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Vizio E420VL 42" 1080p HD LCD Television
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Vizio E420VL 42" 1080p HD LCD Television

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Product description
  • 1080p Full HD
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • Digital ambient light sensor
  • SRS TruSurround HD and SRS TruVolume
Enjoy your favorite shows on the 42-inch LCD screen of the Vizio E420VL television that delivers true-to-life images. With the 1080p Full HD, this Vizio 42-inch LCD television delivers clear images. The 120 Hz refresh rate of this Vizio television reduces blur effect in fast moving scenes. The 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio of this Vizio 42-inch LCD television produces darkest black and brightest white images. Thanks to the digital ambient light sensor, this Vizio television delivers vibrant images in any lighting conditions. The Vizio E420VL television features SRS TruSurround HD and SRS TruVolume for high-audio output.

Product Features
  • 1080P full HD
    Full 1080p high definition resolution gives you over 2 million pixels, making the clarity and detail of your picture razor sharp.
  • 120Hz
    Full high definition resolution gives you razor sharp clarity, crisp and clear images and an absolutely amazing viewing experience.
  • ECO HD
    ECO HD exceeds the current ENERGY STAR 4.0, saving you money on your utility bills while limiting the impact on our planet.
  • Dynamic contrast ratio
    100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio delivers deeper blacks and brighter whites through contrast and dimensions.
  • Ambient lighting
    Energy efficient sensors auto-adjust brightness for the perfect picture regardless of room conditions.

Product Identifiers

Key Features
TV TypeFlat-Panel
Display TechnologyLCD
Screen Size42"
Aspect Ratio14:9 Enhanced, 16:9
Display Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
3D Technology3D Not Supported
Smart TV FeaturesNot Supported

Technical Features
Refresh Rate120 Hz
Response Time5 ms
Viewing Angle178°
Built-in TunerNTSC
Supported Resolutions1080p (HDTV)
Comb Filter3DYC / 3D Digital
Brightness500 cd/m²°
Adjustable Color TemperatureWith Adjustable Color Temperature
Dot Pitch0.485 mm
HDCP SupportWith HDCP Support
Output Color Depth1.06 Million colors

On Mode Power110 W
Sleep Mode Power0.3 W
Energy StarEnergy Star Compliant

Front Input ConnectorsComponent x 1, Composite x 1, HDMI x 1, S-Video x 1, USB Port
Rear Input ConnectorsComponent x 1, D-Sub (RGB PC) x 1, HDMI x 3, RF x 1, S-Video x 1, USB Port
Rear Output ConnectorsAudio (RCA) x 1, Headphones

Audio Features
Number Of Speakers2
Speaker Power2 x 10 Watt
Audio TypeVirtual Surround

Height25.9 in.
Width40.3 in.
Depth3.6 in.
Weight34.6 lbs

Parental ControlV-Chip
Room TypeCommercial Space, Living Room
Remote Control Type (originally supplied by manufacturer)Standard
Exterior ColorBlack
Additional FeaturesHeadphone Jack

eBay Product ID: EPID92868421

Reviews & Research

CNET Editors' reviewMediocre


    Inexpensive for a 120Hz LCD; excellent color in bright areas; video processing handles 1080p/24 correctly; matte screen works well in bright lighting; solid picture adjustment options.


    Reproduces relatively bright black levels; dark areas tinged blue; subpar off-angle viewing; benefits of 120Hz difficult to discern; fewer picture controls than some competitors; scarce analog inputs; ho-hum styling.


    Among the least expensive 120Hz LCDs available, the Vizio E0VL series delivers a decent picture but falls a bit short of competitors.

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Customer Reviews

Average review score based on 243 user reviews


of customers recommend this product

Rating distributions

    Created: 02/24/11

    Great TV

    I've long been wanting an HDTV, and found the VIZIO E Series 37" a great value!
    Not only am i satisfied, I'm actually blown away at it's 100,000:1 contrast ratio, and how bright and clear everything is.

    I had checked out many other brands and models at the shops around my area, and had always likened the Vizio brand to much higher-priced brands because of the picture quality. Now that this one's here with me, I also can vouch for the sound. Of course it's not like real surround sound from a full system, but playing Hi-Def games and watching HD shows and movies are much more enjoyable, both visually and audibly. SRS technology is a very positive thing!

    The many kinds of inputs, including USB for Media hookup, is like icing on the icing on the cake. I'm sure some people may feel they need more than two HDMI inputs, but when you've got the option to use A/V for compatibility with component or composite, a serial port so this can be used as a computer monitor very easily, and TV/DTV input through the RF connection, What more will you need besides 2 HDMI?

