The physical appearance of the M601d-A3R is the best I’ve seen to date in a Vizio TV. Its screen is bordered by a thin (0.4-inch) bezel and edged with a metal-toned strip. The stand has a small footprint, yet it’s impressively sturdy due to a die-cast metal neck that props up the panel. Vizio’s remote control has a backlit keypad and a button layout that’s easy to deal with. A cursor pad near the center contains navigation controls, while a strip of buttons located at the top let you jump quickly to Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

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