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VIZIO E550VL 55-inch Full HD 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV (2010 Model)

3.9 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

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  • Exceeds Energy StarTM 4.0 guidelines
  • SRS TruVolumeTM and SRS TruSurround HDTM audio
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 1080p Full HD
  • 100,000 to 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: VIZIO
  • Model Number: E550VL
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 55 inches
  • Speaker Count: 2
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Product Description

Product Description

VIZIO’s E550VL 55” LCD HDTV delivers full 1080p HD picture quality and superior audio quality at an amazing value. This flat screen LCD HDTV features 120Hz refresh rate, SRS TruVolumeTM and SRS TruSurround HDTM audio for advanced virtual surround sound, 100,000 to 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, and three HDMI ports to connect up to three HDMI devices to your TV. The E550VL also exceeds Energy StarTM 4.0 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 E550VL provides top-quality High Definition TV performance without breaking the bank. This 55" LCD HDTV comes stacked with top of the line features such as full 1080p high definition resolution, a refresh rate of 120Hz, and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio that working together deliver a picture that is crisp, clear and awe inspiring. In addition, its digital ambient light sensor ensures that you'll always have the most optimal picture by automatically adjusting the brightness of the screen based on the conditions of your room. This feature along with the E550VL's built-in ECO HD technology ensures that it exceeds the current ENERGY STAR 4.1 guidelines when its panel is on, saving you money on your utility bills while limiting the impact on our planet. Rounding out the E550VL package are advanced sound technologies from SRS labs and 3 HDMI ports for all your High Definition devices.

VIZIO SRS TruSurround HD technology graphic
Experience immersive virtual high definition surround sound.
VIZIO 120Hz image processing graphic
120Hz processing for lifelike detail and a blur-free picture.
VIZIO Dynamic Contrast Ratio graphic
Deep blacks and brighter whites via a 100,000:1 ratio.
VIZIO Full 1080p graphic
Razor sharp clarity via full 1080p High-Def resolution.

Key Features

Front view of the VIZIO E550VL 55-inch 120Hz 1080p LCD HDTV
55-inches of rich detail, deep contrast, powerful sound and full 1080p at an attractive price.
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  • 55-inch LCD 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 giving you deeper blacks and brighter whites.
  • 120Hz refresh rate teamed with VIZIO's Smooth Motion Video technology reduces judder giving you a smooth and fluid natural picture with lifelike detail.
  • Ambient Lighting is achieved as energy efficient sensors auto-adjust brightness for the perfect picture regardless of room conditions.
  • 178/178 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 15-watt Speakers provide clear 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 is stylish and enables you to easily control every function of your TV.
  • ECO HD exceeds the current ENERGY STAR 4.1, saving you money on utilities, while limiting the impact on our planet.
  • Warranty: One year parts and labor, and free lifetime technical support.
Back panel of the VIZIO E550VL 55-inch 120Hz 1080p LCD HDTV
2 HDMI, component, PC and other connections at the rear .
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  • HDMI (with HDCP): 3 (one on side)
  • Component Plus Stereo Audio: 1
  • RF: 1
  • USB: 1 (side)
  • Computer Input (RGB): 1
  • Composite Video: 1
  • SPDIF Digital Optical Output: 1
  • Stereo Audio Output: 1
  • TV with stand: 52.13" x 34.44" x 13.15" (WxHxD); 78.71 pounds
  • TV without stand: 52.13" x 32.56" x 4.95" (WxHxD); 67.68 pounds
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What's in the Box

VIZIO E550VL 55-inch LCD HDTV, VIZIO VUR13 remote (includes 2 AAA batteries), user manual, registration card, quickstart guide, power cord.

Side view of the VIZIO E550VL 55-inch 120Hz 1080p LCD HDTV showing HDMI and USB
An additional HDMI port, as well as USB and touch controls located at the side.
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Technical Specifications

  • Screen Size: 55-inches
  • Tuner: NTSC/ATSC/QAM
  • Native Panel Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Signal Compatibility: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 100,000:1
  • Computer Support: 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 768, 800 x 600, 640 x 480 via RGB/HDMI
  • Panel Type: CCFL, LCD
  • Brightness: 500 CD/m2 (typical)
  • Response Time: 5ms
  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz
  • Picture-in-Picture (PIP): Yes
  • Picture-outside-Picture (POP): Yes
  • 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: No
  • ATSC with MPEG-2 Decoding: No
  • NTSC Video Decoding via Video: No
  • Progressive Scan Video: No
  • Remote Control: VIZO VUR13
  • Panel Lamp Life (typical): 50,000 hours
  • Voltage Range: 240 Vac at 50/60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 138W, <0.37W 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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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.

