Vizio's LCD TV finally fulfills its earlier promise
25 August 2012
Summary: The Vizio E series offers picture quality nearing the more expensive M series and is a very good choice if you value its Smarts and styling.
Pros: The Vizio E0i series shows deep black levels, a uniform screen, and commendable bright-room performance, making it a solid midlevel LCD TV. The Smart content selection is excellent. With its thin bezel, the set has a more compact, sleeker look than many competitors.
Cons: The set's local-dimming system can cause crushing, obscuring shadow detail; the dimming effect can be very obvious on some scenes; the so-called 120Hz refresh rate does nothing to improve picture quality.
Conclusion: A few minor quirks aside, we think this Vizio TV provides real value. The E420i-A0’s solid picture quality, useable on-board audio and impressive Smart TV interface make it a product we’d be happy to have at the center of our home theater. Those looking to move into the 1080p Smart TV arena without breaking the bank will find the Vizio E420i-A0 a formidable contender.
Pros: Good picture quality, Relatively slim design, Excellent Smart TV platform, Great feature set, Affordable
Cons: Minor white washout on select mediums, Occasional jitter in fast-paced scenes, Smart Dimming feature lowers picture quality