March 31, 2010
By Brian Kahn

Vizio's new VL series of televisions sports a new industrial design with an attractive, dark java brown finish. The speakers are hidden behind a monochromatic grill underneath the screen that blends in better with the bezel than Vizio's traditional contrasting silver grills. Some may prefer the bolder contrasting grill but for my application the understated design of the VL series worked great. I installed the VL470M in a room with plenty of natural lighting during daytime hours. At $1,299 the VL470M reviewed here leans towards the less expensive side of the Vizio lineup of televisions in this category but is still fairly well stocked with features.

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