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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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Overall Design

The Vizio VW32L would be hard to describe as pretty. It's boxy, with a matte finish. The speaker grills on the front definitely give it a 90s look. But it's cheap and functional, so don't ask for much.

Front

From the front, you can see a thick bezel and the speaker grills under the display. More stylish TVs typically hide the speakers underneath (called 'downward-firing' speakers).

Front Tour Image

Back

The back of the Vizio VW32L is home to all the ports, which are exceptionally hard to access. The labels face out for easy viewing, but the actual ports are hidden underneath a little shelf, and impossible to see unless you're crouching. It's very poor design. For information about the ports on the back of the Vizio VW32L see our Connectivity section.

Back Tour Image

Sides

The sides of the Vizio VW32L are unusually barren of features, considering how thick they are. On one side, you can see the onboard controls, but on the other side you won't find a single port. Strangely, there's a patch of space where ports or controls could be, but Vizio clearly opted out for this particular model. For information about the ports on the Vizio VW32L see our Connectivity section.

Sides Tour Image

Stand/Mount

The base of the Vizio VW32L is pretty flimsy, but it more than suffices for this small TV. Note: this base does not swivel. Sorry.

Stand Photo
The base does not swivel.

Controls

The onboard controls on the Vizio VW32L are all quite standard: power, menu, channel up/down, volume, and input. The buttons themselves are hard plastic and respond well when touched.

Controls Photo

Remote Control

The remote control is stripped down, compared to most HDTV remotes. There are precious few buttons, and any advanced features are buried somewhere in the menu. For more details, read the Remote Control section of this review.

Remote Control Photo

In the Box

The Vizio VW32L is an inexpensive TV, so don't expect much. It comes with the stand, a remote control, batteries, and an instruction manual. You won't find any cables, though, or any other easter eggs.

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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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