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The All-New VIZIO E-Series. Smarter TV. Superior Picture Quality. Excellent Value.
Active LED Zones
The VIZIO E-Series features 16 Active LED Zones driven by a unique algorithm that adapts to your entertainment for blacker blacks and brighter brights.
1080p Full HD
More than 2 Million screen pixels combine to form 1080p Full HD, producing an incredible level of radiance and crystal-clear detail.
120Hz Effective Refresh Rate.
VIZIO’s backlight scanning delivers a fast 120Hz Effective Refresh Rate for a sharper picture that feels smooth and realistic – whether you’re watching a game on Sunday, mirroring your laptop or binge-watching shows on Netflix.
Clear Action 240.
The improved Clear Action 240 depicts fast-moving content with highly articulated clarity. Experience every second of your nonstop action scenes, rapid play video games and high-speed sports with reduced motion blur and ghosting.
A powerful grid of LED backlights generate an impressive 5 Million-to-1 contrast ratio, sharper detail and more color consistency.
Rated as the #1 Smart TV Company in 2014.*
Simpler. Smarter. Smart TV.
VIZIO Internet Apps Plus and Dual-Band Wi-Fi are built into every VIZIO M-Series UHD Smart TV. Enjoy a variety of popular apps with Ultra HD streaming content and Internet radio at your fingertips†. The simplified app home and app launcher make finding your favorite entertainment effortless.
Easier to Navigate.
A convenient seven-position App Launcher and Full-Screen App Home makes it simpler to discover new apps and find what you want.
Apps automatically update to stay current with the latest improvements and upgrades for a more seamless experience.
* The NPD Group / Weekly Tracking Service, Flat Panel TV units with Apps included, Dec 30 2012 – May 24 2014.
† High-speed/Broadband Internet service and access equipment are required and not provided by VIZIO. Additional fees and/ or subscriptions required for certain content and services. The applications and content of the VIZIO Internet Apps and VIZIO Internet Apps Plus pictured herein or described on this page may only be available in certain countries and languages, may require additional fees or subscription charges, and may be subject to future updates, modifications, interruption and/or discontinuation of service without notice. VIZIO has no control over third party application or content and assumes no responsibility for the availability or interruption of such application or content. Additional third-party terms, conditions and restrictions apply. High-speed/Broadband Internet service and access equipment are required and are not provided by VIZIO.
- Quicker & Smarter - A revamped user interface lets you access the apps you love quicker and more easily.
- Built-In Wi-Fi - Ultra-fast Wi-Fi provides an easy clutter-free Internet connection.
- Premium App Collection - A newly expanded apps library adds to an already unrivaled selection.
- Full-Screen App Launcher - A full-screen app launcher makes finding and organizing your apps a breeze.
The all-new 2015 E-Series 50" (49.5" diag.) Full-Array LED Smart TV has arrived. Featuring a new, modern design, brilliant picture quality, and faster, easier-to-use smart TV experience, the all-new E-Series brings you premium HD entertainment at an incredible value. Built-in high-speed Wi-Fi gets you connected in a snap, and with the hottest apps to choose from like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, iHeartRadio, Hulu Plus, Spotify, YouTube and more1. Enjoying what you want, when you want it is easier than ever before. Plus, you get brilliant picture quality using the latest advanced technologies - like Full-Array LED backlighting for superior light uniformity, and up to 12 Active LED Zones producing vivid details with deeper, more pure black levels2. For sports and action fans, E-Series includes Clear Action 240, which combines powerful image processing with 120Hz effective refresh rate for enhanced detail in fast action scenes. VIZIO E-Series: Incredible picture, unbeatable value. 1High-speed/Broadband Internet service, app subscription and access equipment are required and not provided by VIZIO. 2Compared to previous generations of VIZIO E-Series TVs. 1High-speed/Broadband Internet service, app subscription and access equipment are required and not provided by VIZIO. 2Compared to previous generations of VIZIO E-Series TVs.
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Overall it is a very good set. Picture is great, features are great and it looks awesome mounted on my wall. I like the minimal design, I like the minimal remote as well, even though most people seem to be upset there isn't a keyboard. The only function button on the TV itself is a small power button on the rear of the set, near the HDMI ports, for turning it on and off. I am fine with that, as I have several remotes that program and I don't plane on "Losing" the remote like some reviewers are worried about. (see: too lazy to look for it). here's a couple of categories:
The bezel is thin, and sexy. The set itself not thick depth-wise, but not too thin either. It weighs about 55 pounds and is easy to move around. The Vizio badging is in the bottom right corner, and is very minimal and classy. I'm so glad they no longer do the lit up Vizio emblems.The screen itself has a matte finish, and hides glare definition, but no all the glare. If you have an open window directly across from it, it will show. But at least it only shows as a glare, not defined images. This should be expected, and the matte screen hels a lot.
