Vizio is entering the ultrabook battle with two new relatively inexpensive notebooks. The company famous for manufacturing budget-friendly HD televisions had recently announced its foray into the mobile computing niche and is making official its new products. Its new ultrabooks cost from around $899.99 to $1,249.99.
With its new ultrabooks, it would be able to compete with other seasoned ultrabook makers such as Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Acer. However, to be able to set itself apart, Vizio throws in high resolution displays.
The ultrabooks come in two sizes: one has a 14-inch display, and another has a 15.6-inch screen. The 14-inch ultrabook sports a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels whereas the 15-inch laptop has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
These ultrabooks have a depth of only 0.33 inch and an aluminum body that is very similar with the MacBook Air, although it feels less solid than the one on the Apple device.
They both run on a range of Ivy Bridge processor options, including the i3-3110M, with a clock speed of 2.4GHz; the i5-3210M with a frequency of 2.5GHz; and the i7-3610QM, which is clocked at 2.3 GHz. Windows 7 or Windows 8 will be the operating system for these laptops.
Furthermore, they will be equipped with at least 4 GB of memory. The hard drive starts at 500 GB, and has a maximum of 1TB. Meanwhile, the device running on Core i7 will also be getting a boost from a 32 GB solid state disk apart from the 1 TB hard drive. An optical drive, however, is not present on the device.
Lastly, the ultrabooks feature HDMI out, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE graphics, SRS Premium Sound HD, 802.11n Dual-Band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 1.3 MP 720p HD camera, an integrated microphone, an audio jack, an Ethernet port, and an SD card reader. As for the battery life, Vizio promises around 6 hours of computing for these devices.
When these laptops were previewed at CES, they were generally lauded for their sleek designs and decent specifications. We have to wait, however, for the actual sales reports to know how these fare with consumers, especially since Vizio doesn’t have a track record to speak of in terms of notebooks.
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