January 10, 2012
- Stylish design
- Bluetooth remote
- Built-in Wi-Fi networking
- Passive 3D instead of active 3D
- Problems with active dimming feature
- Mediocre 3D image quality
- Glossy screen shows reflections
The Vizio Razor M3D460SR is a 46-inch edge-lit LED HDTV that has an overall good image quality despite some minor flaws. It also has passive 3D technology, wireless networking, lots of Internet connected services and more. It does, however, have a glossy screen that shows reflections and some issues with the local dimming feature.
The design of the Vizio Razor M3D460SR is quite sleek as it features a black, glossy bezel and a stylish aluminum stand. The whole thing is quite slim thanks to the edge-lit LED technology. It measures 39.9 x 1.2 x 25-inches (wdh) and weighs about 32-pounds. We really liked the design of the set and it should easily match most home theater setups with no problems.
Vizio's included remote control is Bluetooth connected instead of infrared, so you don't need a line of sight to control the TV set. We also found the TV's on-screen menu system to be quite well organized and easy to use, even for the novice user. We liked the horizontal scroll menu that displays across the bottom to access the TV's Internet-connected services. The app selection includes Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, Vudu, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, Facebook and others, including Yahoo! widgets for things like news and weather.
In terms of ports, you'll find four HDMI inputs, 1 composite and component inputs, 1 VGA-in, two USB ports and an Ethernet port for Internet connectivity. As we stated earlier, there is also built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity so you don't need to worry about buying a separate USB dongle.
One of Vizio's selling points for this TV is the edge-lit LED active dimming feature, which means the set dynamically controls the LED brightness in local zones instead of the whole screen. This, in theory, provides a better image and better light and dark image quality. We did, however, see some quality issues with this technology when it came to trying to brightly illuminate areas amongst a mostly black image. Vizio also includes passive 3D picture technology and gives you four pairs of glasses with the TV set. Passive 3D offers a few advantages over active 3D, which include the cost of the 3D glasses and virtually no cross-talk problems.
Speaking of overall performance, we had a good experience and would rate it as being good. It had good black levels accompanied by a good range of color output. There was the issue with the active dimming that we just described in addition to the glossy screen, which tended to show a lot of reflections. High-definition content had respectable quality and most users won't have any complaints.
The 3D image quality was decent, but definitely not the best we've seen. It was overbearing in screen depth, meaning that even background elements of the image were pushed "off the screen" so as a result, the whole image looked 3D, which isn't the purpose of 3D at all.