When VIZIO originally unveiled the fact that they were getting into the PC market, it took everyone by suprise – but entering a traditional market and being a disruptive force is right up Vizio’s alley. This time, the company is competing less on price and more on some extraordinary designs. Taking a liberal helping of design inspiration from Apple’s products, but ultimately designing something that is uniquely VIZIO in nature, the new desktops are some of the best looking computers we’ve ever seen.
The new CA24 and CA27, as well as the CA24T and CA27T (the same models, but with capactive 10-finger multitouch touchscreens) show that Vizio is still taking their plans for the PC market seriously – with updated Windows 8 software and new Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 CPUs, their competitors should do the same.
Vizio is betting that their extensive HDTV experience gives them a leg up in the all-in-one space, since the most visible part of an all-in-one desktop is, well, the screen. As a result, the company promises very good viewing angles, high contrast, and faithful color reproduction.
In addition to a solid display, the new all-in-ones come with integrated stereo speakers and a separate subwoofer to ensure that users get high-quality audio. The subwoofer really sets the company apart; only one other company offers one in-box (ASUS), while HP offers one, but charges you an arm and a leg for it. The new PCs also have a wireless keyboard, multitouch trackpad, and custom VIZIO remote control.
The 24-inch model will ship with a dual-core i5-3210M CPU, while the 27-inch model will come equipped with a quad-core i7-3630QM. The new PCs will ship with 6GB and 8GB of RAM respectively, and both will come with the same 1TB, 5400RPM hard drive, but the big brother also scores a 32GB SSD to make boot times and much-used applications quicker than ever.
If you don’t plan on gaming, the 24-inch model is a good bet, with Intel’s integrated HD4000 graphics – only the 27-inch will come with discrete GPUs, which, in this case, is NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 640M LE. Both models come with 802.11n Wi-Fi, eSATA, HDMI, and built-in SD card readers.
It’s true that these desktops use laptop components for things like the CPU, GPU, and hard drive, but for most people’s needs, that’s just fine. Plus, it lets the company make this one of the nicest looking desktops we’ve seen, bar none.
Users looking to upgrade to a VIZIO PC this fall will have to wait a couple more weeks: Windows 8 doesn’t launch until October 25th, and Vizio isn’t allowed to start selling these until at least then. The 24-inch VIZIO all-in-one is listed on their website at $899, while the same-specced version with touch costs $1249. The 27-inch model will cost $1219, while its touch version will cost users $1539. VIZIO will also offer the new PCs for pre-order on Amazon.com, starting tomorrow.