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Update: Super sleek and elegant PC’s and Laptops previewed at CES by… Vizio?!

I wanted to give you guys an update on the wonderful looking desktops and laptops that Vizio announced at CES this year. I read today on Gizmodo that Vizio had confirmed a June launch for the vizio computers. The biggest vizio Laptop should be available this month at Walmart for about $900 while the 27-inch all-in-one will set you back $1100 from the big box store. When the editors at Gizmodo heard the launch rumors, they contacted Vizio directly. Here is Vizio’s response to Gizmodo:

We are excited about the official VIZIO PC launch this month. We will be withholding any comments regarding previously unannounced product specs and retail channels until our official launch. At that time, we will be announcing all of the exciting details around these highly anticipated PCs.

Basically you should be prepared for a press announcement from Vizio and Walmart in 3….2….1….

Here’s the previous post from January:

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Everyone but the snootiest fanboys loves budget tech. Maybe “budget” isn’t the right word: it’s connotation brings to mind bulk cereal in a bag and big suits sitting in board rooms arguing about who to screw-over and which corners to cut. But it’s not always the case. I bought a pair of Insignia (BestBuy House brand) bookshelf speakers several years ago for $40 because I read on numerous AV and Hi-Fi forums that they rivaled $80-$120 polk, sony, and yamaha bookshelf speakers. They do. I own them still today. Consumer electronic company Vizio has been making great televisions, home audio, and other entertainment devices for the better part of the last decade, but they haven’t ventured into computers up to this point. The video and pictures below should be a good example of the favorite saying of lazy people: great things come to those who wait.

I’ve been looking everywhere for specs on any of these models and I can’t even find a goof completely unfounded rumor. The LA Times had an article on the new PCs stating that most of the ports and components in the All-in-one will be located in the base and feature USB 3.0 ports and two HDMI connections. Over at Engadget, they had this to say.

While not offering much more information than the earlier reports, we’re still anxiously awaiting specs and pricing but what we do know is that when the family arrives this spring, it will be sporting a “clean” system image optimized by Microsoft itself and ostensibly free of bloatware. Based on what we’d gathered already, we know that 24 and 27-inch all-in-one PCs will make their debut alongside 14 and 15.6-inch thin + light laptops in addition to a 15.6-inch regular ol’ laptop — all powered by Windows 7.

No word yet on price, performance, or availabilty date. You can go to the Vizio release page though and request to be notified when they drop/ I’m also including some of the pictures from that Engadget piece, because they really show how beautiful these computers are. They definitely give Apple a run for their money in the looks department.

 

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About the author - Patrick McMullen
Patrick is the resident social media expert at DCT. He was born a member of the Internet generation, or rather, the generation that would become the Internet generation after Al Gore "invented" it. Growing up, he surrounded himself, family, and friends with computers, video games, mp3 players, and all of the other tech and gadgets that have come out of the 1990’s and 2000’s. In addition to social media, Patrick has a wealth of knowledge and experience using both Android and Apple iOS mobile devices as well as mac and pc computers. He is also an avid deal-hunter whose prowess has allowed him a relatively cheap venture into the world of hi-fi home and personal audio. Patrick graduated from DePauw University in 2011 with a degree in psychology and minors in communication and writing. Currently, Patrick is the lead analyst for Fizziology, a social media research company that specializes in using real people to evaluate and grade the sentiment of social media buzz.
 
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I think the new Vizio equipment looks absolutely great. I hope it is more durable, however, than their TV’s. I know at least six people who have bought Vizio big-screens only to have them fail within a couple of months.Once you replace them under warranty, that’s it. If the replacement fails (which it did in one instance) you have no further rights according to what I was told. If you are buying Vizio, get it at Costco; at least they extend the warranty to three years.

Thanks for your input. I’ve never owned a Vizio product myself, but I’ve heard glowing reviews on some of their tvs. It makes sense that the reviewers wouldn’t notice the longevity issues, as they probably don’t have them long enough.

+1 on Costco. Their return policy is second to none! They even let you custom build HP computers to order instead of buying pre-configured.

As far as Vizio’s computer products – they have an interesting design. It appears that someone gave some consideration to appearance, which is sorely missing in the consumer PC arena.

Great looking range of PCs! Unfortunately, these products are not available in Oz and may never be. Apparently, several years ago, Vizio were taken advantage of by some unscrupulous people here in Oz and vowed never to return: http://www.smarthouse.com.au/TVs_And_Large_Display/Industry/N5N9Q5N4

A great shame that the majority should be punished for the sins of a very few. Not a terribly magnanimous attitude from Vizio but I guess sales (ergo profits) generated from within the U.S. must be well and truly sufficient. :)

That sounds like a pretty extensive scam Jim. Perhaps Vizio would change that sentiment after releasing these PCs if demand is high enough.

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