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Vizio 32 Inch Smart TV - Great Dad Gifts!

Updated on October 28, 2013

In the early part of 2013, we decided to ditch our satellite television service, and went to an Internet-based provider, FAVE - Family and Values Entertainment. There were various reasons, one being some of the objectionable material promoted in the menus that our kids really didn't need to see when selecting a program. The television in our master bedroom was on the verge of needing to be replaced, showing poor visual quality and beginning to lose some of the upper part of the display, and we were having a hard time evaluating the new television service at first. That one served our needs for many years - we won it as a drawing prize at a union picnic in 2006. The kids and I decided that a slim television that would mount to the wall would be just the thing for my husband's birthday, and we decided on a Vizio 32 inch Smart TV as a Dad gift!

The model featured here is the one we purchased, and my husband was thrilled. Of course, he's a bit of a stickler for neatness, and before he ever mounted the television on the wall, he rearranged the room. I'm still adapting to the changes! Nevertheless, he found his perfect room configuration, and then we went to work on the mounting process. It went smoothly (after the big redecorating effort), and the television has been a real blessing for a hard-working guy!

One of the nice features of a smart TV is the fact that it comes loaded with apps for accessing various streaming services. The primary options we use are Amazon instant video and Netflix. We've explored other services like Hulu and Vudu, and they work. However, we primarily use the familiar options of Amazon and Netflix. YouTube also streams to the TV, making it a fun way to watch the latest viral video. Our second television is connected to a Blu-Ray player that provides similar streaming options, and there are many ways to get that online content to your TV. It's just nice that it's centralized for us.

Picture quality is great. I asked a salesman at a brick-and-mortar store during my research if there was a huge difference between the 720p and the 1080p options, and he pointed out that the higher definition was more of a concern in a larger set. Since ours would be a 32-inch television, he indicated that the lower definition was fine for good viewing. We haven't had any complaints!

As you consider whether this or a similar 32 inch TV is best for your needs, you may want to consider the following factors:

  • Do I want the Internet connectivity? - If not, a regular Vizio may be a better choice.
  • Do I want to mount to a wall? - If so, you'll need a wall mounting unit, sold separately.
  • Is the set in my budget? - You'll find that varied pricing is available based on features, brands and sellers. Amazon provides a price difference guarantee for units not sold by third-party providers. Eligible systems found at better pricing elsewhere within a 14 day period can be brought to the company's attention for a refund of the difference. Check the details when you decide to buy.

My decision was based on the desire for Internet integration, price and size. This unit has been perfect for our needs, and I highly recommend it. I also find that modern electronics are worth protecting with extended warranty coverage. It's well worth the little bit extra to ensure that you can replace a malfunctioning unit a couple of years down the road!

As you explore this particular unit online, you'll find that comparable Vizio units in different sizes are also featured. The E series, for example, extends to 70 inch televisions in the Smart TV configuration. The 1080p Vizio systems are available from 32 to 80 inches. While we don't need something that big or expensive, it's fun to explore. You can check out the options that fit your dimensions and budget.

The unit features 2 HDMI inputs and 1 USB 2.0 input. It is Energy Star compliant, providing money-saving operation.

SquareTrade 4-Year TV Protection Plan ($250-$300)
SquareTrade 4-Year TV Protection Plan ($250-$300)

The pricing on protection plans is outstanding, and I find that the investment can save a lot of stress. In one instance of covering an electronic device in our home, the extended warranty was 2 weeks from its end when the system failed, and my son was able to obtain a completely new unit.

 
VideoSecu ML510B Articulating Tilt Swivel TV Wall Mount for 17 - 37" LCD/LED TV, Black B65
VideoSecu ML510B Articulating Tilt Swivel TV Wall Mount for 17 - 37" LCD/LED TV, Black B65

There are various types of wall mounting units. A swivel arm is great for providing varied viewing angles and configurations.

 
VIZIO E320-A1 32-inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (2013 Model)
VIZIO E320-A1 32-inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (2013 Model)

If you already have a Roku or other Internet box, you may not need the Smart TV. This is basically the same system without the Internet integration in the television. It's a great solution for those with less funds available for the purchase.

 

We really enjoyed watching this YouTube video from our television soon after the system was installed.

This unit is an Energy Star rated system, providing you with money-saving operation. It's a great choice for a Dad, but it's also an affordable system for the kids' play areas, bedrooms or guestrooms. If you need a unit that will accommodate your small space needs, this is excellent for both price and quality. You can use the stand, but be sure with smaller children that the unit is secured so that it won't tilt. Kids find ways to pull things over, so caution is always important.

Are you looking for the right television for Christmas, a birthday or another occasion? There are so many options on the market that it can be tough to decide on the best option. Reviews can be helpful, and that was another factor in deciding on Vizio. Pricing was a priority, but I definitely didn't want to find myself regretting my purchase. We've had our unit for 6 months, and I'm pleased with the performance thus far. It's great for gathering the kids together for a Sunday afternoon movie or for finishing the evening with a Pixl feature. I'm thoroughly pleased with the product and the quality.

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