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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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Value Comparison

The Memorex is not a good TV, so it's not hard to make a better one. Vizio comes out ahead, but not by much. The black levels performance and contrast ratio on both are terrible, though the color performance is fine. Both are cheap, as well, which makes this contest a bit of a toss-up. Overall, Vizio has the better brand reputation.

Blacks & Whites

The Memorex MLT3221's black & white performance is nearly as bad as the Vizio's. The blacks could only get as low as 0.33 cd/m2. As you can see from the chart below, similar TVs did much better. However, the Memorex did produce the brightest whites, which is a dubious achievement. Rarely are the masses wowed by bright whites.

Contrast Chart

Color Accuracy

The Memorex's color temperature is not quite as consistent as the Vizio's. Notice from the chart below how quickly the white point becomes bluish. The RGB color curves are more or less the same. Notably, the Memorex was much farther off the rec. 709 color standards, which hurts its color accuracy score.

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Motion

The Memorex showed smooth motion, but had lower scores in our Motion Artifacting test.

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Viewing Effects

The viewing angles of the Vizio VW32L and Memorex MLT3221 are essentially the same, roughly 24-25 degrees from center in either direction (49 degrees total). This is about average for an LCD TV.

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Connectivity

The Memorex has a slightly wider array of ports. Though it only has two HDMI ports (like the Vizio), it has 4 additional analog audio inputs. It also has an analog audio output, which the Vizio lacks.

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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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