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 brand segment. While the lack of Internet TV show and movie streaming is one key area where the Vizio fails to deliver, in all other respects it’s an admirable performer and a very good value. (But if access to Internet content is important to you, remember that Vizio’s slightly more costly XV552XVT should be coming along soon, which promises to support the firm’s extensive Vizio Internet Apps system—Ed.).
Vizio VF551XVT LCD HDTV with LED Backlighting
Screen size: 55” diagonal
Pixel resolution: 1920 x 1080
1:1 Mode: Yes
Video inputs: 5 HDMI, 2 component, 1 S-video (shared with 1 composite input), 2 composite, 1 RGB PC
Other connections: 3 stereo audio inputs, 1 3.5mm PC audio input, 1 stereo audio output, 1 optical digital audio output, 1 USB, 1 ATSC/NTSC/ClearQAM RF input
Dimensions (W x H x D): 51.5” x 35.9” x 13.5” (w/stand)
Weight: 90.3 lb.
Warranty: 1 year, parts & labor