The picture is outstanding. I'm talking overall picture here, not the clear motion and added bells and whistles, I'll get to that later. As for the picture, each preset color/contrast setting is done very well. I primarily use the VIVID setting, as it is the brightest, and the colors just pop on the screen. HD content is phenomal. This is what 1080p was designed for. I'm talking true 1080p content. Not HD ota channels, and not netflix over Wifi, (i'll explain in a minute.) I'm talking blu ray discs, or native 1080p video files direct on USB drives. It looks phenomenal. We watched Noah and Malifecent on the USB drive in 1080 format, and it was ultra realistic, and the colors were amazing. All the settings help each scene or movie type look better. Let's understand one thing though, you cannot just run the complete factory settings on ANY TV. You have to adjust them for your living room, for your movies, and for your liking. This applies to all televisions. They are NOT iphones. They don't set themselves up. They have basic general settings, and they look fine, but to get it to look as good as they do in the store or online, you need to make some adjustments. If you're making a 1000+ dollar investment, you should learn how to use it. Not all the settings or features are for everybody. That brings me to the next topic
Picture add ons 3/5
Don't get me wrong, I know somebody likes the clear motion stuff, I just don't like it very much. That being said, I;m basing my score on it's functionality on this set, not my preference. Clear motion works amazing with native 1080p content, at the proper frame rate. That means Blu ray, USB video files, Ps4 content (except for FPS games) it runs clear and looks good. I have my PS4 wired with an ethernet, and the non native 1090p streaming app videos look good too, but any streaming 1080 videos that rely on bandwidth for their resolution it just looks cheap like a soap opera and all the defects are put on larger display. While I understand this is an overall Wifi issue, it is more prevelant because of the clear motion, and it just isn't there yet in terms of making the picture look better. If the processor somehow could detect settings and slow itself down, it'd be much better. As for video games, in 1080p at 30fps destiny looks amazing normally, but the clear motion caused so much clipping and dizziness it was unplayable. Do not expect to play high frame rate games at 1080p with clear motion. The jagging and clipping is brought out even more, because the processor thinks you are missing frames and adds frames where they aren't there. Same thing goes with the black detailer and the noise reduction engine. Anytime the signal coming in is questionable (high framte rate, low bandwidth streaming on wifi) you will notice pixelation and blockiness. It's not the TV, its the data and the technology. It's trying to make up for missing information, and it just doesn't work. I gave this a lower score as a result of the technology itself, still not being there. To be fair I haven't seen it work properly across all platforms with ANY TV, even the hgih end sets. AS for the local dimming feature, I notice the blacks look very deep and dark, but I don't have anything to compare them to as I came from a plasma set that had the same deep blacks as this set. The contrast on this set is phenomenal.
Video Games 5/5
Once I tweaked the settings, raised the framerate and changed the contrast settings, this TV actually makes my PS4 games look BETTER. The ms delay is unnoaticable. This is me coming from High end Samsung plasma with almost no delay, and moving to an LED and this latency is EVEN BETTER. You just have to remember to turn off clear motion, and turn off film mode, turn on game mode, and adjust the frame rate setting to HIGH. Advanced warfare looks real. Destiny looks like a CGI movie being played, and its insane how vivid and clear the colors are. Blacks are intense and deep too. Once the settings are correct, there is no clipping at all, and its playing at 30fps the whole time. This is only possible with an ethernet connection, I wouldnt risk it with a Wifi connection unless you're playing a game that isn't online based.
Here's where it goes bad. Vizio apps have always gotten the job done, but not been flashy. While on this set they certainly still do, they are starting to feel aged. The app button is nice, and scrolling through the wheel (although slow) it has all the apps a few presses away. What concerns me in this category is that they have a netflix button, an Amazon button, ....and an Iheart radio button? Who needs that at one press? Ever? It's 2015 and the third button should ALWAYS be a HULU button. If not, then just give us stickers with the remote and let us program the buttons ourselves. I'm still not sure if you can or can't program each one, I'll update if that changes. As for the apps themselvs, they fell just like the console apps on PS4 or Xbox, and are slightly better than the versions available on Roku. The app list however.... is much to be desired. No WWE network, No FxNow, No Mlb.tv, No Sunday Ticket, and lastly, NO web Browser. It also has no current option for "throwing" or "casting" from your mobile device, which is something I think they should start adding to these sets. The app fucntions themselves render using the app menu over my Ps4 fairly useless, at least until I get an ethernet cable ran to my TV now too. I have a gaming router, and it doesn't matter where you are or who you are, wifi is not better than a wire. Streaming varies on signal strength and everything from cell phones to microwaves can screw up your signal at any time. One other thing I'm having issue with, the netflix app, whenever it goes on to the next episode after it plays one, the next episode comes up and it puts it in a PIP window in the top left. If i pause, the netflix menu is still full screen, but the picture image is in the top left. Weird. I'm certain its the app, not the set, because it only happens to netflix.
