Vizio 26” LCD HDTV

I wrote an annual electronic shopping guide article and told my readers to be on the lookout for el cheapo LCD TVs this holiday season.

I said there would be some fantastic deals.

This confirms it. LOL.

Also, I usually go to Amazon to get user reviews of Woot offerings. Vizio tends to get high ratings from most users.

At at this price and this size TV you should consider it as a second or third TV for the house, either for the bedroom, kid’s room, or at the office, meaning your actual office, not the conference room.

IMHO makes a fantastic gift for the teenager who keeps bugging you for a flat panel TV in the room. Also makes a good college dorm room TV. (Really can’t get bigger than this TV for a dorm room. My single dorm room was about the width of two twin beds.)

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This is not 1080i/p. The resolution is only 1366 x 768

Walmart reviews, majority good. $278 for new, in my area:

Dont think it really matters on this size TV - maybe if used as a monitor - wary of refurbs though and its so close to black friday (unfortunately I slept through Walmarts sale last Sat morning)… think I’ll wait n see…

Vizio seems to be the top “cheaper” HDTV brand, and no one will argue here about a 26" for $195, even if it is refurbished. Most products I buy refurbished look/feel/act like a new one, and I save some dollars.

For what it’s worth, shopped with a friend to help her get a 22" HDTV at Best Buy last weekend, and even most of those were over $200 new. One thing I would prefer is the sound pointing forward, otherwise it sounded tinny. It doesn’t look like the speakers are in front.

Here’s the manual.

Decided to buy one. Was going to go for 2, but as one poster said, I’m waiting for Black Friday to maybe score a 32". Very favorable reviews:

Vizio refurbs bear little resemblance to anything branded by the term ‘refurb’. My 42" Vizio LCD has been kickin’ ass for a while and I swear I’d never know it was a refurb if the invoice didn’t say so.

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video review by a ninja

unboxing video

There will definitely be some deals this year, but IMHO, having watched electronics pricing for years, and especially for the shopping guide I wrote, this price point is about right for “last year’s model” of a brand name TV.

Any lower, say $150, it’s going to be some odd ball brand we have never heard of and where there won’t be any product support.

Refurb electronics are a concern, I do admit. I bought a refurb Kodak Zi6 camcorder about a year ago, on Woot. It stopped working about nine months into ownership.

But a lot of other Woot refurb electronics have held up fine. I was disappointed that the Zi6 cra-pped out though, because I really liked it. (Oh well… it was a good excuse to buy a Zi8, which is a great camcorder. Bought that used, but “like new” on eBay, however.)

bought it.

needed a small bedroom tv and tired of looking…

IMHO people should not get caught up on 1080p versus 1080i, especially if you don’t know the technical differences between the two, are on a budget (who isn’t in these hard economic times), or you will not be using this for double duty, as a computer monitor and/or TV.

First clue that it does not matter, if you don’t know what the “p” in 1080p or the “i” in 1080i are abbreviations for.

Second thing, if you don’t know what screen size it takes before 1080p makes a noticeable difference (to the average consumer, which I assume most Wooters are).

Third, if you can’t explain the technology and differences between 1080p and 1080i.

Fourth, if you don’t know about hertz (HZ), progressive scan, field rate (frame rate), aspect ratio, and interlaced when talking the talk at a neighborhood get-together.

Unless you are really into audio and video, 720p is all you will ever need. Even though I am the accidental owner of four 1080p HDTVs (got them dirt cheap at CostCo), I am in this category.

It’s like wine. Some people know why others sniff wine, sniff the cork and swish wine in the mouth.

Me, all I know is that if I’m on a date where I want to impress, when she says “bring the wine” I should not bring wine that’s in a cardboard carton.

And if in a restaurant I simply tell the waiter to select a wine for us that he would drink (and that’s because I don’t know swill from fine wine).

Getting caught up on 1080i versus p is also like buying a digital camera based on megapixels, the higher the better, one thinks.

OK, end of finger wagging.

Bonus Comment: Here’s some reading that may chop off my finger used for the above wagging:

Here’s the author’s conclusion, if you don’t want to press the link:

*If you’re just making the leap to HDTV and find the higher end sets out of your price range, you shouldn’t feel bad about going with an entry-level 720p model (just getting HD programming is going to make a huge difference).

Also, in a lot of cases, folks are looking at 720p TVs as second sets for bedrooms or playrooms, and in a tough economy, a few hundred bucks makes a big difference.

Personally, if I were choosing between the 720p 50-inch Panasonic TC-P50X1 and the 1080p Panasonic TC-P50S1 for a bedroom, I’d strongly consider going with the cheaper model if it meant saving $600-$700. That savings is enough to buy another 32-inch LCD for another room.

If you’re thinking of going big, really big (a 55-inch or larger screen), or you like to sit really close (closer than 1.5 times the diagonal measurement), the extra resolution may make it worth the difference–as long as you have a pristine, 1080i or 1080p HD source to feed into the set. (To be clear, there are few 720p sets available in large sizes anymore, though a few older models may be kicking around at good discounts).

Finally, it’s a good idea to go with 1080p instead of 720p if you plan to use your TV a lot as a big computer monitor.

That said, if you set your computer to output at 1,920x1,080, you may find that the icons and text on the screen are too small to view from far away (as a result, you may end up zooming the desktop or even changing to a lower resolution). But a 1080p set does give you some added flexibility (and sharpness) when it comes to computer connectivity.

If none of those factors jump out at you as true priorities–and you’re working on a tight budget and want to save some dough–a 720p set is going to do you just fine. HD will still look great on your set, I swear.*

reminds me of the 26" Vizio Razor LED woot had on here last week for about the same price. Walmart then had the the same TV on sale for early black friday on Sat at this same price. There are going to be a lot of awesome deals this holiday season on TV’s and they will be new, not refurbs. And you wont have to wait for shipping! Word to those looking for TV’s, although this is a good price you might want to wait and get a new one.

Have this exact TV. All good except 6 months in it popped a dead pixel. Will yours? Maybe, maybe not. My other Vizio (a 32 incher) has been perfect for 4 years.

Time to trot out Carlton Bale’s article again (it’s been almost a week):

1080p Does Matter – Here’s When (Screen Size vs. Viewing Distance vs. Resolution)


If you’re over 5 feet away from this 26" screen, 720p vs. 1080p won’t matter.

Ask HD Beat: What’s the deal with 1366 x 768?