VIZIO E-Se­ries E600i-B3 60-Inch 1080p LCD TV

NOVO - - PRODUCT REVIEW - Mike Osad­ciw

VIZIO, a US company head­quar­tered in Irvine, CA, made its splash into the Cana­dian mar­ket in Septem­ber 2014. Founded in 2002, the company sought to de­liver the best pic­ture per­for­mance for the best price. Con­sumers ap­pear to agree. With over 51 mil­lion prod­ucts sold at prices that seem too good to be true, and its 100 per­cent North Amer­i­can-based tech­ni­cal support, it’s no mys­tery that VIZIO has caught trac­tion in the tele­vi­sion mar­ket. This re­view fo­cuses on VIZIO’s en­trylevel 60-inch E600i-B3 LED-Full-Ar­ray back­lit tele­vi­sion that of­fers a 1080p res­o­lu­tion. Al­low me to pre­vent any mis­con­cep­tions about this tele­vi­sion be­fore you read any fur­ther; even though the Eseries is VIZIO’s en­try-level prod­uct, it cer­tainly doesn’t per­form like one. If you are a value seeker, a first time buyer, or a ca­sual viewer open to new tech­nol­ogy with an easy to use in­ter­face, this 60-inch E600i-B3 priced at only $949 de­mands a closer look.

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The TV is mod­est in ap­pear­ance and I en­joy it that way. The black 10mm screen bezel com­bines both matte and glossy fin­ishes. There is no il­lu­mi­nated logo on the frame and no fancy base that would make the TV dif­fi­cult to prop on a stand. The side pro­file is about 6.5cm and the whole pack­age is only 52lbs with the stand.

Keep­ing true to simplicity, VIZIO la­bels its in­puts for novices as good, bet­ter, best. Three HDMI in­puts, a shared com­po­nent/ com­pos­ite in­put, an OTA RF in­put (with TOSlink and ana­logue audio out­put), USB and Eth­er­net con­nec­tions are tucked well enough away from the sides of the panel to pre­vent stiff ca­bles from be­ing vis­i­ble in wall-mount in­stal­la­tions. You can choose to con­nect from the side or un­der­neath de­pend­ing on your in­stall. The power/in­put but­ton is lo­cated be­hind the bot­tom left of the bezel. The re­mote con­trol is one of sim­plest I’ve used in years. I can’t think of a re­mote that is eas­ier to nav­i­gate than this one. The menu lay­out is straight­for­ward and if you need de­tails on any par­tic­u­lar item, you can read the sim­ple to use on-screen man­ual. The TV comes with a one-year parts and labour war­ranty and a lifetime of North Amer­i­can-based on­line and tele­phone support.

The full-ar­ray LED back­light­ing is the most im­por­tant pic­ture qual­ity fea­ture avail­able in all VIZIO E-se­ries TVs from 28” to 70 inches, with Smart Dim­ming in those from 39” to 70”. This 60-inch model has 16 evenly spaced LED zones be­hind the LCD panel that lighten and dim de­pend­ing on the pic­ture con­tent. The ad-

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