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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 3D TV for the Price .., April 15, 2011
This review is from: VIZIO E3D420VX 42 Inch Class Theater 3D LCD HDTV with VIZIO Internet Apps (2011 Model) (Electronics)
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.

PROS:

- 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. Zoom has 4 settings (normal, wide, zoom, panoramic)
- Internet apps are available for flickr, facebook, NEtflix, VUDU, Amazon video on demand, Blockbuster and lots of news station. Not needing to power up my PS3 (for netflix) or my PC (for amazon video on demand) mean power savings :).
- Qwerty keyboard on the remote makes using these internet apps a breeze.
- The TV has wifi n and ethernet both which makes it very flexible. It has 3 HDMI ports and 1 component and 1 VGA port.
- It has capability to play songs and display pictures a usb disk (has 2-3 usb ports, I tried connecting my western digital passport and it worked great)but no movies. Pictures app has a lot of different transitions that make the slideshow and normal photo viewing great.
- The passive glasses are much lighter and more comfortable than active shutter glasses I had tried before. I wear glasses so I have to wear these on top of my existing ones and they have been much easier to handle than other glasses. I believe one can get clip-on type attachments (generic variety not from Vizio) for prescription glasses as well.

CONS:

- None that I can think of. The TV has surpassed my expectations for its price. To nitpick it is not 240HZ, or LED backlit, does not support PIP or POP. There are less options available compared to TVs that cost more than twice as much.
- After a couple of weeks of use I can definitely say that the TV is a little slow to start compared to my older HDTV, granted this one has internet apps (implying an embedded processor with an OS that needs to boot) but it is a noticeable difference. Since, this feature was not something I could test with other floor models, this could just be the norm for internet enabled TVs.

UPDATE APRIL 16th 2011:

- Confirmed that movie playback from usb disks is not supported as mentioned in the manual.
- I had a chance to watch some more 3D content (Tangled 3D, Super stardust HD, mortal Kombat 3D demo, KillZone 3 3D demo) and played around with some internet apps like Vudu and netflix and all looked great. I have not tried the wifi n link as I have it connected via wired ethernet. Vudu has a test festure built-in that tells you what format (SD, 720P, 1080P would be most suitable as they are priced differently. There are not a lot of choices though and the prices are pretty high (4.99 - 6.99 for 720p to 1080p rentals) but they are sometimes better than Sony Playstation Network especially for 3D movies.

UPDATE APRIL 25th 2011:

- Added more information and my thoughts after a couple of weeks of use.
- I also tried IZ3D with every setting but could not get 3D (for PC)to work over HDMI. Maybe it will work over RGB but for my setup HDMI looks and works better so that is not an option I was going to try.
- I would also like to add that sound quality is actually decent on this device, depending on the source of the original material sound is clear. I was going to buy a sound bar for this TV (since it is in my bedroom) but i guess i can wait until the next version comes out in July instead of buying last years model.
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Initial post: Apr 16, 2011 9:19:16 AM PDT
Bruce Ngo says:
Are you sure about the USB functionality? The manual only indicates photo and music compatibility, not video.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2011 9:57:23 AM PDT
I apologize, it is only photos and audio. I will update my review.

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 8:34:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 28, 2011 8:35:52 PM PDT
Hailey says:
hey, IZ3D is working for me over the hdmi just fine. there are a few things you can try. if you are using the trial version make sure that when you run the install program you pick the full install option since the default instalation does not contain the drivers needed. once you run the program open the options and check the enable circle, also make sure you have interleaved selected as the output along with horizontal optimized. after you start the game you want to play in 3d you will probably need to press ctrl F8 to swap eyes. so far I have had good results with world of warcraft, star trek online and project 64 runing starfox64. also for watching movies off the computer iz3d media player clasic works well.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2011 4:45:41 PM PDT
I have gotten everything but the enable circle where would that be found?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2011 5:59:11 AM PDT
there are different types of hdmi cables versions does the one you have support 3d content?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2011 9:21:00 AM PDT
I am using the same HDMI cable that I was using with my previous monitor Westinghouse L3 from 2007 and i have no had any problems. You need HDMI 1.4 compliant cable to do this. However as in my case an older cable might work too (it might not be certified but still capable).

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 11:53:02 AM PDT
U R awesome, thanx

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 11:53:04 AM PST
Frank says:
The IZ3D may not have worked for you because you need hdmi 1.4 cables with hdmi 1.4 connections. The TV does have 1.4 and many cables are inherently 1.4 capable but alot of pc's and laptops do not support 1.4. So make sure your cable is compatable (ebay if its not) and then make sure your pc can support it.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 5:18:42 AM PST
redrover says:
To all thinking of buying VIZIO...I have 2 VIZIOs...4 year old 47" and 16 month old 3D 480hz 55".
To date none of the USB ports work to allow any viewing of anything. You expect that from the 4 year old VIZIO but not a flagship unit like the 55".
It is regrettable that VIZIO produces so many "great" TVs but refuses to upgrade the USB ports to full function. Come on look at this latest TV review and all the USB ports allow you to do is play still images. I have a 23" Samsung that plays pictures and videos...omg almost any format videos from FLV to VOB files. That is functionality from a USB port. I continue to buy VIZIO only for the extensive options available with their PIP/POP features.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 10:56:44 AM PST
Bobby D says:
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! Would the 3d effect work well using the regular bluray disc player?
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