Vizio VF551XVT LCD HDTV First Impressions Review
Vizio has a reputation for producing good value televisions, and the VF551XVT might continue the trend.
Tour & Design
The front of the VF551XVT has fairly classic Vizio styling, with a shiny black bezel surrounding the screen. But the big change on previous models is the red sound bar under the screen, which holds the speakers. Vizio said that they haven't decided if this will be the final color or not, but it's certainly striking. The glowing Vizio logo is below the screen, but previous models have allowed you to turn this off if it is distracting.
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Because of the way that the demo unit we looked at was placed, we weren't able to get a good look at the back. However, the major feature on it is the slightly recessed panel that holds most of the ports, plus a series of screws that allow for a standard VESA wall mount to be used. There are also a number of grills that allow air to circulate from the components inside so they don't get too toasty.
The ports panel is the main feature on the back of the VF551XVT
The main action on the sides of the VF551XVT is on the left side, which holds both the secondary ports panel and the control buttons.
The left side (at the left) is the location of the second ports panel and the controls
The stand of the VF551XVT is a pretty standard affair; a simple plastic stand that does not allow for rotation or tilting the screen. But we've found that the stand on previous Vizio models were tough enough to stand up to everyday use, and we see no reason to expect that this one won't be the same.
The stand does not rotate
The VF551XVT has a pretty simple, straightforward design that won't get in the way of the main business of showing video. Our main concern from an aesthetic point of view is the red sound bar; it could be somewhat distracting. However, Vizio did stress that this is not confirmed; they may change the color of the sound bar in the final model. The shiny bezel may also be a bit distracting if it catches reflections.
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