The Vizio lacks 2D-to-3D conversion, if that matters to you — it doesn’t to me since such conversion is usually quite poor. The remainder of the more than 150 other apps are inevitably less useful, including umpteen apps devoted to local news channels. That said I do prefer Vizio’s design to Sharp’s. On the other hand, content selection is among the best available today — and comes close to matching Roku’s, trading HBO Go for YouTube.
Vizio’s app selection is devoid of sports-streaming apps like MLB.TV and NHL GameCenter Live, but otherwise excellent — in fact, it’s the only Smart TV purveyor aside from Panasonic to include Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, and Vudu. View full gallery Sarah Tew/CNET To make it easier to enter searches and other information into Smart TV apps, the E701i-A3 comes with a remote with a full QWERTY keyboard on its flip side. View full gallery View full gallery The chunky remote with the slide-open QWERTY keyboard is reserved for the 55-inch model.The remote you get depends on which size you choose. View full gallery Sarah Tew/CNET The front face of the remote is not my favorite. Unlike most TVs that can play back photo, music, and video files from an attached USB stick, the Vizio cannot play such files from a home networked source via DLNA. The M3D0KD can control your other gear using the included remote.
View full gallery Sarah Tew/CNET Picture settings: The E701i-A3 has Vizio’s trademark list of picture modes named after sports — Football, Golf, Baseball, and Basketball — that have little to do with improving image quality when watching those sports. Advanced settings include two-point color temperature and a couple of dejudder settings, along with the option to adjust the ambient light sensor and global dimming on the backlight. The two have identical specs and according to the manufacturer should provide very similar picture quality. View full gallery Picture settings: The M3D0KD has Vizio’s trademark list of picture modes named after sports — Football, Golf, Baseball, and Basketball — that have little to do with improving image quality when watching those sports. View full gallery Like many passive 3D TVs this year, the M3D0KD includes a four-pack of glasses. That’s one reason why Bluetooth or another wireless technology is superior to infrared for living-room keyboards.