VIZIO M501d-A2R Review

Model: VIZIO M501d-A2R 50-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED HDTV

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The M Razor series is one of the latest offerings from Vizio providing with near edge to edge 1080p (Full HD) stunning pictures with LED backlighting, brighter images and deeper blacks.  It boasts of a narrow bezel and a thin profile, making it lighter and energy efficient. Available in 9 screen sizes from 32 inch to 80 inch, this is one of the most versatile feature rich televisions on the market.

The LED backlit 3D screen has a dynamic contrast ratio of 10M (million) :1, and a very fast effective refresh rate of 240Hz. The high refresh rates helps in minimizing motion blur that is often observed during car chases or fast action sequences. The television features smart dimming (also called local dimming) which is to reduce the backlight only on localized portion of the screen to make the blacks look darker and whites brighter. With edge lighting, as is the technology used in these Razor series, the localized dimming sometimes results in a halo effect around the darkened pictures.

Unlike many other 3D televisions, the Vizio M501d series boasts of Theater 3D which provides flicker free bright images when watching 3D movies. The TV comes with 8 pairs 3D glasses. These are passive glasses and do not require batteries.

The Vizio M501d series has Wi-Fi connectivity built it for wireless connectivity to the Internet.  If you don’t have a Wi-Fi at home or find the wireless streaming slow, you can use the Ethernet port for wired connectivity.

The Razor TV has a new makeover for the online interface called the Vizio Internet App Plus. It has an expanded App library which includes the popular movie and music streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HuluPlus, YouTube, iHeartRadio and many more.  You can also access social sites like Facebook. The revamped interface lets you see browse and use the Apps in a full screen window.

Pros for VIZIO M501d-A2R

  • Full HD (1080p) with bright colors and high contrast ratio
  • Near edge to edge display
  • High refresh rate of 240Hz with smooth motion
  • Flicker free 3D TV, includes 8 pairs of battery-free 3D glasses
  • Revamped App Store with full screen window, hundreds of Apps
  • Built in Wi-Fi and Ethernet (for wireless and wired connectivity)
  • Built in Tuner
  • 4 HDMI, 1 Component, 2 USB ports
  • Analog and Digital audio out
  • Flat back side for flush hanging on wall

Cons for VIZIO M501d-A2R

  • Glossy screen, may see reflections in bright room
  • Remote control only for TV, cannot control other devices
  • Some light bleed at edges with backlight turned on high

VIZIO M501d-A2R PortsThe input panel has a generous amount of ports, including 4 HDMI ports, 1 Component / Composite shared port and two USB ports. You can hook up your Cable or Satellite box, Blue Ray Player, a gaming console like Xbox or PlayStation and still have an extra HDMI port left over. The DVD player can be attached to the component port.

The dual speakers are of 10W each, providing options of surround sound. You can also hook up and external receiver by connecting with the Optical digital out port.

The Vizio M501d-A2R TV series is a feature rich full HD television, with edge to edge screen, Theatre 3D, high refresh rate with smooth motion, built in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, and a generous numbers of input ports. Its new revamped App center delivers the most popular Apps like Netflix and HuluPlus.  Customer satisfaction has been high, and most have praised the quality of the picture and the solid feel of the television. This TV is ready for a prime time at your home.

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The  VIZIO M501d series is available in 9 sizes, ranging from 32 inch to 80 inch screen. Please note that model from 32 inch to 47 inch have refresh rate of 120 Hz, while the rest have 240 Hz.Here are the links for the different sizes.

32 inch – VIZIO M321i-A2 32-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV – Click Here

40 inch – VIZIO M401i-A3 40-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV – Click Here

47 inch – VIZIO M471i-A2 47-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV – Click Here

55 inch – VIZIO M551d-A2R 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED HDTV – Click Here

60 inch – VIZIO M601d-A3R 60-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED HDTV – Click Here

65 inch – VIZIO M651d-A2R 65-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED HDTV – Click Here

70 inch – VIZIO M701d-A3R 70-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED HDTV – Click Here

80 inch – VIZIO M801d-A3 80-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV – Click Here


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