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VIZIO E552VLE Smart LCD HDTV

55 in.

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

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Apps

VIZIO's smart TVs feature a comprehensive selection of apps and widgets, but that doesn't necessarily mean a lot of content. Rather than designing their own smart home page, VIZIO simply strings their apps/widgets along the bottom of the screen for browsing, and they're arranged in a completely random order. They've partnered with Netflix, Amazon, VUDU, and Rhapsody to bring you streaming content, but like Sony, they're leaning heavily on Yahoo! to provide most of their extraneous features.

Click here for more information on VIZIO's apps.

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Other Internet Features

Alongside their third-party, blue chip app and content providers, VIZIO's smart offering includes Yahoo! news, weather, stock information, and some odd, integrated apps like MGO (which isn't yet available) and an app called "Movie Player" that seems like a YouTube rip-off and might be rife with risque content.

Most of these extras seem like they were tacked on at the end; but what they didn't tack on was a web browser. Unlike every other smart platform we've reviewed (and we've looked at just about all of them,) VIZIO's smart TVs have no web browser. Considering almost every browser on the market is an exercise in clumsy navigation and slowly loading web sites, it's probably for the best.

Click here for more information on VIZIO's other internet features.

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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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