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The Vizio M261VP Razor LED is a 26" low-end LCD HDTV that has been designed with Vizio's top and bottom Razor LED back-lighting.

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Pros

built-in WiFi for use with online streaming functionality

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easy to operate, menus are well designed and the remote is simple to learn to use

4 agree

great image with impressive off angle viewing

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full 1080p

4 agree

dual HDMI inputs

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controls are located on the back of the TV, out of reach of passing and curious kids

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Cons

speakers lack any bass support, comes across tinny and low fidelity

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remote seems overly simplified and cheap

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controls are located on the back of the TV

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SRS Surround, audio presets and individual sound setting adjustments don't seem to improve the audio quality much

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only 60Hz - noticeable stuttering in fast motion scenes, 24p content

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dual HDMI inputs can be restricting if you have multiple devices

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The Vizio M261VP Razor LED is a 26" low-end LCD HDTV that has been designed with Vizio's top and bottom Razor LED back-lighting. The M261VP features a dynamic contrast ratio of 100,000:1 with a combined response time of 8ms.

The Vizio M261VP HDTV has a native operating resolution of 1920 x 1080 with several alternate supported resolutions. For additional visual specs the M261VP also includes a 400 nits brightness rating and a 16.7 million total color palette. A full 1080p (FHDTV) signal compatibility ensures the M261VP will support full High Definition input with superior image quality. The Vizio M261VP also includes a list of additional features such as a 60Hz total refresh rate, SRS TruSurroundHD support with SRS TruVolume and SRS TRuSurround XT functions, and a 50,000 hour estimated lamp life.

Features
  • Low-end 26" LED/LCD Television
  • 100,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
  • 400 nit Brightness Rating
  • 16.7 Million Total Color Output
  • Supports Full 1080p (FHDTV) Signal Compatibility
  • 60Hz Refresh Rate
  • 8ms Response Time
  • SRS TruSurround HD and TruVolume Functionality
  • Integrated Vizio Internet Applications
  • "Razor" Slim Body Design
  • Energy Star 4.0 compliant
  • 2 HDMI Inputs
Specifications
  • Tuner: NTSC/ATSC/QAM
  • Native Panel Resolution: 1920 x 1080
    • Computer Resolutions (Additional):
      • 1920 x 1080
      • 1360 x 768
      • 1024 x 768
      • 800 x 600
      • 640 x 480
  • Total Colors: 16.7 Million
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 100,000:1
  • Brightness: 400nits
  • Response Time: 8ms
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Viewable Angles: 178/178 (Horizontal/Vertical)
  • Pixel/Dot Pitch: 0.1mm(H) x 0.1mm (V)
  • Inputs (Rear):
    • HDMI with HDCP (2)
    • RF Connector
    • Component Video
    • Composite Video
    • S-Video
    • VGA
    • USB
  • Inputs (Side):
    • HDMI with HDCP
    • RF Connector
    • Component Video
    • Composite Video
    • S-Video
    • VGA
    • USB
  • Outputs (Rear):
    • SPDIF Digital Optical
    • Stereo Audio
    • Headphones
  • Speakers: (2) Integrated 5W
  • Panel Lamp Life: Estimate 50,000 Hours
  • Voltage Range: 100~240 Vac at 50/60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 31.3W (AVG),
  • Certifications: CSA, CSA-US, FCC Class-B
  • Compliances: Energy Star 4.1, ATSC SPEC A/65, EIA/CEA-766-A
  • Dimensions:
    • With Stand: 25.39"W x 16.79"H x 6.22"D
    • Without Stand: 25.39"W x 16.04"H x 1.37"D
    • Packaging Dimensions: 27.95"W x 19.09"H x 5.51"D
    • Weight:
      • Gross: 14.33lbs
      • Net With Stand: 16.53lbs
      • Without Stand: 15.43lbs
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Pjohns
12/06/2010 09:58

I will not attempt to pose as an expert on specs. But I do put a great deal of stock in Consumer Reports (except as regarding the taste of competing foods, since that is rather subjective). And CR, in its January 2011 edition, has recommended the Vizio M261VP Razor as a holiday gift, due to its "impressive features and performance."