This set plays all the video files i have on my network drive, and works with every connection I have hooked up to it. I just wish it had that option to throw my Experia data to it. Guess I need a Chromecast.
The speakers are kind of low volume, but to their credit, the sound is accurate and has a depth to it. You have to turn the volume up past 50 to start hearing talking parts, and that's kind of wierd for me, so i'm not giving full stars there. Lets be honest though, don't expect much out of a flat screen tv sound wise. If you're not pairing a flat screen with a surround sound or at least sound bar, thats your mistake, or its in a room where sound isn't an issue for you.
It says it all. There is no tv with this kind of picture, this size, in this price range, Brand new. Period. Vizio owns that market.
Overall, for me its a 5/5. For everyone else, being fair, a 4/5.
Its a great set, I dont regret my purchase at all. It looks great, and sounds great. it does everything you can expect it to. It only lost that final star because the apps leave a little to be desired, the extra processing options don't do anything for me personally,and I'm being fair. They don't apply to me, so for me this set is perfect.
This set is worth more than what they're charging.
I will update any changes or if I learn more.
Any questions, just ask!
First, the pros--
1. This television's wireless. No Roku, no Chromecast, no Fire TV needed. You just open up the settings, find your network, plug in your password, and...voila. You're ready to be disappointed by the latest season of Orange is the New Black.
2. This television has a native refresh rate of one-hundred-twenty hertz, with a simulated refresh of--I think--two-forty.That's not something you see in a lot of thirty-two inch budget sets. Most sit at around sixty hertz, which is fine if you'd like to pretend you're living in 1847, but this modern America, dagnabit. I want my one-hundred-twenty hertz of smooth motion goodness, and I'm not settling for anything less. And speaking of picture quality...
3. It's 1080p. Says it right in the title, but I thought I'd remind you in case you'd forgotten already.
4. It's cheap! And I don't mean cheap in terms of build-quality. That's actually pretty good, which I'll elaborate on in my next point. No, when I say cheap, I mean most sets with these specs at this size would be going for AT LEAST a hundred dollars more. And even most of the ones sitting at THAT price range will be trading off for either 720p or sixty hertz to keep the price down. What Vizio's offering here is an amazing deal, and Amazon's sweetened the pot with an extra ten dollars off for Prime members. Even Costco isn't selling them that cheap. Then again, you can't pick up a hot dog and a drink for a dollar-fifty while you're on Amazon. Or at least, you shouldn't.
5. The build quality--it's actually pretty good.
6. The smart menu's easy to access, unobtrusive, and looks about as good as a smart menu can look.
Okay, now, on to the cons--
1. The smart menu feels a little cluttered. It's got a lot of apps most people won't need, and despite an admittedly short time playing with it, I have yet to figure out how to remove the ones I don't use.
2. For having such great specs, the picture quality on this TV doesn't blow me away the same way my fifty does or my old forty. I'm not sure why that is--maybe it's a setting I've missed--but that realism just isn't there to the same degree.
3. It's thick. Not huge, mind you, but thicker than some of its counterparts. Did this bother me? No. But for some, I know, thickness is a big factor, either for practical reasons or bragging rights. Because, you know...that's a thing, I guess.
4. There's no digital audio out. There's optical, sure, because that's the future. And there's RCA, because...that's the past? But my RS-160s are located in the present, and they operate on digital. Now, this obviously isn't a HUGE deal, since you can spend thirteen dollars to convert your optical to digital, or spent four and change on some RCA adapters, but if you use headphones or a sound system reliant on a digital audio out port, be sure you order some kind of adapter to get it working with this set right out of the box. Because apparently, RCA's still a big deal, but your headphones are a thing of the past.
In conclusion, this is an amazing deal for a great TV, and despite some very minor flaws, I'd recommend this to anyone looking to spruce up their dorm room, bedroom, office, or studio with a sleek budget television.
Second though, was that upon selecting picture presets, the back of the TV(not the speakers) started to hum depending on the setting. After playing with it, it appears that the Auto Brightness Control setting is causing the hum to get louder or change tone. Only the Vivid and Computer setting would not hum, and the Auto Brightness Control is set to OFF in those settings, but in all of the others, it is set to low, med, or hi, and the hum becomes louder the higher you get. Turning ON the Auto Brightness Control on Vivid or Computer mode will cause it to start humming again, and weirdly, turning it OFF on the other presets causes it to hum the loudest, no rhyme or reason really. I want to get this issue fixed instead of just sticking with Vivid or Computer mode all of the time.
I got in touch with Vizio support, and they were very quick and helpful, I have scheduled an on-site swap, at which point I will update this review.
5/11/15 Update: Their contracted shipper came and swapped out the TV, they hung around a few minutes so I could plug it in and test it, there was no hum on this one at all, so it seems like the original one was just a dud.
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