PC Mag writes, "As LCDs dominate the HDTV market, plasmas are becoming better values every day, which is great news, since no LCD can match a plasma's wide viewing angles. Talk about value: The affordable ($1,499.99 list) 50-inch Vizio VP505XVT plasma features full 1080p screen resolution and superb standard-definition video processing, all wrapped in a stylishly modern design. The set's default color setup isn't optimized for accurate HD viewing, but its picture controls can remedy that.
Vizio is best known for affordability; its latest sets, however, don't sacrifice style for their low sticker prices. The VP505XVT's 50-inch screen is framed by a narrow black border and a glossy black bezel that measures about 2.5 inches. A 1-inch amber-colored stereo speaker bar extends beneath the lower bezel and provides ample audio output for a midsize to large room. The TV's factory-attached matte table stand masks fingerprints and dust much better than the glossier stands on most HDTVs. Unfortunately, there's no way to turn off the glowing company logo on the lower bezel-which you can do with most other HDTVs, including the Toshiba 46XV545U. The chrome-trimmed remote control has a fully backlit, clearly labeled keypad and features a wide base and a rubberized back, which make it very comfortable to hold. "