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VIZIO E420VO 42-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV, Black (2010 Model)

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  • 1080p Full HD
  • 100,000 to 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
  • SRS TruVolume and SRS TruSurround HD audio
  • Ambient Light Sensing technology
  • Exceeds Energy StarTM 4.0 guidelines
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: VIZIO
  • Model Number: E420VO
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 42.00 inches
  • Image Contrast Ratio: 100000:1
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Product Description

Product Description

VIZIO's E420VO 42" LCD HDTV delivers full 1080p HD picture quality and superior audio quality at an amazing value. Includes SRS TruVolume and SRS TruSurround HD audio for advanced virtual surround sound and two HDMI ports to connect up to two HDMI devices to your TV. Exceeds Energy StarTM 4.0 guidelines to reduce energy consumption.


VIZIO's E420VO 42" LCD HDTV delivers full 1080p HD picture quality and superior audio at an amazing value. This flat screen LCD HDTV features SRS TruVolume and SRS TruSurround HD audio for advanced virtual surround sound, 100,000 to 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, and two HDMI ports to connect up to two HDMI devices to your TV. When turned on, the E420VO also exceeds ENERGY STAR 4.1 guidelines to reduce energy consumption and utilizes built-in ambient light sensing technology, which automatically adjusts backlight levels to the brightness of its surroundings.

VIZIO's Full 1080p graphic
Razor sharp clarity via full 1080p High-Def resolution.
VIZIO SRS TruSurround HD technology graphic
Experience immersive virtual high definition surround sound.
VIZIO Dynamic Contrast Ratio graphic
Deep blacks and brighter whites via a 100,000:1 ratio.
VIZIO Ambient Lighting graphic
Auto-adjusting sensors provide efficient ambient lighting.

Key Features

VIZIO E420VO 42-Inch Full HD 1080p HDTV
Stylish, blur-free, High-Def picture with superior audio.
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  • 42-inch HDTV featuring 1920 x 1080 pixels and support for 1.06 billion colors
  • Full 1080p High Definition resolution gives you over 2 million pixels, making the clarity and detail of your picture razor sharp
  • 100,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio delivers deeper blacks and brighter whites through contrast and dimensions
  • Digital Ambient Lighting is achieved as energy efficient sensors auto-adjust brightness for the perfect picture regardless of room conditions
  • 178-Degree horizontal/vertical viewing angle results in a crisp and clear picture that is easily visible from just about anywhere in the room
  • Two built-in 10-watt speakers provide room-filling sound
  • SRS Audio Technologies: SRS TruVolume evens out dynamics to limit volume inconsistencies between programming, while SRS TruSurround HD delivers immersive virtual high-definition surround sound out of the unit's two speakers
  • Included Remote enables you to easily control your TV, and other devices
  • ECO HD exceeds the current ENERGY STAR 4.1 guidelines, saving you money on utility bills, while limiting the impact on our planet
  • Warranty: One year parts and labor, and free lifetime technical support
Back panel of the VIZIO E420VO 42-Inch Full HD 1080p HDTV
Plenty of rear inputs including 2 HDMI, 1 component, 1 composite and computer RGB.
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  • HDMI (with HDCP): 2
  • Component: 1
  • Composite Video: 1
  • RF: 1
  • Computer Input (RGB): 1
  • SPDIF Digital Optical Output: 1
  • Stereo Audio Output: 1
  • USB: 1 (side)
  • TV with stand: 40.3" x 27.6" x 9.6" (WxHxD); 34.2 pounds
  • TV without stand: 40.3" x 26.2" x 3.8" (WxHxD); 32.6 pounds
  • What size TV should you get?

What's in the Box

VIZIO E420VO 1080p LCD HDTV, detachable base with thumbscrew, VIZIO VR15 remote (includes 2 AA batteries), safety strap, user manual, registration card, quickstart guide, power cord.

Technical Specifications

Side view of the VIZIO E420VO 42-inch full HD 1080p HDTV showing USB and chasie control panel
Convenient side panel with additional features, including USB.
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  • Screen Size: 42 inches
  • Tuner: NTSC/ATSC/QAM
  • Native Panel Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Signal Compatibility: 1080p(FHDTV), 1080i, 720P, 480P, 480i
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 100,000:1
  • Brightness: 500 nits
  • Response Time: 8ms
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Picture-in-Picture (PIP): No
  • Picture-outside-Picture (POP): No
  • Zero Bright Pixel Defect Guarantee: No
  • V-Chip: Yes
  • 3D Comb Filter: No
  • 3:2 or 2:2 Reverse Pull-down: Yes
  • ATSC with 8VSB and QAM demodulation: Yes
  • ATSC with MPEG-2 decoding: Yes
  • NTSC Video decoding via Video: Yes via RF or Composite Video
  • Progressive Scan Video: Yes, thru Component VGA or HDMI
  • Remote Control: VIZIO VR15
  • Panel Lamp Life (typical): 50,000 hours
  • Voltage Range: 120Vac at 60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 86W (avg), 0.32W Standby
  • Wall Mount Hole Pattern: VESA standard 200mm x 200mm

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Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?

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With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience.

If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.

  • Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5

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With Amazon Video On Demand, VIZIO customers with either an Internet ready HDTV or an HDTV with additional Internet enabled devices (sold separately), can now instantly watch more than 50,000 commercial-free movies and television shows, including hit new releases and the latest episodes available in HD.

Streaming the Way You Want It

Using an intuitive interface, customers can order movies right from their couch and enjoy instant playback without waiting for lengthy downloads or annoying commercials. Prices start as low as $.99 and no subscription fee is required.


