Vizio E650i-A2 Review
65" 1080p LED edge lit LCD TV
by Jack Burden, Senior Reviewer
This is the largest of the Vizio LED TVs that implement internet connectivity but don't have the Razor LED design. That means it has a little more physical depth, but that's about it. It measures in at around 3.5 inches deep. For some, the attractive thin bezels make more of an impact on the look of the TV over the depth. The display is full HD 1080p and its got a refresh rate of 120Hz. It's a really great package that is offered at an even better deal. $1300 will get this one in your living room. 65-inch LEDs from the other manufacturers get close to the $2000 mark.
Picture and Viewing Features
The LED backlighting provides decent picture quality on the E650i. The picture is plenty bright so peak whites are not a problem on this set. Colors are another strong point. The backlight helps to achieve vibrant colors that pop off the screen. They tend to be oversaturated at times, but there may be a desire for that look. Black levels and contrast are lacking and are much better on some of the more expensive LED TVs. Side viewing angles are a bit weak as well. Contrast begins to degrade as you move from the center, but they are getting better in this area.
The 120Hz refresh rate is a great feature for a TV of this size. Motion blur and judder are much more noticable as the screen gets bigger and bigger. Sports and action movies are great on this 65 inch set. Images are smooth and stable even though the camera is panning or objects are moving quickly across the screen.
Vizio Internet Apps
The Vizio E650i-A2 comes with wifi right in the TV so you don't have to worry about finding a long enough Ethernet cable. It connects to the Vizio Internet Apps (V.I.A.) quickly and easily once you scan for an active wifi network. Vizio's smart TV platform gets you to all of the apps that you'll find on a lot of the other smart TV platforms. The amount of apps may not be here, but the amount of usable ones is pretty high. Most of them deal with streaming music and video content, but you'll also find news apps from various sources. 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.
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.
For $1300 the E650i-A2 is a fantastic deal. TVs from Sharp like the LC-60LE657U and the Toshiba 58L4300U come the closest as competition. These TVs cost a little more, but offer similar feature sets. The Vizio has the upper hand be being a little bigger for less money. The internet features and the fast refresh rate really bring a lot of value to the table.
|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|