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VIZIO E421VA 42-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV, Black

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  • 1080p Full HD
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 50,000 to 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
  • SRS TruVolume and SRS TruSurround HD audio
  • Ambient Light Sensing technology
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: VIZIO
  • Model Number: E421VA
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

Product Description

42IN Class FULL HD 1080P 120HZ LCD HDTV

VIZIO's 42" LCD HDTV delivers full 1080p HD picture quality and superior audio at an amazing value. This flat screen LCD HDTV features 120Hz refresh rate for sharp clarity of fast action scenes, SRS TruVolume and SRS TruSurround HD audio for advanced virtual surround sound, 50,000 to 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio giving you deeper blacks and brighter whites, and four HDMI ports to connect up to four HDMI devices to your TV. When in operation this 42" 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 120Hz image processing graphic
120Hz processing for lifelike detail and a blur-free picture.
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 50,000:1 ratio.
VIZIO's Full 1080p graphic
Razor sharp clarity via full 1080p High-Def resolution.

Key Features

Front view of the VIZIO E421VA 42-Inch Full HD 1080p HDTV
Superior HD High-Def and audio quality at a surprising price.
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  • 42-inch HDTV featuring 1920 x 1080 pixels and support for 1.06 billion colors and 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • Full 1080p High Definition resolution gives you over 2 million pixels, making the clarity and detail of your picture razor sharp.
  • 120Hz refresh rate teamed with VIZIO's Smooth Motion Video technology reduces judder giving you a smooth and fluid natural picture with lifelike detail.
  • 50,000:1 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 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 E421VA 42-Inch Full HD 1080p HDTV
Lesser used inputs located in on the rear panel.
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  • HDMI (with HDCP): 4 (1 side)
  • Component: 1
  • Composite Video: 1 (shared with component)
  • RF: 1
  • Computer Input (RGB): 1
  • SPDIF Digital Optical Output: 1
  • Headphones Output: 1
  • USB: 1 (side)
  • TV with stand: 39.73" x 26.7" x 9.99" (WxHxD); 37.47 pounds
  • TV without stand: 39.73" x 26.27" x 3.64" (WxHxD); 32.18 pounds
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What's in the Box

VIZIO E421VA 1080p LCD HDTV, detachable base with thumbscrews, VIZIO VR11 remote, user manual, registration card, quickstart guide, power cord, screen cleaning cloth.

Side view of the VIZIO E421VA 42-Inch Full HD 1080p HDTV showing USB, HDMI ports and chasie control panel
And an additional side panel with containing 4 HDMI, 1 USB and headphone jack.
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Technical Specifications

  • Screen Size: 42 inches
  • Tuner: NTSC/ATSC/QAM
  • Native Panel Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Signal Compatibility: 1080P, 1080i, 720P, 480P, 480i
  • Computer Support: 1360 x 768 via HDMI/RGB, 1024 x 768, 800 x 600, 640 x 480 via RGB
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 50,000:1
  • Brightness: 500 nits
  • Response Time: 5ms
  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz
  • Picture-in-Picture (PIP): No
  • Picture-outside-Picture (POP): No
  • Zero Bright Pixel Defect Guarantee: Yes
  • V-Chip: Yes
  • 3D Comb Filter: Yes
  • 3:2 or 2:2 Reverse Pull-down: No
  • ATSC with 8VSB and QAM demodulation: Yes
  • ATSC with MPEG-2 decoding: Yes
  • NTSC Video decoding via Video: Yes
  • Progressive Scan Video: Yes
  • Remote Control: VIZIO VR11
  • Panel Lamp Life (typical): 60,000 hours
  • Voltage Range: 120Vac at 50/60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 114W
  • 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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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 26.3 x 3.6 x 39.7 inches
Item Weight 32.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 51.3 pounds
Item model number E421VA
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #184,778 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#2,164 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > LED & LCD TVs
Date first available at July 30, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

I actually bought this TV at Sam's club where the going price for it was $598. It was a real bargain at that price too. The other TV I was considering was an LED version that is also 42''. I just could not justify paying an extra $250 for the LED version when this is the same thing with only the regular backlighting, which is actually guaranteed to last longer.

