I recently had the opportunity to go hands-on (and eyes-on) with one of Vizio’s new M-Series Razor HDTVs and I have to say that I’m really impressed with all of the bells-and-whistles you get for such an economical display.

For this review, I tested the smallest model, the 32-inch version, but the M-Series is available in sizes all the way up to 80 inches. The display I tested offers true 1080p resolution, along with edge LED backlighting and local dimming. This combination allows for a reasonably thin display while offering really good contrast and black levels. Overall, the 32-inch model measures under 2″ thick when hung on the wall, or about 7.5″ thick on its stand.

As a firm believer in the black levels on plasma displays, I was pleasantly surprised by the inky blacks and lack of blooming on the Vizio display. I guess LED/LCD screens have come a long way in the last few years. I did find the colors to be a bit too oversaturated for my liking in the “Standard” display mode, so I switched to “Calibrated” and that fixed things right up. I also turned on the setting that recovers detail in black areas at its lowest level. Other than that, I didn’t touch the factory settings.

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