VIZIO E552VLE Smart LCD HDTV
An inexpensive, mid-range LED TV that’s odd in every way.
VIZIO may be America's largest retailer of LCD HDTVs by unit, but they sure are mysterious. We found it difficult to track down and discern which of their models were new for 2012, with so much buzz currently directed at the CinemaWide. Eventually, however, we did make contact. The first of those available for our reviewing pleasure is the Exx2VLE series, the "xVLE" series for 2012. Frankly, it's a decent TV, and they should be advertising it.
The VIZIO E552VLE is a very inexpensive, mid-range LED LCD that's odd in every way. It's super thick, gets as hot as some plasmas, consumes more energy per year than some plasmas, and is as dim as some plasmas, but it's not a plasma. Huh. It's got very good color production, but its contrast ratio is feeble. Yet for what you're paying--the MSRP is $1099--we think it's a fair deal. Despite the tacked on feel of VIZIO's "wireless internet apps" (are there wired, non-internet apps somewhere?), the TV is a solid performer, and has the cutest little remote we've ever seen.
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