questionswhat's your opinion on the vizio brand?

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I have a Vizio TV, and the picture is the best of the four TV's I own, I really like it. I do not have a huge screen any kind of TV with all of the bells and whistles because I really don't see the need for it for my lifestyle.

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Vizio is a great value for the money - especially in regard to picture quality. In general, though, I'm against bundling functionality into one unit. I don't like VCR/DVD combo units, and I want my screen to be dumb with a pretty picture.

Eventually, one part is going to fail, and you have to decide if you replace that one part or the whole unit. And if you're going to buy a discrete unit later, why not do it now and save money?

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We have three Vizio's at my house, two of which are refurbished, and they all work and look great. From most reviews I've heard Vizio's are very reliable. I would definitely recommend a Vizio.

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I have one of those Vizio VIA tv's and really like it. It's a couple of years old now and I'd probably do things differently (not get the VIA part since there are so many more easily upgradeable add-on systems) but the tv itself and the image it produces are fantastic.

I think the VIA part added about $250 to the cost of my tv, I could have gotten a Roku, Apple TV or something similar and be able to upgrade it more into the future.

The one downside to the VIA models is that the apps aren't especially snappy. It takes a little bit to get Netflix going and it takes a couple of minutes to get Pandora rolling usually.

I'd definitely look at another Vizio if I were buying another or upgrading my current model.

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I sold TV's for 4 years. When Vizios first started coming in, I just thought they were another no-name generic company trying to complete with Sony and Samsung. Just like Olivia, Polaroid, Element, Westinghouse, etc etc. Working in a store, I had the opportunity to watch the TVs side-by-side-by-side and adjust all the settings at any time. I can say with all confidence I wasn't exactly impressed with Vizio. Their black levels just weren't on par with Sony or Samsung.

Then they went and did some sort of co-sponsorship in the 2010 Super Bowl. Damn. From a generic company??? Then I started seeing them pop up in all my local bars and wing houses. Damn! They're selling A LOT of these things!

Now they're an extremely common brand that a lot of people seem to rate pretty well. Though I haven't had a chance to play with their newer models (adjust settings, watch against other TVs), I'm impressed how far they've come. That said, I'd personally pay the extra few bucks for a Samsung.

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Vizio was founded by the same person who founded MAG Innovision (maker of MAG monitors).

@okham: To the point on Costco, the Vizio company was started specifically to provide TVs for Costco to sell, and gave Costco a huge new revenue source a decade ago. That's why Costco gives extra perks for them.

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Vizio at first, sounded like a low-end TV to me... but they're becoming to be like a top name brand as the years go by now that these other brands are coming up (like when I last went out to Wal-Mart) and they've been fine-tuning their products.

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Last time I knew what I was talking about (about 2 years ago) when it came to TV's Vizio was a bargain brand but the funny part was that their boards and screens are made in the same factory as sony or samsung etc ..... I always recommended them and over the years they have come more upscale but I like them alot. I also have their sound bar and its great

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I have three 3 32" and 1 42" all have been dependable for me for 4 years.

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I have a 19" Vizio that we've had for a couple years. Nice picture, no problems.

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We bought a Vizio a few years ago, and have been VERY happy with it. It's been trouble-free and provides a great picture. It was also the cheapest 120Hz TV I could get at the time, and I'm glad I went with the higher refresh rate (newer TVs double that, or better).

That said, it's no Samsung. I drool at the image a Samsung TV will give you (black blacks and vibrant colors), but at less than a third of the cost, I'm happy with it.

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vizio is a great brand that seems to actually make high quality products that are cheaper. They are very reliable and have a great picture. I would for sure buy one.

But personally i would skip the smart tv, but a normal tv from vizio, then buy their $99 Costar (http://www.vizio.com/costar/overview/) its a google tv device that also runs onlive (a game streaming service), which i think is better than the normal smart tv's.

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I have a 42 inch Vizio TV that is good, but I've heard mixed reviews. I don't think I would buy another one unless the price was cheap.

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I've got 2, and have had them for several years with no problems. And if you buy them through costco, they double the warranty. Overall, I haven't found a better value for money.

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It's a completely different item, but I have a little Vizio media player. I use it mostly to watch movies when I travel, it's palm sized with like a 6" screen or something like that. It was cheap because it doesn't have a touchscreen, but it runs great and has never given me even a little bit of trouble. It's handy enough that I am planning to take it on vacation along with my tablet.

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I have two Vizio's. My smaller 5 year old one just started to have a problem where it won't switch to TV from any of the other sources. However, everything else works just fine so we still use it. There have been complaints in the larger market for lack of longevity. But I have a feeling that that will be true of every electronics manufacturer. I've personally used crappy products from all the big name companies.

We really like the picture quality and ease of use of Vizio TV's. Both sets of our parents purchased name brand LCD TV's that we can't stand. We did get a Toshiba for work that is gorgeous. Whatever you do, don't trust the images in stores as the settings get played around with all the time.

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I have a 55" bought new ~2.5 years ago and a 37" bought refurbed from Woot 10/2011. No problems with either one. My parents have owned a 47" for four years w/o issue. My big boy has what Vizio calls "Smooth Scan" technology and EVERYONE who comes over comments on the clarity and lifelike picture it displays. With a 120Hz refresh rate, the smooth scan makes every program look like you're watching it live, kind of like the deleted scenes on a DVD that aren't matted for the final presentation. It takes awhile to get used to (you can turn it off if you don't like it), but now I notice a distinct difference when I watch TV anywhere else. I'm sure other manufacturers offer the same technology under a different name. My buddy has a newer version of my 55" with LED and a 240Hz refresh rate, and as much as I love mine, I'm floored everytime I see his. I can't recommend this brand enough, provided you get one of the higher-end models (in terms of tech specs, not wi-fi/apps/3D/etc.).

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My experience with Vizio is a 50" 720p plasma TV. It is 3-4 years old. Picture is great with no burn-in despite it being hooked up to a computer (streaming media and digital content, mostly) and not a single problem, knock on wood :)

Lots of good experiences on this posting, so far, so I agree with the general consensus.

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I have this one in my bedroom http://www.amazon.com/Vizio-M320SL-32-Inch-Class-Internet/dp/B007QCXYV2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1341358647&sr=8-3&keywords=vizio+32+led+lcd+hd (or a darned similar model) Picked it up at Walmart for $332 on sale. Super slim profile, great picture. Only problem is while using Comcast's HD receiver, the TV's CC option is non-operational.

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I have two Vizio's, a 42 inch with apps, and a 19 inch basic model, and they both work great. Very good picture, and great value for the price. Sure, the higher end brands might rate just slightly higher in picture quality, but for probably a 50% or greater premium over the Vizio price, and unless you look at them side-by-side, you'll never notice the difference. Definitely the best brand name amongst the lower-cost brands.

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I would buy them again, as I've had no problems with any of mine.

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I have 2 Vizios and like them both. While they don't have the top notch picture quality of my media room Sony, they cost significantly less and do have a few features that my more expensive Sony lacks.
I'd describe Vizio as "more bang for the buck" and decent quality while many of the other cheaper brands are best described as just that......cheap.

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I've has a Vizio that used to be my bedroom unit, but has been my only TV for the last year. They are a very solid brand. They are coming out with a line of computers this fall that I'm curious about.

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@djbowman: That's because their panels are often B-grades from major OEMs.