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VIZIO M3D550KDE 55-inch 1080p 120Hz LED Smart 3D HDTV

VIZIO M3D550KDE 55-inch 1080p 120Hz LED Smart 3D HDTV
VIZIO M3D550KDE 55-inch 1080p 120Hz LED Smart 3D HDTV


Product Added : April 25th, 2013
Category : LED TV

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VIZIO M3D550KDE 55-inch 1080p 120Hz LED Smart 3D HDTV


VIZIO M3D550KDE 55-inch 1080p 120Hz LED Smart 3D HDTV

120Hz refresh rate for stunning, blur-free detail

  • Four battery-free, lightweight 3D glasses included
  • Bluetooth universal remote with full keyboard
  • Thin LED Design: TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 49.67” x 32.12” x 11.22”, TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 49.67” x 30.5” x 1.5”
  • SRS Studio Sound HD for crisp, clear audio
  • 1 million to 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio for deeper blacks

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  1. 48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    OK but leaves much to be desired, December 14, 2012
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    This review is from: VIZIO M3D550KDE 55-inch 1080p 120Hz LED Smart 3D HDTV (Electronics)

    After doing a ton of research on LED televisions, I had decided on the M3D550KD which has raving reviews. However, it’s been replaced with a newer model. Better right? That’s what I was banking on but have been sadly disappointed. Let me say before going on that I don’t consider myself an overly-picky person and don’t have a ton of experience with LED televisions. I’m replacing a 6 year old Samsung DLP that I’ve been more than happy with but it’s time to get rid of that clunky thing.

    This really is a nice looking TV out of the box with a really nice remote. The Visio website shows the new version of the remote with the qwerty keypad on the opposite side but it’s an IR remote which means it needs a clear line of sight to the TV. I was happy to discover that mine came with the bluetooth remote with the slider keypad so I need no clear line of sight. That qwerty keypad sure saves time when setting up the different apps. As for the apps, I found them to be easily navigable and smooth enough. However, Neflix is DOA on this TV. After troubleshooting with Netflix with no success (didn’t troubleshoot with Vizio because there has been a lot of feedback already saying that they’re passing the blame on to Netflix). Their conclusion is that Vizio installed the wrong version of Netflix so they need a firmware update with the right one. I think that will eventually happen and if this was my only problem, I’d be happy to wait for it but it’s not my only issue.

    Vizio advertises this to be 120 hz but on closer inspection, it’s 120 hz effective which means it’s actually 60 hz with a little extra processing (which is a downgrade from the M3D550KD which is 120 hz with a 240 hz effective rate). This really makes it no better than any of the other cheap LEDs out there. I don’t like this because, as with many of the faster TVs today (yes, even 60 hz is faster than my DLP), there is a certain amount of “soap opera effect” going on which can be remedied by turning on “game mode.” However, this reduces the speed to 60 hz which is no clearer than my old 720p DLP TV. That’s unacceptable for me when I upgraded and spent $1000 on this new TV. The preset picture settings are pretty disappointing but with a bunch of tweaking they’re better. However, I just can’t get it quite right. The colors are either way too vivid or too bleached which is just getting frustrating. Also, at times certain parts of the picture, especially people, go blurry when they shouldn’t.

    I must say that it’s got decent blacks for an LED. The speakers are to be expected from such a thin TV but still decent. Also, the 3D is good, I didn’t notice any artifacts or anything weird when using it. There are a few light spots (which also is a normal thing for side lit LEDs), especially on the left side but not an insane amount that I couldn’t live with. There are plenty of inputs, I’ve been using two hdmi’s, the optical and the ethernet. All of them super easy to hook up with no problems. I didn’t test the wireless connection so no feedback there.

