Today we are going to look at Vizio’s offering in high efficiency green TVs, the Veco320L. The Veco320L boasts a 15% improvement over version 3.0 Energy Star specifications. That sounds pretty impressive, but is that where the greenness ends? Lets take a look.
Features & Specifications
The Veco320L is a fairly full featured TV that will likely satisfy all but the most hardcore TV enthusiasts. It has 32″ of viewable area, and supports 720p and 1080i formats, and supports resolutions up to 1366×768. Of course it has all the inputs that come on flat panel TVs today. The rest of the usual specifications can be found on Vizio’s Veco320L webpage.
The coloring of the TV is somewhat unusual. I guess Vizio felt the need to make this TV stand out and made the unit almost entirely white. Personally, I like the look of it, its very clean looking.
In Vizio’s earth mindedness they also packaged the TV in recycled material and printed their manual on recycled material with soy based ink. This is a nice touch that a lot of manufacturers tend to overlook.
This is the bread and butter of the Veco320L. This TV boasts a 15% reduction in power consumption over version 3.0 Energy Star specifications. They also claim that this is a 44% power savings versus a traditional 32″ LCD TV. Their website claims a power consumption of 84W. However, when I monitored the TV during my usage, it was very rare if the power usage exceeded 65W, and it usually hovered closer to 60W.
Of course that isn’t the whole piece of the pie. Many TVs use a fair amount of power while turned off these days. In this respect, the Veco320L continues to impress. According to the kill a watt, the TV uses 0W while turned off. I’m sure there must be some draw, but its not much at all.
For this info, I had to contact Vizio directly. They said that the bezel is made of recyclable ABS plastic. The packaging contents are recycleable as well. They also said that the TV is RoHS compliant. This means that it is free of: lead, mercury (except trace amount on the CFL), cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE). So, the TV is safe to be recycled. This is a definite plus.
Through the days of using the TV, my wife and I have both grown quite fond of it, her especially. Our other TV is a Panasonic 27″ CRT. The high definition and digital channels (just over the air, no cable or satelite) are a vast improvement over the normal TV. The fact that it was designed to be environmentally friendly means a lot to us. I love that it is both bigger, crisper, and uses less power than our old TV makes it all the more attractive. Speaking of attractive, I like the white bezel and the layout of the TV. It just looks clean. Combine all that with a pretty good price, and you have yourself quite a decent package that is attractive not only to green buyers, but all buyers.