Vizio announced Thursday that it has entered the personal computer market with a line of all-in-ones (AIOs) and portable lines in the notebook and Ultrabook categories.
The models, two years in the development, consist of 24- and 27-inch AIOs, 14- and 15.6-inch notebooks, and the Thin + Light 14- and 15.6-inch Ultrabook line. Each category’s entry-level model has been set at the $898 price point, and all the units are powered by different varieties of third-generation Intel Core processors. They run Microsoft’s Signature software, which is said to eliminate much of the “bloatware” and redundancies that are found on most PCs out of the box.
The AIOs offer a Full HD 1080p display, and their outboard power supply is embedded within a separate subwoofer that provides 2.1-channel SRS surround audio in combination with the built-in speakers at the monitor’s base. The models are supplied with a wireless keyboard whose dedicated “V” key at the upper left allows one-touch access to various services such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Hulu Plus. Also supplied are a remote control and a touchpad with multi-touch gesture support. Their form factor is a thin stand where all connections snake up through a hand-assembled aluminum arm that permits the attached LCD monitor to be pivoted with an invisible hinge.
The anodized aluminum notebooks also offer Full 1080p HD display capability SRS sound and a seven-hour battery life; a concealed passive heat venting system pulls cool air in to eliminate the need for grilles and fans.
The Thin + Light models feature quick boot-up capability and an ultra-thin .66-inch profile by virtue of the chassis’ unibody construction.
Definitely head over to Dealerscope for the rest of Nancy’s story. Adding my own spin to the announcement, though, I have to say that, after seeing the final specs (which are definitely on par with the specs I sneakily peeked at when I saw the machines at CES), I’m really rooting for Vizio in this endeavor. And yes, I know I’ve been as hard on the company’s TVs as anyone (I honestly wouldn’t own one if you gave it to me), but these PCs–especially the Notebooks–are kinda rockin’ my world. The design is awesome. The build quality is shockingly good (and I don’t mean that in a backhanded-complimentary “for Vizio” kind of way; I mean these machines sport the sort of fit and finish you just usually don’t see in the Windows world outside of luxury brands like Alienware). The features are way up to snuff. And the price is right. (But, come on–this is Vizio we’re talking about. You had to know they wouldn’t be expensive.)
I’ll probably wait until Win8 rolls out, but after having put my hands on these babies at CES, and having now seen final specs, I seriously think the CN15-A2 is going to be my next notebook. I do wish one could opt for a slightly better GPU than the GT 640M LE at the top of the line, but whatevs. That’s a minor nit to pick. Especially at this price point.
Check out Vizio’s computer website for more deets on specific models.