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Vizio M550NV Razor LED Backlit LCD HDTV Review

December 28th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Vizio M550NV Razor LED Backlit LCD HD television is the latest television with high definition capabilities available for $1300 at the time of writing. This television has 54 inches display and uses LCD television display technology complemented by LED backlit display technology for better viewing experience. This television has the full high definition capabilities thus it can provide 1080 pixel resolution video viewing option to the user.

Key Features

– Full HD 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
– 120 Hz refresh rate, that reduces motion blur
– 450 nits brightness level – good for viewing even in good daylight condition
– Wired and Wireless connectivity

A note on the size and viewing distance

The Vizio M550NV has 54 inch diagonal size, which at 16:9 aspect ratio translates to 47 inch width. We generally recommend that you sit at about a distance at least twice the width of the TV for a comfortable viewing experience. This turns out to be a distance of about at least 8 feet. If the dimensions of the room in which you will be placing this TV is such that you will be less than 8 feet from TV, we recommend that you consider smaller TV. Bigger us not always better. For a more comfortable and eye relaxing, we recommend viewing at a distance thrice the width of the TV – which translates to about 12 ft distance.

The backlight in the Vizio M550NV, is edge lit and not the array. It means that the LED emits the light from the edges of the TV. This design ensures a slimmer design, however, one side effect of the edge lit is the no uniform illumination across the TV.

The LED backlit TVs have higher brightness which is demonstrated in the brightness specification at 450 nits another unit for candela/m2. The modest brightness will let you watch the TV in indoor daylight without giving dull appearance. If you plan to see a lot of TV in the day time and a lot of light enters your windows we recommend you read our article on HDTV brightness.

The dynamic contrast ratio of this television can scale up to 1, 000, 000 : 1. Although we do not have a way to compare the contrast ratio of the different TVs, since we do not know the methods used to measure the contrast ratio, this 1,000,000:1 is definitely at high end for an LCD TV. We recommend that you read more about contrast ratio figure and what it means for you.

This television also has built in wireless capabilities thus this can be made as a part of the small wireless network that the user can setup in their home and share contents over the wireless network Vizio M550NV Razor LED Backlit LCD HD television also has VIZIO Internet applications through which the user can access Internet on their television, there are online photo albums, video libraries and social networking sites to which the user can get connected via the applications that are present. This television also has the SRS sound studio feature thus it gives the user the full audio feel and also complements the good video quality that the television offers, making it an ultimate television in terms of performance. The wireless standard that is supported by this television is IEEE 802.11 n, this television is also energy star compliant and also it is mercury free. In simple words this television is environment friendly and eco friendly.

Vizio M550NV Razor LED Backlit LCD HD television has the ambient light sensor technology which adjusts the brightness value based on the amount of lighting that is present in the room where the user has placed the television and provides the best quality video. The maximum resolution of the video that can be displayed on this television is 1920 X 1080 pixels. This television can take various inputs like USB, PC, component video, composite video, HDMI, RF input and Ethernet RJ45 input ports. There are output ports for digital audio output port and analog audio output port. There are two speakers that are integrated into the television and also this television has totally four HDMI input ports. The power consumed by this television during operating conditions is 125 watts. This television can take ATSC, QAM and NTSC input signals.

The screen refreshing rate of this television is 120 hertz that is two times that of the standard refreshing rate which is 60 hertz for most of the LCD televisions. The 120 Hz refresh rate has almost become standard in the newer LCD TVs and it does enhances the viewing experience. We recommend that you read our article on 60 Hz Vs 120 Hz refresh rate.

The aspect ratio supported by this television is 16 : 9, this television gives ultimate viewing experience and also since the screen size measures 55 inches, the user gets almost same experience as what they will get when they are watching movies in theaters. Simply this is the best buy this year for anyone who wants a good LCD television in their home.

Vizio M550NV Pros

– 120 Hz refresh rate
– Bluetooth remote control – so you do not have to point it to TV
– Remote has full QWERTY keyboard
– Full HD resolution
– Wireless connectivity

Vizio M550NV Cons
– Sound is not extraordinary, so you may need a sound bar
– As is Edge Lit, it suffers from uniform brightness issue. Not very visible for a casual viewer.

Vizio M550NV Ratings

As part of the review, we bring out how this TV has been rated by other reviewers and users. We collect a lot of data, combine it and give out to you the combined rating.

Amazon has a 11 5-star, 3 4-star and 2 2-star ratings giving it an average of 4.43 out of 5 or 8.86 out of 10 rating

Test Freaks gives it 9.3 out of 10 rating

Cnet users gave 4 4.5-star and 1 5-star rating giving an average of 4.6 out of 5 or 9.2 out of 10 rating.

The Table shows the ratings and the average of Vizio TV

Table : Vizio M550NV Ratings

Place Rating
cnet 9.2
Amazon 8.86
Test Freaks 9.3
Average Score 9.12

We can say with confidence that customers have a decent level of faith in the quality of the Vizio MN550NV and starredreviews, therefore recommends this TV for its price in this size.

If you are still planning to buy a TV and need to know different factors that you need to know before buying a TV, we recommend that you go through the following HDTV terms to familiarize yourself.

Other TVs in the size and price ratio

We also looked at Mitsubishi LT-55154, which is slightly more expensive ( $1500 Vs $1300 for Vizio ), and there is either not enough user rating or we have lower rating than the Vizio MN550NV.

We do recommend that you take a look at Samsung LN55C650, another 55-Inch TV whoch also has 120 Hz refresh rate. It is priced around $1400 at the time of writing,

The LG 55LD520 is another worth looking 55-Inch 1080p TV that has great user feedback and rating. Priced very competitively under $1300 at the time of writing.

For the Sony, we have BRAVIA KDL55EX7, which, about which we do not have enough data and user feedback.

Besides these, you may also like to explore other 55 inch TVs available in your nearest store or online. Be sure to check the reviews before you decide and buy.

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