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Vizio E371VL Review

Model: Vizio E321VL
Description: 37" LCD TV
Resolution: 1920 X 1080 (1080p)
Panel Life: 50,000 hours to half life
Reviewer: Robert Wiley
Date: Summer 2011

Introduction

Vizio sells more small LCD TVs in the U.S. than any other manufacturer so it's worth putting one of these hot sellers which can be found at Costco, Sams Club or Target through some testing to find out what the consumer is getting.

Picture Quality Rating (Non-HD): 6/10


This standard definition shot from the DVD of The Truman Show shows good definition.

Sources from non-HD programming look a bit dim with our calibrated picture settings. In Movie Picture mode we lost a lot of color and the picture appeared too dim and lifeless, however when switching to Standard Picture mode, the color saturation improved significantly but we sacrificed dark shadow detail. Dark shadows detail is nearly completely lost. So I recommend using both our settings and the Standard Picture Mode setting depending upon what type of programming your watching. HD programming seems fine with our Movie Mode settings. So that's one of my main complaints with this TVs picture quality – inconsistency. There is some judder, jerkiness during slow pannning from the 60Hz LCD panel.

Picture Quality Rating (HD): 7.5/10


A bright shot from the Blu Ray of Alexander.

Features Rating: 5/10

Appearance: The E321VL is not bad looking with a black gloss frame that triangulates in the front as in bevels. It adds a little touch of design to what would otherwise be an overly boring layout. The TV comes with a black gloss plastic rectangle table stand which the TV must be screwed into. Vizio includes the screws and screwdriver in the box.

Value Rating: 8/10

Currently the Vizio E371VL costs around $400 from authorized Internet dealers and retailers. It offers a decent feature set and quality in this size and there just isn't as much in the 37" size anymore. Competition is from the LG 37LK450.

Overall Rating: 6.6/10

See the Calibrated Picture Settings for the Vizio E371VL

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Class: 37"
Tuner: NTSC/ATSC/QAM
Native Panel Resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels
Signal Compatibility: 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Colors: 1.06 Billion
Computer Support: 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 768, 800 x 600, 640 x 480 via RGB/HDMI
Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 100,000:1
Brightness: 500 cd/m2
Response Time: 8ms
Viewable Angle: 178/178 degrees (horizontal/vertical)
Pixel/Dot Pitch: 0.510mm(H) x 0.510mm(V)
SRS TruSurround HD™: Yes
SRS TruVolume™: Yes
SRS TruSurround XT™: No
HDMI with HDCP 2
RF Connector for Internal Tuner 1
Component YPbPr plus Stereo Audio: 1
S-Video:
Computer RGB: 1
Composite Video: 1
USB Ports: 1
USB Ports: 1
SPDIF Digital Optical: 1
Stereo Audio: 1
Refresh Rate: 60Hz
Smooth Motion: No
Panel Type: CCFL, LCD
Picture-in-Picture (PIP): No
Picture-outside-Picture (POP): No
Zero Bright Pixel Defect Guarantee: Yes
V-Chip: Yes
3D Comb Filter: No
3:2 or 2:2 Reverse Pull-down: No
ATSC with 8VSB & QAM demodulation: No
ATSC with MPEG-2 decoding: No
NTSC Video decoding via Video: No
Progressive Scan Video: No
Color Temperature: 5400K, 6300K and 9300K
Color Fine Tuning: Red/Blue/Green
Speakers: Built-in 10W x 2 Speakers
Panel Lamp Life (typical): 50,000 Hours
Voltage Range: 120Vac at 50/60Hz
Power Consumption: 49W, <0.37W Standby
VIZIO Remote Control: VR15


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