VIZIO M-Series 50” Class Razor LED Smart TV with Theater 3D®

(49.50" Diag.)
  • VIZIO Internet Apps Plus™
  • Theater 3D®
  • Razor LED™ with Smart Dimming™
  • 240Hz effective refresh rate with Smooth Motion
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Includes 8 pairs of Theater 3D® Glasses
  • 1080p Full HD resolution
  • 10 million to 1 ultra-high contrast
  • Backlit smart remote included
  • 4 HDMI ports
  • VIZIO Internet Apps Plus™
  • Theater 3D®
  • Razor LED™ with Smart Dimming™
  • 240Hz effective refresh rate with Smooth Motion
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Includes 8 pairs of Theater 3D® Glasses
  • 1080p Full HD resolution
  • 10 million to 1 ultra-high contrast
  • Backlit smart remote included
  • 4 HDMI ports
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VIZIO 50” Class Razor LED™ Smart TV with Theater 3D® | M501d-A2R

Product Overview

Edge to Edge Perfection
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Faster Smart TV

Hundreds of apps. Millions of users.

The all-new VIZIO Internet Apps Plus™ is now easier to use than ever. Its newly expanded apps library is your gateway to a virtually limitless world of the best streaming content, from hit movies and TV shows to music and more, while an updated user interface features full-screen searching* to make the most ingenious Smart TV platform intuitively simple.

* Full-screen apps window functionality coming soon to all models. Screen images simulated.
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Quicker and Smarter

Quicker & Smarter

A revamped user interface lets you navigate quicker and more easily.

More Apps Than Ever

More Apps Than Ever

A newly expanded apps library adds to an already unrivaled selection.

Full-Screen Apps   Window

Full-Screen Apps Window*

A full-screen window makes finding and organizing your apps a breeze.

Bult-In Wi-Fi

Built-In Wi-Fi

Ultra-fast Wi-Fi provides an easy clutter-free Internet connection.

XRT510 Remote


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CNET M-SERIES REVIEWcnet M Series Review 4 out of 5 Stars 4/5 Excellent

The VIZIO M-Series M1d-A2R is an excellent value with great design and a snappy picture; it has excellent shadow detail, fairly deep black levels, and excellent processing; and its Smart TV access has been improved. 7/3/13

Superior Picture Quality

Picture Quality

Edge To Edge-Of-Your-Seat Brilliance.

The new VIZIO M-Series is loaded with advanced technologies that push LCD brilliance to new heights. Innovations like Razor LED with Smart Dimming, 1080p Full HD, 10M:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a faster refresh rate bring a state-of-the-art viewing experience to life right on your screen. Learn More →

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Razor LED™
For brilliant picture quality, vibrant colors and energy savings, all in an ultra-thin design.

Premium technologies for unparalleled viewing.

Smart Dimming


Intelligent local dimming zones ensure picture-perfect brightness and consistency.

Fast Effective Refresh Rate

240Hz Effective Refresh Rate

Enhanced with smooth motion and backlight scanning for amazing sharpness.

1080P Full HD

Full HD

Crystal-clear 1920 x 1080p Full HD enhances every image with for lifelike realism and fidelity.

Dynamic Contrast Ratio

10M:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio

Ultra-sharp contrast offers a dazzling range of color, from the deepest true blacks to vibrant whites.

Spectacular Theater 3D

Theater 3D

Award-Winning Cinematic Technology.

Using simular innovative technology found in movie theaters, Theater 3D brings crystal-clear, flicker-free 3D right into your home. Learn More →

Theater 3D

Theater 3D
Cinema-quality 3D technology delivers a noticeably brighter picture with a wider range of viewing angles.

3D Glasses

3D Glasses
With up to 8 lightweight, battery-free glasses included, your whole family can enjoy 3D viewing in comfort and style.

* Number of glasses included can be found under
   TECH SPECS for each respective TV model.

Reviews. See what the critics are saying.

M-Series Review

The VIZIO M-Series M1D-A2R is an excellent value with great design and a snappy picture...

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PCMag Editor's Choice

VIZIO has once again produced a very good big-screen HDTV for a reasonable price.

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M-Series Review

Using the VIZIO M551d is a joy. When off, it looks slim and sexy, great for any living room...

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Best Gadgets of 2013're lookin at the best $5,000 a sports junkie could invest in at the moment.

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M-Series Comparison Chart

VIZIO Model Number M321i M401i M471i M501d M551d M601d M651d M701d M801d
Ultra-Modern Design
Screen Size 32" 40" 47" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 80"
Near Edge to Edge Display Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Razor-thin Profile 1.95” 2.02” 1.75” 1.75” 1.75” 2.20” 2.13” 2.32” 2.62”
Superior Picture Quality
Edge Lit Razor LED Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Smart Dimming Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
1080p Full HD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
10 million to 1 DCR Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Refresh Rate 120Hz 120Hz 120Hz 240Hz 240Hz 240Hz 240Hz 240Hz 240Hz
Smooth Motion - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Faster Smart TV
VIZIO Internet Apps Plus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spectacular Theater 3D
Theater 3D - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
HDMI Ports 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4
USB 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2
Component/Composite 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
5.1 Digital Optical 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Stereo Audio 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Complete The Experience

The VIZIO sound bar family offers a wide range of models to deliver the right sound for any room.

