From the Forums: Vizio 15.6" Ultra Thin PC unboxed

We love our readers and when one of you land a cool gadget, we want to show it off. On this edition from the forums, JimmyFal got his hands on one of Vizio's new laptops. If you have forgotten, Vizio is an American company who is breaking in to the PC market with competitively priced products and they sell without the bloatware that other vendors load on their products.

The video speaks for itself and the device looks good from here considering this is a new market for Vizio. If Vizio can build quality products, sell them for a lower average price than the competitors and do it all without the bloatware, they may have the magic sauce to compete against juggernauts, Dell, HP, Samsung, Apple and many, many more. 

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Are they going to be available in Europe? Can't find any information on that Vizio's home page.

Their All-in-Ones looks interesting as well.

thealexweb said,
I'm sure the quality is very nice but it seems very underpowered, my laptop gets a 5.9 on WEI and it was £392
You're paying premium for the ultrabook form factor...

I want one, and I primarily use it as a mobile HTPC, but I'm contemplating on building a stand alone HTPC :\

thealexweb said,
I'm sure the quality is very nice but it seems very underpowered, my laptop gets a 5.9 on WEI and it was £392

Re-ran the WEI after all the updates, much improved.
Win 7: Processor: 7.1, RAM: 5.9, Graphics: 5.8, Gaming: 6.4, Hard disc: 7.9
Win 8: 7.1, 5.9, 5.4, 6.3, 8.1

Battery life tests coming soon.

jimmyfal said,

Re-ran the WEI after all the updates, much improved.
Win 7: Processor: 7.1, RAM: 5.9, Graphics: 5.8, Gaming: 6.4, Hard disc: 7.9
Win 8: 7.1, 5.9, 5.4, 6.3, 8.1

Battery life tests coming soon.

I know it's only a benchmark and not actual performance but it's still sort of on par to what a sub-£400 machine can get, my laptop gets CPU: 6.8, RAM: 7.3, Graphics: 5.9, Gaming: 6.5, HDD: 5.9 on 7 x64

thealexweb said,

I know it's only a benchmark and not actual performance but it's still sort of on par to what a sub-£400 machine can get, my laptop gets CPU: 6.8, RAM: 7.3, Graphics: 5.9, Gaming: 6.5, HDD: 5.9 on 7 x64

I think for many it's about the thin and light part, and the SSD, and the higher resolution.

I am trying to show some of my customers what they will get if they are willing to spend several hundred dollars less than a Mac for the Windows counterpart. I think some who are comparing this to the Macbook air are forgetting that at the moment, there is no 15.6" Macbook Air. The 13" with a 256GB SSD starts a $1399 retail I think. Where as this is $1249.

thealexweb said,

I know it's only a benchmark and not actual performance but it's still sort of on par to what a sub-£400 machine can get, my laptop gets CPU: 6.8, RAM: 7.3, Graphics: 5.9, Gaming: 6.5, HDD: 5.9 on 7 x64

I think for many it's about the thin and light part, and the SSD, and the higher resolution.

I am trying to show some of my customers what they will get if they are willing to spend several hundred dollars less than a Mac for the Windows counterpart. I think some who are comparing this to the Macbook air are forgetting that at the moment, there is no 15.6" Macbook Air. The 13" with a 256GB SSD starts a $1399 retail I think. Where as this is $1249.

Vice said,
360p? What is this, a video for ants!

Great computer but please higher video quality next time.


AHAHAHAH! That is comment of the week! I'm gonna use that zoolander quote more now...

Vice said,
360p? What is this, a video for ants!

Great computer but please higher video quality next time.


I don't want to hear your excuses! That video has to be at least...3 times bigger than this!

Looks much to nice to touch, simple and elegant.... reminds me of the Macbook Air but only in the form of a PC and the same price point aswell. But none the less very nice.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
God I want one! Can't afford and no SD slot it's a bummer, but god that's a great laptop!
I love when he counts Win8 and goes "Five,woahh"

it was actually 4 seconds. Windows 8 bootloader is actually a part of Windows 8 itself, as soon as it's ready, OS is ready too.

It looks nice but there are things i look for. Firstly, it needs to have an easy way to open it. Secondly, it must have a screen that has no protruding bezel. Thirdly, the mouse must have 2 distinct mouse buttons as Windows has right click unlike OSX. Finally, it must have 9 + hours and a replaceable battery.

Iridium said,
It looks nice but there are things i look for. Firstly, it needs to have an easy way to open it. Secondly, it must have a screen that has no protruding bezel. Thirdly, the mouse must have 2 distinct mouse buttons as Windows has right click unlike OSX. Finally, it must have 9 + hours and a replaceable battery.

Easy to open, just took a second for him to figure out that there wasn't a latch. I don't think its bezel protrudes, I could be wrong. It doesn't need two distinct mouse buttons, click on the left side, left click, click on the right side, right click. Don't need a phd to figure that one out. And the last one...well I'd like magical unicorns to shoot out of my ass but the replaceable battery isn't going to exist on an ultrabook.

siah1214 said,

Easy to open, just took a second for him to figure out that there wasn't a latch. I don't think its bezel protrudes, I could be wrong. It doesn't need two distinct mouse buttons, click on the left side, left click, click on the right side, right click. Don't need a phd to figure that one out. And the last one...well I'd like magical unicorns to shoot out of my ass but the replaceable battery isn't going to exist on an ultrabook.

How much extra is the magical unicorn option?

greenwizard88 said,
I'm sold. My next laptop is a Visio. I just hope it's not too late, I don't know if I'll ever get another laptop. O.o

looks ok, but come on, no card reader, no optical drive. wth they want you do to, buy everything online. or copy from second pc to flash drive. maybe next time they will get it right.

nekrosoft13 said,

looks ok, but come on, no card reader, no optical drive. wth they want you do to, buy everything online. or copy from second pc to flash drive. maybe next time they will get it right.

Are you 70? Optical media is pretty much useless these days. Memory card reader I guess is more of a personal requirement. I've used mine maybe twice in a year but could easily go without it.

nekrosoft13 said,

looks ok, but come on, no card reader, no optical drive. wth they want you do to, buy everything online. or copy from second pc to flash drive. maybe next time they will get it right.
Ultrabooks don't have optical drives... I think they got it pretty right...