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I'm really slammed at my day-job and then I'm heading into the back-country for a week, but I'll try to answer some of the questions.
I'm not a gamer, so I can't really comment, but it does have custom settings for gaming.
I've not really used the "Smooth Motion" processing (I like the look of film), but what I saw looked good -- at least I didn't see any noticeable artifacting but really didn't spend that much time with it. If I get a chance, I'll put it through its paces with the Stacy Spears "torture test" for video processing.
I'll check out the off-access viewing.
A couple of other observations. I wish they had an option to kill the "Vizio" light in the front. When watching in a dark room, it is distracting. A little electricians tape should fix that.
The screen surface is diffuse, which is good because I have windows behind the sitting area; however, the frame is convex and very reflective. I don't know why they would have done this (my other Vizio had a diffuse frame), but it is annoying during the day in that you can see the windows and the blinds reflecting on the frame.
I watched the Blu-ray LOTR last night with no ambient lights. The Mines of Moria scene was spectacular with deep blacks and amazing shadow detail -- some of the best I've seen on an LCD.
I also watched Wall-e. Star-scapes are hard to do with smart dimming because a whole LED array must be on to only display a pin-point of light. Anyway, there were a few times I could see halos around the stars, and during the fades I could sometimes see the LED's turn off.
Still, I prefer this occasional artifact to the permanent gray-blacks of other LCD technology.
I have a JVC RS20 with a Video EQ to bring grayscale and color to within a Delta Error of 3 or less, so I like to think I have some reference with which to compare the Vizio.
Again, it is not a perfect display device, but for the price is does a lot of things right. If the occasional "halo" artifact is annoying, don't get this set. If you watch in a room with ambient light, the halos are generally not noticeable, so consider your viewing environment (most consumers don't watch TV in a completely black room). I think most buyers who are accustomed to buying TVs at Costco will consider the Vizio a major step-up in PQ with HDTV and especially Blu-ray.