Vizio first unveiled the new lineup of touchscreen PCs and Ultrabooks back in October 2012, though the company held a press release at CES to ramp up the buzz. Vizio’s first efforts from more than a year ago, were praised for their design aesthetic while simultaneously panned for their poor battery life and performance. With a year’s worth of experience and a new operating system under their belt, however, Vizio is looking to turn things around.
Known for shaking up the HDTV industry, Vizio is hoping to do the same with the PC marketplace. The company is releasing two different sizes of all-in-one desktop – 24- and 27-inch models, both of which pack in a very thin 1080p screen, replete with 10-finger multitouch capabilities. They also score a stronger audio system, as Vizio packs in a subwoofer with the PC, as well as a wireless keyboard and trackpad.
The Intel Touch All-in-One, with a Core i7-3630QM quad-core CPU, is currently available for pre-order on Vizio.com for $1,439.99. Vizio is also selling an AMD-equipped version with an A10 4600 and Radeon graphics for $1,279.99 – though it’s listed as coming soon. There’s also an Intel Core i7, 27-inch model up for pre-order, with an asking price of $1,549.99.
All three models are part of Microsoft’s Signature program, which requires computers to be sold with a clean, or “bloatware”-free build of the operating system.
In addition to Gigabit Ethernet ports, Vizio included three USB 3.0 ports, an e-SATA port, and next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, which all means that you’ll be able to get content on and off of your PC in a quick and easy manner. Like most Windows PCs, however, there is no Thunderbolt to be found.