    After all of this, I agree with others that Vizio pulled a bait and switch on the unknowing consumer. We thought that they’d just do a few improvements on the old model and keep making an amazing product. This isn’t what they did though. They made a new model at a much better price point for themselves by lowering the quality of components, thus making an inferior product. Let me say this though, I’m saying “inferior” when comparing this model to it’s older sibling. I definitely wouldn’t say it’s inferior to many of the other LED televisions out there. It’s still a good product but it needs to be at a little lower price point to make it a decent deal for the consumer. As for me, this is going back to Amazon and my search continues. Maybe I’ll get lucky and find the original version of this guy without the “E.”

    Update: Now that this is $100 lower than I paid for it, I would say it’s more in the price point it should be. I still think that it’s just OK for a 3D LED but if you’re on a budget, I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

    Now that I’ve got the previous version, the M3D550KD, my suspicions have been confirmed, the new version is definitely NOT a true 120 Hz. In all programming, the M3D550KD has a noticeably clearer picture even with the “Smooth motion” turned off which does essentially the same thing as turning “Game mode” on. No matter what Vizio tells you, the M3D550KD is a true 120 Hz and the M3D550KDE is 60 Hz.

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  2. 52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good TV with many features, for a reasonable price, November 30, 2012
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    K. Woerner (Charlotte, NC) –
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    This review is from: VIZIO M3D550KDE 55-inch 1080p 120Hz LED Smart 3D HDTV (Electronics)

    I currently own two Vizio TV’s, each several years old. I’ve enjoyed both, though they are your basic LCD TV (not smart, LED, 3D, etc.).

    When looking for a new TV, price was a deciding factor. I definitely wanted it to be smart, so I didn’t need an additional box like Roku (which I own today) hooked up to it. I use Netflix and Pandora a lot, so this was a must have. Nothing against Roku because I love it — but having it built in already is just easier. Wifi setup was part of the initial turn-on procedures (you can skip if you want), so this was a snap to get going. I did have to download the Pandora app (following a system update to Vizio Apps), but Netflix came already installed by default.

    Though less important, I did want the 3D capability given I have a couple movies that have 3D options. I’ve never owned a 3D TV, but based on the test with Avatar 3D, I think it performed quite well. I saw Avatar 3D in the theater, by comparison this TV did produce good image quality and 3D effects, without any blurring or stuttering.

    I tested this watching a Thursday Night Football game in HD, and the signal from my digital cable box was clear and responsive. Having owned smaller TV’s with less features, I can’t really compare the image quality of this unit vs. something priced higher. However, being a sub-$1k TV (when I purchased it on sale) with more than adequate quality during TV and movies (2D and 3D), I can’t justify spending more for the apparent same functionality and experience.

    There is obviously a dispute over the impact of this TV being effective 120Hz vs. true 120Hz. I think that is the case in many TV’s today, given confusing descriptions and brand-created terms. However, I judge by performance and not any specs. Effective or true 120Hz, I saw no blurring/stuttering in action scenes with this unit. Again, you can pay more for true 120Hz or even 240Hz, but its debatable if you are getting the performance that goes along with the price increase with the higher end specs.

    In short, this appears to be a good TV with great options for the price. There are not many TV’s with a 3D options with a sub-$1k price tag, and the addition of smart functionality is practically standard these days, so I am quite happy with my purchase.

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  3. 10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Do not regret purchase at all., December 15, 2012
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    LXAstud
    This review is from: VIZIO M3D550KDE 55-inch 1080p 120Hz LED Smart 3D HDTV (Electronics)

    For under $1000, I do not think you can find as quality a TV as this. Out of the box, the picture blows, which is the reason I deducted a star. Thankfully, I’m not afraid to mess with the picture settings, and I now have a picture that rivals my Samsung UN55ES8000FXZA. Had I known I could’ve had a similar picture as the Samsung, there is no way I would’ve spent that kind of money on the Samsung name. Also, I love the passive 3d. It works flawlessly, and being able to use the Real3D glasses you get at the movie theaters is a real plus. If you are looking for a 55in LED Smart 3D TV and you have some tech sense, this really is a no-brainer.

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