Vizio E3D Series

  • 42" 1080p LCD
  • 3D 120 Hz
  • Internet enabled
Released March, 2011
Its best feature is dedicated keys for Amazon Instant, Netflix and Vudu streaming services.
Rated 68% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Vizio E3D Series

Back view of Vizio E3D Series
Performance was excellent via VGA, with full resolution, no edge enhancement and excellent detail.
Rated 68% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)


We performed a hands-on evaluation of the 42-inch Vizio E3D420VX, but this review also applies to the other screen sizes in the series.
E3D Series by c|net (Nov, 2011)
We suspect some of the difference has to do with the Vizio's smaller screen size, not because smaller screens make artifacts less visible but because there may be some difference in the way the two sizes' FPR renders 3D.
E3D Series by c|net (Nov, 2011)


Vizio E3D Series
Toshiba TL515
Sony BRAVIA EX520 Series

Performance Real world tests of Vizio E3D Series

power consumption

Vizio E3D Series
Panasonic VIERA ST30
LG LK450
In terms of 2D the picture quality of the Vizio is a dead ringer for that of the much less expensive LG LK450 series, characterized by poor black level performance and accurate color.
E3D Series by c|net (Nov, 2011)

black levels

Vizio E3D Series
Panasonic VIERA UT50
Panasonic Viera ST50
On the other hand it lacked the punch and saturation of the D630 and colors in general were less rich and saturated than on the sets with better black levels.
E3D Series by c|net (Nov, 2011)
Dark areas, like the letterbox bars, deep shadows and recesses, or Voldemort's banquet hall (Chapter 2) showed the most obvious differences between those two and the rest of the lineup, making those dark areas appear washed out and much less impactful than the other TVs.
E3D Series by c|net (Nov, 2011)

contrast ratio

Vizio E3D Series
Samsung 630 Series (2011)
Toshiba TL515

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors


  • 0.1462/0.06
  • CCFL
  • Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Netflix, VUDU
  • Flickr
  • Pandora
  • Facebook, Twitter
  • MP3
  • JPEG
  • Unknown, Unknown
  • access streaming content over the Internet
  • enjoy realistic 3D videos at home
  • 0.6384/0.33
  • built-in, 802.11n
  • 1080i content is smoothly rendered at the TV's native resolution
  • 82 Watts
  • 0.2904/0.61
  • 1
  • 2
  • 1
  • 14,197 g
  • type more naturally with a full keyboard on the remote
  • 200 mm x 200 mm
  • 1


  • 0.29 cd/sq. m.
  • 5,918K
  • 3.22
  • 2.3
  • 24p content will appear a bit jerky
  • 42"
  • 300 lines
  • only proprietary remote controls can control the TV
  • 3,683:1
  • 6,429K
  • can't video chat with friends
  • might be harder to access your digital photos, music and video
  • 75.7%
  • 44.45 mm

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 68%
Read the review (Nov, 2011)
As for audio Vizio is still the only maker to include Rhapsody-a boon for subscribers but a big "meh" for everybody else.


That's why we'd recommend disabling 1080p/24 on your Blu-ray player if you own this TV.
Vizio E3D Series 42" | Rated 68% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)
Prior to calibration the Movie mode came closest to our ideal dim-room picture settings-but that's not saying much.
Vizio E3D Series 42" | Rated 68% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)
After disabling those and proceeding with our standard calibration we got good results.
Vizio E3D Series 42" | Rated 68% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)


The remote and menus E3D0VX series are very good and surpass in many ways the efforts of more well-known brands, especially at this price.
Vizio E3D Series 42" | Rated 68% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)
It's still not as good as the QWERTY clicker included on Samsung's expensive D8000 series, mainly because it doesn't have a backlight (making use impossible in the dark) and it works via infrared instead of Bluetooth-so you have to make sure to have line of sight between the Vizio remote and the TV.
Vizio E3D Series 42" | Rated 68% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)


On the other hand, we appreciated that unlike other connected TVs it can run two Apps simultaneously, allowing you to Tweet or check Facebook (or even browse Amazon Prime) while watching Netflix, for example.
Vizio E3D Series 42" | Rated 68% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)


We disabled 1080p/24 on our Blu-ray player and the catch was replaced by the characteristic hitching stutter of 2:3 pull-down, an effect we preferred to the "catch.
Vizio E3D Series 42" | Rated 68% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)


The Vizio features plenty of jacks for most setups, but better yet in our book is that composite, component and HDMI are clearly labeled "Good," "Better," and "Best" so novices can easily determine which connection to use.
Vizio E3D Series 42" | Rated 68% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)

Editions Editions of the Vizio E3D Series

Price Edition Power consumption Size Supports 3D Manufacturer code Compare
112 Watts 47" E3D470VX
112 Watts 47" E3D470VX
82 Watts 42" E3D420VX
64 Watts 32" E3D320VX

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