I'm not actually using this for a TV, rather, it's being used for a computer monitor. At first it was a little hard to configure but you have to make sure that your resolution is in one of the VESA formats like 1920 x 1080, 1360 x 768, 1024 x 768. You also need to make sure the picture mode is set to "game" so there is no hesitation between what has been done with the mouse and what happens on the screen. The game mode fixes any hesitation.

I looked on Newegg dot com for large format monitors at 42'' and they were all well over $1000. There really is no reason to buy one of them when you could just get one of these for so little, and have it do the same thing.

Another positive is that the picture is very sharp, brilliant, with plenty of contrast.
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I knew VIZIO was a budget brand before I bought it, so I was expecting some disappointments. My previous roommate had a VIZIO, though, and it seemed fine, so I decided I would buy this one because I knew what I was getting. The TV is fine for most things--the picture quality is actually very good when playing high quality 1080p video. The biggest problem is the sound. The TV comes with with features called SRS TruVolume and TruSurround HD audio, but FOR THE LOVE OF GOD please turn these off AS SOON AS YOU GET THE TV. I left these features on for a couple months, and they completely ruined most movies I watched. Whispers were impossible to hear on max volume, and music and applause were painfully loud even on low volume settings. I also recommend keeping the audio equalizer on "Flat" to reduce this problem.

There are also sometimes problems with the audio and video synchronizing. Lips move and the sound is off. This can be improved, but not always eliminated by changing the video settings to "Game". When you do that, though, you can't customize the brightness, contrast, etc.

Complaint #3 is that the TV is extremely slow to change channels, turn on, or switch inputs. The screen is black for at least 5 seconds every time you change the channel, and the audio has an even bigger delay. I've timed the TV when I turn it on, and it sometimes literally takes 30 seconds for the TV to turn on and show an image.

To summarize, I now have the TruSound features off, the equalizer on "Flat", and the Video on "Game" because any other settings cause problems. There's basically no way to customize the audio or video settings without ruining the viewing experience. That said, now that I have the settings fixed, watching movies and TV isn't so painful. Overall, though, the TV has not met my expectations, even for a lower-end HDTV.
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I purchased this tv in early December of 2010 and have been very pleased with it, with an exception or two. When watching the tv, the volume would periodically get louder. I soon discovered that the tru-volume feature caused this. After turning that feature off, it works like a charm. The picture is very clear and crisp regardless of what I watch on it (sports, sitcoms, etc.)but getting 240hz would have been nice. This tv was definitely better than what i had expected for the price. I will definitely look at Vizio for any future tv's that I may buy.
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My son talked me into getting this one because of the 120mhz refresh rates. Indeed the picture on HD is very good. The audio is okay, too, but there are no audio outputs. I should have checked, but I just assumed it would have audio out. When I hook up my audio system through my HD box, the audio is ahead of the video, so that doesn't work either. Funny thing is that the lesser expensive Vizios have audio outputs, but some higher end models do not. You would think that a simple thing like that would come on this otherwise very fine tv...
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Picked this up at Sam's Club on Black Friday for $528. Not talking about a door buster either as I strolled in at 2PM when the rush was long gone. Fantastic picture and the 120hz keeps all the action of football and movies very smooth.

So far so good after a few weeks in regards to problems. Very easy to get out of the box and set up. Oddities so far: commercial volumes are louder than programs...slight annoyance but have noticed that on other HD signals / TVs. Actual sound quality is very good.

Voice / sound and image can be slightly off. So you'll hear speech but notice the speaker's mouth isn't quite in sync. Have seen this via non HD cable and on a DVD played on an upconvert DVD player via the HDMI input. Weird...
Remote inputs have a slight delay before the channel changes or something happens.
Small annoyances at worst so far. But again, for $530 bucks, pretty tough to beat!
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By Anna on December 15, 2010
I got this tv at a very good price and it has been going strong. Like every tv, you have take your time to adjust the picture, nothing is perfect. I didn't care about the "true-sound", so I turned it off, it would shoot up the volume randomly. Easy fix. The picture looks great when watching HD channels or upscaple DVD player/Blu-ray player. Like I said, nothing is perfect, so If u get a bad apple, just return it(pain in the butt) but it is possible.

Pros: Price, Size, 120Hz, 4xHDMI, PC inpute

Cons: Wish it was 240Hz, LED Black Lit, an inch thick and 52-inch wide....but i would be spending another $1000 :)
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