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Vizio VA19L Review – 19-inch LCD HDTV

Originally Reviewed on December 13th, 2008

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Up for review: Vizio VA19L. The VA19L is a recent addition to Vizio’s smaller LCD line. A slender 2.5” thin, this LCD is designed to be a top pick in the small LCD market. The Vizio VA19L has a glossy, black look which is pretty common in the LCD market today. This HDTV offers high definition 720p and 1080i support. For a 19” display, 720p HD resolution is more than enough.

A horizontal viewing angle of 170 degrees enables viewers to watch clear and vivid images from any part of the room. The vision is not distorted at all. The integrated ATSC/NTSC/QAM digital television tuner gives access to the SD and HD version of the major networks. There are a number of input interfaces including a side input game port. A headphone is also included in the pack. This makes gaming easy. The headphone will ensure zero disturbances to others.

The Vizio name is lighted up in the front, something that may or may not bother you. It is orange in the natural state and white when the LCD is on. Mainly designed for the kitchen and other tight areas, this 19” LCD can also be used as a computer monitor. In fact, this LCD can fit into any small and convenient place easily. It can be wall-mounted or placed on a stand as desired.

Vizio VA19L Features and Specifications Review:

Screen: 19” LCD TV
Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
Dynamic contrast ratio: 5000:1
Tuner: Integrated ATSC/QAM/NTSC HDTV tuner
Native panel resolution: 1366 x 768
Response time: 5 ms
Viewable angle: 170/160 degrees (horizontal/vertical)
Headphone: 1
Sound enhancement: Yes
Audio: Built-in 2 x 5W speakers
Lamp (LCD)/Panel (PDP) Life: 40000 hours
Power consumption: 32W average
ENERGY STAR compliant
Warranty: 1 year parts and labor, free lifetime technical support

Vizio’s advanced polarizer is incorporated in this model which gives less reflectivity and glare and conserves power enough to be ENERGY STAR 3.0 compliant. A price tag of $249.99 MSRP makes the Vizio VA19L alluring enough. However, the black levels could be improved. Another drawback is the sound. The audio system is pretty quiet which might not be and issue if used in a small area. Despite this, all the other features make the VA19L a good buy for its price. gives Vizio VA19L 8/10 stars!

5 Customer Reviews for “Vizio VA19L Review – 19-inch LCD HDTV”

  1. Ronnie's reviewJanuary 06, 2009

    Got one for my wife for the kitchen. I use it morethan she does! It makes a great addition and it looks sleek.

  2. Jerry's reviewJune 27, 2009

    unless you can provide an HDMI or component input you will not get HDTV, you will get 480SD. My top of the line Dish HD 722 receiver is in the next room driving my 50″ Panasonic. Coax provides the signal to the kitchen. The manual says HDMI or coax are the best for HD but in the quick start info it says you can only expect 480SD with coax. Got it today and it’s going back to Costco tomorrow.

  3. JV's reviewNovember 05, 2009

    You need to look at this TV at eye level or a bit from the side to see a clear screen. If you are below it, the viewing of the screen is dark and unacceptable and you will be unhappy.

  4. tj's reviewNovember 22, 2009

    this is the best tv i have ever bought. it was a great selection. it can go anywhere in the house i put it on the roof so i can watch tv outside it makes it more fun to do yard work

  5. Nelson's reviewFebruary 16, 2010

    Right on JV…I have the same problem…sitting low, the screen is all blurry and dark. When i move closer and look at eye level or above, it is fine. So I am putting it back in the box and returning to walmart. Not worth the $$$ and the speakers are terrible as well.

    Wow, I had it a whole two days LOL

    at first I thought it was my eyes and almost made an appointment with the eye doctor.

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