VIZIO already has that image for being the go-to manufacturer for highly affordable TVs. But the California-based company understands that there are some folks that are on really tight budgets. The purpose of VIZIO’s E-series of TVs is to be very budget friendly without delivering a restricted experience. The E-series doesn’t necessarily consist of small displays just to hit those rock bottom prices either. There are a couple of large TVs as well like the VIZIO E650i-A2 and the $1,369 price tag makes this TV a pretty interesting prospect for a living room that has the available space.
An E-series TV may be a younger sibling of a more feature-packed M-series TV but the E650i-A2 still impresses with a sleek appearance. The M-series TVs look a bit more premium but the VIZIO E650i-A2 deserves some credit for having a pretty thin bezel. VIZIO calls this the Slim Frame Design. The bottom portion of the bezel looks a bit thicker but it goes for the same approach as other 2013 VIZIO models where the logo is shown on the bottom right corner of the display. From the side, the E650i-A2 looks pretty thick and that is basically because this TV isn’t edge-lit. The stand is pretty ordinary too although this TV can still stand out if you decide to mount the display to the wall.
The VIZIO E650i-A2 has fewer connection ports than your average 65-inch TV but the important ports like the 4 HDMI ports should still be sufficient for most people. However, if you want to connect older devices, you will have to decide if you want to use the component or composite inputs. Using both is not an option since these ports are shared. You will have to consider an AV receiver if you want more setup possibilities. The TV also features a single USB along with a stereo audio out, optical audio out, coaxial and Ethernet port. The side panel also has a few buttons in case you temporarily lost the remote. This includes the channel, volume, input, menu and power buttons.
The most surprising thing about the E650i-A2 and other E-series models is its strong set of online features. It has built-in Wi-Fi to make the whole connection process simple. It looks like TVs are a lot like laptops and smartphones in the sense that built-in Wi-Fi is a core feature. You can always use the Ethernet port for speedier local access to content but the wireless connectivity keeps the setup clean and makes it easy to connect to the Internet even if the wireless router is located in another room.
VIZIO backs the wireless connectivity with a simple but effective Smart TV interface. Like just about every TV with Smart TV functionality, you bring up the interface by tapping the large logo icon. But rather than switching to a cluttered home screen, all you see is a popup launcher bar on the bottom where you scroll left or right and launch the app you want. You can select an app while you are watching content on TV too. Pressing the logo button on the remote again takes you to the inner portion of the Smart TV interface where you can discover and install more apps for the TV. There is a pretty fair selection of TV-optimized apps including Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Hulu Plus, Vudu, Amazon, Yahoo Sports, M-GO and dozens of others.
The single remote control that comes with the VIZIO E650i-A2 simply isn’t as attractive as the remote of an M-series TV. The buttons do not have backlighting and they are thinly shaped. But those minor issues do not overshadow the one cool thing about this remote control. Flip it to the back and you end up with a fully functional QWERTY keyboard on the center and game-like controls on the sides. The keyboard makes text entry a lot easier which should speed up the process of doing things like looking for a YouTube video. The directional buttons and A, B, X and Y buttons work well with the games that you can download for the E650i-A2.
Performance will always be a concern if the features and design are fine for the price tag. In the case of the E650i-A2, this TV doesn’t perform too bad. The VIZIO E650i-A2 is an LED TV after all so the aging 1080p resolution still holds up well and the LED backlighting still makes this TV far better than ordinary LCD models. It even has a technology called “Smart Dimming” which enables deeper contrast levels. There are some instances of white washout but deep black performance is decent. Smart Dimming also serves as an energy saving function. On the subject of power consumption, the E650i-A2 consumes about 50% less energy compared to the previous model. To further contribute to power savings, the VIZIO E650i-A2 also utilizes energy-efficient sensors that detect ambient lighting. The TV will then automatically adjust the TV’s brightness so viewers get the best picture possible. A refresh rate of 120 Hz is the minimum you can ask for if you want to reduce blurring while watching sports and action movies and it works just fine.
Audio performance turned out fine with default settings but you can make some minor adjustments to improve the quality. It harnesses the SRS StudioSound HD for slightly improved bass and clearer dialog. Still, you might want to invest in a cheap sound bar for considerably better audio quality.
The E650i-A2 surprisingly impresses with all the cool features and good overall performance. It could even make you wonder exactly what things are missing from the TV and how the 65-inch VIZIO E650i-A2 managed to be priced at $1,369. The E650i-A2 lacks support for 3D and it doesn’t have the Razor LED technology which drastically improves the color accuracy. But if you have a small home theater system with old components, the VIZIO E650i-A2 will feel like a huge upgrade because you get to work with a massive 65-inch display and you can immediately launch online content from the Smart TV interface.
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