By Ben Bowers
on 1.11.12
Photo by Vizio

We fawned over Vizio’s entry into the 21:9 fray last year, only to be bitterly disappointed when the set never made it to retail shelves. This year Vizio promises to actually deliver the ultrawidescreen goods to living rooms around the country with their updated 2012 line of 2560 x 1080 passive 3D HD displays. Besides the coveted ability to natively display the 2.35:1 CinemaScope format used by most filmmakers today, viewers can also make full use of Vizio’s V.I.A. suite of applications through a left hand side bar while still watching full HD 16:9 programming in parallel. So there’s no need to compromise your view of the game when the urge to check on your portfolio strikes. A clever universal remote control with an integrated QWERTY keypad that connects using Bluetooth (eliminating the need to point it directly at the TV) also makes navigating the set’s bevy of features easy.

Size-wise, a 50, 58, and a super carrier dwarfing 71-inch model will all be available sometime this year, with the smaller versions set to launch as soon as next month. It’s worth noting that the 50 and 58-inch models make use of the company’s edge lit LED backlighting while the 71-inch uses full array TruLED backlight with over 120 dimming zones for better black level performance and a ludicrous (although not necessarily relevant) 20,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. How much these beauties will cost is still under wraps, but knowing Vizio’s value-focused m.o., we expect them to be competitively priced with similarly-sized units.

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