One of the biggest obstacles to mass adoption of 3D is the high price of sets with that feature, but Vizio looks to ease those concerns with its sub-$900 (at retail) E3D0VX series of 3D LCD TVs. There are trade-offs to getting 3D at this price point, but experts and users thus far say that while videophiles may not be impressed, the series will do just fine for most typical users.
Falls short of better TVs, but picture quality is still very good. These sets are driven by a conventional (CCFL) backlight. Better sets use LED backlights and local dimming to produce much deeper blacks. Some, such as Vizio's step-up M3D0KD series, can produce blacks that compare favorably to those on plasma TVs. Uniformity on the Vizio E3D0VX could be better, but that's an issue with many LCD TVs. Most reviewers say that blacks are deep enough to satisfy all but the most critical viewers and that colors are excellent. The matte screen makes this set a good fit for rooms with moderate lighting. The set's enhanced refresh rate is 120 Hz (actual), which does a good job of controlling motion artifacts.
For the price, this set comes well equipped. The E3D0VX uses passive- rather than active-shutter technology to deliver its 3D effect. Brighter pictures and the ability to use cheap, lightweight glasses are the big advantages. Reduced resolution (half the resolution of the source if it were 2D) is the big trade-off. While purists might turn up their noses, we've seen expert and user reviews that say the reduced resolution is acceptable, and that subjective 3D picture quality is in many ways better than that of other 3D sets, whether they use passive- or active-shutter technology.
Vizio packs some additional goodies into this set. A nice stable of Internet content providers covers most of what's come to be expected. You'll find Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus and Pandora. Wi-Fi is built in. One glaring omission is the lack of DLNA support, so you can't stream content from your computer, though playback of local photo and music files from a USB drive is supported.
Nice remote, but the set itself is pretty pedestrian. As CNET puts it, "The chunky Vizio E3D0VX series won't win any beauty contests." The use of a CCFL backlight almost mandates a thicker bezel and cabinet depth compared to sets that use LED technology. The stand does not swivel. Connectivity and access to ports is pretty good, however, and CNET appreciates that connections are labeled in such a way that less experienced users can see which provide the best quality. The two-sided remote is well liked, and includes a full QWERTY keyboard that makes using the set's Internet features easier.
If you can live without the best picture quality, there's a lot of bang for the buck. You'd be hard pressed to find another set with both 3D and Internet features at this low a price. However, picture quality is a step back from that of other sets, muddying the value equation.
Introduced in 2011, the E3D0VX continues on for now as an entry-level set, with entry-level pricing and picture performance, but anything but entry-level features. While the picture quality is actually pretty good for its class, that's setting a pretty low bar. If you can afford to spend more, Vizio's step-up M3D0KD series, which has an LED backlight, offers a similar feature set but throws an image on the screen that clearly outclasses the E3D0VX -- along with most other mainstream LED TVs.
Excellent CNET is less impressed with the Vizio E3D420VX than other reviewers. The feature lineup is impressive, but picture quality drags down the set's appeal.
Review: Vizio E3D420VX Review, David Katzmaier, Nov. 15, 2011
Excellent TelevisionInfo.com looks at the 42-inch E3D420VX. Video performance is called a step above other entry-level TVs and competitive with even high-end choices in many ways. The fact that the E3D420VX also offers high features without the high price is a major plus.
Review: Vizio E3D420VX HDTV Review, Christian Sherden, Aug. 12, 2011
Excellent ConsumerReports.org evaluates the 42-inch Vizio E3D420VX. Testing is done. Discussion looks to be expanded from the past, but it still falls short of what's found elsewhere.
Review: Vizio E3D420VX, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
Very Good While Andrew Robinson finds some shortfalls, and clearly is not a fan of 3D either on the silver screen or the TV screen, he finds lots to like in the 47-inch Vizio E3D470VX in this testing-based review. He adds that even if it were a little more expensive, the set would be worth considering for its 2D and 3D performance.
Review: Vizio E3D470VX, Andrew Robinson, May 12, 2011
Very Good User reviews for the 47-inch E3D470VX reveal a high level of satisfaction here, and the majority give the set a perfect rating (5 stars out of 5). Though some cite some issues -- including one individual who says he liked the picture quality but got two units that turned themselves off every 15 to 20 minutes -- around 95 percent of the more than 200 who weigh in say they would recommend the TV to a friend.
Review: Vizio 47" Class 3D LCD 1080p 120Hz HDTV, E3D470VX, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of Aug. 2011