Finally got my E420I-b0 yesterday. Got it all hooked up and ready to go. A few impressions:
-The TV itself is beautiful, and thinner than I was expecting. Even though I'm going from a 37" to a 42" screen, the TV is actually smaller than my old one because of the old one's giant bezel.
- I was a little underwhelmed by the picture right out of the box. Everything felt washed out and too bright and flat, with not enough contrast. I tried some of the calibration settings posted here, but was surprised to see they didn't help much. After another calibration with the THX Tune-Up app, I feel it's looking better, but still needs work. I still feel like skin tones are coming off a little too pale and sickly looking. However, the THX app did not have me mess with the RGB settings on the color temperature page, so I'm hoping that tweaking those will help more. Are there any Blu-Rays that people recommend that have calibration suites on them?
- The local dimming is very nice, but I wish it reacted faster. If I put up a full black screen, the entire panel basically shuts off. It's like the LEDs turn off entirely. But if a part of the screen suddenly has image in it , it takes a second or two for that part of the screen to regain it's brightness. I'm still curious to see how this will affect actual movie watching. Almost all of my TV watching is done on Apple TV, and this phenomenon is VERY apparent when browsing the menus of the AppleTV. Sometimes when the screen is transitioning from being full black to having picture (think fade-ins from black in a movie), the brightness doesn't return smoothly. The image fades back in followed by a pop to "normal" brightness. Like I said, it remains to be seen how badly this will affect actual movie/TV watching, or if it's something that will get better with time.
- Related to everything in my previous comment, I wish there was a way to toggle local dimming on/off directly from the remote, without digging into submenus. If it doesn't prove distracting durong movie watching, it's probably something I'll keep off and only turn on when I'm about to sit down and watch a movie (as opposed to putting on a TV show as background noise or browsing around AppleTV menus.)
- When I put on a full black screen with local dimming OFF, there is a small bit of light bleed in the corners, particularly on the left side of the screen. I'll try to get a picture of this later tonight.
- Off angle viewing seems to be pretty good to me. Yeah, you can make the picture change by going off-angle, but you have to go pretty far to make that happen. It seems fine for most viewing setups.
- Unfortunately, I'm going to have to return this TV to Amazon for a new one, because this one came with some kind of flaw in the screen. Initially I thought it was a couple dead pixels, but when I get up close to the screen, I can see that the black spot doesn't cover full pixels, so I'm not sure what it is. Could it be a bit of dirt behind the screen? I tried to take a picture, posted below. Does anyone know how Amazon handles returns like this? Will they send me a new one straight away, or do they wait to receive the old one before sending out the new one? I hope that they'll send me a new one straight away, rather than giving me grief, or even worse, making me go through Vizio to get it resolved.
I'll try to post more pictures and impressions tonight, after hopefully tweaking the picture some more.