VIZIO XVT3D650SV 65" Class Theater 3D Edge Lit Razor LED LCD HDTV

eMercedes Benz
September 14, 2011
By MBloom

The 2011 NFL season is officially under way, which means one singular thing:  it’s time to re-evaluate the current state of your home entertainment system; get off the fence as to whether or not you need a new HDTV; and cram the biggest possible flat panel into your preferred NFL viewing room of choice.  Sure, there are some that prefer to wait until the Super Bowl to splurge on a new tv, but why limit the joy that a new high def tv brings to a single game, when you can instead be watching it all season long?  My thoughts exactly, which is precisely why I splurged on a new VIZIO 65″ 3D LCD HDTV last month, just in time to get the picture precisely dialed so that I could watch the Packers beat the Saints in the season opener.

Before I go any further, let me officially state that the name of the VIZIO I purchased is nearly as big as the television itself:  it’s called the VIZIO 65″ Class Theater 3D Edge Lit Razor LED LCD HDTV (model XVT3D650SV).  It’s a gargantuan 65″ monster that has a whole slew of technology built into it, including cinema-style 3D technology, built-in 802.11n dual-band wi-fi, VIZIO Internet Apps (including Netflix, Amazon, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), Edge lit Razor LED backlighting with Smart Dimming technology, and a whole bunch more (which I’ll discuss shortly).  But to get straight to the point, after owning it for a month, I can tell you the VIZIO 3D Edge Lit Razor LED LCD HDTV is the best value on the planet right now if you’re looking to make the switch to a big LCD 3D tv, with current pricing coming in just under $2,500.  It has a fantastic picture, it’s loaded with features, and it’s huge.

VIZIO 3D Edge Lit Razor LED LCD HDTV (XVT3D650SV) Design

Looking at the VIZIO 65″ Class Theater 3D Edge Lit Razor LED LCD HDTV, it’s massive size is without question the first thing you’ll notice.  Measuring 5 feet wide by 40.9 inches tall, the VIZIO notes an exact viewing size of 64.5 inches, and it looks every bit as big as it sounds.  Truthfully, big doesn’t do it justice – gargantuan is more appropriate.  And it’s just beautiful.  Thanks to its Edge Lit Razor LED technology, the XVT3D650SV is also remarkably thin – 2.2 inches, to be precise.

Like other members of the VIZIO family, the XVT3D650SV sports a sleek 2-inch black bezel, with additional 2-inch speakers along the front lower portion of the bezel.  Also included is an oval, non-swiveling stand, with a gentle curve that extends up into the lower speaker section of the front bezel.  On the left side of the television, there’s a single control wheel (called a jag wheel) that launches a Quick Menu featuring volume, channel, input choice, and power off controls.

Also included with the VIZIO XVT3D650SV is a bluetooth enabled remote, allowing non line-of-sight control of your television.  The remote offers a full range of control functions, and is laid out well and easy to use.  It’s greatest function, however, is its ability to interact online.  The remote slides open to reveal a keyboard identical to that of a smartphone, allowing easy control of a wide variety of the VIZIO’s built-in web apps, including Netflix, Facebook and Twitter (which we’ll be discussing shortly).  Following a quick initial setup the first time you use the XVT3D650SV, the remote automatically works with all apps, meaning Netflix is controlled via the remote’s play, fast forward, rewind buttons, the keyboard automatically works for all text inputs, etc.  It’s a very cool remote that just works, and it’s about as intuitive and easy to use as it gets.

Overall, the VIZIO XVT3D650SV notes what I consider to be a clean, handsome design, and it compliments the massive screen real estate at your disposal nicely.  Then again, chances are slim you’ll take the time to notice the design once you turn the television on – a beautiful 65-inch picture tends to make you forget there’s even a bezel there.

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