Vizio E390-A1 HDTV
Vizio E390-A1 User Reviews
Vizio E390-A1 ReviewsUnboxing Vizio E390-A1, I was impressed by the construction and design. I didn't see evidence of cutting corners to keep price down.
Turning Vizio E390-A1 on, I wasn't impressed by the picture at all. It was dim and had too much contrast and not enough gradation of tones. None of the presets were useable so I had tailor a custom setup. It took some messing around with the settings over a couple of days to get a picture I could be satisfied with. The automatic backlighting feature, which adjusts the brightness to the room's ambient lighting, was getting in the way so I had to disable it.
Comparing it with two other flat screens TV's I have (non-LED), I think this one is the least bright and the least able to finely render the delicate color shading of skin tones. It also seems to have an odd color palette on solid tone graphics. I have two computer monitors that are LED and are they're bright and render color very well, so I don't blame the picture deficiency on being LED design.
To get it bright enough for my needs, it lost some of the depth of the blacks, but Vizio E390-A1 not bad in that regard. The image is sharp enough to read very small text across the room. Viewing angle is superb in all directions. The image doesn't change in appearance as you move from side to side.
The sound is decent. You won't need an add on sound system unless you want to hear bass. The SRS surround simulator is interesting. It can over-exaggerate the spread of the sound sometimes, but it does help on most content. The feature that automatically rides the volume for you is pretty useful.
The remote is quite nice and was easy for me to learn, although I don't need it. The thin frame case is simple and elegant. The base is very stable. The screen is not very anti-glare and I can see reflections from windows and lamps pretty clearly when the unit is turned off. Not a big issue when Vizio E390-A1 on.
It has 2 HDMI inputs along with the older style analog inputs. For those adding a sound system, it has an optical output (fixed volume) and a pair of RCA outputs (selectable fixed or variable volume).
All things considered, it's a good value. It seems well made. If you're looking for a knockout picture or wanting to use it in a very bright room, maybe there are better choices out there. If I weren't very tightly constrained by the space I have to fit a TV into, I probably would have returned it for a 40", of which there seem to be a lot more to choose from.
Vizio E390-A1 Specs
- Image Aspect Ratio: 16:09
- Brand Name: Vizio
- LED technology for richer colors and more vivid details
- Display Technology: LED-lit
- Display Size: 39 inches
- 1080p Full HD resolution for a crystal-clear picture
- Model: E390-A1
- Speaker Count: 2
- Up to 50% more energy efficient than conventional LCD TVs*
- TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 34.92'' x 22.64'' x 7.99'', TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 34.92'' x 20.78'' x 2.95''
- Slim frame design looks great on a wall or table stand
- Refresh Rate: 60
- Resolution: 1080p
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