A pair of backlit LCDs in 19” and 23” models will be hitting stores soon.
Let’s face it, small screen HDTVs don’t get a lot of love (unless they’re OLED anyway). They’re equipped with the absolute cheapest options available and marketed towards a user base that is looking for the cheapest possible way to get a small HD set. Anyone that wants a smaller set with big set features is out of luck. Vizio is banking on there being a lot of these people with the announcement of the VM190XVT and VM230XVT LED backlit LCD televisions.
Both of Vizio’s backlit LCDs feature a thin design, with a profile of less than an inch. Both offer contrast ratios of 20,000:1 and SRS TruVolume and TruSurround HD as well as a response time of only 5ms.
The primary difference between the two televisions is that, although it may be too small to be noticed anyway, the 19” VM190XVT is 720p, while its 23” bigger brother offers a full 1080p picture. Interestingly, according to Vizio’s site, the 19” model also lacks a remote.
The VM190XVT will run $349 when it is released, and the VM230XVT will sell for $399. No release date has yet been announced.