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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2014
This TV has been the worst on reliability, quality picture, lighting and flickering, and black screen, all within the first six months. Then at 10 months, I had repair people out, through Vizio the first time, and then on my own dime the second because of course their fix was temporary and a complete failure only two months later. Problems included lots of flickering, on the scale of a strobe light, which then went to a total black screen. Black screen is now constant. I can hear sound but get no picture. TV is not even a year and a half old. I will never, ever buy another Vizio, and because I know this tv is a lemon they could have replaced fairly, considering the many reported problems, like many others complaining about the same thing, I will tell everyone I can not to buy one too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2014
I got this for Christmas in 2012. By summer 2013, the screen was already blinking low then bright then low again. Technical support kept telling me is was my TV settings that were causing the problem. They told me to turn off the ambient light sensor. By February 2014, the screen went totally black. When purchasing a TV, I was looking for the most features for the best price. It never occurred to me that a new TV would only last 14 months. It sounds like the problem is probably a capacitor that went out. The TV only worked at full capacity for 6 months, then died after 14 months. Don't buy this disposable crap.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I originally had the Sony BRAVIA S-Series KDL-46S5100 46-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV, Black for 4 or so years. Great picture, except for some ghosting and sound cutting in and out. It was under an extended warranty (highly recommend that for these HDTVs, they don't last long!) and I was able to get my money back and purchase a new TV.

We got the VIZIO E470i-A0 47-inch 1080p 120Hz LED Smart HDTV because we HAD to have streaming. We were sick of paying $60 for xbox gold and the streaming ability on our Sony BluRay player was busted for some reason. So our choices of TVs with streaming in our budget with extended warranty was limited. Unfortunately the E470i had some serious issues. It was very pixely, and the color presets were all a mess. I messed with that thing for about 3 days and we had to return it.

The only one left within our budget was this M470VSE. As soon as I turned it on I knew it was a keeper compared to the last Vizio. Its MUCH clearer. The color presets weren't that far off what they should have been, and everything worked great...

However, I still do not think it is as clear as the Sony. The colors don't quite POP like it did. Even with a ton of tweaking. And it seems to have audio sync issues. Sometimes it constantly happens, and then other times it doesn't happen for days. I'm really hoping it won't be a problem. But considering there is an audio sync option build in, I'm thinking Vizio knew about the problem and just didn't know or care about fixing it, so added that. Who knows.

As far as the "Soap Opera" effect as the other reviewer mentioned. This is because of the 120hz. I've done a ton of research on this. As far as I like, I like the 60hz better because I hate that effect. What is the point of paying extra for a feature you dislike? But my husband (who hates that too) wouldn't take anything less then a 120hz LED.

Anyhow, you can turn off the effect by going to:
Menu > Settings > Game Mode and turn it ON. This will stop that effect. HOWEVER, I've recently learned that if you do play video games, this effect will go OFF, and you have to go back in and turn it ON again. A little annoying.

As for my personal color settings (for most shows and movies its decent, some look a little orange, I have the following:

Menu > Picture
Picture Mode: Custom
Backlight 100
Brightness 52
Contrast 63
Color 70 (change this if the color is too bright)
Tint 0
Sharpness 6

Menu > Picture > More
Color Temperature: Normal

Red 58
Green 50
Blue 35
Red 49
Green 50
Blue 49

Menu > Picture > More
Advanced Picture:

Noise Reduction LOW
MPEG NR LOW
Color Enhancement Grn/Flesh
Adaptive Luma STRONG
Film Mode OFF
Backlight Control OFF
Ambient Light Sensor OFF

Hope this helps someone! Any questions please feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer

UPDATE 4/19/13: I was recently house sitting, and couldn't find the remote for the SONY Bravia 3D TV I was watching (sorry no more info then that at the moment), and it was stuck in the "soap opera" mode. But I realized it was much much much more of a subtle effect then the Vizio TV and there was no pizelization. So, I think I'm coming to the conclusion that Vizio really is not very good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2014
I bought this tv in December 2012 and within 4 months the picture would go black. I called tech support and they said it was a back light unit problem which cannot be repaired. They sent me a refurbished unit and two months later, the same problem. I have to cycle the tv on and off. Can't have anyone over to watch a movie because its embarrasing to have a tv go on and off.
I found a consumer site that had over 1200 complaints with the same issue on 2012 models. It is now one month out of warranty and Vizio refuses to do anything about my problem. Vizio, never again, ever.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2013
Vizio does it again, pushing the prices of smart tv's while other manufacturers are catching up. The price of the Vizio 47" smart 120hz led tv simply can't be beat compared to Samsung, LG, or Sony. The quality of the TV at the entry level seems to be the same or better. I like the feature where you can connect a usb drive to the TV and you can actually play 1080p videos in it, although it does not support some codecs. Many other apps are nicely made like the youtube and maps app. Though I wish they had some other apps like accessing gmail or hotmail and a web browser app. Hopefully they will have an update in the future that gives you these apps. Considering that smart tv's are relatively new, it might take a while before the software catches up to the hardware. This TV also have a skype app, though if you want to do video chat in your TV, you have to buy 1 $150 proprietary Video camera for it.

