42" 1080p 3D LED TV with Smart TV
by Jack Burden, Senior Reviewer
Vizio will have many new features for 2012 and includes many on the E3D420VX. This 42" HDTV is also is also 3D compatible which is almost unheard of in a 42" size TV. The backlighting used is LED rather than the traditional CCFL florescent backlighting normally used in this screen size.
Picture and Viewing Features
HD picture on the E3D420VX is much better than standard definition images. Color information is more saturated and the edges of images clean and sharp. We are impressed by the light flow through on this TV as well. The LCD panel is good with glare but also provides a flat picture appearance compared to better plasma and LED-LCD TVs. Viewing angles are surprisingly strong on this LCD TV. There was very slight degradation of black levels and contrast from side views but not extreme at all. This is very impressive result for an LCD TV of this price and size category.
The 3D feature in this TV is passive 3D rather active 3D which yields good color rendition and possibly less strain on the eyes. Passive 3D does not have as much depth or intensity however as active.
Internet Applications and Connectivity
The E3D420VX is one of the TVs being offered with Vizio Internet Apps (V.I.A.), a service that gives users instant access to full web content without using a computer or set-top box. With V.I.A., users can pull up such favorite programs as Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Flickr, Pandora, Rhapsody, VUDU, and Yahoo! TV Widgets.
This V.I.A.-enabled HDTV also features the Yahoo! Connected TV Store, which offers over 180 free and paid TV apps from popular brands like Amazon, Fandango, QVC, USA Today, Pandora, Showtime, and more. With TV apps, users can access more than just movies—there's sports, news, social networking sites, photos, music, and more, all available at the fingertips. People who visit https://connectedtv.yahoo.com can find out more about the many options they have with their Vizio HDTV. Additionally, with a VAP430 Stream Player, users can access everything the web has to offer in addition to whatever they have on their PC.
The inclusion of a 2-sided QWERTY keyboard remote is very unusual for this size of TV. The two sided remote allows full web browsing and access to all the Internet options.
SRS Surround Sound is included as well as many different sound option settings.
Preset easy to use Picture Mode options include a special Gaming Mode as well as Cinema, Standard, and several more.
Passive 3D compatibility including two pair of passive 3D glasses.
Wifi 802.11n capability for the Smart TV Vizio Internet Apps
|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|