November 10, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
Vizio’s made a name for itself by producing quality TVs that are generally pretty light on your wallet (though the company has recently added its more premium XVT lineup too). Turns out they’re lighter on your wallet when it comes to your electric bill as well.
The comapny has announced that all of its LCD models now shipping to the U.S. and Canada meet or exceed Energy Star 3.0 requirements. Nine of Vizio’s models exceed the Energy Star rating by 25 percent, the company says, and all of them are RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant too.
The 22-inch and 19-inch LCD models even consume less energy than a standard 60w light bulb, Vizio says.
Along these lines, Vizio has also announced a new TV, and it’s invoking the green movement. The company’s new 32-inch “EcoHD” LCD TV uses 44 percent less energy than an average 32-inch LCD HDTV, Vizio says. Don’t worry about that compromising the quality, though—you still get 12,500:1 dynamic contrast, SRS TruSurround XT Audio, and multiple HDMI inputs for all your high-def sources.
The color’s not actually green, but it’s also not the traditional black bezel, either. Instead, it’s a slick-looking white piano color that’s sure to have your guests oohing and aahing. It’s also a tidy $499, and will be online later this month at Vizio.com and other retailers’ websites such as Sam’s Club, Walmart, Costco, Dell and Target.
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