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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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Menu Interface

VIZIO's main menu is a 3x3 grid of various sub-menus: Input, which allows you to select a source signal; Wide, which allows you to set your picture size; CC, a sub-menu specifically for closed captions settings; Sleep Timer; Picture, where you'll calibrate your TV and select a video mode; Audio, for EQ settings and toggling of surround sound; Network, for setting up your wired or wireless internet connection; Settings, for major TV functions; and Help, a troubleshooting guide that's built in.

Most of these menus seem a little unnecessary; for instance, CC could be folded into Settings, as could Help, and Wide could be integrated into Picture. But maybe VIZIO just wanted that uniform rectangle of boxes. We like having a separate menu for closed captions, but don't like having to set picture settings and picture size in separate menus.

Menu Main Photo

The Settings menu allows you to set your input source (so why have an Input menu, too?) and to name said inputs, allows for the toggling of parental controls, and to select things like native Menu language. Take particular note of "Game Mode," which needs to be on for gaming, or you're going to have some serious input lag.

Menu 2 Photo
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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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