VIZIO M601d-A3R Review: VIZIO As Pretty As Its Picture

Like the Vizio M551 before it, the Vizio M601 is a competent budget television with a high level of performance. It forgoes some features -- like MHL and touch-panel remotes -- and sometimes others don't work, like learning remote codes, but what the Vizio doesn't do you don't need.

Picture quality is very good for the cash, with darker black levels than some plasmas, but on the other hand the backlight's local dimming effect can be obvious. There is blooming evident on contrasting images, and it's something that more expensive local dimming TVs like the Samsung F8000 and Sony W900 aren't troubled by.

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