Vizio GV52LF LCD HDTV
At a Glance
Pleasing images and a rock-bottom price combine to make Vizio GV52LF hard to beat.
The Vizio GV52LF HDTV, a 52-inch LCD model, earned high scores on many of our TV tests. Its scores were particularly high on our standard-definition tests. The set's desirable features include picture-in-picture and four HDMI ports, and it carries an extremely affordable price ($2200).
Both high-definition and standard-def TV looked sharp and natural on the screen, and no other set earned an overall score of Very Good for screen brightness. In a segment of The George Lopez Show, it produced true-to-life skin tones and few digital artifacts in the background. High-def movies looked crisp and vivid.
The Vizio GV52LF's four HDMI ports enable high-def aficionados to connect several devices, such as an HD player, a cable box, and an HD DVR. The TV's built-in speakers have plenty of volume but sounded flat. The Pioneer Kuro PDP-5010FD, for example, sounded much better. A glossy black bezel surrounds the set, which sits on top of silver speakers and a silver stand, producing an eye-catching contrast. The Vizio does look a little heavier at the bottom than other sets, however.
The backlit, sensibly organized remote has numbered buttons on the top, a naviga
Though the blue on-screen display menu looks less sophisticated than the ones we saw on the Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR4 and the Samsung LN-T5281F and FP-T5084, it offers clear and easy-to-navigate picture op
For its price, the Vizio GV52LF delivers competitive performance and enough attractive options to deserve the attention of budget-conscious HDTV shoppers.