Lot’s of additional info over at vizio.com
a handful of great reviews over at samsclub.com
Has anyone noticed today’s Picture of the Day on Wikipedia is the very same picture as displayed (reversed) on the screen here? Coincidence? Or are woot and wikipedia both in the pockets of 17th century printmakers?
Any chance this supports apps? I didn’t see anything…
Nope … I don’t think this one supports apps. But with most blu-ray players and game boxes having apps (often better and easier to use than the ones that come in TV’s) and with the easy, inexpensive and excellent Roku boxes (which is what we use) - I doubt you’ll miss it.
We bought a 32" Vizio on a lark from Secondipity a few years ago and it remains our VERY favorite TV. Like this one, it’s just 60hz, but we haven’t every noticed the difference in speed whether we’re watching sports, or movies or whatever. (YMMV if you’re doing heavy gaming or something - I don’t know.)
Route the sound out to a receiver and some decent speakers (we aren’t even bothering with surround … just a pair of high quality speakers) and it’s an amazing QPR.
It’s just been an incredibly fine TV. If it were to die this afternoon, it’d owe us nothing.
(BTW - the little Pyle 120 watt amp we’re using with our Vizio is on sale at Mother Amazon for VERY cheap - 66% discount and Prime eligible. Mixed reviews but our experience with it has been stellar for nearly two years.)
Don’t bother. I bought a “smart” TV (Samsung), and never use the apps. Most apps are useless (kids games, educational) or hook into pay-for-service sites (Netflix, etc.) And the browser is horrid. And you’re locked into that company’s limited choice of apps.
Save your money. Hook up an old computer to it and use that for accessing the web; it’s a much better experience.
Previous offer. I snagged one.
Mainly used in the family room for the kids games and DVD. Good picture. Slightly dim in the brightness but it runs at ~32.5 watts. Can’t complain there.
Pretty easy to use.
Know that this doesn’t have the older RCA jacks, though.
A stupid question: When it says ‘refurbished’ does that mean what I think it means ie: been taken apart and put back together again?
We now have 3 Vizios in our house. We bought our first one (42" basic model)years ago and it has outlived the Samsung and Toshiba we have purchased for other rooms. Picture is still bright and sharp. We now have a smaller one in the bedroom and a larger 3D model in the living room, both Vizio. LOVE the 3D and wish there were more movies available.
I do use the apps on our living room tv…mostly for Amazon movies but I know most people don’t. It depends on how much tv you watch or if mobility is an issue for you or someone else in your home.
Bottom line is that Vizio will always be my first choice when any of my tvs need to be replaced.
Then you’re doing it wrong. The ability to use Netflix w/o messing with an outside player alone is a great addition. Add in Pandora so you can easily stream music and I won’t buy another TV that’s not a smart TV.
This thing only uses 32 watts? WOW, my 4 year old 42” LCD TV uses 220 watts which was good at the time.
As for the APPS question, just get a media streamer. I use a Sony and a Roku for 2 different TVs.
I bought this last time it was sold here, to go with my Tivo (a ‘smartness’ source) and love how I can get such a huge picture into a mere 35" wide space between wall&shelf due to its narrow frame. I was also surprised at how good the sound was given the low price. By the way, I used to loathe Vizio from a bad experience 9 years ago but they since seem to have grown up well.
Vizio is an American brand company based in California. It’s also excellent quality.
Honestly? It means “Welcome to W00t!” Because as a liquidator, many – if not most – of W00t’s products are refurbished. Refurbished can mean something as benign as open box returns, but more commonly, a refurbished product is one that was returned to the manufacturer due to product defects, sold off in a lot to a private refurbisher, and then sold once again in a lot to a liquidator like w00t for final retail sale.
The defects in question may be minor – blemishes such as scratches/dents – or they may be actual functionality defects that interfere with the product’s operation. The refurbisher makes a (presumably) good-faith effort to find and repair all problems with the unit – which simply means that the unit operates (for however long a testing period as the refurbisher will allocate) according to the definition of “properly” that the refurbisher is using. Sometimes, the refurbisher will not correctly fix all problems with the unit, either because they failed to find or reproduce the issue, or just due to an unsatisfactory “fix” attempt. (For example, sometimes a failure in one component is actually caused by problems with another component. The refurbisher replaces the failed component – which according to the economies of manufacture and design, is likely to be one of the cheapest components – and the piece which causes the other to fail is still there, which simply causes the replacement to fail while you own it.)
You pay less than retail, and you get less than retail: Want a warranty? You won’t get one; buy your own. Most w00ts come with a link to an available Square Trade warranty for your product. Want full original packaging, accessories, and manuals? You’re not always going to get them. If you’re buying something that comes with a period of free support from the manufacturer, that period may well have expired since the original purchaser enabled it for this product, or it may not be transferable.
In short, buying a refurbished product is a risk/reward exercise: You’re paying less and risking more. Sometimes the reward is worth the risk, and sometimes, not so much. Many people will post here that they’ve had nothing but fantastic luck with refurbs, and would never think twice about buying one. Others will post horror stories and will never try one again. Personally, I’m in the middle, having had both tremendous and tremendously bad experiences. In the end, you just gotta ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?”
Well done sir…Should be posted on all Woots for the newbies.
Agreed! I bought this same TV during the last Woot-off. It came in the original Vizio package. The TV still had the original protective plastic on it. One piece of the plastic had been pulled off - a hand print placed upon the base and then the plastic was replaced. Heck, the accessories bag hadn’t been opened!
As such the same price today as the woot-off has left me feeling a little less “special”… I’ll get over it!
BTW, great basic TV for the money. Very pleased with the picture and sound.
I bought this TV the last time it was offered in Mid-April. It was shipped via FedEx and the idiot driver left it - allegedly - on my front porch in full view of the street. It was not on my porch when I arrived home that night. Currently being disputed with credit card company. Be warned!
Well, sorta, kinda, maybe, not really…, but yes. Refurbished products can sometimes get a bad rap. They are typically products that have been used, then returned to the store for various reasons. Damages, faults, customer dissatisfaction (returned a Panasonic because they wanted a Sony), recalls or whatever. It doesn’t necessarily mean that something was ever wrong with the item. They are then, at some point, sent back to the manufacturer where they, or sometimes a 3rd party company, repair the items back to their factory specs, therefore making them functionally as if they were birthed straight from the mothership. At this point, the items can’t be legally (or ethically) sold as “new”, so they slap a tag on it saying “refurbished” and the items are sold again at a discounted rate. It normally works out great for everybody. Mostly, the same original warranty is in place for refurbs, but sometimes, it will be a reduced warranty (ex.: 90 days instead of 1 year).