“where cheap is chic” — wisebread
Vizio E3D420VX 5 Star Rating: Cheapism Best Pick
Where to Buy Vizio E3D420VX
Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC
$579 at Walmart

Vizio has a reputation for making good, affordable television sets. The Vizio E3D420VX is a bit pricier than some of the models we researched, but it's large and one of the few 3D TVs that fall into the Cheapism price range. Tech Review Source is quite impressed with the 3D picture quality and color accuracy, and a Vizio E3D420VX review at Television Info reports that motion appears smooth in 3D and details are fully visible. Some Vizio E3D420VX reviews say dark-light contrast is good for a relatively inexpensive model but others say black levels are mediocre (a common complaint about LCD TVs). Several Vizio E3D420VX reviews conclude that 2D image quality doesn't reach the standard set by 3D or even match what's available with some competing 2D models. CNET also reports that off-angle viewing is disappointing but commends color quality, the matte screen, and numerous picture control settings and connectivity options. Indeed, consumers like the Internet capability and report in Vizio E3D420VX reviews on Amazon, that the apps work well. They also dig the low-cost, lightweight, passive (polarized) 3D glasses, noting that they're preferable to the bulkier and pricier active (battery-powered) alternative.

Although the Vizio E3D420VX sells for what passes as a budget price, it features pretty good specs. In addition to its 3D technology, it boasts a 42-inch screen and a 120Hz refresh rate and plays full 1080p HD content. As for connections, the Vizio E3D420VX has three HDMI ports as well as component, composite, and PC inputs, an Ethernet port, a USB 2.0 port, and Wi-Fi support for 802.11n connections. The E3D420VX sports a pair of 10-watt speakers and it comes with two 3D glasses and a full QWERTY remote control.

If you're a fan of 3D TV and sit on the frugal side of the fence, the Vizio E3D420VX is a best choice. It's cheap yet sizeable, delivers good picture quality, provides lots of connectivity options and picture controls, is Internet-capable, and uses passive 3D technology. The total package is a hard-to-beat value.

by Michael Sweet (Google+ Profile) – March 11, 2015
email Sign up for our
Free Newsletter