With its first round of computers, Vizio tried the approach that made it wildly successful with its HDTVs — decent quality at a very affordable price. But with its latest group of desktops and laptops, Vizio is going upscale.
Introduced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the new Windows 8 touchscreen-enabled Vizio PC lineup has just revealed its pricing, and not one of the four new systems costs less than $1,000. The least expensive model is the CT14T-B0 14-inch laptop, which features an AMD APU processor and a $1,089 price tag. But adding an Intel Core i7 processor instead boosts the price to $1,419.99.
The 15.6-inch, thin-and-light laptop starts at $1,189.99 with AMD inside, whereas the Core i7 flavor of the same machine runs $1,469.99. Note that while these notebooks include touchscreen capabilities, they are not convertible models with tablet functionality that justify the high price. But they are being marketed as super-svelte competitors designed to take on the MacBook Air, with a similar aluminum unibody construction and solid state storage.
Pricing for premium all-in-one desktop PCs tends to run a little higher, so the sticker price for Vizio's new desktops appears a bit more in line with the overall marketplace. The 24-inch CA24T-B0 starts at $1,279.99 and includes an AMD A10-4600M processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi capabilities. A version using a Core i7 CPU instead will run $1,439.99.
There's no AMD version of the 27-inch all-in-one, with the CA27T-A5 coming with a Core i7-3630QM processor and similar components as the 24-inch model (albeit with a bigger screen). It will set you back $1,549.99.
You can order select new models from Microsoft's online store, or the full lineup through Vizio's website.
Are these priced too high for your PC budget, or do you think they are priced right to make Vizio as successful in the PC market as with HDTVs? Let us know your thoughts in the Talkback section below.