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Vizio Launches Thin+Light Series of Laptop Computers

By - Source: Tom's Guide | B 15 comments

Vizio has officially entered the PC market with its new competitively priced and beatifully designed notebooks.

Vizio's new Thin + Light series is available in both 14-inch and 15-inch sizes, with only resolution setting them a part. The 14-inch Thin + Light features a 1600 x 900 resolution display, while the 15-inch variant boasts a full 1080p display. Both notebooks are packed with Ivy Bridge Processors, Intel 4000 Graphics, a 128GB Solid State Drive, SRS Premium Audio and seven hours battery life. Vizio is also offering a heftier notebook, which features an Nvidia GPU along with similar specs. However, what makes these notebooks truly stand out is their attractive design.

"PCs haven't always been made with design at the forefront. While customers want an elegant, multi-purpose device capable of executing tasks and flawlessly delivering entertainment, some PCs still look like mundane work machines," said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO.

"VIZIO is passionate about innovation, design and the user experience. We listened to consumers and created a line of PCs that deliver on productivity but are also uncompromisingly clean, stylish and sophisticated."

Vizio is also hoping to give their notebooks a bloat-free experience, with the help of a "V key." Pressing the V Key will let the user access and download video-related software, instead of arriving forcefully pre-installed.

Starting at $899 for the 14-inch Thin + Light and $949 for 15.6-inch, both notebooks can be upgraded to i5 and i7 Ivy Bridge Processors and increased SSD capacity.

Check out our hands on preview with these computers here!

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    lunyone , June 18, 2012 3:06 PM
    I would have liked to seen an option to have an AMD APU, so I could have a better GPU for the laptop. Mind you the Intel 4000 GPU is pretty good by Intel standards, but I'm sure they could have knocked off probably another $50-100 off of the price by using AMD APU's.
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    lamorpa , June 18, 2012 2:14 PM
    What a design! That is the most silvery silver I've ever seen...
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    Vettedude , June 18, 2012 2:41 PM
    My next laptop is gonna be a Vizio. They have a vision. Their designs are great, their Windows has no crapware.
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    friskiest , June 18, 2012 3:00 PM
    Most of the "crapware" you get from other PC laptops are 3rd-party programs,. not from Microsoft.
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    lunyone , June 18, 2012 3:06 PM
    I would have liked to seen an option to have an AMD APU, so I could have a better GPU for the laptop. Mind you the Intel 4000 GPU is pretty good by Intel standards, but I'm sure they could have knocked off probably another $50-100 off of the price by using AMD APU's.
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    kristoffe , June 18, 2012 3:45 PM
    the 4000 is amazing for encoding and other goodies, lol, troll on. and other pc-laptops (you mean vendors) DO put enormous amounts of crapware on a windows system. vettedude implied it is IN the windows, not the WINDOWS OS. where's gandalf, we need an army against the trolls. vizio is a great company and these lappys are an excellent series as the specs advertise (reality may differ)
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    guardianangel42 , June 18, 2012 5:19 PM
    kristoffethe 4000 is amazing for encoding and other goodies, lol, troll on. and other pc-laptops (you mean vendors) DO put enormous amounts of crapware on a windows system. vettedude implied it is IN the windows, not the WINDOWS OS. where's gandalf, we need an army against the trolls. vizio is a great company and these lappys are an excellent series as the specs advertise (reality may differ)

    What the f**k are you babbling about? There are four comments before yours, and none of them are trolls (I don't consider sarcasm like lamorpa's trolling). Why the heck would you need an army? That's just wasteful.
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    gallidorn , June 18, 2012 5:39 PM
    With netbook cpu/gpu performance, hopefully it will have netbook pricing! Doubtful, because they are trying to appeal to style, instead of substance.

    Vizio products are a best value for quality and price, but I think they should have offered an AMD APU version of this laptop or Ivy Bridge with Radeon Graphics. Then people would not just be buying it, because it looks pretty!
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    DRosencraft , June 18, 2012 5:51 PM
    I feel like I'm a dying breed. It seems slowly but surely the trend is heading away from any laptop above 15.6". Sony got rid of their 16" offerings, and though I only lightly considered it, even the new MacBook Pro line gave up the 17" version. Know it was always something of a niche, but it's still disappointing. At any rate, I'm a bit impressed with the specs and price Vizio has with these. Wish them good luck
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    robochump , June 18, 2012 9:35 PM
    TH - You sure thats not a picture of a MacBook AIR? lol
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    UVB076 , June 18, 2012 11:09 PM
    @Gallidorn
    Mobile i3/i5/i7 is not exactly as weak as a netbook.
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    Anonymous , June 20, 2012 7:29 PM
    This Vizio computers look really slick I love the design is something we have been needing in the Windows world, I wish the make a 17" laptop ... having a hard time deciding which one I'm gonna get, Any advice.... http://vizio-pcs.com/vizio-computers-pcs/
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    Anonymous , June 23, 2012 5:20 PM
    Are these coming to Europe?
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    ed mikes , July 13, 2012 3:30 PM


    I just got a 14" Light and Thin.

    Honestly, very fast startup time. After playing with it for an hour I found the trackpad very slow and not precise. It has a very nice outer metal shell, but the unit itself felt cheap when typing on it. I really was not impressed with the quality of this machine. If you are looking for an Ultrabook seek one from another manufacturer. If you can afford an Apple Product don't even look at anything else.

    I gave Vizio a try. But I will never buy a product they produce again!
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    Anonymous , July 24, 2012 10:51 PM
    @ Ed Mikes - since they're not shipping yet, how did you "just got" yours?
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , July 26, 2012 3:57 PM
    I saw one at Walmart once and it looked pretty slick actually. If I got an Ultrabook, it would probably be one of these.