Vizio Launches AIO, Notebook, Ultrabook Lines
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.