Vizio PCs will get an "Easter Egg" when updated to Windows 8

It may seem odd to launch an all new PC desktop and notebook lineup just a few months before Windows 8 is released, but that's what Vizio is doing today with its introduction of two all-in-one PCs and three notebooks, including two Ultrabooks.

However, it appears that Vizio is well aware of Windows 8 and hints at some interesting plans for its own Windows 8 PCs. In a new article on The Verge, Vizio confirms it will refresh its lineup of PCs when Windows 8 comes out later this year and will release new products in 2013. In addition, Vizio CTO Matt McRae states that current Vizio Windows 7 PCs will get an interesting upgrade when Windows 8 is launched.

McRae claims that upgrading Vizio PCs from Windows 7 to Windows 8 will unlock a "pseudo-touch interface that's pretty neat — a bit of an Easter egg." No other details were revealed.

The current Vizio PCs also have an extra feature that's normally sold on PCs sold at Microsoft Stores. It's Microsoft Signature, which Microsoft says eliminates the "bloatware" that other PCs makers put into their rigs. Normally having a Microsoft Signature PC would cost an extra $99 but Vizio PCs have that feature for free; Microsoft will even offer tech support for Vizio PCs on top of Vizio's own support.

McRae says having the Microsoft Signature feature in Vizio PCs will be an advantage for their lineup, saying, "Microsoft made this great commitment to a great image, and they have a vested interest in making sure people are having the best experience. It drives them nuts that OEMs throw a bunch of other stuff on it and then people blame Windows for performance problems."

Source: The Verge

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I don't know about their TV's, but ever since I first saw their computers from CES, I believe Vizio might have a fighting chance of becoming one of the top dogs not too far in the future.

The computers they show look very nice and seem to have an identity of their own without too many visual cues from Apple or other companies. Having a nice simplified 'V' logo is much better than plastering the company's name. It feels more like a part of the design, rather than something stamped on. Even at affordable prices without the bloatware. Basically, they've done all the listening a lot of PC companies haven't done for ages.

I think I'll see how these computers fare out in the market before I consider getting one, but these PC's look like something I might buy.

must be your area 99% of the tv's i sell are vizios and rarely do i see them come back a few here and there yes but not as much as say samsung sony sharp etc etc

Vizio computers, wonder if they fail just as fast as vizio tv's... I always see people returning vizio tv's at walmart... never really see samsungs or sony's returned

I see people who buy televisions and return them, especially at Walmart and Costco, usually NEVER had any intention of keeping them. They buy them for specific purposes and events for the features that they want at the most affordable pricing.

If you are going to return it, then there's little reason to pay much more up-front for brand names. I know this because I know two peopel that buy these things at Walmart or Costco and then return them a few weeks later. Typically, it was for sporting events.

neufuse said,
Vizio computers, wonder if they fail just as fast as vizio tv's... I always see people returning vizio tv's at walmart... never really see samsungs or sony's returned

As a Wal-Mart employee, I know for a fact Vizio's are the least returned TV's they sell. The most returned is actually Sony and Emerson. The only time Vizio took the lead was just after Superbowl weekend. You know, when mass people grab the cheapest flat-screen they can find only to watch the game on and return it.

Try again with saying it's the most returned

BTW

If they are such a huge failure in the TV market, how exactly are they able to expand into the PC market? You need money to do that. Money that comes from their huge sales numbers.

neufuse said,
Vizio computers, wonder if they fail just as fast as vizio tv's... I always see people returning vizio tv's at walmart... never really see samsungs or sony's returned

I have 4 Vizio sets. All have been reliable and work well. Two were stuck in storage for 3 years, powered up just fine and look like they did the day I put them in storage.

You have no clue as to what you're saying.

Bring free of bloat is nice.. as it stands now, when I get a laptop, I don't even boot into it anymore.. just wipe it and start fresh..

Ryoken said,
Bring free of bloat is nice.. as it stands now, when I get a laptop, I don't even boot into it anymore.. just wipe it and start fresh..

What crazy fool would want to miss out on a free trial of Norton Anti-Virus and Arctic route finder 1998?

Ryoken said,
Bring free of bloat is nice.. as it stands now, when I get a laptop, I don't even boot into it anymore.. just wipe it and start fresh..

Isn't that the truth these days.

McKay said,

What crazy fool would want to miss out on a free trial of Norton Anti-Virus and Arctic route finder 1998?


haha absolutely, and lets not forget the joy of multiple wizards for registration and possible reboots from agreeing to use (install) said software. And where would we be without a plethora of IE toolbars? All that browser window space is wasted!

McKay said,

What crazy fool would want to miss out on a free trial of Norton Anti-Virus and Arctic route finder 1998?

The last laptop I booted into had 3.. THREE different AV's installed.. along with I think every toolbar that you possibly could fit..

That touchpad on their aio is made for all the swipe gestures in win8.... bet thats what it is where the pc you buy today will work with those gestures.