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  • Best of Year 2012
  • Editors' Choice

VIZIO E552VLE Smart LCD HDTV

55 in.

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

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Design

The VIZIO E552VLE is a 2012 LCD HDTV that features a slew of apps, widgets and modern picture and sound options. That being said, it certainly doesn't look like any of the other thin, big screen LCD TVs we've covered this year. It's about 4 inches thick at the sides, and sits proudly atop a pedestal-like stand that screws into the bottom of the TV, allowing for no swiveling or tilting. Even its on-set controls are sort of oddball, featuring buttons in an L-shape that can be pressed from two different, perpendicular angles. It's got a decent port selection, but the screen size--combined with the stand's inability to swivel--makes them a little tricky to access.

Personally, there's something we like about this TV, maybe because it lets it all hang out and doesn't care. But we're also pretty sure most people will find it to be clunky, inflexible, and wholly "American" in its design.

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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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