January 7th 2012 11:55 pm

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A TV maker tries its hand at desktops, with mixed success

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Though it's a different form factor, the Vizio All-in-One ultimately falls prey to some of the same missteps as the company's first generation of laptops. Which is to say, a flat, oddly shaped keyboard and a supremely unreliable trackpad amount to some serious usability flaws. Between that and the lackluster performance, Vizio's emphasis on modern design seems to eclipse almost everything else that might be important to users. It's a shame, too, because with a nice display, clean Windows install and a subwoofer, it has the makings of a fine machine. Until the engineering team comes up with a suitable trackpad fix, though, those usability issues make it very difficult to enjoy what this machine actually has to offer. Here's hoping Vizio has returned to the drawing board and is working on something more polished.

Critic reviews

6.5
7 reviews
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    5.9
  • Design and form factor
    7.4
  • Expandability
    5.8
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    8.0
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6.0
Engadget Sep 18, 2012

Vizio's first desktop has an unforgettable look, but that modern design comes at the expense of both performance and comfort.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 28, 2012

The Vizio 24-inch All-in-One (CA24T-A4) is an attractive all-in-one desktop that is worth considering. Its ability to function as a television also makes it an especially solid choice for users who don't have a lot of physical space to spare.

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7.0
PC World Jan 25, 2013

The design, sound, ports, and extras are top notch; the display, keyboard and performance are not. It's almost as if the CA24T-A4 were designed to be used from a distance on a couch, as you would use a TV, not sitting up close where you need to be for any serious sort of computing.

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6.0
CNET Nov 16, 2012

A touch screen and Windows 8 can't defuse the impression that the Vizio CA24T-A4 all-in-one was designed primarily for retail shelf appeal.

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5.0
Wired Sep 17, 2012

Though this machine is cheap at $950, it strangely feels surprisingly expensive when you put it next to competitive offerings that look just as good and work substantially better.

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6.0
About Dec 20, 2012

The problem is that it sacrifices much in this design compared to the competition. The performance is below average from relying on mobile parts and even the keyboard and trackpad are essentially taken from their laptop design and leave much to be desired.

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