October 6, 2013
CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The good: The E500i-A1 shows deep black levels, a uniform screen and commendable bright-room performance, making it a solid midlevel LCD TV. The Smart content selection is excellent. With its thin bezel, the set has a more compact, sleeker look than many competitors.
The bad: The local-dimming system can cause crushing; the dimming effect can be obvious on some scenes; the advertised 120-Hz refresh rate does nothing to improve picture quality.
The cost: $598 to $915
The bottom line: The Vizio E series offers picture quality nearing the more expensive Vizio M series, and is a very good choice if you value its Smart TV features and styling.
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