On another page, it ranks the 32-inch cousins of these Vizio and LG entries: the Vizio M320NV Razor ($600) and the LG 32LE5300 ($750). It shows the Vizio slightly better with its reproduction of both high-definition content and standard-definition content (excellent for both with the Vizio--the two types of content are evaluated according to different standards, of course--versus very good for both with the LG).

Both TVs have a very good viewing angle, according to CR--which not all sets so small do. Both have only fair sound quality. But the LG has a little better remote and menu (very good for both, as opposed to good for both for the Vizio). And the LG has a frame rate of 120 Hz, as opposed to the less impressive 60 Hz for the Vizio. (Some people find this particulary important during action scenes. My wife and I notice the difference, principally, whenever we are watching the ripples in a creek or a lake--as, say, at a golf tournament).

All in all, it looks like a mixed bag; but the Vizio does not appear to be a bad choice, unless the 60 Hz refresh rate is a deal-breaker. (Or the fact that it has only two HDMI inputs--although that is probably more than enough for most people, for a 26-inch TV.)

John T.
11/25/2010 03:03

Bottom line: The Vizio is a computer monitor disguised as a tv. So if you want a computer monitor it may be an alright choice although there are better monitor choices out there. The LG is a tv that can be used as a monitor although there are much better choices for a monitor out there. If your main use is a television and you need the small 26" screen, the LG blows the Vizio out of the water. If your main use is a computer monitor then the Vizio may be a better choice although if your main focus is a monitor one would have to wonder why you are considering the Vizio in the first place.

Omar

Omar

11/25/2010 03:13

The other big difference between this Vizio and the LG 26LE5300 is that this TV has built in WiFi and built in Internet Apps that let you stream shows and movies from the Internet. This is actually a pretty sweet feature and makes this TV usable even if you have nothing (computer, cable box) connected to it. Contrast this with the LG which requires some kind of video input to be usable.

John T.

John T.

11/26/2010 11:22

These are the type Bells and Whistles I was talking about that Vizio added as a marketing ploy at the sacrifice of much more important things such as CR, delay and audio. Hence, whereas wifi is not a necessity because one can still achieve that goal thru other means, there is little one can do to improve the delay and CR and one has the added expense of using external speakers because the Vizio's sound is so poor and those choosing a 26" model typically do it for space saving reasons and expect the internal speakers/sound to be good enopugh. .

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Anonymous

11/27/2010 12:59

yeah, you can run a HDMI cable to your laptop everytime you come home, or you can use the vizio's awesome features. It's cheaper, it has way more features, and the picture is beutiful. I've been watching tv for 30 years, and i've never caught myself wishing i had "delay". Most consumers want a good crisp picture (which both tv's certainly have, and alll the features we can get. My new vizio does all I ever wanted and more. Have fun dragging a HDMI cable around the house...

Anonymous

Anonymous

11/27/2010 01:01

P.S. it ain't a "marketing ploy" when it works just like they say. Its a feature. Now go price a 26inch LG with wi-fi. I could get a vizio and a new gaming system for less than one LG with wi-fi. What a waste of cash that would be. Great work VIZIO.

John T.

John T.

11/28/2010 04:20

see my reply below

John T.
11/25/2010 02:55

PSS: ISF states the the most important aspects of picture quality are (in order): 1) contrast ratio, 2) color saturation, 3) color accuracy, 4) resolution. Note that resolution is number 4 in matter of importance and contrast ratio is number 1.