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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 52.1 x 5 x 32.6 inches
Item Weight 67.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 97.7 pounds
Item model number E550VL
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #153,025 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#1,813 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > LED & LCD TVs
Date first available at May 1, 2010

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First off, this review is based on the TV, price paid, and features it has, i.e. "value for the money". That said, this is a great TV with a good picture (but I have not done a side-by-side comparison with other HDTVs). Games play fine, not sure why others had problems...maybe they did not do the set-up correctly. TV does have a "Game" mode which is supposed to help any lag one might experience, and under advanced picture mode, you can set the "Smooth Motion Effect" to various levels. One of the main reasons I purchased this TV was that Vizio is one of the few manufacturers that list the power usage of their TVs without having to do a lot of searching, which was important to me. I have owned this TV for about a week.

I noticed some reviews say this TV has poor side views. I do not see that at all, in fact i have never owned a LCD TV that has NO decrease in picture quality when viewed from the side until this one. The TV is advertized with a 178 degree viewing angle and i would say that is true...this TV has a GREAT side viewing ablity.

Side note: Too bad one of the first reviews gave this TV a bad rating based on perceived lag which is not true. But first reviews always get the most votes because they are automatically put at the top, which is a catch twenty-two, because that tends to keep them at the top (people vote most for the first few reviews they see, thereby keeping them on top).


Great value
Easy setup
Light weight (this thing only weighs 67 pounds, but TV is about 5" thick)
Picture quality...very nice picture (but did not check out 1080P)
Energy Star 4...uses only 138 watts (THIS IS A BIG ONE, will save you a lot of money!) Edit 12/19/2010-see below.
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This is a good, low priced TV, no frills but a good basic big TV. The problems the other reviews talk about, with video lag and processing that takes away the film-look bothered me right away as well, and give the images a very weird effect. I thought maybe it was just me, or I wasn't used to a good quality picture, but whatever it was was not good. I really noticed it with fast motion sports, a football in the air was jittery and choppy. But there is a solution - on the second page of the TV Picture setting (select "more" at the bottom of the first Picture screen) there is a setting called Smooth Motion. Turn it off, and turn the Smooth Motion DEMO off. Problem solved, no more lag, jitters, and the film grain is back in the image.
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We purchased this from a different retailer for 1399 around Jan 2010. It looks amazing in hi def with broadcasts like Glee, Marriage Ref, or regular DVDs.
Counter to the other reviews, The playstation looks awesome too, Full 1080P. I haven't noticed unplayable issues of lag, & I game online all the time. There was lag when I went through my receiver first via HDMI enough to notice in guitar hero or rock band, so I plug in directly ps3 to TV now for video because of that. I can't help but wonder if that kid knew how to hook up his game console. Hint: if it isn't with an HDMI cable, then you aren't seeing HiDef 1080 correctly. We've had nothing but jaw dropping fan reviews from our picture, people always want to come back and play/watch some more.
Vizios also have ability to turn off speakers and have more adjustments to audio, this is good, as I rarely use the TVs speakers. Had a friend tell me his new Sony wouldn't let him do that.

Cons: this TV can see through green screens... making fake shots look even more fake. I've tried to adjust it myself, but came back to default settings which looked better than mine. It brightens movies, losing that film effect, making movies look more like soap operas or camcorder shots. I suspect 'backlight' to be the cause of this, but again, I was never happy with my adjustments to make it better. another thing, when the screen is really bright, and I can see a fault in the 'plastic film' near part of the screen, a fold. I'd have to point it out to you it's so minor and you wouldn't see it 99 percent of the time, but it was a fault in my particular tv.

My panasonic Viera picture is slightly better & less bright, but I would make this purchase again over & over.(especially at the new price!)
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I wasn't TV shopping when Amazon last had this TV on Cyber Monday for $899. When I started shopping, it was up to $988, which was still good, but I didn't pull the trigger. I ended up buying locally at CompUSA/Tiger Direct during a 2-day sale for $899. So even with tax, I was happy to be able to bring it home immediately and avoid the possibility of delivery issues other reviewers have mentioned.

About the picture: Right out the box, with the factory settings, the picture is crisp and very nice! Looked better than it did in the store! Set up was VERY easy. Take it out, set up to the cable box, pull off plastic, turn it on, watch TV. Took just a few minutes. Now that I've had it a few days, I've experimented with all the settings other have mentioned. There are enough picture options for standard viewing, movies, different sports, and games that everyone will find something useful. Picture will be a matter of taste, so use other reviewer's suggestions to narrow down on settings to your liking. I still have to swap out my current cable box for HDTV programming, so I can only imagine how good it will look if regular programming looks this good!

As far as limited inputs, that is true, but all I needed was a good looking big flat panel TV. I plan only to add a blu ray and Wii, so this TV more than fits my needs. I compared plasma, LCD, LED, and looked at TVs with internet applications. If you plan to add a lot of equipment and want all those internet applications, you may need to go with something with more HDMI input. I decided against plasma because I found dwindling availability. It seems LCD/LED is the way to go. I went LCD over LED for cost, and I prefer the less glossy picture that it offers over plasma.
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