First Impressions: Easy to set up, this HDTV has a clear picture with simple controls and multiple inputs if you have a few video sources. It doesn't require lots of arcane set up -- although you can make several adjustments if you want. When we compared the picture to our (more expensive) 46" Samsung 7000 series, the Vizio's picture seemed a bit flat and we noticed the Vizio doesn't automatically dim like the Samsung when the ambient light dims.
Unboxing: The Vizio is surprisingly easy to get out of the box -- remove 2 plastic tabs on each side and lift the box up leaving the TV in the base of the box. It is easy to lift the unit out of the box base because you (and a friend!) can reach the bottom of the TV to lift it.
What's in the box: There's not a lot of attachments or other loose items to lose -- just the TV, remote, two AA batteries for the remote, the power cord, manuals, and a cable to attach between the TV and wall behind to stabilize the TV and prevent tipping forward. The power cord is the standard PC power cord, which is good if this one gets lost. The base is already attached to the TV so if you're setting it on a table or entertainment unit, then it's ready to go. The base comes off if you want to attach it to the wall. A wall bracket is not included, but there are 4 mounting holes on the back for one.
The TV itself is moderately thin by today's standards -- but not ultra thin. It's about 4" thick, stands about 29.5" tall and 42 5/8" wide and the base is about 10 1/4" from front to back. There are handy carrying handles on the top back of the case to make it easier to lift.
Most of the input ports are on the back, but there are a few convenience ports on the side (one HDMI and composite video) for connecting a video camera or a friend's game player. The side panel area also has a convenient set of buttons that let you do just about everything the remote does (which is handy if the remote goes missing under the couch cushions! The power button is at the top and the buttons are easy to see and operate.
The rectangular base is solid enough, but it doesn't allow for the TV to be swiveled like our other TV, which made it harder for me to get to the ports at the back. The remote is pleasantly simple to work with with input selector buttons along the top to allow you to choose between input sources so you don't have to go through any menus to change sources. One complaint I have is small -- the shiny black plastic of the remote shows fingerprints very easily.
The on-screen menus are also simple and straight forward. You can adjust the picture quality and sound without having to read the manual. The speakers are on the front, and they sound decent even when cranking them up a bit.
The Picture-in-Picture (PIP) is easy to use with a PiP button on the remote for easy access.
All in all, this HDTV is a great value for the price and provides a bright, clear picture with good sound.