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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Deal On A 3D TV!, May 3, 2011
This review is from: VIZIO E3D420VX 42 Inch Class Theater 3D LCD HDTV with VIZIO Internet Apps (2011 Model) (Electronics)
Earlier I gave this TV a negative review for 2 reasons:

1. 3D would not work with my Playstation 3 and Killzone 3.

2. Games had noticeable lag during gameplay.

After some tinkering around, I resolved both problems.

The problem I had with 3D is that since this TV is fairly new it REQUIRES 1.4 HDMI cables to enable 3D content to work. So if you plan to use it with an older HDMI cord, think twice. Online forums may tell you otherwise, but take it from someone who's experienced severe frustration from the issue, YOU NEED 1.4 HDMI CABLES FOR 3D.

The problem with gaming lag is because of the default settings on the TV. You have to go into settings and enable "gaming mode". Until you change this setting on the TV, CoD and other fast paced action games are virtually unplayable due to input lag.

After those problems are dealt with then it's smooth sailing for gamers and movie enthusiasts alike. It's a great value for a TV with these features and it really does perform. Only other gripe is that the main speakers are very underwhelming. Which is only a problem if you don't have a speaker system.

As of right now this TV is not available on Amazon, so I'd advise anyone looking to purchase it to go to their nearest Walmart and pick it up. You can't go wrong with a deal this good!


UPDATE 05/14/11:
Did some more research and found out that game systems can output 3D with 1.3 HDMI cables since they were created before the induction of the 1.4 standard. 3D Blu-Ray Players on the other hand have emerged much more recently and therefore are only compliant with the 1.4 standard. Hope this helps.
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Initial post: May 4, 2011 2:57:46 PM PDT
C. S. Frank says:
Glad to see that you are enjoying the set more; it really is an amazing value and 3D gaming has really impressed me. Once the PSN network comes back make sure you check out the 3D demos, like Motorstorm Pacific Rift 3D and Super Stardust HD.

Posted on May 8, 2011 8:07:48 PM PDT
could you walk me through on how to get it to "gaming mode"... or do you mean on the picture settings change it to "game"? thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2011 8:40:42 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2011 8:44:07 PM PDT
C. Ramos says:
Go to main menu, then settings (not picture settings), then make sure game mode is in the "on" position. That should do it. Hope it helps.

Posted on May 12, 2011 2:40:39 PM PDT
bigbearw says:
i dont know the stats for my HDMI cable, but its 3 years old, and runs crysis 2 from my 360 perfectly in 3d through that cable

Posted on May 23, 2011 2:13:16 AM PDT
So, how did you solve the Killzone problem then, if you don't need the 1.4 HDMI cables? I'm having the EXACT same issue - "No 3D TV Detected" - despite turning the 3D on in every mode, doing a soft restart of the PS3, etc.

Are there HDMI cables that're older than "1.3" - that may sound stupid, but I'm wondering if HDMI just started at 1.3 on the consumer end, kind of like how PSP's launched w/ firmware greater than 1.00?

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2011 11:00:04 AM PDT
C. Ramos says:
Try turning your PS3 on and off a couple times. To get 3D to work on your PS3, the system has to detect the 3D TV and then it will have you go through a setup. Also make sure the input you've selected is in gaming mode. When 3D works on the PS3 you don't have to manually adjust any of the TV's 3D settings. Both the TV and the system will auto adjust for 3D once it's detected.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2011 12:56:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 8, 2011 1:10:38 PM PDT
Slo-Hand says:
You just have to keep restarting the television and ps3 and reconnecting the ps3's hdmi until you get the 30 second countdown prompt (Can You See This Screen ?). Once you X yes with the ps3 controller than your ps3 is configured with the TV and after starting the 3d enabled game you will get a very quick box asking you whether or not you want to play the game in 3d which you must be ready for with the TV remote to move to and press x for yes. Another box pops up telling you to put on the glasses and you press x on the television remote for okay. Then you'll be playing your video game in 3d and drawing 100 watts additional power for the privilege. Gaming mode does nothing for the response time. It just alters the picture. The response time of this television is 8ms and that is not changeable. I was able to play the Bayonetta demo on the television's default picture settings and as you may know during the fighting scenes that game is very fast paced. It's amazing to me how much misinformation is passed around. That's the problem with received knowledge.

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 8:01:17 PM PDT
clamo says:
I don't see how you can say 1.4 is required for 3D cause the PS3 don't even support 1.4 LoL. so how can it be required. 1.3 will do your research! you must have the older 1.3 reversion (btw there are like 3) or a bad cable.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 7:15:40 PM PDT
There is no such thing as an HDMI v1.3 or v1.4 cable...this is purely marketing hype and misleading. HDMI versions refer to the actual HDMI receiver/transmitter chip inside of the device itself, not the cable! (

HDMI cables are classified as either "Standard" or "High Speed". They also may contain an ethernet channel, but is not necessary for practical purposes. (

"All High Speed HDMI cables will support 3D when connected to 3D devices. You can use your existing High Speed HDMI cables" (

"3D video requires substantial data throughput, so you'll want to use a High Speed HDMI cable (with or without Ethernet). " (

"All HDMI cables will support Audio Return Channel functionality when connected to Audio Return Channel-enabled devices. You can use your existing HDMI cables." (

Long story short, ensure you bought a "High Speed" HDMI cable that functions properly...there is no such thing as 1.3 or 1.4 cables. That is simply marketing and misleading.
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