Vizio E-Series 70-inch Razor LED Smart HDTV Reviewed

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Vizio E-Series 70-inch Razor LED Smart HDTV Reviewed

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Vizio-70-inch-Razor-LED-HDTV-review-small.jpgHigh Points
The 70's fit and finish is again superb, looking more the part of a high-end product than its asking price or brand affiliation may lead you to believe.�
Despite packing 10 more inches of real estate, the 70's light uniformity doesn't suffer, nor does its ability to dish out a bright, punchy but natural image for the whole family to enjoy.�
The semi-gloss or matte screen works wonders in curbing reflections and minimizing the effects of overhead or nearby lights.�
The overall image quality of the 70 is of a very high caliber and among my current favorites when discussing edge-lit LED-based designs. I find it staggering just how good an image I was able to achieve and enjoy from such a large display at such a reasonable price.
The built-in wireless functionality is fantastic and the connection, provided your home network speed is up to snuff, is robust enough to accommodate full HD streaming via Vudu without fail.�

Low Points
The 70's lack of CMS means you can't make it 100 percent pixel perfect in terms of color, but believe it or not, after setting the white point and adjusting color and tint, you can get very, very close.�
The keyboard on the back of the remote is very handy. However, it is a little touchy in terms of its responsiveness, as it sometimes requires two or four keystrokes to register on screen. The non-keyboard functions, such as menu, input, etc., located on the other side, are far more responsive.�
I don't care, but some may view the 70's lack of 3D as a downside. I personally view it as a revelation.�

Competition and Comparison
Well, there is no shortage of big HDTVs out there and the one that arguably started it all was Sharp. However, I believe, despite the Sharp having CMS and the 70 not, that the Vizio is the better display overall. Not only does it produce a more natural and pleasing image, especially out of the box, it's more affordable, too. Other competitors include Samsung and LG, but both of their edge-lit designs suffer from poor image uniformity and light leaks; not so with the Vizio E-Series, especially the 60- and 70-inch models that I've lived with now for weeks. In my opinion, the E-Series displays may be the best all-round leader and value among edge-lit LED displays available today. For more on these and other LED HDTVs, please visit Home Theater Review's HDTV page.�

Conclusion
I loved the 60-inch E-Series from Vizio and, wouldn't you know it, I also love the 70-inch version, perhaps more so, for after all, bigger is better. The image quality is unchanged between the two models, which I found shocking, given what I've seen from other 70-inch offerings, as they tend to lose ground in the picture quality category as size increases. While it may lack controls for CMS, the truth is that the 70-inch is still a capable performer and one that dishes out a surprisingly accurate and pleasing image, despite being both affordable and from a mass-market consumer brand. To say that Vizio has hit its stride is an understatement, for the company is arguably making the displays that customers truly want and at a price they can actually afford. All I know is I'm sold - and I'm buying.�

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HTR Product Rating for Vizio E-Series 70-inch Razor LED Smart HDTV

Criteria Rating

Performance

4.5

Value

4

Overall

4.5

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