NINEraser: "How do you like the TV?"
GatorJZ "...I am constantly amazed at just how good this TV is."
Short answer: I do NOT
like this TV... at all
. This was my first--and last
Consistent favorable reviews, a very competitive price, and 'zero-percent-over-24-months' financing from a reseller seemed enough to persuade me to purchase this brand which hitherto I had scoffed at. I won't make that mistake again. Why?- Mediocre image quality
Go figure! Nearly every professional and anecdotal review about the Vizio XVT553SV raves about the photo-like image quality, HD resolution, and deep blacks. I see none of it. My experience is that full 1080p images are muted. Worse, dark scenes in movies are rendered nearly unwatchable from the haloing effect of the much ballyhooed local dimming. Believe me: I would absolutely love to see this model of TV demonstrated to me as described by those whose claims are full of hyperbole. This suggests to me that VIZIO product quality insofar as consistency is concerned varies considerably between units, even within the same model.- Frequent reboot
The Vizio XVT553SV will spontaneously power itself off, typically when using streaming services, after which one must endure some indeterminate cycle of the "Blinking VIZIO logo" before the TV resumes normalcy.- Limited App selection
A measly dozen apps exist for this TV; though to be fair, they cover the most prominent services.- Atrociously slow app menus
One typically select thru three confirmations before a given app opens to its main selection menu. And once within a given app, movement and selection suffers from shuddering and delay, followed by time-consuming menu "loading".- No DNLA support
Those with gigs of home streaming content are SOL; the Vizio XVT553SV does not support DNLA. VIZIO seems to have no intention of offering it as part of a future firmware upgrade.- Buggy remote, chronically prone to failure
One item VIZIO owners seem to commiserate over is the lousy quality of the remote. Forums are replete with anecdotes of faulty remotes, and VIZIO customer service standard response (essentially "tough noogies") concerning them. Peruse for yourself, presuming you arent personally affected already.
I've endured my Vizio XVT553SV for two years; I've had two warranty issues: a kludgy motherboard (to fix the "popping problem"; look it up on YouTube) and the de rigour faulty remote--both of which VIZIO resolved without charge. This model TV--perhaps this specific unit--is crap. Fair or not, I'm not buying another VIZIO.Edited by lothian1 - 4/1/14 at 4:33am