Vizio E420i-A1 (E420) Review
42" 1080p Razor LED edge lit LCD TV
by Jack Burden, Senior Reviewer
Vizio has stepped up their game for the holiday season. A new line of Razor LED TVs in the E-series that keep form factor slim and include smart TV features is on the way. This model, the E420I-A1, is the 2nd largest in the line up. So why should you be interested? Most TVs released at this size this year include 3D features. This one doesn't. The E420I-A1 left 3D behind but didn't skip on picture quality or online connectivity. The 1080p 120Hz LED backlit picture is going to impress when it comes to movies and sports alike. Vizio has made a TV for those who want those larger sizes in their living rooms without dealing with 3D.
The E420i and the E420 models have a few differences. The E420i features the Vizio Internet Apps and the E420 does not. Another difference is in the refresh rates. The E420i has a 120Hz panel and the E420 has a 60Hz panel. There is a small price difference in price to reflect the features.
Picture and Viewing Features
The Vizio E420I-A1 is loaded with picture features to create a top 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 2 million to 1 and 16.7 million colors to make for great picture reproduction. The TV is going to produce deep blacks and bright whites while keeping colors bright and accurate. This models also incoporates an ambient light sensor for automatically adjusting brightness of the TV according the current light in the room.
The ultra slim form factor is also very attractive and really makes a huge difference on how this mammoth TV looks in the living room. Vizio has also slimmed the bezel around the picture so you get more picture for the size of the TV. These two features together make for a great looking TV on the physical side of things.
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 E420I-A1 comes enabled for wireless connection out of the box for access to Vizio's suite of internet apps. This gets you access to just about all of the best places online to stream media, connect to social networks, or read the news.
It's also got a pretty neat two-sided remote. One side has all the standard buttons for surfing the channels, using a DVR, or controlling a blu-ray player. The other side has a full QWERTY keyboard with a 4-way directional pad and gaming buttons. This opens the possibility for gaming with ease on through the internet suite.
- Full HD 1080p
- 120Hz Razor LED Backlit
- 2-sided QWERTY remote
- 802.11n single band wifi built in
- Thin bezel for larger image
- Plenty of HDMI, USB, component, and PC inputs
|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|