Vizio adds line of stunning laptops and desktops
Summary: If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the first PCs from TV maker Vizio, your wait is finally over.
If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the first PCs from TV maker Vizio, your wait is finally over. The company has officially launched the new systems, which consist of one desktop model and two different laptop flavors, all of which are priced from $899.99.
The All-in-One PC, joining a crowded field, will be available in 24-inch and 27-inch screen sizes. With either size, you get an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, though with the base models you only get a Core i3 with integrated graphics, whereas opting for a Core i5 or i7 also brings Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE graphics. Depending on the configuration, you either get 4GB or 8GB of RAM, a 500GB or 1TB hard drive, and a 32GB solid state drive. All versions feature full 1080p HD resolution, 2.1-channel sound with a subwoofer, wireless keyboard, trackpad, and remote, and built-in 802.11n dual-band Wi-Fi. The top-of-the-line 27-inch All-in-One will set you back $1,349.99.
The Vizio Notebook is a 15.6-inch mainstream laptop that weighs 5.25 pounds and is 0.86 inches thick. You can choose from a Core i3-3110M, Core i5-3210M or Core i7-3610QM processor, but all versions come with GeForce GT 640M LE graphics. As with the All-in-One PC, you can either choose 4GB or 8GB of RAM, 500GB or 1TB hard drive, and 32GB SSD. The Notebook is notable for an IPS screen and full HD resolution.
The Vizio Thin and Light is an Ultrabook that is available with either a 14-inch or 15.6-inch screen. The smaller model weighs just 3.39 pounds and is 0.67 inches thick, while the bigger one tips the scales at 3.96 pounds and is 0.68 inches thick. With either size, you again get a choice of Ivy Bridge processor, though no option for Nvidia discrete graphics. Likewise, all configs come with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid state drive. While the base 14-inch Thin and Light costs $899.99, the 15.6-inch Ultrabook starts at $949.99. [UPDATE: See our sister site CNET's hands-on take on the Thin and Light here.]
Thankfully, all the Vizio PCs come with Windows 7 Signature Edition, which removes bloatware from your system so you don’t need to uninstall useless software as soon as you boot up for the first time. In addition to being available through Vizio’s Website, certain models will be sold at Walmart or through Amazon.com.
Original article published on ZDNET by Sean Portnoy