's 42-inch class (42.02 inches diagonal) E421VO offers a brilliant high-definition picture in a sleek and stylish HDTV. Enjoy your HD sources in full 1080p HD resolution, with a 100,000:1 contrast ratio for a great picture with deep blacks and brighter whites. You'll get great audio as well--SRS TruVolume eliminates volume inconsistencies while SRS TruSurroundHD provides virtual high definition surround sound through the E421VO's stereo speakers. As an added bonus, you can also share your favorite JPEG photos on the big screen from USB devices.

VIZIO E421VO
The E421VO gives full HD entertainment, SRS audio, and more, for an affordable price.

Affordable HD Entertainment

42-Inch Full HD Panel

Get on the HDTV bandwagon without taking out a second mortgage with this affordable 42-Inch HDTV. You'll enjoy your high-definition sources in Full HD 1080p resolution, with a 100,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, for a clear, detailed picture with deeper blacks and brighter whites throughout your programming.

Optimal Viewing in Any Light
VIZIO Ambient Light Sensor
Built-in ambient light sensing technology ensures you'll have a great picture in any lighting.
VIZIO E421VO USB Photo Viewing
View slideshows of your favorite JPEG photos via the E421VO's USB port.

No matter your lighting arrangement, you'll always have the best picture possible thanks to built-in ambient light sensing technology. The E421VO 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.

Two HDMI Ports

Two HDMI ports accommodate your home theater setup, Blu-ray Player, and HD satellite TV or cable, so you can enjoy 1080p Full HD from your favorite sources. Component and composite inputs are also inlcuded.

USB Photo Viewing

Enjoy viewing your JPG/JPEG photos on the big screen with the E421VO's USB port. Here's your chance for a fullscreen slideshow of that family vacation, complete with transition effects like dissolves and wipes.

ECO HD

VIZIO's ECO HD label means this HDTV exceeds ENERGY STAR 4.1 Guidelines, saving you money on your utility bills while limiting your carbon footprint.

E421VO Select Specifications

General
Display Size (Diagonal): 42 Inch Class (42.02 Inches Viewable)
Backlight Type: CCFL
Resolution: 1080p
Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 100,000:1
Refresh Rate: 60Hz
Response Time: 5 ms
Channels/Speaker Output: 2 x 10W
Input/Outputs
HDMI with HDCP: 2
Component Video (YCrCB): 1
Composite Video: 1
RF Connector for Internal Tuner: 1
USB 2.0: 1 (Photo Viewer)
Optical Digital Out (SPDIF): 1
Weight
With Stand: 32.85 lbs.
Without Stand: 31.09 lbs.
Dimensions
With Stand: 40.26 x 27.48 x 8.99 Inches (W x H x D)
Without Stand: 40.26 x 25.91 x 3.51 Inches (W x H x D)

What's in the Box

Vizio E421VO 42-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV, Remote Control With Batteries, Documentation




VIZIO 2011 E Series CCFL HDTV Comparison

Series
E-2VL
E-0VLE
E-2VA
E-1VO
Display Sizes
Panel Type
CCFL
CCFL
CCFL
CCFL
3D Ready
--
--
--
--
Resolution
1080p
1080p
1080p
1080p
Contrast Ratio
50,000:1
100,000:1
50,000:1
100,000:1
Response Time:
5 ms
8 ms
5 ms
5 ms
Refresh Rate
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
Light Sensor
VIZIO Internet Apps
--
--
Wireless LAN
802.11n
--
802.11n
--
Ethernet
--
--
HDMI Inputs
2
2
4
3
PC Input
USB 2.0 Ports
1
1
2
1
USB Supported Formats
JPEG
JPEG
JPEG

†MP3, JPEG, MPEG may be available via future firmware update.


Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name VIZIO
Item Weight 32.6 pounds
Product Dimensions 40.3 x 3.8 x 26.2 inches
Item model number E421VO
Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
Color Name Black
Specification Met Energy Star
Frequency Response Curve 50/60 Hz

Additional Information

ASIN B004ZL2LBQ
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #116,828 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#1,468 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > LED & LCD TVs
Shipping Weight 45 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First Available May 5, 2011

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Customer Reviews

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Verified Purchase
I looked for two months at HD tv's. I wanted the best 42 inch I could get for around $550.00. Needles to say, there is a bunch of TV's that fit this criteria. They all look good in the store and all the specs are pretty much the same. Lo and behold, I saw this Vizio for 480.00 at Amazon. Crossed my fingers and took a chance. This Vizio is Great. Easy to set up, just the right amount of connections in the rear, and what a great picture. In my small dark living room, TV programs VIA antenna is super and my DVD's never looked so good, not to mention my Blu-Ray's. Fantastic. Some people might not be satisfied with only 2 HDMI plugs, but I run everything thru an AV receiver. So two HDMI is more than enough for me. I don't play video games so the 60Hz refresh rate is fine for me. I watch a lot of sports, but I have not noticed any shadows or trailer effects. I have had this set for more than a month and I have not had any problems. Don't be turned off by the low price. Sometimes buying HD tv's can be a crap shoot, but from my experience, you won't go wrong with this Vizio.
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I bought this exact tv from Walmart. Never had any issues with it at all. Great picture, the sound was great for us for internal speakers, obviously if you want surround sound or theater quality get surround sound speakers. Lasted us 2 years and probably would have lasted much longer, but our son decided to swing one of my husbands golf clubs in our living room...oops! Since the prices for Vizio tvs have drastically reduced since our original purchase we can get a much larger size for the same price we originally paid! I am now shopping for the same exact tv for our bedroom, and a larger Vizio for our living room. Great brand in our opinions!
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Verified Purchase
This makes my 3rd Visio purchased, and I couldn't be more pleased.
Excellent picture, great sound. Good value. Only $19 a year to operate!(exceeds energy star ratings)

Being a semi-budget model, it doesn't have some of the features more expensive models do (PIP most notably), but I knew this going in.
I had the opurtunity to buy a cheaper tv during the pre-Black Friday and Black Friday sales, but most of CHEAP models offered this year are the no-name brands with a noticably poorer picture.
I decided purposefully to buy a LCD over a LED...LED's are notorious for tinny or just plain bad sound due to the thin panels not having enough room for decent speakers. The poor sound of LED's CAN be overcome by hooking up a sound bar or set of 2.1 pc speakers...but I chose not to go the "addon to make it right" route for this one. It will be for the bedroom, and sound quality is quite good on it's own.
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This is a great TV for the price. Good picture resolution, great features. We are counting on Visio's past quality record to keep us happy with this TV for several years.
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By mapache on October 24, 2011
Verified Purchase
You can read all the technical reviews you want elsewhere. I got this TV after researching what I wanted and it fit the bill.

- 1080p HDTV
- 2 HDMI inputs
- 42" screen so I can actually SEE what's on from across the room
- LCD TV = lower usage costs than my old tube tellie
- SRS technology for easing the impact of commercials

With the Amazon TV Low Price Guarantee and free shipping with Amazon Prime, I was convinced to buy it here. Ordering and delivery was pain-free, just as I like it.

Next on the list will be the SquareTrade warranty.
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I ordered the Vizio 42" TV for my new house. It arrived on time and in perfect order. It was incredibly easy to hook up and has a great picture. Not doing this kind of thing before I didn't realize you need better speakers than the TV provides. So my next purchase will have to be speakers.
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We purchased this around 8-10 months ago (not through Amazon - for televisions I like to be the delivery method :) ).

It is fairly solid television. Reasonable set of controls, reasonable set of inputs, etc. I run an XBox 360 and our cable box through different video inputs.

There is only one "complaint" we would have...however it really isn't one that should surprise anyone: the sound quality is average (at best).

The main thing we have noticed about sound is that it can be very difficult to have dialogue be loud enough to clearly hear without, in an instant when there is a change in the action or music, being blasted out of the couch. Most of the time we can run the volume at a setting of 18 or so. In some movies/television shows we find ourselves turning it up to 30+ so the dialog is clear (and the characters are not whispering or being quiet or anything of the sort) - it seems to be more prevalent of an issue when there is significant background noise/activity so it is if the mix levels are "off".

So, we have found we need to keep the remote handy and, depending on the movie or television show, be ready to adjust the volume up (for dialogue heavy scenes) and then back down when the action (or whatever) is about to begin. It's annoying...although we have become used to it. Again - it isn't all of the time...just enough to be annoying...but not enough I have yet done anything about it. I need to stop being lazy and pick up external speakers/etc. so we can control it through another mechanism and bypass the built-in speakers. :/
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