updated 06:26 pm EDT, Fri June 15, 2012
Vizio expanding from HDTVs to home computers
Vizio, known for their HDTVs, has put its previously announced PC line up for sale today. Two portables called the Notebook and the Thin+Light, along with the desk-bound All-In-One PC, are the producer's first foray into computers, which it revealed at CES earlier this year.
The Thin+Light is a Windows 7-based ultrabook powered by a choice between Intel's 2.7GHz Core i5 or 1.9GHz Core i7 processor, each with 4GB of RAM. Storage is provided by a 128GB SSD, which is doubled when choosing the i7 chip. The 14-inch display allows for a 1600x900 resolution driven by Intel HD 4000 graphics, with the 15.6-inch running at 1920x1080. A front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera with microphone joins the SRS TruSurround HD speakers, with connectivity provided by two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The 15.6-inch Notebook offers discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE graphics, along with upgraded specs in other areas. A 2.5GHz Core i5 or a 2.3GHz Core i7 processor can be selected, along with either 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and an option for a 32GB SSD alongside the 1TB hard disk drive. Camera, sound and connectivity options equal the Thin+Light, except for the inclusion of an SD Card Reader and an ethernet port.
The All-In-One features a minimal design aesthetic which is also applies to the included keyboard, remote control and trackpad. Available in both 24-and 27-inch versions, the All-In-One's processor, ram and storage choices mirror those of the Notebook. Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE components power the graphics for both displays, with equal 1920x1080 resolutions. Like the portables, it also has a 1.3-megapixel webcam, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity, however it also boasts a host of other ports: Ethernet, eSATA, four USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, and two HDMI ports on the side and rear of the base.
The Vizio All-In-One starts from $1,100 for the 27-inch screen and $900 for the 24-inch model. The Thin+Light and the Notebook both start from $900.