How many dimensions does it do (in other words, can you use 3D with this TV)?
Yeah, there are always the occasional “lemons” in anything you buy. Cars, TVs, computers, appliances, etc. I rarely gamble when I buy something and don’t get the extended warranty. (Especially refurbs/reconditioned.)
Ditto here! Lots and lots of research. You’ve got the web, use it! And I’ve found that some of the most reliable purchases I’ve made were refurbs; I’m a big believer in the second trip through the factory!
You can do 3D with any TV (to my knowledge), it just isn’t built-in with this one. I have heard from friends that LCDs that aren’t designed with 3D in mind aren’t as good as rear-projection TVs, Tube/CRTs, or Projectors visually in handling the 3rd dimension.
I watched Coraline in 3D on my 47" LCD/LED Vizio and had no issues. (Used the glasses that came with the movie.) I have to say, I like the way that movies look in Blu-ray 2D rather than 3D… my eyes end up hurting by the end of the movie.
I do believe you are partly correct. But I still believe there’s a Woot staffer with a NightGhost for President bumper sticker…or, at the very least NG scribbled on their wrist in ink everyday…hehe, made myself giggle!
[MOD: Sigh. On the weekends especially, I’ll take any post I can get for QPs. Not a lot to choose from…]
I haven’t purchased any refurbed TVs, but I have purchased two “display model” TVs and had good luck with them. In both cases, I made sure to get the extended warranty and in both cases never used it, but it was good to know it was there if I needed it.
What am I missing here? There are no Meijer stores in the North East that I know of and their web site shows their stores in MI, IL, IN, OH, and KY.
This must be like some MA residents that think that the West Coast is somewhere near Springfield, MA!
So it looks like Woot! or else for us New Englanders.
My new set has this, and i love it; it really does work, and i’m no longer blown out of my seat just because some yob wants to sell another couple mil in dish soap.
I think pass. I got a 42in 1080 Magnavox lcd from Target for five large right before superbowl. If you look around the sales and deals are out their for a non-referbished tv.
Does anybody know if you get the original remote with this TV. The last time I bought a TV here (a refurb), I found that I got a generic remote control that didn’t quite control all the functions of the TV. I had to buy another original remote for my TV just to control all the TV features.
You’re confusing two different 3D technologies. The technology you’re referring to, where the glasses come with the movie, is anaglyph 3D. The 3D effect works because the left and right images are color coded (red and blue), as are the left and right lenses of the glasses. That’s old-school 3D technology, and most people find it causes eye strain.
The new technology uses special hardware glasses with clear lenses, and it only works with special 3D-enabled LCD televisions that support it (which this one is not). The LCD displays alternating left and right images faster than your eye can distinguish (which is why it needs to have a high refresh rate). The electronics in the glasses only allow the correct left or right images to pass through the lens of the the proper eye (using some kind of magic I’m ignorant to). The advantages are a MUCH better 3D experience, no colored glasses to distort the color of the movie, and none of the eye-strain caused by the old anaglyph 3D. It’s vastly better.
The difference between old 3D with colored glasses, and the new hardware-based 3D has to be seen to be believed. They’re not even comparable.
I bought this exact model a few months ago and am very happy with it. I’m using a receiver for audio so I can’t tell you about the sound, but the picture is fantastic. Search AVS Forum for reviews, the general praise for this model was why I purchased it (and AVS Forum regulars are hard to please).
Don’t think of the refurb as used, just think of it as tested! All the problems have already been worked out and fixed.
That one has a refresh rate of 60Hz compared to 120Hz of this one. It also has a contrast ratio of 15,000:1 compared to 50,000:1 of this one. It’s also 3.86" thick, compared to 2.2" of this one. I bet it’s a lot heavier too. Overall, the one on Woot is just a lot nicer than that slightly cheaper Walmart model. Definitely worth the extra $12.
This seems it would be nice for world of warcraft, with an Nvidia 3D card and glasses.
You can get the Square Trade Warranty. Didn’t you see the logo on the bottom re: description ?
I paid 400.00 3 years ago on a 37 inch 720P Magnavox and it works fantastic as a bedroom TV. It has a surprisingly good picture and it was a one day special on newegg. Vizio is a medium type brand aka like Magnavox (which is made by Phillips)
I’ve never bought a refurbished product off of Woot before. Can anyone help me out here? Is it almost the same as buying a new tv? I’m seriously considering this vizio but I want to figure out if it is worth saving the $100-200 if a refurbished TV will not result in a quality product (i.e. it has a stuck pixel, power issues, etc.)
by the way, I don’t know why some of you are complaining about refurbished prices. You’re forgetting about shipping which is built in since all the shipping is $5…
I actually went to my local Wal-Mart to buy that specific TV and when I got there they were having a closeout or clearance or something and I ended up getting a Vizio 37" 1080, 120 for $449 plus tax - new in box - not a floor model. When we built our house (7 years ago) we had a TV arch put in above the fireplace for our TV and then all the flat screens started coming. We measured a hundred times and the 37" was actually perfect for us - it fit the space almost exactly and it’s not too much screen when we’re sitting on the couch since we don’t have a huge theater room or anything.
WOW! An entire weekend with no TV - how did they ever survive? Did they all go mad and eat each other?