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Thread Starter 
Okay so after a bit of deliberating, I bought a Vizio 42" TV.

It reviewed pretty high on most sites and the reviewers talked about the qwerty keyboard being a plus.
On Amazon they sell replacement QWERTY remotes for the E420i-A1, eBay as well.
The MANUAL even references the QWERTY keyboard for the love of Pete.

Review: http://reviews.lcdtvbuyingguide.com/vizio-lcd-tv/vizio-e420i-a1.html
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Original-Internet-keyboard-E420i-A1-E500i-A1/dp/B00AXY9CF2
Vizio Manual: http://store.vizio.com/documents/downloads/hdtv/E420iA1/UM_E420iA1.pdf

So based on what I've said so far you'd think the unit comes with a qwerty keyboard right?
See where this is heading?

After speaking with Vizio reps two separate times, they maintain that these units never came w/qwerty keyboards and a qwerty keyboard won't work with it.

Then why would people be selling these remotes, right?

They suggested another LED that costs $80 more and has a much lower Contrast ratio (2mil/1 vs 200K/1) so I'd rather keep it if possible.

My question is has anyone used this model with a qwerty?

Thanks,
LL
post #2 of 9
Have you turned-over the remote control. The other side, from my internet scouring would indicate that one side holds the TV controls, the other has a QWERTY keyboard...
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Haha, no keyboard on the back TK-422. Imagine how embarrassed I'd be if that we're the case though : )

I'm wondering if it has the same hardware/software as the 50" model (which has a qwerty keyboard).

I'm just perplexed as to why there are remotes out there if they "won't work with the unit."

When I called, they were pushing the Co-Star box pretty hard which conveniently had qwerty and "would solve my problem." I was thinking, you do know I already bought one of our TVs right?
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Wow. So I went ahead and bought the M420SL for the sole purpose of have QWERTY, and low and behold, the remote that came with it FREAKIN WORKS WITH THE E420i-A1!

How annoying that Vizio is either lying or ignorant about their own products.

I'll make a YouTube video in a bit.
post #5 of 9
Do you still have the vizio E420i-A1, and is the qwerty remote still work properly? I am looking to buy this tv and I want the qwerty remote.I know I can order it off the net separately as if I was buying it for the m420sl tv.

Thank you.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
The remote worked fine. The part number of the remote is 098003061060.

There you go!
post #7 of 9
Thanks for the info !!
post #8 of 9
FYI, for anyone else with the E420i-A1 or thinking of getting, you can simply plug the USB key from any wireless keyboard into the USB port and you'll have a perfectly functioning QWERTY keyboard. I bought this TV yesterday and used the mini keyboard from an old HTPC and it worked fine!!!
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by amyrobb View Post

FYI, for anyone else with the E420i-A1 or thinking of getting, you can simply plug the USB key from any wireless keyboard into the USB port and you'll have a perfectly functioning QWERTY keyboard. I bought this TV yesterday and used the mini keyboard from an old HTPC and it worked fine!!!

I am getting a Logitech Wireless Keyboard & Mouse. If I simply plug in the USB key, I will be able to use this with the TV? I thought the USB on this particular TV was only for specific uses. Anything special I need to do other than just plug it in? This would be a real treat! Please let me know ... and thank you!
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