Vizio VF551XVT LCD HDTV First Impressions Review
Vizio has a reputation for producing good value televisions, and the VF551XVT might continue the trend.
Connectivity & Media
Audio & Video Ports
There are two sets of ports on the VF551XVT; one on the side of the case, and one on the back in a recessed panel. The first set of ports is designed for devices such as camcorders or digital cameras that need to be connected and disconnected on a regualr basis, while the back panel is for devices that are constantly connected. On the side panel there are right and left analog audio inputs, analog video input, component HD analog video inputs an HDMI port and a service port that is designed for custom installers and serious users to allow them to configure the display.
The side panels of the VF551XVT has a number of inputs
*On the back panel are most of the inputs and outputs
*The back ports are more numerous than the side ones; from the left we have 4 HDMI ports, a VGA port and analog audio input for connecting a PC, an S-Video input, composite and analog audio inputs, component video inputs and an antenna port. There are also two audio outputs; a set of stereo analog outputs and an optical digital audio out.
Media & Other Connectivity
One omission from the list of pots is any USB ports for connecting digital cameras or hard drives to play media from; the VF551XVT does not include this sort of functionality. This is somewhat surprising since the VF551XVT comes with a USB jump drive. This will change: Vizio has recently announced a new sytem called Connected HDTV, where compatiable models will be able to access Internet content and run Widgets over a built-in wireless connection. But this is not available on this model, and models that include it won't be released until the fall.
The side ports are conveniently located for plugging in and removing devices, while the back ports are more awkward to reach. However, having both types of ports is the best compromise here, providing easy access and keeping the more permanent cables out of the way.
Two speakers are located under the red sound bar panel. We weren't able to test the quality of these speakers.
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