So there you are, with a shiny new PS3, Xbox 360 Elite or Blu-ray player, while an old TV sits on the entertainment center that would laugh if you tried to display all that high-definition content on it. However, you're also sitting there in the middle of a down economy, knowing darn well that you want a new LCD HDTV but can't exactly break the bank buying one.
For years, Vizio has been a market leader in affordable televisions, getting its start in big-box stores such as Costco and Sam's Club, slowly building not only an audience of believers, but a technical expertise that has improved the company's products. Vizio's latest LCD, the XVT series, marks the company's first entry into the 120Hz refresh-rate category, a segment of LCD TVs that's traditionally been owned by the "bigger" manufacturers and their bigger-budget sets. Does Vizio's latest set stand up to the competition? Does it actually manage to balance affordability with cutting-edge technology? By and large, the XVT series is a great entry, both for Vizio and for first-time LCD buyers, but there are a few minor issues about which you should be aware.