2.0 Home Theater Sound Bar

Enhanced audio performance
Optimized sound for small to medium sized TVs and spaces where a simple audio upgrade is all that's needed.

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2.1 Home Theater Sound Bar

High-performance surround sound
Crystal-clear sound with the extra bass kick of a subwoofer to fill any room with more immersive audio.

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2.0 Home Theater Sound Bar

Premium performance that stands alone
Three-channel audio for superior bass, enhanced dialog clarity and a wider listening angle, without a subwoofer.

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5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar

Premium home theater experience
The pinnacle of surround sound immersion and convenience, this system turns any room into a true home theater.

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High-speed/Broadband Internet service and access equipment are required and not provided by VIZIO. Additional fees and/or subscriptions required for certain content and services. Applications pictured or described in accompanying documentation may not be available, or may not provide the same functionality, content or services in all areas or as described herein. Applications are subject to future updates and/or modifications without notice.

VIZIO, Inc. has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information provided herein. All product specifications, functionality, features, configurations, performance, design and other product information described herein are subject to change without notice. VIZIO, Inc. disclaims liability for typographical, technical, or descriptive errors.

Tech Specs

Key Specifications
Class Size 50"
Diagonal Viewable 49.5”
Design Ultra thin, near borderless design
Smart TV Yes, VIZIO Internet Apps Plus™
3D Theater 3D®
Backlight Type Razor LED™
Resolution 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
Refresh Rate 240Hz
Smart Dimming Yes
Smooth Motion Yes
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes
3D Glasses 8 pairs of Theater 3D® Glasses included


Aspect Ratio 16:9
Dynamic Contrast Ratio 10 million to 1
Viewable Angle (H/V) 178˙/178˙
Number of Colors 1.07 Billion
OSD Language English, Spanish, French


Speaker Power Output 10W x 2
DTS StudioSound™ Yes
DTS TruSurround Yes
DTS TruVolume™ Yes


Component 1
Composite 1 (shared with component)
Tuner 1
Ethernet 1


Analog Audio Out Yes (RCA)
Digital Audio Out (SPDIF) Yes (Optical)


Multimedia Features
Smart TV Apps Netflix®, Amazon Instant Video, MGO , VUDU™, Hulu Plus™, YouTube™, Pandora®, iHeartRadio®, Facebook® and more
USB Music Yes
USB Photo Yes
USB Video Yes


Energy Savings
Energy Compliance ENERGY STAR® 6.0
Power Consumption 82W
Standby Power Consumption <1W
Ambient Light Sensor Yes


Wall Mount Specifications
Mount Pattern 400mm x 400mm
Screw Size M6


Net With Stand 43.40 lbs
Without Stand 39.18 lbs
Gross 51.37 lbs


With Stand 44.13”W x 27.79”H x 8.54”D
Without Stand 44.13”W x 25.89”H x 1.75”D
Packaging Dimensions 50.83”W x 33.78”H x 5.89”D


VIZIO Warranty One Year Parts & Labor; Free Lifetime Technical Support


VIZIO, Inc. has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information provided herein. All product specifications, functionality, features, configurations, performance, design and other product information described herein are subject to change without notice. VIZIO, Inc. disclaims liability for typographical, technical, or descriptive errors

Customer Reviews

Excellent TV Review by Steve

My first movie to watch was "All the Pretty Horses". The picture was so good it did not look like film; it looked like I was there. Next movie was my Blue Ray disk of "Outlaw Josey Wells." Now this is one of my top five favorite movies. It was like watching a new movie.

Previously owned a Samsung 32" HD. Good TV, but not in the league with my Visio.

(Posted on 4/4/14)

Vizo Razor 50" smart TV Review by Omegaman

I really like this TV. It is my first buy of a flat screen TV ever. The picture is great in HD. The sound is not bad but I will buy a sound bar in the future. Bought this at Best Buy for $799.00. Great price for what you get in a TV. Set up to the internet was easy. The menu set up is simple and easy to understand. I enjoy watching TV now.

Problems, The remote is a little touchy. Meaning, when you point the remote to the TV it does not always work. You really need to make an effort and point the remote. Also, the remote has a shape that is easy to mistake the botton form the top. This come into play in the dark. I know these are very small issues.
Also, I have not worked out the internet or web set up. I have a youtube channel of my own. So when I click on youtube in the self setting it ask for a password. Then there is a login code. Still working on this.
However, all in all this is a great TV. I am glad I picked it up and hung it on the wall.

(Posted on 2/28/14)

5 Star Review by Dan

I was completely amazed by picture on this TV with the 240hz, and for the price being only $599 at Best Buy special you could not beat the deal . If I the special had not been on then I would have still purchased it for regular price $799. It is a great TV for the picture, the remote is my only dislikes it could be made better.

(Posted on 2/25/14)

AMAZING!! Review by Beautician

Amazing picture, quality and price. I'm so happy with my purchase.

