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Vizio VW32L LCD HDTV Review

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The Vizio VW32L is a simple television with simple ambitions.

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Color Temperature

The color temperature consistency of the Vizio VW32L is very good. As you can see from the chart below, we ran the TV through the gamut, from darkest to brightest signals, and the TV almost never strayed into the 'perceptible error limit,' meaning you could not see the change. Only at the very brightest signals did the whites warm up a little, which may cause a reddish tinge of color. More on how we test color temperature.

Color Temperature Chart

RGB Curves

The RGB curves that the Vizio VW32L produced are good. Looking at the chart below, what you want to see is a smooth line with as little aberration or horizontal flat-lining as possible.

The lines are indeed pretty smooth. The blue channel shows the most jaggedness. To the eye, this would be characterized by color banding, which we did see during the review process. However, we like that the red, green, and blue channels all move in a more-or-less seamless curve. No one channel in particular failed. On the down side, you'll notice the flatness of the curve on the lower left side. That's where the TV failed to find much information in the shadows and darker colors. We saw the same results in our black and white testing. This TV does not handle blacks very well. More on how we test RGB curves.

RGB Curves Chart

Below are a series of digitally recreated color strips that represent the color curves above. As you can see, none of the TVs quite match the ideal performance, but these strips make it clear which TVs have better shadow details.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Samsung LN32B460 Comparison
  14. Insignia NS-LDVD32Q-10A Comparison
  15. Memorex MLT3221 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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