The New Vizio PCs and Notebooks Are Worthy of Apple

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I don't know how these will perform, but holy f*ck the new Vizio PCs and notebooks look amazingly good. Indeed, they may beat sleepy PC giants at their own game. Their designer must be a genetic mix of Jon Ive and Tony Stark.

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Vizio is really pushing this one full speed ahead. Their all-in-on PCs come in 24 and 27-inch flavors look impressively clean and cool. I'm hoping all this is aluminum and stainless steel. Beautiful. They are also releasing a 14 and 15.6-inch light laptops, which seem rather MacBook Air-esque thin, as well as a 15.6-inch laptop. They are a bit me too, but I think they are the best looking PCs for now.

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More good news: all of them are running a completely free-of-bloatware Windows 7 version optimized by Microsoft. Yes. It seems these guys may follow the Apple way all the way. Here's hoping.

Oh, and there is a 10-inch Star Trek-ish tablet too.

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Stay tuned for updates. Our CES troops will be licking these and reporting back live in a few hours. [Vizio via Engadget]

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The whole family and how they worked with Microsoft.

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The whole family: notebooks and all-in-ones.

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Hello, 27-inch all-in-one Vizio PC with the ultra-thin keyboards, touchpad and a bass unit.

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I love that chrome retro-ish Enterprise neck.

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The screen is thinner than the iMac, but that's because the guts are sandwiched on the aluminum base.

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The thin 15.6-inch laptop. We will have to test it to see how thin it really is.

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The 14-inch laptop. Lots of Air-esque round corners here.

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DISCUSSION

complextinction
complextinction

To the people confused about the AIO market:

The truth is, I don't quite get them either. I've been a desktop fanboy for a long time. In fact, rather than own a laptop, I built a small form desktop that fits in my laptop bag. They are upgradable, easily maintained and budget friendly.

However, I am not most people, just as you are not most people. To the average consumer, appearance definitely goes a long way. Its what has made apple products so successful. Sure, the iMac is a decent computer but its major selling point is its appearance. On the other end of the spectrum, you have those that want something easy. An AIO sits right on the desk, often syncs up with wireless keyboard in mouse, requiring 1 plug for power. You can pop it right in your living area and it won't be covered in crappy black action figure plastic. The touchscreen gimmick is one that people seem to be enjoying. I still don't quite get it on large format machines.

The only thing holding back the AIO market is price point and build quality. If you design too nice a product, the price goes too high. Too budget a product and it sacrifices quality and won't sell. They have to find the balancing point.

I think if any company was going to find it, it would be a company like Vizio. They offer a pretty reliable product, for a pretty good price. Its not the lowest price on the market but its also not the cheapest quality product. I could run to the Walmart and find a good handful of TV's cheaper than a Vizio but I can tell just by looking at them, that they are pieces of junk. Vizio found the balance in the TV market, it'll be interesting to see if they find it in the PC Market.

TL;DR me if you wish.