    In conclusion, this HDTV probably the greatest bang for a very thrifty buck!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

    Created: 06/01/11

    A very good low-cost big screen TV

    Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
    Review For: Vizio E420VL 42" 1080p HD LCD Television

    I bought this on Ebay as a refurbished unit, but it looked brand new out of the box. Setup is easy. I have an outdoor antenna and it quickly detected and set up all the channels.
    The sound is very flat when I connected it to my stereo system (I turned off all that "trusound" stuff). It sounds good, however, when connected by optic cable to a surround system with a subwoofer.
    I was a little disappointed to find that the picture in picture feature doesn't allow me to view two channels at once. One of the video feeds has to be from a different input for the picture in picture to work.
    The picture with a good HD signal is stunning, but it isn't bad even on weak, snowy analog stations, which is good because I've got some of those.
    The TV can read images on some, but not all flash drives, JPEGs only, and it cannot zoom the images. The size of the images is fixed, looks like on a per-pixel basis, like one-to-one I would guess.
    The remote layout is a bit awkward and not very user friendly. There is no zoom button, aspect ratio button or closed caption button and the mute button is tiny and squeezed in right next to another button. In order to turn closed captions on and off, or change the picture aspect ratio, or zoom the picture, you have to navigate through the on-screen menu. The input button is easy to work, but the input menu disappears too quickly, so you have to be very quick to change the input, or you have to start over.
    Closed captions also don't seem to work when playing a signal from a DVD or bluray player through the TVs HDMI or Component inputs. This may be true of other TVs as well, but I don't know since this is the first TV I've ever had with these particular inputs.
    I like being able to play videos from my computer through the VGA and audio inputs.
    My home theater setup includes a high-def projector. It would be nice if this TV had an HDMI out or HDMI pass-through feature so I could use one bluray player to feed both the TV and the projector at the same time without having to buy an HDMI switch or spolitter, or having to plug and unplug the HDMI cables in order to use both. There is also no svideo input on this TV, even though it still has RF and composite inputs, along with just about every other kind of input there is.
    This set also has lip sync, which is good as far as it goes, but sometimes the range of adjustment isn't enough to get the job done. It also has to be set manually, while the lip synch on my Sony AV receiver seems to do a better job and it works automatically. The two lip synch mechanisms can also be made to work together.
    I also like the fact that the TV turns on automatically when I turn on my bluray player which is connected to it.
    I also like the Consumer Electronic Control feature which allows me to control other devices connected to the TV by HDMI cable. This came in handy recently when another dealer sent me the wrong remote for a bluray player. I was able to use the Vizio remote to run the bluray player until I got the wrong bluray remote replaced with the correct remote, and I did not have to program the remote. The TV just detected the bluray player and programmed itself automatically. Cool.
    The picture is viewable from a wide angle and there is very little problem with glare off the screen surface from other light sources, a big problem with my old glass screen CRT set.
    This is a very good low-cost big-screen TV with a lot of nice features that usually cost a lot more money.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

    Created: 03/16/11

    Good for the price

    Great picture quality for the price. Great entry level HDTV. Since it is so thin, the speakers are not really the best but definitely better than most CRT tvs from the past. you just can't fit good speakers in a thin tv. Many settings to get the picture the way you want it. Unfortunately the TRU Volume function does the opposite of what it was intended to do. Just turn it off and you'll be fine. The stand is cheap and wobbly and would be better off mounted on a wall for support. The high gloss plastic bezel is cheap and sensitive to marks unless you are cleaning it with silk smooth cloth. All in all, it feels like a cheap HDTV, but for the price of below $400.00 you cant beat this tv. Whether it be for gaming, movies etc. It is great if the signal is 1080p. Watch anything 720p or below and you'll hate it. Not the TV's fault, just crappy programming that is below HD par. Plug it up with an external sound system, mount it on a wall, and youll be happy for not a lot of money!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

    Created: 03/03/11


    Review For: Vizio E420VL 42" 1080p HD LCD Television

    The Vizio E420VL LCD television is one of the best 42" televisions on the market and yet one of the least expensive. I have two other Vizio televisions and I am very pleased about the company's workmanship. This particular televsion, being the largest screen I own, is my pride and joy. The picture and sound quality is amazing and there are plenty of adjustment options to adjust the picture and sound to your particular liking. The television has plenty of connections that will allow you to have at the same time a multitude of audio and visual equipment hooked up to the television. The bottom line is that I believe I got more for my money than I would have gotten if I had purchased any other brand or type of 42" inch television.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

    Created: 12/12/10

    Vizio 32" LCD Television

    This is my first flat screen and I'm very happy with it. The picture is crystal clear with bright color contrast. The look is sleek. It has a sleep timer that was important to me. Added features such as skip channel control and option of picture size is a great bonus. I would definetly buy another..

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

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