Difference comparison between E55-C1 and E55-C2: The C-2 has slightly upgraded speakers of 15 watt X 2 instead of the 10 watt X2 on the C1. The response time on the C1 is 6.5ms, as the C-2 is 9ms. This second difference is basically unnoticeable.

Vizio’s 55-inch product is of an identical package and quality to last years. Here are a few upgrades and downgrades. Price is of course probably the most attractive features. The E55-C1 features full-array LED backlighting rather than the edge-lit variety of all low to mid grade LED TV products. The 55 inch size has 12 zones of Active dimming for increased contrast, more than small sizes and identical to this past year. Vizio Internet Apps Plus can be contained in the E series for the very first time. The E55 is designed for a cost of around $675.99.

Strengths
Very thin framing bezel
Easy to create on a TV stand or wall mount because of the lightweight build
Calibration is a lot more than necessary to get the very best out of the TV
LED backlighting good during indirect daylight
The countless different picture modes each have their strong suits
The 2X 15 watt speakers (C-2 model only) are plenty loud to fill an area
The Black Detail feature increases black saturation and boosts contrast
Weaknesses
Fan produces noticable clicking noises when it is off
Screen glare from in-room light is poor
Aspect ratio problems with standard def programming cannot be properly addressed
Side angle viewing is poor
Only one 1 USB input

The E55 includes a high-quality picture after calibration. Picture depth is pretty solid from front and center.

Picture and Viewing Features
“The entire array backlighting gives better screen uniformity when displaying black and dark scenes”

The Vizio E55 is an outstanding choice for an basic level TV. The “E” means “Entry” level in the end. One attribute which makes the E-series compelling may be the 12 active full array backlighting zones producing a more even distribution of backlighting with less clouding/blooming than mid grade edge lit LED backlit TVs. The 65”-70” have 16 zones, the 50” to 60” have 12 zones as the 48 inch and lower have a still ample 6. More zones are better because their divisions become less noticable to a watchful eye, however the smaller screen sizes don’t need as many because the zones are smaller. As the full array backlighting offers better screen uniformity when displaying blacks and dark scenes, we didn’t see an improved contrast take advantage of the local dimming on the E-series. Colors also going reap the benefits of this backlighting scheme, as there is less washout and uniformity issues. Also, the 120Hz effective refresh rate with a 480 Clear Action Rate backlight scanning feature increases judder and motion blur. The Clear Action Rate feature may produce unwanted effects in a few circumstances and is way better left off for movies and regular TV programs.

DISPLAY QUALITY Rating: 83/100
The E-series certainly doesn’t contend with a plasma or OLED display regarding picture depth and color, but it’s a clear winner with regards to display quality and screen space for the purchase price. Darker scenes wrap up looking somewhat flat and blacks can look as though you will find a haze over them, however the uniformity is good. Colors also seem to be a tad bit beaten up and leave a bit more to be desired.

“The Film mode feature is effective to greatly help with motion judder without taking right out an excessive amount of natural background blur”

Black levels wrap up being somewhat flexible because of the Black Detail option in the Advanced Picture Settings menu. It offers a essential contrast boost gives the picture a far more 3d quality. Colors pop a lttle bit more too. That is a case where I made a rare exception and choose the Black Detail on the high setting. We normally stray from settings like this given that they typically don’t benefit the entire picture quality. That isn’t the case here.

This is a go from an HD broadcast. Detail and sharpness are high points here while color appears a little lacking

The Film Mode does decrease slightly on judder from movie-source programming without noted unwanted effects. We’re typically skeptical of this sort of de-judder feature but on the Vizio e-series the consequences are subtle enough to be useful.

“Screen glare in a dark room from in-room light can be an issue”

Screen glare can be an issue that may really show up during the night from in-room background lighting. Arrangement of lights can be important. The low quality screen on the E-series models will not contain an ample amount of light absorption techniques.

Side Angle Viewing
Side angle viewing is lackluster because of the semi matte finish screen. It degrades relatively quickly but performs better with the Black Detail setting on high. There is contrast and color saturation reduction starting at around 20 degrees off center, but becoming pronounced at 25.

Game Mode and Input Lag

Getting to the overall game mode is a straightforward change of the picture setting. A 40ms measurement isn’t bad at all and you will be hard for some to notice

The Vizio E-series includes a dedicated picture mode for gaming. That is for optimal performance in terms of input lag. IT responds fairly well inside our tests. We measured input lag at 40ms. That isn’t too bad at all for the common to hardcore console gamer. Shooters, racing, and action games play just fine upon this TV. 30ms and here are considered excellent measurements, which means this Vizio stands with the very best of them. Because the Game mode is its picture setting, you could have to dial in a few of the calibration settings again to get the very best picture. Do it once and you are set.

Picture Modes and Calibration
Finding the right picture mode for the E-series is really important and Vizio provides some strong choices: Standard (energy conservation mode), Calibrated, Calibrated Dark, Game, Computer, and Vivid. The calibrated and calibrated dark modes will be the best choices, with only the backlight strength being the difference between your two. I feel that Calibrated mode is my choice mode for some situations. Here I saw a good amount of dark shadow detail coupled with a complete backlight setting to provide the picture essential punch. Overall, both calibrated modes available will be the way to go when you wish the very best picture out of the TV. Try others out if you want to push the brightness somewhat more based on the area the TV is situated in. From Calibrated Mode utilize the following settings for calibrated picture settings:

OPC Control Setting
The OPC (Optimum Power Control) control is quite hidden in the menu of the E-series Vizio TV, nonetheless it can and really should be turned off because of the distracting influx and outflow of light/brightness made by the backlight. From the box, it’ll be set to On position for just about any of the preset picture settings. When Not long ago i retested the e-series from Vizio I came across it added unnecessary picture noise when light flow moved up or down lagging the picture image. The OPC’s purpose is to save lots of energy by manipulating the backlight through the 18 backlight zones, or probably more accurately to lessen the Energy rating for Vizio’s TVs. But at significantly less than $1 per month total, and simply a few cents monthly for the OPC feature, you almost certainly prefer an improved picture. To carefully turn it off: Head to Picture Settings, scroll right down to More, Scroll down and click Advanced Picture at he bottom of the menu, this will finally talk about the Backlight Control as the last setting. SWITCH OFF.

Aspect Ratio Choices and Quality
Normal, Wide, Stretch, and Zoom modes are handled by the diminutive “wide” button on underneath left of the handy remote control face. With HD programming your normal and wide range can look the same not to mention there is absolutely no problem with this aspect rendering. With non-HD programming you’ll have a tough choice as the Vizio aspect ratio algorithms aren’t great. The Zoom mode looks decent but stretches content an excessive amount of verttially. The Stretch mode isn’t very good with noticeable disproportion in the left and right width of images, especially people.

Features Rating: 81/100
Vizio Internet Apps Plus
The Vizio E-series includes Wifi and the Vizio Internet Apps Plus platform. Wifi performance is good, and permits instant access and a lot of speed for HD content streaming. The ‘Plus’ in the name means the interface is a lot more user-friendly and the entire performance is faster than before. Many of the most useful software included are Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, VUDU, MGO, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Facebook. There are lots more too.