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Great Value, Great Picture with some Caveats.
on October 20, 2012
The VIZIO M3D651SV is a pretty slick TV all-in-all. However, its not going to be perfect for every person in every application. For instance, some of its potentially beneficial features can be rather annoying under some circumstances much like the proverbial double-edged sword. Let's get some of these issues out of the way first.
The TV's Glossy Screen:
It's not semi-gloss as some literature states, it's a very high gloss reflective surface. This makes for a smooth, colorful and uniform image. If you see this TV next to another (without a similarly glossy screen) this one will instantly look more attractive and vivid. However, if your home has many windows in your primary viewing area and you watch TV in the daytime, you will likely find the reflection is quite distracting. In bright rooms one can easily stare at the screen and see everything behind them- useful to evade creeping ninja's or stalking predators but not great for seeing the beautiful images displayed by the TV.
Synthetic 240 Hz and Video Games:
A salesmen at a store might say "Hey this TV is great for gaming because it's 240Hz!". The salesman would be only partially correct. Firstly, if you plug this TV in and watch a blu-ray movie you will be stunned by the gorgeous smooth motion picture. However, if you fire up your gaming system and start playing you will likely notice a lag in your controls or difficulty aiming in First Person Shooters. This is actually due to the processing that is occurring to give the TV the "effective 240hz". This occurs because the TV does not have true 240hz refresh rate, that 240hz stat is achieved by pulsing the backlighting to fill extra image frames( a technique into which I won't delve too deeply in this review). However, it looks great for movies and even fast-action sporting events, just not so great for gaming. Therefore, you must turn that feature off by setting the TV to "Gaming" mode, essentially halting the advanced processing. Once that is done, gaming is perfectly enjoyable.
This TV offers a stunning picture to cost ratio and in my opinion is certainly one of the best values in its class. Colors look vivid yet accurate, not over-blown or unrealistic. Black levels are also very impressive for this type of TV and aid in creating fantastic contrast. The passive 3D works quite well,and as a bonus does not require you to purchase expensive powered glasses; instead cheap movie theater glasses will work great. I did not notice problematic crosstalk in my limited 3D viewing, but I will update this review if such things come to light.
All in All, this TV is one of my favorite things to review, that is, a great bang for the buck.