VIZIO M420NV 42-inch Class Edge Lit Razor LED LCD HDTV 120 Hz Lights up my HDTV experience

By P. Stein "Bengals Fan"

This review is from: VIZIO M420NV 42-inch Class Edge Lit Razor LED LCD HDTV 120 Hz (Electronics)

This is my 4th HDTV, and my 3rd Vizio (one returned), so I think I can write a worthwhile review.

This replaces my 4 year old 37 inch Magnavox HDTV. Was very pleased with it. No problems. Still sharp picture. However, the color was no longer vibrant. Moved it to a spare room for Wii play. I think LCD TVs are good for 4 years max - due to color fading. To be clear, color fading is tolerable in the kitchen TV, and bedrooms, but not in my main TV.

I am satisfied with my one year old 32 inch Vizio kitchen LCD HD, and went with Vizio again.

Since I was going from 37 to 42 inches, and have a glass stand, I wanted a light TV. This weighs under 40 pounds, with stand.

Easy to handle. The base had a single screw (directions said 4, not true), which you hand tighten. Easy installation. The Magnavox base was difficult to install. Had to call their tech support for help.

These come with a good instruction manual, and are very easy to setup. Sound is good. Picture, very good in HD, good in standard. Soon, all programs will be in HD. Blu Ray discs look great, as do sports events and movies.

Purchased at my local warehouse club, as their extended contract pricing is very low. I have had surge damage, on several occasions, and buy these warranties to protect against that. Great price for a TV less than 2 inches thin.

With only a 1.15" thin profile, the VIZIO M420NV 42" RazorLED LCD HDTV offers razor sharp clarity with 1080p full high definition resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, delivering sharp, blur free images. This stylish LED backlit LCD HDTV has an aesthetic that captures that hip, cool factor like none other with its round edges and sleek bezel design. Its 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio providing deeper blacks and brighter whites with an astounding array of colors that stand out brilliantly adding to the rich detail and deep contrast on this TV.
An amazingly slim 1.15" HDTV profile.

VIZIO 120Hz image processing graphic
120Hz processing for lifelike detail and a blur-free picture.

VIZIO Dynamic Contrast Ratio graphic
Deep blacks and brighter whites via a 100,000:1 ratio.

VIZIO Full 1080p graphic
Razor sharp clarity via full 1080p High-Def resolution.

Also included is the digital ambient light sensor ensuring you will always have the best picture and most efficient energy savings by adjusting the brightness based on the lighting conditions of your room. Experience advanced audio technologies such as SRS TruSurround HD with explicit dialog clarity and SRS TruVolume to neutralize the sound in between commercials and your favorite movie or TV programs. Enjoy ultimate connectivity with up to four high definition inputs and take pleasure in knowing this energy efficient LED backlit LCD HDTV exceeds new ENERGY STAR 4.0 guidelines by 30% when turned on and consumes 51% less energy than the 2009 model, conserving our planet's resources while saving you money.
Key Features
Front view of the VIZIO M420NV 42-inch RazorLED LCD HDTV
42 inches of rich detail, deep contrast and full 1080p in a slim affordable package.
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    * 42-inch LED Backlit LCD HDTV featuring 1920 x 1080 pixels and support for 1.06 billion colors.
    * Razor Thin Profile only 1.15" thin, with a maximum depth in places of 2.0".
    * Full 1080p High Definition Resolution gives you over 2 million pixels, making the clarity and detail of your picture razor sharp.
    * 100,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio giving you deeper blacks and brighter whites.
    * 120Hz refresh rate teamed with VIZIO’s Smooth Motion Video technology reduces judder giving you a smooth and fluid natural picture with lifelike detail.
    * Ambient Lighting is achieved as energy efficient sensors auto-adjust brightness for the perfect picture regardless of room conditions.
    * 178/178 Degree Horizontal/Vertical Viewing Angle results in a crisp and clear picture that is easily visible from just about anywhere in the room.
    * Two Built-in 10-watt Speakers provide clear room-filling sound.
    * SRS Audio Technologies: SRS TruVolume evens out dynamics to limit volume inconsistencies between programming, while SRS TruSurround HD delivers immersive virtual high-definition surround sound out of the unit's two speakers.
    * Included Remote is stylish and enables you to easily control every function of your TV.
    * ECO HD exceeds the current ENERGY STAR 4.1, saving you money on utilities, while limiting the impact on our planet.
    * Warranty: One year parts and labor, and free lifetime technical support.

Back panel of the VIZIO M420NV 42-inch RazorLED LCD HDTV
Inputs at the rear panel include multiple HDMI, component and more.
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    * HDMI (with HDCP): 4
    * Component Plus Stereo Audio: 1
    * RF: 1
    * Composite: 1
    * Computer Input (RGB): 1
    * Ethernet: 1
    * SPDIF Digital Optical Output: 1
    * Stereo Audio Output: 1


    * TV with stand: 43.9" x 24.9" x 2.0" (WxHxD); 39.51 pounds
    * TV without stand: 45.3" x 32.7" x 12.8" (WxHxD); 36.4 pounds

What's in the Box

VIZIO M420NV 42-inch LED backlit LCD HDTV, detachable base with thumbscrew, VIZIO VUR12 remote (includes 2 AAA batteries), user manual, registration card, quickstart guide, power cord, safety strap.
Side view of the VIZIO M420NV 42-inch RazorLED LCD HDTV
Razor thin profile, as little as 1.15".
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Technical Specifications
    * Screen Size: 42-inches
    * Tuner: ATSC/QAM
    * Native Panel Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
    * Signal Compatibility: 1080p (FHDTV), 1080i(HDTV), 720p(HDTV), 480p(EDTV), 480i(SDTV)
    * Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 100,000:1 w/DCR
    * Brightness: 450 cd/m2
    * Response Time: 6.5ms
    * Refresh Rate: 120Hz
    * LED: Yes - edge lit
    * Picture-in-Picture (PIP): Yes
    * Picture-outside-Picture (POP): Yes
    * V-Chip: Yes
    * 3D Comb Filter: Yes
    * 3:2 or 2:2 Reverse Pull-down: Yes
    * ATSC with 8VSB and QAM Demodulation: Yes
    * ATSC with MPEG-2 Decoding: Yes
    * NTSC Video Decoding via Video: Yes
    * Progressive Scan Video: Yes
    * Remote Control: universal remote - VUR12
    * Panel Lamp Life (typical): 30,000 hours
    * Voltage Range: 240 Vac at 50/60Hz
    * Power Consumption: 75W (Avg), 0.37W Standby
    * Wall Mount Hole Pattern: VESA standard 200mm x 200mm