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VIZIO M422I-B1 Review – 42-inch Full-Array LED Smart HDTV

Originally Reviewed on June 23rd, 2014

Up for Review: VIZIO M422I-B1 Full-Array LED Smart HDTV.

The 42-inch M422I-B1 from VIZIO is aimed at providing all the cutting-edge entertainment resources along with superior pictures and pleasing audio at a very reasonable price. The screen space looks standard and can fit into any room without a problem. It belongs to the brand’s M-Series, so it’s got a classy minimalist design style. The inclusion of Full-Array LED Backlight and Active LED Zones with Local Dimming for the price is the major plus when it comes to picture performance.
Here’s a list of all its important features and specifications. Let’s take a quick look at them first and then study each of them in greater detail.

VIZIO M422I-B1 Features and Specifications:

  • TV Type: Full-Array LED Smart TV
  • Screen Size: 42 inches
  • Full-Array LED Backlight
  • 14 Active LED Zones with Local Dimming
  • Clear Action 720
  • 240Hz Effective Refresh Rate
  • Active Pixel Tuning
  • 1080p Full HD Screen Resolution
  • 10M to 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
  • VIZIO Internet Apps Plus
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 16-watt Audio with DTS StudioSound, DTS TruSurround and DTS TruVolume
  • 1 USB and 4 HDMI Ports
  • ENERGY STAR 6.1 Compliance

VIZIO has used the Ultra Slim Frame Design to make this model look absolutely stunning. The profile is super-thin with an 8mm ultra-narrow bezel frame around the screen. Both the base and neck are pretty slim and made out of metal to have a silver glossy look. The stand is short, space-saving and gives solid balance to the panel. Overall, the profile is fully ready to compete with any plush TV in the industry. Picture quality of this M-series model is fantastic due to the highly advanced features such as Full-Array LED Backlight, 14 Active LED Zones, Clear Action 720 including 240Hz Effective Refresh rate and the screen resolution of Full HD 1080p. The black levels are much more saturated and there is plenty of brightness on the display too. The LEDs are distributed uniformly across the entire screen for a brilliant picture performance. The 14 Active LED zones with Local Dimming dynamically adjust the LED backlight in each area of the screen to better match the content. This, in turn, produces unparalleled picture contrast and deep black levels. Result is completely realistic picture display. The 240Hz Effective refresh rate helps eliminate the blur and judder from the fast motion pictures and produce amazing smoothness on the display. The Full HD 1080p screen resolution forms more than 2 million pixels on the screen for all HD content and helps produce incredible clarity on the screen. The Active Pixel Tuning delivers enhance picture accuracy and contrast by adjusting the pixel-level brightness. The 10M to 1 Dynamic Contrast ratio makes up the contrast and brightness, and helps produce beautiful pictures both in extremely lit or dark environments.

The availability of VIZIO Internet Apps Plus is the great news for modern-day entertainment seekers. The redesigned interface offers myriads of apps including hit movies, music, interactive games and sports, social media and a lot more. The built-in Wi-Fi allows for instant access to the network and all online services.

The audio unit works well with two 8-watt speakers producing fairly loud sound. To make the output sound more soothing the TV is built with technologies such as DTS StudioSound, DTS TruSurround and DTS TruVolume. There are 1 USB and 4 HDMI ports on the cabinet. This enables you to connect your compatible USB pen-drive on the USB port, and the digital camera and DVD player on the HDMI ports, and view the device content on the 42-inch LED screen seamlessly. Due to low power consumption, this is an ENERGY STAR 6.1 Compliant LED Smart TV. gives VIZIO M422I-B1 4/5 stars.

4 / 5 stars     

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