In order to get the full benefit of the 1080p vizio you will have ti sit closer than 3 feet or you won't see the difference between 1080p and 720p which means to the naked eye there will be no difference on a 26" tv. However, contrast ratio is another story. Ranked number one in importance you can see the LG's 3,000,000:1 CR is much better than the Vizio's 100,000:1 CR. So considering the Vizio's dismal CR combined with the dismal response time combined with the dismal audio..well you get the point! It appears that Vizio put a lot of marketing bells and whistles on the 26" tv and the sake of much more important things such as CR and response time. My advice, Stay away from this tv.

Omar

Omar

11/25/2010 03:02

Just wanted to point out a clarification. While contrast ratio is the most important thing, actually knowing what the contrast ratio of TV is, is quite difficult. The numbers you see like 3,000,000:1 and such are essentially meaningless. The reason is because those numbers are the DYNAMIC contrast ratio. What is important is the STATIC contrast ratio - which is a difficult number to research and manufacturers very rarely provide that.

So while 3,000,000:1 vs 100,000:1 may seem impressive, it's actually a useless metric to judge.

If you can get the static contrast ratio numbers that would be infinitely more useful.

John T.

John T.

11/26/2010 11:23

Yes, agreed the static is a better measure. But the industry began switching to dynamic CR since the LCD came along and static CR specs seem to be a thing of the past. As long as one is comparing the same types of contrast ratio dynamic to dynamic then the measurement while not better than static still has merit and is far from useless as you state.

"A notable recent development in the LCD technology is the so-called "dynamic contrast" (DC). When there is a need to display a dark image, the display would underpower the backlight lamp (or decrease the aperture of the projector's lens using an iris), but will proportionately amplify the transmission through the LCD panel. This gives the benefit of realizing the potential static contrast ratio of the LCD panel in dark scenes when the image is watched in a dark room. The drawback is that if a dark scene does contain small areas of superbright light, image quality may be over exposed." Hence, when dynamic is all you have to work with you can still use is as a yardstick as long as one is doing an apples to apples comparison.

Anonymous

Anonymous

02/06/2011 07:29

i have my computer speakers and base plugged into the aduio pluge in the back of the tv but the base wont work even if i turn it up all the way in the EQ

John T.
11/25/2010 02:28
John T.
11/25/2010 01:56

PS: And, I realize that the Vizio is 1080p vs the LG's 720p. However, on a small 26" tv you will not notice the difference between the two with ghosting MUCH MORE obvious and important. The 8ms response time of the Vizio is a disgrace and makes me be leary of this manufacturer. Look on Amazon for a rundown of what I am talking about with the Vizio. Also, Google 1080p vs 720p and to see what I am talking about.

Omar

Omar

11/25/2010 02:49

Ya, I have to agree with this. A 26" TV is going to be more likely used for gaming, or as a computer monitor. In which case the response time is extremely important and I can see ghosting being a major issue. If you're just using the set to watch regular television programs and regular movies then the response times aren't that big of a deal.

And yes, you're right that at a 26" screen, 720p vs 1080p isn't much of an issue.

John T.

John T.

11/26/2010 11:24

An 8ms response time is a disgrace and will definitely show ghosting on fast action scenes such as sports and not just in gaming. In order to have no ghosting in gaming a response time of 4ms or under is required and television I believe is about 6ms and under and the standard for a quality tv is about 5ms I believe. In fact people are returning these sets because of major ghosting issues. This one issue renders the visio tv a thumbs down for sure IMO. Screw the wifi and give me quality:)

Anonymous

Anonymous

11/27/2010 01:15

Well, Jon T. cares, but he's a huge LG fan. And for some reason, he comments on vizio's reviews.????? Puzzling.....

John T.
11/25/2010 01:46

You missed one of the biggest negatives of this tv....It has an 8MS response time which means Ghosting on fast action sports shows and not able to be used for gaming due to MAJOR ghosting. For no Ghosting the tv needs to be 4MS or under and if you need a 26" LED tv that only leaves one option..the LG 26LE 5300 which has an amazing 2.4MS response time which means no ghosting for sports or gaming. Hence, thumbs down for the Vizio.

