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  • Best of Year 2012
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VIZIO E552VLE Smart LCD HDTV

55 in.

An inexpensive, mid-range LED TV that’s odd in every way.

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Connectivity

The VIZIO E552VLE has two connectivity areas; along the left side of the TV (below the on-set controls) and on the back, left-hand side. The side placed ports are your "quick access" ports, the ones likely to need access the most often. The side ports offer two USB inputs for photo/music/video playback and a single HDMI input.

You'll notice with some amusement that the side HDMI is labeled "best." On the back, the component/AV input is labeled "better." Whose weird idea was it to label ports by subjective preference? Though it is true that HDMI will give a higher resolution signal than component, it still struck us as humorous.

Connectivity Tour Image 1

The back, left-hand side of the TV features a slightly recessed area for the rest of the E552VLE's port options. Here, you'll find ports for an ethernet cable (wired connection), a coaxial jack for cable/antenna connection, optical (SPDIF) or stereo (3.5mm) audio outs, 3 more HDMI (BEST) inputs, a shared component/composite AV input, a VGA input (for PC), and an audio in jack for your PC audio.

Overall, the E552VLE gives most users enough ports to get by, and they're fairly easy to access and use. They'd be a lot easier to access if the TV swiveled, but it has bigger problems VIZIO needs to fix first.

Connectivity Tour Image 2
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Tour & Design
  4. Connectivity
  5. Performance
  6. Picture Quality
  7. Screen Performance
  8. Audio
  9. Power Consumption
  10. Calibration
  11. Software & Internet
  12. Apps & Internet Features
  13. Software & Interface
  14. Conclusion
  15. Photo Gallery
  16. Ratings & Specs
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