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Vizio E551i-A2 (E550i) Review

55" 1080p Razor LED edge lit LCD TV

by , Senior Reviewer

The E series LED TVs for 2013/2014 is an affordable lineup from Vizio. The Vizio E551i stands to compete in the very competetive 55 inch size class of value televisions. This TV features excellent picture quality, a slim LED design, local dimming, plenty of HDMI inputs, and SRS surround sound built in. That's quite the long list of features for a TV that comes in at under the $900 mark.

The difference between the E551i and the E550i is the depth of the TV. The E551i has a depth very close to 2 inches while the E550i is closer to 4 inches. There is also a difference in the price with the E550i being less.

Picture and Viewing Features

The Vizio E551i-A2 is loaded with picture quality features that present the best quality image regardless of the content or room the TV is placed in.

The Razor LED backlighting system is the driving force behind picture quality on this set. A refresh rate of 120Hz and a 6ms response time ensure smooth and stable images. This TV has a dynamic contrast ratio of 200,000:1 and 16.7 million colors to make for great picture reproduction. Vizio packed and advances local dimming feature into this one that helps to present the best contrast for the picture. The screen is divided into zones that the TV can independently control for the most accurate color, brightness, and contrast. For a value TV, the E551i-A2 really packs a punch with the picture quality features.

Appearance

The Razor LED design give it a super slim appearance with a metal frame and stand to boot. Vizio has also slimmed the bezel around the picture so you get more picture for the actual physical size of the TV. This design brings Vizio's TVs an updated appearace that will shine in every living room.

Audio

This TV has the same SRS TruSurround speaker system as many of the other entries in the E-series. The TruSurround system is designed to give you a more immersive experience with deep bass and clear dialogue from speakers specifically designed for use in flat panel TVs.

Internet Applications and Connectivity

The Vizio E551i-A2 has built in wifi so you can get access to the Vizio Internet Apps (V.I.A.) without any trouble whatsoever. You'll find that Vizio's smart TV platform gets you to all of the apps you are really going to need on the TV. You get access to plenty of content apps like Youtube and Netflix. You can also log onto all of your favorite social networks and find news from many different sources. There isn't any fancy gesture control or voice recognition. This can be considered a good thing because voice features on smart TVs are still being perfected.

Standout Features

  • 11 x 49.1 x 31 inches
  • Full HD 1080p
  • 120Hz Razor LED Backlit
  • 802.11n single band wifi built in
  • Thin bezel for larger image
  • Plenty of HDMI, USB, component, and PC inputs


Jack Burden Jack Burden has been reviewing and writing reviews in the consumer electronics category for 7 years with CEAG. He considers grayscale gradation, film patterned retarders, and focus field drives to be fun topics. Read more about Jack

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