gak0090 wrote:I bought the 60" Visio E601i-A3 from Sam's club 2 weeks ago for $970. I love the TV. Very impressed with the quality. Razor LED with a cool remote that you flip over and it has a qwerty keyboard on the other side.
Same here. Love it. Got mine for $698 on BF @ Sam's Club, which was a steal.
If you can save up the extra bills, you should get a NEW E601i-A3 from Sam's Club for $998 (I think). For starters, it's the newest model, it is a "smart" TV, meaning netflix, amazon, hulu, etc. and built-in wifi with lots of HDMI inputs and connections make for an outstanding value. The first batch of the E601i-A3 TVs had a fatal problem with the video board, but Vizio has fixed the problem in later manufacturing runs, and is replacing or field repairing anyone with one of those early TVs. I know, I was one of them. Vizio could not have done a better job in customer service and standing behind their product. No charge at all for the replacement TV - they shipped it out, delivered/installed it, and packed up the old unit to go back to Vizio. The customer service rep I talked to was a guy in Des Moines, so no British accented Mumbai off-shore call center for Vizio.
I was and continue to be a loyal Vizio customer, because of that outstanding customer support/warranty issue. They admitted they had a problem with certain units, had a toll-free number to call, a dedicated logistics team to replace the defective units, and made me whole within two weeks. I had zero difficulty with them on the replacement, and will continue to be a loyal customer. Manufacturing defects happen, and sometimes on the first batch(es) of a product. Kudos to Vizio for getting it right.
Anyway, I'd trust a refurb from Vizio, but as I said, if I could save up the extra bones to get the newer model and new-in-box, it's worth it.
BTW, Vizio, was founded by William Wang in 2008 for $600K. He previously founded MAG Innovision which primarily PC sold monitors to Gateway, before starting Vizio in the TV space.