Review of the Vizio 42" 3D Television
I purchased the Vizio 42" 3D television about a year ago. I had to by a new television
and I thought I may as well get one with the features I enjoy most. Since I do a lot
of things on the Internet, I also wanted a television that worked well online. The
television I chose fit my needs perfectly, though I could have gotten a larger television
without all the features for close to the same price, which was a little more than
I prefer the LCD televisions because I don't have to worry about the gases that are
used in the plasma televisions. I also tend to try to be energy efficient, so I wanted
a television that was more energy efficient than a plasma one while still offering
a crystal clear image. The Vizio 42" 3D television does have a nice crisp image, but
as with any HDMI technology, it takes a while to get used to the fact that the images
look so real.
If you're going to buy a 3D television, you need to get the accessories to go with
it. With the Vizio television, a 3D blue-ray player is a must simply because some
of the videos that you can stream online don't actually come across as 3D. Your only
option is to watch them using a DVD player. And if you're going to use HDMI technology,
you may as well get the blue-ray player as well. Be sure to get the right HDMI cord
to connect your DVD player to the television as well. Any HDMI cord works, but the
ones made for 3D televisions will offer a better viewing experience.
The television I bought came with the 3D glasses, but not all of them do. You can
purchase them if you are willing to spend more than you would on your own sunglasses,
but you can also get 3D glasses when you go to an IMAX movie and they work just as
Remote and Apps:
The remote that comes with the Vizio 3D television that I bought is every man's dream.
The front of the remote looks like your average remote, with a few extra apps. The
back of the remote offers a full keyboard to make using those apps much easier. The
reason for the keyboard is that this television offers apps that you can use on the
Internet. The television comes with apps such as Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo
News and much more. What this means for you is that if you stream movies from Netflix
you don't need to connect a device to use it. You don't even need an Ethernet cord
because the television connects to your wireless network.
The wireless Internet feature works great on the Vizio television just as long as
you can get through the setup process. There doesn't seem to be any delay with the
connection, but you have to have high speed Internet to use it. The setup process
can be traumatic if you don't know one simple thing; you cannot have mixed characters
on your router. The Vizio television isn't setup to deal with mixed characters so
your router password must be all numbers or all letters, none of which are capitalized.
I use the Pandora app on my television quite a bit. The sound is fantastic. Your movies
will be a whole new experience, but don't expect to rock the neighborhood with your
music. The quality is great, but the volume is limited if you're planning to use this
as a party feature.
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Conflicts with Blockbuster:
When I first bought the television I was able to rent streaming videos from Blockbuster.
After a couple of months Blockbuster told me that Vizio had to do an update after
the New Year to be able to use their service. I'm not sure if they had a conflict
between the companies or the television simply couldn't do the update. Whatever the
issue, you can't stream through Blockbuster, but you can still use Hulu or Amazon
While I personally don't play video games, my son does. He uses an Xbox 360 for his
games. His experience is such that he prefers the older style televisions. The games
he plays involve role playing and there seems to be a lag in the response time between
what he does on the controller and what happens on the screen. He doesn't experience
the lag with other televisions, but this is the only LCD television he has ever tried
it on. With that being said, I can't say whether this particular television is the
problem or not. If you're a parent, this might be the television you want to get if
your goal is to get the gaming system out of the living room.
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