Choose from thousands of movies and TV shows by browsing in the Amazon Video On Demand section on your VIZIO TV. Access and add to your virtual library of purchases via Amazon Video On Demand's Your Video Library and re-watch anytime on your VIZIO TV, your PC or Mac and other compatible devices.

Rent or Buy

Renting and purchasing titles is a snap with the power of Amazon's 1-click purchasing. Order new release movies and the latest TV shows right from your couch and you're watching within seconds. Prices start as low as $.99.


Using your VIZIO TV, enjoy Amazon Video On Demand's high quality video on any TV. Videos playback instantly, without waiting for a download. Purchases and rentals are added to Your Video Library and stored online by Amazon so you can conveniently watch them on your VIZIO television, PC or Mac, and other compatible devices.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.8 x 40.3 x 26.2 inches
Item Weight 36.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 44.2 pounds
Item model number E420VO
Customer Reviews
4.1 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #124,518 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#1,492 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > LED & LCD TVs
Date first available at Amazon.com July 21, 2010

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By T. Campbell on August 21, 2010
My wife and I bought this TV at Walmart for $548. It is our first HDTV. We looked at a lot of them in various stores. I did a considerable amount of research and we finally decided on this one. Thought about a 120HZ model but didn't want to spend the extra money. It fits our budget and we are very satisfied with the quality and functionality. Don't have a blu-ray player yet but have watched standard DVDs with component video connection and picture quality is very very good. Streamed a Netflix movie or two in from our PC via HDMI cable and have viewed a considerable amount of satellite and over-the-air programming for the last month or so. Both standard def and HD picture quality, very nice. The volume leveling function is not perfect but it does help quite a bit. Sound with built-in speakers is good. Menus are user friendly and easy to navigate. Overall we are very pleased and would recommend this product to others.
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Yes, that old saying is very true. Little after a year of buying the TV, it stopped working. Contacting Vizio was no help at all for "after warranty support". I received one generic message telling me that they could not do anything to help, and I should contact one of the "authorized repair vendors". It would cost $120 just to get some one to come and check the TV. If they need to replace parts, it could cost hundreds more.

This is my 5th flat screen TV. My oldest Philips plasma TV is still working after close to 8 years. My mother-in-law bought a Vizio plasma TV about 3 years ago, it just died recently too. They must have really poor quality assurance.

If you HAVE to purchase this TV, you should buy extended warranty, maybe from a local store. Personally, I would stay away from all Vizio products in the future.


In response of last comment, I decided to make an update. I took some time to take apart the entire TV. One of the board had a shorted out IC. It was a board made by LG. Searching the internet showed that there were none in stock at any of the replacement parts vendors. I also found out that it was a common problem with this TV. Without boring every one with technical details, it basically boils down to the power supply exceed the threshold of certain parts, causing they to overheat and burn out. The problem is so wide spread, that the supplier of the parts could up keep up. The price range from $150 to $200 for the board. If you pay some one to do it, the cost would be another $100 to $200 more.

At this point, I am just going to drop off the bundle of parts at local Costco warehouse for recycling. The internal parts were mostly made by LG, some were made by Toshiba and other vendors. Vizio is a relatively new company. So this type of integration issue is expected.
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I ordered this TV after hours of reseaching the different brands of Flat Screen LCD (and plasma) TV's. I chose this one based on the excellent reviews that the professional reviewers gave it. Their main comment was that it was a good value for the price. It has a lot of options that you would expect on higher end TV's. It was very easy to hook up too. I'm a 5 foot lady whose husband was out of town when it was delivered. It wasn't too hard or heavy for me to unpack and hook up. Another good thing is that I have not had to use the instruction book at all yet. The buttons on the remote are easy to understand when trying to access different features of the TV.

One thing that seems small, but is something I really like is that when you hit the 'on' button, the Vizio logo changes from white to orange so you know the TV received the signal. It only takes a couple seconds for the screen to display, but you could actually turn it back off thinking you didn't hit the button right without that signal.
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I picked up this TV the other night from Sam's Club. With their Labor Day sale, I got it for $498. What a deal!

Hook up was a breeze. It has component inputs that I could use to hook up my HD DirecTV receiver to, a Playstation 2 to the composite input, and soon a Blu-Ray player to one of the HDMI jacks.

So far the picture quality is great for HD and SD programming. The blacks are deep and the other colors are vibrant. I bought this expecting the picture to be like a budget TV, but was pleasantly surprised at how nice it looks. I didn't expect it to even come close to my $1500 Samsung (52" @ Costco).

Finally I really don't notice the 120hz difference. My Samsung is 120 and I've turned it off since it gives me a headache, but I don't see any difference in picture quality.

Hope this review helps...
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I actually was saving up for a Sharp Aquos 55" LED Edgelit 1080P HDTV from here on amazon, but just busted on a random trip to walmart. I decided to just go for this TV and spend the extra money on a new PS3 Slim, and a couple blu-ray movies. This HDTV does not have the newer tech, like advanced refresh rates (60/120/240 hrz) or LED lighting versus flourescent bulb lighting in this one, but it DOES have what is considered by most now to be the standard for HDTV viewing, and that is 1)1080P full high-def resoultion, and 2) at least 42" in viewable size. Blu-Ray disc playback via Playstation 3 worked fine, but I have seen better 1080p images on slightly more expensive sets. This TV does a DECENT DVD-upscaling job via the Playstation 3, but again, I have seen better and can notice the difference right away. My buddy's 47" Samsung 1080p 120hz does a much more noticeable job of DVD upscaling, proving its the TV that does the job, not the component (in this case, Playstation 3). All in all, for the average user, these quibbles will not make too much of a difference, as I am leaning toward the videophile side, so my eye is already trained to spot these differences. Don't let this dissuade you, this is a great HDTV for the money and will satisfy most people looking for a decently-priced ticket into the HD world.
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