Summary: I've had the VIZIO VBR200W Full HD Blu-ray Player with VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) for a week now and have put it through it's paces. As a little background on my usage, I bought this player for my bedroom to connect to my Samsung 40" 1080p LCD TV for Netflix streaming and blu-ray disc playback. - Blu-ray picture quality is very good, not as good as the PS3 but good regardless. - Tends to skip on blu-rays that aren't borderline perfect.
Summary: I've had this player for a couple of weeks now. Some of the reviews I've read here are completely contradictory to my experience. Overall, I'd have to say I'm well satisfied with the unit. Connecting to my wifi network was simple. I'm using WPA2 encryption on a Linksys N router and I'm not broadcasting my SSID. All I had to do was go to the manual setup on the menu, type in my network name and then enter in my password key.
Summary: I found my player at walmart, but wanted to include my review since I've read so many negative reviews here. positives: + player is easy to setup and had it connected to my wifi within minutes. All internet apps work great. Netflix loads/streams fast, VUDU is great for movies ($5.99 per movie is a bit much though), and Pandora radio is awesome. No lag and all streamed perfect. + the player looks nice and has a nice touch panel on the front of the player.
Summary: I have had the Vizio for over a month now. As far as the player goes, I love it, couldn't be happier. Some reviewers say it's noisy. After watching Netflix through my Xbox for some time now, I think the Vizio is very quiet. Do you get some noise, yes. But my play is in a cabinet with the door closed so only during the quietest point of a movie do I hear a faint sound. I do not find it distracting at all.
Summary: Sleek looking and an excellent buy. It would have been great to have had more apps like Amazon and Blockbusters. Like the wi-fi. The remote control is not laid out well: No back light. Print not easy to read. Control buttons are confusing and some are set too close to each other, making interference or wrong choices inevitable. Some of the actions (play, pause etc. are slow to react. Easy to connect to other equipment. Picture quality is good.
Pretty slick, but some drawbacks (No access to Amazon Video on Demand)
John Chaple "westportct1830", Amazon
30 March 2010
Summary: Actually pretty slick. Netflix, Vudu and Pandora are cool. Still, a few disappointments... - yes, batteries are practically DOA (similar responsiveness issues that others noted, but after changing to Duracells worked fine) - remote is infrared / unfortunately not bluetooth, so you must be in same room - one of the reasons I bought this was to get Amazon video on demand...
Summary: I received the item on Monday afternoon.On Tuesday morning I set it up in about 10-15 min. During the installation process, I ran into NO TECHNICAL PROBLEM. The item found my WiFi network quickly and before you know it I was online listening to Pandora. Later I watched Universal Soldier with Vudu. The picture quality was picturistic. So far so good. I am satisfied with this item. The only problem is the remote control that takes some getting-used-to.
Summary: No HDMI cable... Amazon clearly states: "...fits your screen. The included HDMI cable delivers the best picture quality and sound in a single connection..." in the second paragraph under the graphic of the player. Beyond that, the picture is great! The first disc I tried was the Spears and Munsil Calibration suite on Blu-Ray. Not only did my 551XVT pass with flying colors, so did the picture from the player.
Summary: Player seems to work as described. Setup was easy, Netflix connected and streamed a movie immediately after entering code. Haven't tried VuDu or Pandora yet, but will do so soon. BluRay looks great on the wifes' 720p Sony, and sounds fine. No battery issues as of yet. A few annoyances though. Player is quite loud when starting up a BluRay disc, though quiets down for actual movie.