Vizio officially launches first desktops, laptops, starting at $899.99

Vizio officially launches first desktops, laptops, starting at $899.99

Summary: If you've been waiting to get your hands on the first PCs from TV maker Vizio, your wait is finally over.

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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,

Now that you know the full specs for Vizio's first PCs, what do you think of them? Will you be buying one? Let us know your reaction in the Comments sections below.

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  • Meh

    They seem to be a tad on the pricey side for their specs. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of differentiation between these and anything else out there.
    gotamd@...
  • Get original!

    Seriously, Apple is not the only game in town so please at least try to be original! Those machines are rip offs of Apple looks and all this is going to do is spur more litigation.
    slickjim
  • Very tempting...

    I'm sure I'm not the only Windows user who has wanted a laptop of the same caliber build as the MacBooks, at a price that Windows users are used to. Vizio seems to be the only manufacturer who has made that happen. How many other PC manufacturers offer 15" ultrabooks under $1000?

    I think there will be a bigger market for these than some people think.
    StayCheese
  • I'm In.

    I agree with @SGMD1. They're sleek and elegant and they run Windows. If everything that's sleek and elegant is an Apple rip-off, then Apple fanbois better just get over it.

    If my new job requires a home workcenter, I'm going to give the Vizios serious consideration.
    ptrader
  • Pricing a little off

    arn't these just a bit pricey? Seems to me they are. Its not a good market to be introducing new products in with a high sticker price when you can go someplace else and get very similar items for less.
    brownme84th
    • Re: Pricing a little off

      @brownme84th: I'd honestly like to know where you can find similar products for less. As far as I know, I can either get get an 11"-13" ultrabook for around the same price, or a 14-15" ultrabook for several hundred dollars more.

      I think these will do very well with students and casual PC users. Thin/light/sleek appeals to everyone, and the specs are great for most tasks. These won't be for gamers/tech professionals, and I think everyone understands that. But I also think Vizio is filling a gap in the market and will see some success with these.
      StayCheese
  • Why would I pay so much money

    For a system that forces me to use a low travel chiclet keyboard? I hate those things. Whatever happened to those wonderful full sized keyboards with proper long travel keyswitches that were so common in the 1980s.

    The human interface is the most important one, so don't give me a goofy keyboard and ergonomically impossible to use mouse.
    johnsmith9875
  • Seriously

    Seriously?
    folks are still buying PC.
    "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."

    All Microsoft OS should do this anyway.
    SHAMKEN@...
    • Buying

      and in large numbers -although not quite as large as before - still not too much reason to replace decent hardware and Win pcs now seem to last longer and longer!
      n.gurr@...
  • Customer service at its worst

    As bad as the tv business customer service is I cant imagine how bad the PC support will be !!! I wouldnt take one for free
    grissinb
    • NEver have issues with consumer service

      Had my main board fried by a storm on my 55" LED TV, tech was out in two days replaced the board and I was back up and running watching football.
      Pete&Pete
  • Like What I See So Far

    The Vizio desktop looks great. Very cool looking. I think I'll get the top-of-the-line 27" screen version with everything. Having no bloat ware is a definite plus. I'll see if there are any discounts or coupon codes on it first though when it's available.
    pfon71361
    • Screen resolution

      Be sure that 1920x1080 on a 27" monitor suits you. I have a 1920x1080 27" monitor to use as a secondary screen. I mainly use it for NetFlix. 1920x1080 at 27" yields a large dot pitch for a computer monitor. You won't get anymore real estate than the 24" monitor -- unless you setup your environment to use very small fonts everywhere.

      Unless you want to use primarily as TV that doubles as a computer, get the 24" model.
      rkm1000
  • Gino's

    When Gino's old ways of doing business run afoul of banking regulations, only Max tries to help him, and ends up doing jail time, while the other brothers wrest control of the bank from their broken dad.
    http://www.oakleysunglassesshopping.com/
    laeses
  • Operating System

    It would be good to have the option to buy it with no operating system installed for those that do not use Windows at their pc's... that would mean some savings...
    antonio_castro@...
    • Or be more expensive

      Certainly Dell offers the same model with Linux and a higher price, a shame really - mind you with no associated bloatware there should be no sponsorship so perhaps in this case it would be the case!
      n.gurr@...
    • With with the MS monopoly, ain't gonna happen

      nt
      mileswade
  • Too expensive

    Especially the all-in-one.

    I'll wait till the x86 Surface gets out.
    mileswade