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VIZIO E3D420VX 42 Inch Class Theater 3D LCD HDTV Buying Guide

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

VIZIO E3D420VX 42 Inch Class Theater 3D LCD HDTV with VIZIO Internet Apps


Vizio offers a 42-inch 3D immersive entertainment E3D420VX connected to the Internet with Wi-Fi, music playback and images from USB devices, and solid audio / video performance for a price that may surprise you.

Easily connect to the Internet and stream movies and TV shows, listen to music and get the latest news, sport and weather. The latest Internet Applications Vizio (EIA), the platform offers a wide range of web content into your living room without the need for a PC or set-top boxes. Or a network cable, for that matter: connect wirelessly with built-in Wi-Fi 802.11n. Enjoy video instant streaming video from Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and VUDU Plus, social networking on Facebook and Twitter, a variety of music from Rhapsody and Pandora, the last time NBA Game NBA action, and a host of other content with the touch of a button.

Product Features
  • 42-inch CCFL-backlit LCD HDTV with 1080p resolution, 3D video, and VIZIO internet apps
  • Immersive VIZIO Theater 3D uses lightweight, inexpensive polarized glasses (two pairs included)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with Internet Apps for access to Netflix, VUDU HD movies, Pandora Internet radio, and more
  • 120Hz refresh rate for smooth, super-sharp viewing for fast-action sports and movies
  • Playback of MP3 audio files and JPG images with full-screen slideshows via USB devices
  • 1080p Full HD Resolution
  • 120 Hz refresh rate
  • Includes 2 pairs of VIZIO 3D glasses (1 premium, 1 basic)
  • Theater 3D Bring the movie theater 3D experience home!
  • VIZIO Internet Apps with built-in WiFi 

Technical Details
  • Brand Name: Vizio
  • Model: E3D420VX
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Image Contrast Ratio: 200000:1
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Refresh Rate: 120

Vizio E3D420VX Specifications at

Unpacked Vizio E3D420VX 3D LCD HDTV

Awesome 3D TV for the price ..
I was looking for 3D TV for more than a year before I bought this TV. Plasma was my vote as the lack of deep black levels was something very obvious to me my last two TVs. I was interested in Panasonic GT25 series for everything but the cost of glasses and putting remain active (battery, wear, etc.) was prohibitive (this is a 2nd TV in the room).

The first time I heard of passive devices based glasses RPF was about a year ago. It was said that the best thing to do, but being a geek who has been burned before departure, I was skeptical that the 3D effect is very good. I'm sure there will be sacrifices in terms of 2D image quality, but I was really surprised at the quality of the images (2D and 3D) on this TV. The device can not be beat in terms of image quality and features at this low price (similarly capable LG televisions (although with 240 Hz and a couple of bells and whistles) is more than double).
I have had an HDTV (this being my 3rd) for the past 5 years and this TV has the best image quality and features and costs the least.


- Even though this is an LCD panel the blacks levels are actually pretty good.
- PS3 and XBOX360 on HDMI look fantastic and there are several modes available to tweak color temp and/or brightness hue contrast levels.
- 3D effect looks amazing with both games and movies. I have had the TV for only a day so I have not had a chance to watch a full length 3D movie yet. 3D games I tried include wipeout HD which looks amazing. I had tried this game previously on a 3D Sony TV before and this one looks just as good while costing one 3rd.
- Lots of options are available for different settings e.g. Zoom has 4 settings (normal, wide, zoom, panoramic)
- Internet apps are available for flickr, facebook, NEtflix, VUDU, Amazon video on demand, Blockbuster and lots of news station. Not needing to power up my PS3 (for netflix) or my PC (for amazon video on demand) mean power savings :).
- Qwerty keyboard on the remote makes using these internet apps a breeze.
- The TV has wifi n and ethernet both which makes it very flexible. It has 3 HDMI ports and 1 component and 1 VGA port.
- It has capability to play songs and display pictures a usb disk (has 2-3 usb ports, I tried connecting my western digital passport and it worked great)but no movies. Pictures app has a lot of different transitions that make the slideshow and normal photo viewing great.
- The passive glasses are much lighter and more comfortable than active shutter glasses I had tried before. I wear glasses so I have to wear these on top of my existing ones and they have been much easier to handle than other glasses. I believe one can get clip-on type attachments (generic variety not from Vizio) for prescription glasses as well.


- None that I can think of. The TV has surpassed my expectations for its price. To nitpick it is not 240HZ, or LED backlit, does not support PIP or POP. There are less options available compared to TVs that cost more than twice as much.
- After a couple of weeks of use I can definitely say that the TV is a little slow to start compared to my older HDTV, granted this one has internet apps (implying an embedded processor with an OS that needs to boot) but it is a noticeable difference. Since, this feature was not something I could test with other floor models, this could just be the norm for internet enabled TVs.

More than a 3D TV!
Earlier I gave this TV a negative review for 2 reasons:
1. 3D would not work with my Playstation 3 and Killzone 3.
2. Games had noticeable lag during gameplay.

After a few touch-ups around, I solved both problems. The problem I have with this is that because 3D TV is relatively new, that requires HDMI 1.4 cables to enable 3D content to work. So if you plan to use it with an older HDMI cable, think twice. Online forum can say otherwise, but it will take someone who has experienced the frustration of a serious problem, you need HDMI 1.4 CABLE for 3D.

The problem with the game is delayed because the default settings on the TV. You have to go to settings and enable "game mode". Until you change this setting on the TV and games are practically unplayable CoD other fast pace action due to input offset.

After these problems are resolved, then it's smooth sailing for gamers and movie lovers alike. This is a great value for a TV with these features and is really running. My only complaint is that the other players are very poor. It only a problem if you do not have a speaker system. From now on this TV is not available on Amazon, so I suggest anyone who wants to buy to go to their nearest Wal-Mart and pick it up. You can not go wrong with a deal so good!