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The Vizio E550VA is a mid-range to high-end 55" LCD 1080p HDTV similar to the Vizio E420VO.

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ambient light sensor is calibrated correctly in this case, reliable and keeps the display comfortable to look at

4 agree

draws very little power when running, and almost none in standby mode

2 agree

great price

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wide selection of input types available, including 4 HDMI ports

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lag for video gaming is severe, can't play anything

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whites aren't pure white, always a little color bias especially near the corners

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blacks are muddy and show some color tinting

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The Vizio E550VA is a mid-range to high-end 55" LCD 1080p HDTV similar to the Vizio E420VO. Unlike the E420VO, the E550VA does not feature a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, instead sporting only 50,000:1. However, the E550VA does boast a 120Hz refresh rate and direct USB photo viewing. Otherwise, the E550VA sports the same basic features as the E420VO, such as being Energy Star 4.0 compliant and an ambient light sensor.

The E550VA's 120Hz provides a much clearer picture, especially during fast actions scenes, as the image displayed on screen refreshes 120 times per second: twice as fast as standard television sets. Its USB photo viewing feature allows for direct display of most popular image file formats via USB flash drives/USB hard drives. Additionally, the E550VA's inbuilt ambient light sensor detects light levels in the room and adjusts its screen brightness accordingly, reducing energy consumption and providing a consistently clear image.


  • 55" LCD panel (1920 x 1080)
  • Dynamic contrast ratio: 50,000:1
  • Response time: 5ms
  • Refresh rate: 120Hz
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 1 component, 1 composite, 1 RGB PC, 1 USB
  • Built-in ambient lighting sensor
  • Direct USB photo viewing
  • Energy Star 4.0 compliant
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12/08/2010 09:17 is selling this TV for $900 which is a pretty amazing price for a 55" TV.

However, based on the reviews it looks like the picture quality is pretty low. If you're looking for a very inexpensive way to get a big TV and you're not super sensitive to picture quality (most people aren't) then this is a pretty darn good deal.



12/08/2010 10:14

If the picture quality is low, it will be SUPER noticeable at 55". I don't think it's worth it to save a few hundred dollars.



12/08/2010 11:25

I think we need to take stock of what is actually meant by "low picture quality" though. This is still a 1080p resolution TV in 2010. The biggest issue is the input lag which I'd argue is a deal breaker if you're going to do any gaming on the set. But most people can't even tell the difference between SD and HD content, so I find it extremely unlikely that a lot of people would notice the low picture quality on this set.

Unfortunately I've been afflicted with the enthusiast curse of seeing defects in everything, so that requires a relentless (and expensive) pursuit of perfection.



12/09/2010 10:58

"most people can't even tell the difference between SD and HD content" - this is a ridiculous statement. I think you should give people more credit than that. The simple fact of the matter is, if you're buying a big TV, get one that has good picture quality. Or else you're going to end up with (the equivalent of) those huge rear projection TVs.



12/09/2010 11:21

Let's not use extremes here. A bad quality 1080p television set made in 2010 is still going to be lightyears ahead of pretty much every TV released for under $3000 in 2007.

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