I've had all of these Walmart refurbed Smart LED HDTVs recently (I'm not an engineer, so this is my unscientific feedback):
Vizio E470i-A0 very capable with solid display, clarity, and color saturation & actually higher-rated on consumer Reports than the M-Series, probably for a few reasons I'll touch on in a moment.
Vizio M401i-A3 & M471i-A2 Felt "more expensive" (and it was more than E-Series), but no dramatic picture differences, imho. CR said the E had better viewing angle, than the M, but I could tell any discernible difference. Thinner, hipper, newer design. No manual controls (the E does and so do the LGs). Far better remote than E-Series (larger buttons & backlit) NOTE: Little, jutting Vizio logo in bottom right of screen was a common flashpoint for shipping damage (these models had the most DOAs and were the least well-packed, but a great value if you got a winner). 3 HDMI inputs vs. 4 on the E-Series.
LG 47LA6200 Great display with dramatic depth-of-field. Almost everything had more of a 3D effect (not on 3D). Definitely a cut above the Vizio 47s, both E and M. Sharper & cleaner picture. Manual controls & sound quality are both a plus. 3.11" thick, compared to the 2.01" of the Vizio M47 (and likely why the sound is better).
LG 50LN5700 Top banana, especially if you don't care about 3D, which I don't and most others don't. Feels like a mini theater in your home (more difference than I would have thought over the 47" in terms of the picture size "feeling" in the living room). Graphics are amazing, as is color continuity (whole screen looks consistently black, red, etc., as does the LG 47"). Very nice Smart Menu and good remotes (but not backlit) with large buttons, on both LGs, as well. IMHO, it's well worth ~$100 more than a Vizio 47" M-Series.
If you're on a budget, nothing to be ashamed of with the Vizio E-Series (except for the crappy remote).
Basically, I listed all of the TVs in order of quality & capability.
If you want the real experience, save up and buy an LG. There's a tangible reason why they are top-ranked with Samsung.
Hope that squares it.
Oh, one more thing: Complaints about these Walmart refurbs are virtually all shipping damage-related. If you get one that's broken:
firstname.lastname@example.org and have it replaced (which they are reported to be doing a very fine job with). Don't lose your deal by returning to Walmart, because these are very difficult to obtain, as you can see from the quick OOS. Wait a week or so and get the replacement set and enjoy it for five + years. From my experience, these are more "open box," as opposed to refurbished.
There are several extended warranty options (and it should book as a "new" TV when applying for the EW), but I don't recommend them if your unit performs well for the initial 90 days, your odds are good that you'll be ok for a long time. Reliability of flat screens has been excellent (< 3%, and these two brands would be better than that because the Elements, RCA, Westinghouse, and Insignias are on the lower end, affecting those numbers).
Last edited by healthylaugh; 03-03-2014 at 09:37 AM..
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