Besides what I mentioned above, my other big peeve about this TV is that it takes literally 10 seconds from the time you turn on the TV till you see a picture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2013
Have had this TV probably a little over 8 months now and while I'm basically happy with it, I do have a few gripes.

The GOOD: Great price, good picture quality for its range, built in wi-fi is great and the super thin design is sexy as hell.

The BAD: Terrible TV gaming lag!! It takes a little longer than I think it should to turn on, but that I can deal with. What I can't deal with, however, is its rather Terrible TV-Gaming-Lag. it wasn't even until I had to temporarily use an older 32 inch LCD sharp tv that I realized how bad it was. any first person shooter gamer out there knows that TV lag can be the difference of virtual life and death. for instance, on my vizio I have been struggling for months to obtain a kill to death ratio on most first person shooter games above 1 kill to 1 death. been hovering around .6-.7. when I switched to my Sharp tv, making no other changes I instantly saw it go up to 1.3 and a visually noticeable difference in speed. it was literally like playing a different game. and sharp doesn't even make good TVs. I can only imagine a good quality TV with a sub 20 mil second response time. I would venture this one is above 100 milliseconds. Due to its terrible lag, you can forget about 1080p for gaming! Out of the question! 720p in gaming mode (which puts it to 60 Hertz refresh rate) is what you're stuck with.

OVERALL: unless you're a serious FPS gamer, this is a great TV for the price but if you're a gamer steer clear.
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on August 6, 2014
I bought one of these from Costco and within a few months the picture tube started giving problems as the light and Vizio logo would not come ON even after a while and when it did the TV would keep flickering off and On and the screen would be dark on one side and then the next time, I turn it on and it would be dark on a different side. Had this go on for a while and finally I called VIZIO who gladly replaced it for me but as they told me they would send me a new Unit but I am not sure they sent me a new unit but was refurbished unit because the second time around, this TV went OFF in less than a month the screen was totally BLACK and I could hear only sounds but no picture on the screen for a couple of days and then even the picture was gone and a completely dark screen with no sound , even the VIZIO logo would not come ON. So I have now called VIZIO again and told them that this time they need to send me a different Model or send me my money back so I can go to buy myself a better brand TV and since they knew that this TV model certainly has a problem they have gladly agreed to send me a different MODEL which is a comparable price and I surely hope this different MODEL which is arriving day after tomorrow does not have any problems like I had with this model. I surely would not recommend any one to buy this particular Model after going thru the same issue in this TV two times in a row.
But VIZIO surely did the replacement after I had called them a few times and I had kept all my records of the issue when I first returned and got the replacement so had a strong case and they could not refuse to send me a different MODEL. Now, I am going to save all records of this exchange just in case the TV arriving may start giving me problems so I can ask for a refund and get some thing which is not a VIZIO product.But surely can't say all VIZION products are not great as my friend who also has a VIZIO said she has been using it for over 3 years and not a problem at all.
Will update soon if any problems again with the Model they are replacing this one with. I surely hope I do not have problems with the replacement TV as it's difficult to take the time out to make calls to VIZIO and then follow up every time. Takes away a lot of my time.
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on February 8, 2014
This TV is AMAZING I don't understand the low ratings??? It does what its suppose to do of course sense it is a vizio don't expect the app menu to run smooth as butter because this is my 3rd vizio tv and the menu always seem slow on ALL 3 tvs ...(VIZIO please stop being cheap for once an get rid of the slow sluggish app menu) but other then that the tv is well worth the price picture quality in hd/bluray is awesome an of course in standard definition like most HD tvs doesn't look that good .
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on May 19, 2015
This thing is junk. It has died three times now. They fix it for free but it takes at least a week each time. The techs tell me Vizio sends used part. I spent big bucks for this thing and when my extended warranty expires this thing will be in the trash. Anyone taken them to court for a refund - class action lawsuit?
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on November 2, 2014
The screen stays black or partially lit and flickers for 10-15 mins after turning it on. The tv was 2-3 months old when this started.
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