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Vizio makes laptops? Yes, it does. This year, the TV company revealed a grand plan to shake up the Windows PC industry by creating its own computers. It began with a mysterious Super Bowl ad, but it wasn't long before the world got a glimpse of Vizio's first machines: an iconic series of three slim silver notebooks and two all-in-one PCs. Well-known for producing decent televisions at fantastic bargains, Vizio was expected to keep up that bang-for-the-buck trend in the laptop realm, and the company's price points seem to agree. Today, we're reviewing Vizio's top-of-the-line ultrabook, a 15.6-inch aluminum computer with a 1.9GHz Core i7 ULV processor, 256GB of solid state storage and a crisp 1080p screen... for a mere $1,249 MSRP.

What no one expected was Vizio's promise not to cut corners on quality. When we visited the all-American electronics company's headquarters last month, CTO Matt McRae explained: "We basically built a $2,000 PC for half the price — that's how we approached it. We didn't skimp on a single thing." There's no bloatware on these Vizio computers, no tacky stickers to remove, and most surprisingly of all, the company promised us that the trackpad — a pain point for Windows machines — would be nearly perfect when the laptops arrived at retail.

That balance of high quality and low price is a tall order for any laptop vendor, much less a company designing its very first PCs. Did Vizio pull it off? Let's find out.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/7/23/3169716/vizio-15-6-inch-thin-light-ultrabook-review
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Interesting review.

Just goes to show that Apple's trackpads cannot be beaten biggrin.gif
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I would have to experience this machine for myself. After using the UX31A in a store I disagreed with many of the negative points he made in his review of it.
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The abysmal battery life is an instant deal breaker. I really hope the other Vizio PC products turn out better.
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Interesting review.
Just goes to show that Apple's trackpads cannot be beaten biggrin.gif

Apple's clickpads are so overrated. The clicking part of clickpads just plain suck. Tap to click is so much more efficient, and tap zones (program each corner for middle-click, right-click, and 2 others) make any dedicated clickers redundant. Maybe with all the gestures, Apple has something better than average, but any Synaptics touchpad with a decent surface finish and of an ample size (4" x 2.5" is perfect to me, maybe a little bigger/smaller) is perfectly fine for me.

Anyway, it's pretty much impossible to get a first iteration right, starting from scratch. They should've got much closer though, it doesn't take a genius to realize you need at least a 48Whr battery in an ultraportable to get good battery life (if that is a 48+ Whr battery, then it has terrible power management or something went wrong). Adding the extra 0.3 pounds and 0.1" of thickness is a tradeoff anyone would make. 3:24 battery life in a 15" is a sick joke.. whoever let that slide through should be fired.
 
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Interesting review.
Just goes to show that Apple's trackpads cannot be beaten biggrin.gif

Apple's clickpads are so overrated. The clicking part of clickpads just plain suck. Tap to click is so much more efficient, and tap zones (program each corner for middle-click, right-click, and 2 others) make any dedicated clickers redundant. Maybe with all the gestures, Apple has something better than average, but any Synaptics touchpad with a decent surface finish and of an ample size (4" x 2.5" is perfect to me, maybe a little bigger/smaller) is perfectly fine for me.

Anyway, it's pretty much impossible to get a first iteration right, starting from scratch. They should've got much closer though, it doesn't take a genius to realize you need at least a 48Whr battery in an ultraportable to get good battery life (if that is a 48+ Whr battery, then it has terrible power management or something went wrong). Adding the extra 0.3 pounds and 0.1" of thickness is a tradeoff anyone would make. 3:24 battery life in a 15" is a sick joke.. whoever let that slide through should be fired.
Pretty sure you can enable tap to click.
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The battery life is the real deal killer
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3.5 hours is not that terrible... In fact, it's pretty average for most laptops.
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Cheapo notebooks just like their TVs.
     
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