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Vizio M501d-A2R

alaTest has collected and analyzed 880 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the size and design are overall positive. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the energy efficiency and glare, and there are some mixed comments about the sound.

value for money, usability, image quality, design, size

remote control, reliability, glare, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Vizio M501d-A2R is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Vizio M501D-A2R


The Vizio M501D-A2R is a surprisingly stylish, affordable LED-backlit HDTV that sports tons of features, good picture quality, and out-of-the-box 3D for eight people.

Good all-around performance. Solid 3D. Generous feature set

3D shows crosstalk when viewed too close or off-axis. Dark scenes can look slightly muddy

Vizio has once again produced a very good big-screen HDTV for a reasonable price. While the Vizio E601I-A3 proved that you can get a solid 60-inch screen for under a grand, the M551D-A2R proves that you can get a very good 55-inch, 3D-capable screen...

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Vizio M501d-A2R


Vizio has been around a while now, and though it started as a budget brand it has been making some small steps toward improving its image, and with the new M-Series the improvement is literal. The M-Series is inarguably the best-looking TV the company...

The Vizio M-Series M1d-A2R is an excellent value with great design and a snappy picture; it has excellent shadow detail, fairly deep black levels, and excellent processing; and its Smart TV access has been improved.

It doesn't have as deep a black level as a plasma; it suffers from a slight red push; it has a reflective screen; Yahoo apps aren't very slick; and the remote sensor isn't very responsive.

The Vizio M-Series offers a potent combination of excellent design, decent picture quality, and a pocket-friendly price.

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"Purchased M series but it doesn't work."


Don't buy it unless you know it works. You won't get any help.

It looks real good on paper but unfortunately not so good when you plug it in.

Screen freezes during setup for the internet connection. Customer service is nonexistent.


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"Great TV for the money or ortherwise"


I bought this TV while looking for a Budget TV and found this one that blows most non budget TV's out of the water.

Great Screen

Sound is not the best

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Great TV but


This TV has amazing picture quality and the sound is very good as well however, if you are a gamer like me this TV is not for you. For some strange reason the PS3 and this Vizio model do not get along. When the Playstation is ideal the TV will just...

The picture and the sound

menu options and PS3 interactions

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Great smart TV for kids to watch


the controller is bad. I have to press hard on the keys and hold them for longer to get it to respond, and I experienced freezing of the volume, channel selector and the on/off buttons. So I have to unplug the power and press on again to make it...

able to search baby video on youtube

Short battery life for the remote, and no web brower

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Amazing Picture Value


For the price, in my opinion this is the best value TV on the market right now. The 1080 resolution with the 240 hrtz refresh rate provide an amazing image, one that can't be beat for the price. I have had a few issues with the TV when it goes into 3D...

The Price

Odd glitches every once in a while

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Great 3D HDTV on the budget


Great 3D HDTV for amazing price. I really enjoy this TV that comes with easy set up internet connection. It comes with 8 pairs of very light, 3D glasses. For best 3D experience, I recommend to pair the TV with 3D dvd player. Some of the reviews...

3D, picture quality, internet

Vizio apps, sound quality

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I am really happy with the tv.


I would recommend this TV to anyone. It's easy to operate, the picture is excellent. Would have to buy a sound bar or systems to deal with sound though.This product has... Useful Internet-enabled features, Easy to set up, Great value and features for...

Picture, and Smart TV options

sound without sound bar is really lame

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My first smart TV, I love it


I loved it so much I bought another one, same thing! Price is great too!This product has... Useful Internet-enabled features, Easy to set up, Great value and features for the price, Right number of connections, Easy to use remote controlAbout me......

Great picture, Love that I can do a lot of other stuff on it