Vizio M501D-A2R Review

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The Vizio M-Series M501D-A2R is the best all-around budget 3D TV. Both the 2D and 3D performance are very good and the 50-inch model is cheaper than many competitors, making it an excellent value. Vizio M-Series TVs up to 60 inches fall below $1,500.

Vizio has been a leading purveyor of inexpensive TVs for years, and Vizio M-Series reviews award high marks to models such as the M501D-A2R (starting at $800, Amazon). This is our top pick among budget 3D TVs because of its great price and very good performance. A CNET expert rates it 4 out of 5 stars, citing deep black levels, excellent shadow detail, and rich, accurate colors. The picture looks natural and the 3D performance is very good, according to this reviewer, who saw no crosstalk. At PC Mag, a Vizio M-Series review notes that the black levels for the 55-inch version of this TV are pretty good for the price and the 3D picture really pops. Best Buy shoppers who have bought the 55-inch model appreciate the vibrant colors and clear picture. They also say this TV is a cinch to set up.

The Vizio M-Series M501D-A2R is the 50-inch model, but this TV is also available in 55- and 60-inch versions within our $1,500 limit. The M501D-A2R is a so-called smart TV with built-in Wi-Fi and access to plenty of streaming services and apps. This is an LED TV with 1080p high definition and an effective 240 Hz refresh rate. It uses passive 3D technology and includes eight pairs of 3D glasses, far more than the competition. The TV has four HDMI ports, two USB ports, an Ethernet port, and a component/composite input for connecting older devices.

If you want a 3D TV on the cheap, Vizio M-Series reviews suggest that the M501D-A2R should top your list. Its picture quality, combined with its low price and generous stack of included 3D glasses, make this TV an exceptional value. It provides plenty of connection options, including Wi-Fi and lots of apps and streaming services. In our estimation, this is the best overall budget TV for 2D and 3D content.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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