Excerpt: Some TV makers have stopped offering LED-backlit LCD HDTVs with local dimming in order to focus on edgelit versions instead, but the value-minded brand Vizio continues its support of this important, performance-oriented product category with three updated top-tier models.
Excerpt: (1 items) Editor's note: This review of the Vizio XVT3SV series is based on our hands-on testing and evaluation of the 55-inch XVT553SV. According to the manufacturer, the image quality and features should be equivalent for each TV in this model line. Vizio has built a reputation for manufacturing flat-screen TVs that deliver great value for the money, and their XVT3SV series does not disappoint.
Pros: Supports Bluetooth remote and other peripherals, Treats streaming video apps as a separate input
Cons: Surround sound lacks depth, Remote control is a bit too big and thick
Conclusion: VIZIO has come a long way and the proof lies in the XVT473SV. You could easily see a display manufacturer cramming this much technology into a display - internet apps, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a keyboard-equipped remote - and then failing to address the more important issue of picture quality. But VIZIO didn't go that route. Instead, VIZIO has developed their finest-performing HDTV to date, and added these exciting technologies as icing on the cake.
Pros: Inky, deep blacks, QWERTY keyboard remote control, Integrated Bluetooth and wireless, Robust internet app suite, Inky, deep blacks, QWERTY keyboard remote control, Integrated Bluetooth and wireless, Robust internet app suite
Cons: Overly-reflective, high gloss bezel, non-swivel stand, No YouTube or Hulu Plus, Can't hide/minimize menus during video calibration, Minor software glitches, such as no signal "Info" during HDMI viewing
Summary: With the XVT473SV, VIZIO earns our Highly Recommended rating by combining state of the art video technology with a long list of must-have features. And the bow on this winning package is a highly competitive price.