updated 11:05 am EST, Mon January 9, 2012
Vizio to focus on streaming, pure Windows
Vizio on Monday confirmed its PC plans while hinting at more. It will have five PCs in a more Apple-like roster, including 24- and 27-inch all-in-one desktops, 14- and 15.6-inch pseudo-ultrabooks, and a regular notebook. All of them will focus on links with the VIA Internet Apps of their TV counterparts, as well as a heavy emphasis on streaming video and 2.1-channel audio. In a deliberate attempt to move away from companies like Dell and HP, Vizio is going for a "clean" Windows 7 image free of unwanted trial apps and utilities.
All of the systems are known to put a particular emphasis on style for Vizio, with metal construction and minimalist looks. Vizio is short on internal details but promises "high-performance" components.
The line should be ready for May, a hint that Vizio is using Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge chip architecture.
Along with the new PCs, Vizio has also teased the new M series tablets, starting with the 10-inch VTAB3010. Details are short, including a release, but it will likely have micro USB and micro HDMI while running on a version of Android.