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VIZIO VF551XVT LCD TV(55")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 308 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the design and usability are generally positive. The sound and value for money are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the reliability and remote control. There are some mixed reviews about the build quality.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the VIZIO VF551XVT LCD TV(55") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Vizio VF551XVT

 

All of the top-line 2010 buzz in television land may be about 3D, but until those sets arrive later this year, LED backlit flat panels remain the technology to watch, since these models deliver mouth-watering picture quality. As long-time plasma...

Affordable 55-inch LED HDTV ; 5 HDMI inputs ; Good not great picture quality ; Surprisingly robust sound system

Quality not as good as competition ; Poor design (lose the silver trim) ; Remote should be better ; No Internet capability

Vizio’s VF551XVT offers full-array LED backlighting on a budget, if you can stomach the dingy industrial design.

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VIZIO VF551XVT 55" LCD LED HDTV

 

VIZIO has introduced a 55" (diagonal) LCD HDTV (1080p) that uses 960 LEDs in 80 control blocks as the backlighting. The control blocks change their brightness according to the brightness of the part of the scene that they responsible for illuminating....

The VIZIO HF551XVT is a terrific product. I bought the review unit, and I can't give any higher recommendation than that

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Vizio VF551XVT

 

Best known for its rock-bottom prices on HDTVs, Vizio continues to deliver the latest technology affordably with the VF551XVT. This 55-inch LCD model features LED backlighting and 240Mhz technology, and costs just $2,199around the same price other...

Very attractive price for a large-screen, LED-backlit LCD HDTV. 240MHz technology reduces motion blur. Accurate colors. Robust port selection. Low power consumption

Uninspired design. Narrow viewing-angle performance. Some noticeable artifacts in 1080p content

Despite an uninspired design and some minor picture issues, the 55-inch, LED-based Vizio VF551XVT delivers an overall solid picture and is one of the best HDTV bargains you'll find. And, it won't boost your electric bill.

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Vizio VF551XVT

 

We're willing to bet that when Vizio announced the VF551XVT back in January, plenty of savvy HDTV bargain hunters marked down "June" as the time they'd buy this 55-inch LED-based LCD. Then the company pushed its release back to September. Then it...

Inexpensive for a local dimming LED-based LCD; can produce extremely deep black levels; less blooming than many local dimming models; relatively accurate color; solid dejudder processing; plenty of connectivity with five HDMI and one PC input; energy...

Backlight fluctuates with program content; below-average shadow detail; fewer picture controls than some high-end HDTVs; ho-hum styling

Sure, it has a few flaws, but nothing fatal prevents the local dimming, LED-backlit Vizio VF551XVT from exhibiting excellent LCD picture quality for the buck.

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Vizio VF551XVT LCD HDTV First Impressions Review - Intro

 

The flagship model in their 2009 lineup, the Vizio VF551XVT is a 55-inch LCD screen that's the first from the company to use LED backlights instead of fluorescent lights. This allows the VF551XVT1A to do a neat trick called local dimming, the display...

Vizio has a reputation for producing good value televisions, and the VF551XVT looks like it will probably continue the trend. We'll have to reserve judgment until we get the display into our labs for testing, but it looks like this display has the...

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Vizio VF551XVT LED LCD Television Review

 

I'm a big fan of LED TVs when they are done right – and Vizio seems to really be getting the hang of this new technology. Their latest heavy hitter, the VF551XVT, has a very consistent brightness uniformity – something that is lacking in many of the...

Deep blacks ; Effective remote control ; Great value ; 240Hz mode is improving

Limited user calibration options ; Remote lacks discrete inputs ; Only 1 component video input on rear of set

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Vizio VF551XVT LCD HDTV

 

At the 2009 CES, Vizio took the wraps off of its first LCD HDTV with LED backlighting and local dimming, which consumers have been eagerly waiting for ever since. At $2,200, the VF551XVT is the least expensive 55-inch local-dimming LCD available, which...

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Vizio VF551XVT LED LCD HDTV Reviewed

 

Vizio has introduced its first full-array LED-based LCD, with local dimming to produce deeper blacks than a traditional LCD. Check out Adrienne Maxwell's hands-on review of this 55-inch, 1080p TV, which also sports Vizio's 240Hz SPS technology and five...

In addition to improved black-level reproduction, local-dimming LED technology can also improve an LCD's ability to reveal fine black details and subtle, complex shading--common weaknesses in a traditional CCFL LCD. In this respect, the VF551XVT comes...

All in all, I'm very impressed with the VF551XVT's performance. It doesn't have the refinement I've seen from the best higher-end panels, but its picture quality is really quite good. It's an excellent all-purpose TV, well suited for sports during the...

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Vizio VF551XVT LCD HDTV

 

At the 2009 CES, Vizio took the wraps off of its first LCD HDTV with LED backlighting and local dimming, which consumers have been eagerly waiting for ever since. At $2,200, the VF551XVT is the least expensive 55-inch local-dimming LCD available, which...

A side-mounted USB port lets you attach a storage device and play many different types of stored media files. Video-wise, the VF551XVT can play H.264/AVC, MPEG-4 ASP, MPEG-2, and several forms of WMV, including VC-1. The TV can support resolutions up...

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Vizio VF551XVT LCD HDTV with LED Backlighting (Playback 25)

 

Clearly, Vizio has accomplished a lot in a relatively short period of time, firmly establishing themselves as the value brand leader in the hotly competitive HDTV LCD flat panel business. The recent debut of their first local dimming LED backlit LCD...

Just a few years ago, $2,200 would have been barely enough for a much smaller sized 720p LCD HDTV. That you can now get a much larger 55-inch 1080p set with most of the high end trimmings at that price is testament to Vizio's leadership in the value...

Product Specifications

The VF551XVT 55" TruLED delivers the best picture quality available on an LCD HDTV. This direct type, backlit LED HDTV is comprised of 960 LEDs divided into 80 control blocks and utilities Smart Dimming to intelligently control these blocks turning them on and completely off based on the content you're watching. This cutting edge technology stops light leakage enabling you to achieve real 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio for rich, dark scenes delivering an experience that will blow you away. Rounding this out are features such as full 1080p high definition resolution for crystal clear images, 240Hz Smooth Motion for fluid transitions and SRS audio technologies for amazing sound! The Extreme VIZIO technology series epitomizes what HDTV should be!

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Speakers Included:2 speakers
Surround Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5in
Height:33.9in
Weight:78lbs
Width:51.6in

DVD

Type: None

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:VIZIO
Model:VF551XVT/VF551XVT2A
Product Line:VIZIO

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Television

Brightness:500cd/m2
Diagonal Size:55in
Diagonal Size (cm):140cm
Digital Television Certification:HDTV
Display Format:1080p (FullHD)
Dynamic Contrast Ratio:2000000:1
Enhanced Refresh Rate:240 Hz
HDCP Compatible: Yes
HDMI Ports Qty:5
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
LCD Backlight Technology:LED backlight
LED Backlight Type:Full array
Local Dimming: Yes
Parental Channel Lock: Yes
PC Interface:VGA (HD-15) / HDMI
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD TV
Video Interface:Component / Composite / HDMI / S-Video
Viewing Angle:178 degrees
Widescreen:Widescreen

TV Tuner

Digital TV Tuner:ATSC / QAM/ATSC / QAM / 8-VSB
HDTV Tuner: Yes
MPEG Decoder:MPEG-2
Multi-channel Preview:Picture-in-picture (PIP) / Picture-out-of-picture (POP)
TV Tuner Presence: Yes
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