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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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Motion Performance

Motion Smoothness (6.5)

The Vizio VW32L did a satisfactory job with motion performance. For the most part, we're past the issue of LCD screens creating a motion lag through purely material issues. Instead, what we're looking for is the TV's processor, and in particular its ability to process complicated patterns.

Motion Artifacting (7.88)

Artifacting is anything you see on the screen that's not supposed to be there. All TV's produce some artifacting; better TVs have less. During our motion testing, we noticed that the Vizio VW32L was likely to produce instances of false coloration around high contrast areas. However, the Vizio did manage to reduce blinking or flickering that we see in some TVs. More on how we test motion performance.

3:2 Pulldown & 24fps

The Vizio VW32L is fully capable of performing 3:2 pulldown, which means you play 24fps content without worry. More on how we test 3:2 pulldown and 24fps.

Resolution Scaling

The Vizio VW32L is a TV with a native 720p display. But the world we live in has a lot of content that comes in other resolutions. Read below for details on each alternate resolution. Overall, the Vizio VW32L proved to be rather uneven its performance. More on how we test resolution scaling.

480p

The Vizio VW32L handled 480p content very well, upscaling with very little problem. The screen lost 2% all around due to overscanning, but had no problem displaying things like fine text or high frequency patterns.

1080i

When confronted with 1080i content, the Vizio VW32L did not do as well. It lost 3% of the edges due to overscan, which is a lot, especially if you're displaying a computer input. When it tried high frequency patterns, we saw a fair amount of Moire patterns emerging.

1080p

With 1080p content, we saw the same problems as with 1080i: three-percent loss due to overscan and trouble with high frequency patterns.

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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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