Anonymous

Anonymous

11/27/2010 01:13

As a recent purchaser of the Vizio, I assure you the picture is superb. Its 1080, LG was 720. They say "but Sean, it doesn't actually make it look better. The response time and contrast are better on the LG." If it don't make it look better, why do all LG's 1080 cost way more than 720? Why is that? Why do they make it a number anyway if it don't matter. They could just say, 2 gazillion P and nobody would know they lied. Then they say " but it might start ghosting Sean." NOPE. Bought it, watched sports, played video games, played PC games, watched Nerflix. And...... I saw no ghost's, but tons of clear vivarant video display. I bought a LG 2 years ago for over a grand, and my Vizio looks way just slightly better when side by side. Netflix and Facebook without stupid hdmi cables, that cost 50 dollas or more for more than ten feet long. Can i just say one thing. I got a Plasma when they first came out big in stores. Paid 1300 for 32inch. Its been at least 6 years ago or so. And it looked just as good as the tv's i see today for the most part. Who cares if you can't read the serial number of an actors cigarette pack on a tv show.

Anonymous

Anonymous

12/04/2010 02:52

neither a gamer nor LG/Vizio shill, but have to say I love this 1080p machine! just replaced a 2-ton Sony CRT 21" with this model and M261 has easily surpassed my expectations so far. previous Sony had lo-fi sound to begin with, so the surround-sound on this tv is a definite improvement - sure, lacks bottom bass like majority of similar size sets out there but audio is crystal clear w/good separation even though the trebly side. anyway, can easily upgrade whole shebang by adding separate soundbar, no problema. wifi connectivity simple as 1-2-3 and works like charm. picture quality/refresh rate/dynamics very satisfactory + ambient sensor a gem. what more can you ask for in a 26" set? add to this a recommended Samsung BD-C6500 dvd player and you got yourself a system.

Anonymous

Anonymous

01/02/2011 10:09

I think the people denigrating this set have no experience with it whatsoever. Please, if you haven't actually spent any quality time with this TV, don't be posting opinions about it. You could be turning people off of a TV that is frankly, fantastic.

First of all, I'm using this TV for everything. Gaming with my 360. HDTV. And as a computer monitor. I've had it for several weeks now and have used it extensively for all of these functions.

1) The contrast ratio. People complaining about the ratio need to chill out. Honestly, 100,000:1 is more than enough. The black levels on this set rival the 42in plasma I have in the living room. Nuff said.

2) I too was concerned about ghosting given the 8ms response time. Having played Halo Reach, Mass Effect 2 and other action games for hours on the TV, I haven't noticed any problems with ghosting. Frankly, anything under 12ms will do just fine unless you're specifically LOOKING for ghosting. People looking for numbers under five are just making excuses to spend more money.

Ultimately it really depends on how you want to use this TV though. If the very idea that you just MIGHT see a minuscule amount of ghosting is a huge problem, then spend hundreds more on the LG with the lower resolution. As for me, I'm rather happy with this set considering it meets all of my needs. Its resolution is high enough to be an exceptional monitor, its black levels are phenomenal, and I haven't had any problems with the response time. Its nice to have the built in wifi and internet apps as well.

Anyhow, just 2 cents from someone who actually owns the TV, not someone making judgments from a spec sheet on the internet.

Anonymous

Anonymous

01/31/2011 11:10

Refresh rate has become a marketing ploy as well. Want proof? "In fact, in our tests the LCD with the shortest Response Time had the greatest motion blur." The advertised response time is not a guarantee of not having motion blur.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10374343-1.html?tag=TOCmoreStories.0

Anonymous

Anonymous

02/06/2011 08:14

i have my computer speakers and base plugged into the aduio pluge in the back of the tv but the base wont work even if i turn it up all the way in the EQ

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