Vizio has earned a reputation as being king of the value-oriented TV, but what makes that so? Yes, in the company's early days, it stacked 'em deep and sold 'em cheap, but there are now plenty of other TV manufacturers that also target the budget-conscious shopper, including Westinghouse, Hisense, Seiki, and Insignia. Even the major manufacturers like Samsung, Panasonic, and LG offer budget lines with limited feature sets, but these TVs often employ step-down performance technologies, too. What sets Vizio apart, at least in recent years, isn't necessarily the low price at which the TV is offered; it's the amount of features and level of performance that you get for the price. Vizio has been very good at finding that perfect balance of performance and features at a price that makes the company's TVs impossible to overlook.

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