Vizio refreshes its Windows 8 touchscreen PCs

Vizio, best known for its flat-screen televisions, started selling Windows 7 PCs last year in June. In October, the company debuted its Windows 8-based all-in-one touchscreen PCs. Today, Vizio announced a refresh of those Windows 8 PCs, featuring new touchscreen notebook and all-in-one products.

The company's new touchscreen notebooks come in 14- and 15.6-inch versions, and users will be able to pick from either AMD or Intel processors inside. The 14-inch notebook has a starting price of $1,089 if you select the AMD A10 chip, while the Intel Core i7-powered version has a starting price of $1,419. As far as the 15.6-inch Vizio notebook, picking the AMD chip will set you back $1,189, while the Intel-based 15.6 inch notebook costs $1,469. At the moment, only the Intel 15.6-inch Vizio notebook is for sale via the Microsoft Store website. All the other models are available for pre-order but a launch date has not been announced.

The new version of Vizio's 24-inch, all-in-one touchscreen PC also comes in AMD and Intel versions. Picking the AMD A10 PC will cost consumers $1,279.99, while the Intel Core i7-based model will set people back $1,439.99. The 27-inch Vizio all-in-one only comes with an Intel Core i7 processor and is priced at $1,549.99. The AMD 24-inch model is on sale, again, at the Microsoft Store website, with the others available for pre-order.

Vizio announced at CES 2013 in January that it would release a 11.6 inch AMD-powered Windows 8 tablet, but so far that product has yet to go on sale.

Source: Vizio | Image via Vizio

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on the good side, AMD ones have far superior graphics, A10 Processors can easily pull Max Payne 3 (as an example)

With that steep price I would expect an optical drive on those suckers and please don't say oh you can use an external dvd rom or adapter or download what ever you need! No replies with stupid answers.

How often do most people use their optical drive? Probably not often. It isn't necessary to be built into the device anymore. And why would you expect a higher price to warrant an optical drive? People could be willing to pay more for a notebook -without- one because it allows the computer to be smaller and lighter.

Another set of expensive notebooks that don't really differentiate itself from what people already got. Sure it has the latest greatest specs and it comes with touch but a notebook is a notebook. Touch is not going to convince many people to get it over a regular notebook and specs always go up.

For decades people bought PCs and Notebooks and paid full price for something they only used a fraction of. People can do most of their activities on phones and tablets. The way I see it these expensive devices are great for some but most consumers will go for something cheaper. They never could in the past but now they can so Windows' marketshare will go downhill fast unless they also provide cheap alternatives.

Cheap tablets and phones for daily activities and cheap PCs and notebooks for that rare occasion when the average consumer needs to get some real work done at home.

There is so much fail in your comment; I frankly don't even know where to begin. Just because you do not see the utility in having a touch screen laptop computer does not mean that there is not a market for these devices. As it so happens, I am currently in the market. I am older and make a pretty good living, so I could honestly buy whatever I want. In doing my assessment of potential laptops, whether or not it had a touchscreen was a huge factor. I ended up settling on an HP Spectre XT TouchSmart. As to your comment about people only using their laptops a fraction of the time - seriously, many people at this day and age don't even own a desktop computer. Really, with technology being what it is, why buy a desktop computer when the latest laptops are nearly as fast - and they are portable. Again, you are making generalizations based on your own needs and preferences. It is a big world out there - and people want laptop computers with touch screens.

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There is so much fail in your comment; I frankly don't even know where to begin. Just because you do not see the utility in having a touch screen laptop computer does not mean that there is not a market for these devices. As it so happens, I am currently in the market. I am older and make a pretty good living, so I could honestly buy whatever I want. In doing my assessment of potential laptops, whether or not it had a touchscreen was a huge factor. I ended up settling on an HP Spectre XT TouchSmart. As to your comment about people only using their laptops a fraction of the time - seriously, many people at this day and age don't even own a desktop computer. Really, with technology being what it is, why buy a desktop computer when the latest laptops are nearly as fast - and they are portable. Again, you are making generalizations based on your own needs and preferences. It is a big world out there - and people want laptop computers with touch screens.

'' Just because you do not see the utility in having a touch screen laptop computer does not mean that there is not a market for these devices. ''

I didn't say that. I said that I believed the market for one is (especially at these prices) is small. Most people have a relatively cheap laptop or PC. If Microsoft wants Windows to remain the no.1 OS then they need to cater to the majority and provide cheaper devices that can compete with Android.

''why buy a desktop computer when the latest laptops are nearly as fast - and they are portable. ''

And why buy a new laptop if you can get an even cheaper tablet that is even MORE mobile? You're right that laptops replaced PCs but in turn laptops are being replaced by tablets. Of course not all functionality of a laptop can be replaced by a tablet. But most of the things the average consumer does can be done on a tablet.

So every now and then they need to power up their PC or laptop but you dont often need to replace something you rarely use. So I think the PC/laptop market will continue to shrink but people will want a new tablet every few years because the old one's battery died or some other part malfunctioned.

The great thing is we'll see who is right in a few years. My grandmother is stil on a PC, my mother's primary device is a laptop but newer generations are primarily on their phones and tablets. Communicating (messaging, mailing, webcam, etc), surfing, sharing content, entertainment (movies, music, games, reading, etc) its all done on tablet and phones these days.