(Posted on 2/23/14)

Blown Away Review by Irish

The day after Christmas I finally received my Veterans Affairs disability pay after six years of waiting. I wanted a new TV to replace the old substandard 32" I had. I decided whatever TV I bought was going to have every available option there was so I started shopping online. It wasn't long when I found the Vizio M501d-a2r. It has everything, highest possible refresh rate, pssive 3D, 1080p, came with 8 pairs of 3D glasses (which no other TV brand I've seen comes with more than four), edge to edge picture, 4 HDMI inputs, more smart applications than I've seen anywhere else. When I got it home and hooked it up to my theater system and PS4 and home computer network I was blown away with the picture quality. The quality of the 3D blue-rays left me speechless. The sharpness of the picture is unlike anything I'd seen before. Also, something I've never seen on any other TV or even heard of is the simulated 3D setting. Vizio doesn't even advertise that this model has that option available. Any blue-ray I play that is standard 2D you can turn on the simulated 3D. While you won't have things appear to come out of the screen at you like a real 3D movie, the simulated 3D adds so much depth to what you're watching it takes any blue-ray and makes the picture even better. And for the price you absolutely can not find another TV with as many features and such high quality. After I set mine up and my friends saw everything this TV can do, one friend has already bought the same TV for himself and another friend and I are going Friday to pick his up from Best Buy. Anyone who purchases this TV will not be disappointed.

(Posted on 2/4/14)

Blown Away! Review by JP

I ordered my M-Series "50 inch Model" online from Best Buy today and everything about this product just blew me away from the jump. Needing a new television and having the money to afford a high-end flat-screen, I did some browsing at a local Best Buy in hopes of landing the same type of TV but in 120hz for 2 reasons. (1) I thought 120hz was the most I could get in a TV (2) I figure if there was anything possibly over a 120hz it would be wayyy out of my price range anyway. Man, was I wrong. The associate at the store asked me some very detailed questions about what I was looking for in a TV and what I was looking to pay. He was very nice and definitely knew his stuff. He showed me some LG's, Samsungs, Sony's, but he told me he's going to save the best TV for last to show me. After showing me the other models, he says "So what do you think of Vizio's are you a fan of the brand?" I told him that I've only seen Vizio's when I've went to like Wal-Mart or BJ's but that was about it. I said, "honestly, Vizio's just dont excite me. So he says, "Ok so I wont even bother showing you the Vizio's". So right after he said that he told me to wait while he got a TV set up in one of the Studio rooms where they have the couches at and etc. Once he told me I could come into the studio, he said, "All I want you to do is take a seat and watch the movie that's playing on the TV in front of you, dont worry about the brand or the price". This TV was blowing me away but the way it was set up I couldn't tell what brand it was but it looked sweet. After about 15 minutes he goes, "My friend, this is a 240hz / 1080p / 3D / Smart TV by VIZIO! I was like "What! Thats a Vizio!? No way! I thought that was a Sony, or LG". All the associate could do was laugh. He says he gets people every time with that trick. So after a few more "Oooo's and Ahhhh's" I asked what the mortage was going to cost for the TV lol and he just smiles and pulls the display tag from behind the TV and I told him to meet me at the register lol! I got the warranty and all that good stuff because I'm not taking any chances with this TV. This thing has just been blowing me away since I took it out the box. I recommend this Brand and this TV to anyone that is looking for the TV with the best picture for the most affordable price.

Only negative thing that I will say is that this TV is Out of Stock in many stores due to it's popularity. Check store inventory both online and in-store and even call the store ahead just to make sure the TV is in stock. You can purchase the TV online but you'll need to pick a store that has it in Stock (Best Buy Store) and choose that store to pick it up. I'm just relaying this information over from the associate at Best Buy.

Anyways... Thanks again Vizio!
A+ Product.


(Posted on 1/21/14)



(Posted on 1/13/14)

Very Satisfied Review by Rick

Purchased from Amazon on 12/4/13, my first reaction was confusion. I ordered a M501d-A2R model and that is what I received. But, that was not initially obvious. The box was marked M501d-A2. The manual inside referred to a M501d-A2. Not a -A2R. The advertisement has promoted a remote with alpha numeric keyboard. But the remote had no alphanumeric keyboard. I was ready to send it back to Amazon when I evaluated it further. After setting it up I discovered it was indeed a -2AR model. No alphanumeric remote, but what the heck. The picture is striking. The sound is pretty good for tiny speakers. And all the SMART features are there. I have not tested the 3D features, but then, there aren't any 3D programs on my cable service. And I have no 3D Blue Ray player. For $788 + free shipping it is a better TV than my lady friends' $1300 Panasonic.

(Posted on 1/10/14)

Perfection Review by DA Best

Amazing T.V. i just got rid of my Panasonic 32in tv for the Vizio M50in 3d 240hz T.V & I Love It! Wish i would have been able to get it on black friday for $599 but was sold out! So i bought it on the 10th for $864 out the door! But i do recommend this T.V to everyone looking for a new TV! I could go on & on about this but just read the specs!

(Posted on 12/12/13)

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