Vizio, the once budget TV maker has used the pricey Superbowl XLIV ad-space and Beyonce in a sexy red dress to rebuild its brand. The new Vizio wants to transform into a leading-edge, Internet connected television with Wi-Fi and loads of Internet apps.
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I thought the VF552-XVT with VIA was the set I was going to hold out for this Spring, but I am having second thoughts. I visited Sams club to see the VF551-XVT (same picture, just no VIA connectivity) and I thought the picture was not as good as that of several recent Samsung models. In fact, it was not even as good as the VF550-XVT (the non-LED version) and I am thinking they haven't completely mastered the LED technology part.
What's more, I now get Netflix streaming through both my Samsung DVD player in the bedroom and my PS3 in the home theater and I am satisfied with that..especially considering Netflix price...zero! I can also get Pandora, YouTube, and Blockbuster on the Samsung, so I am thinking that paying a premium for the VF552-XVT is something that is not so important. True, the remote is more convenient for entering connectivity info, but once it's been entered it's not really needed anymore, and I don't intend to do any internet browsing on my TV sets, I have computers for that.
In any case, I do applaud Vizio for attempting to lead the pack in terms of conncectivity..but picture quality is the most important consideration for me. If I am wrong, and the VF552-XVT gets tweaked to improve the picture quality I will definitely put it on my consideration list once again.