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Vizio Gallevia GV47LF LCD HDTV Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008
ImageThe Basics:
Vizio has established itself as one of the leading providers of reasonably-priced LCD and plasma HDTVs, and the GV47LF is a prime example of why. This 47-inch, 1080p HDTV may not have all the high-end features you’ll find in a more expensive panel, but it offers solid performance, ample connections and an attractively simple design.

The GV47LF’s well-endowed back panel sports four HDMI inputs that accept 1080p/60 (but not 1080p/24), plus two component video and one PC input that are also HD-capable. The menu includes the standard assortment of LCD picture adjustments, including several preset picture modes and color-temperature settings, plus an adjustable backlight to tailor the image’s overall light output to suit your viewing environment. It also offers advanced white-balance controls, which isn’t a given at this price point.

Vizio includes a lot of PIP and POP viewing options, a scaled-down program guide for the internal tuners and the same four aspect ratio options (normal, wide, zoom, panoramic) found in most Vizio TVs. The Wide mode displays 1080p sources without overscan, but it does not do the same with 1080i sources.
The GV47LF has a simple two-tone design, with a black bezel and a silver, bottom-mounted speaker bar. Both the speaker bar and stand are detachable.

The Upside:
Vizio TVs consistently render an attractive high-definition image, with pleasing colors and excellent detail. This TV can be very bright and has a non-reflective screen, which makes it a good fit for a well-lit viewing environment.

The Downside:
There’s no 120Hz technology, and the 8ms response time isn’t as fast as you’ll find in some higher-end models, so you may notice motion blur with faster-moving content. Like many traditional LCDs, this TV’s viewing angle and screen uniformity are average, and its slightly higher black level means images won’t look as rich and saturated in a dark room.

The GV47LF lacks some technologies and features you’ll find in a higher-end LCD, but it offers good everyday performance at a good price. It’s an especially good fit for a brighter living room.

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