Vizio Thin + Light 14-inch

71
Engadget
Score
71

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Vizio Thin + Light review (14-inch, 2012): how do the company's first laptops measure up?

Summary

Vizio's first laptop offers fast performance and zero bloatware in an attractive package, but it's marred by some serious usability flaws.

Pros
  • Lovely all-metal designCrisp 1,600 x 900 screen Fast performance
Cons
  • Short battery lifeJumpy trackpad, uncomfortable keyboardNo SD slot
Vizio Thin + Light review (14-inch, 2012): how do the company's first laptops measure up?
More Info Vizio officially introduces PC line Hands-on with Vizio's laptops, desktops and 10-inch tablet Vizio details its first laptops: two thin-and-lights and a mainstream 15-incher, on pre-order for $898 and up Nine months ago, Vizio didn't make laptops. Now, it's seemingly all our readers are writing in about. The company, best known for its value-priced TVs, is expanding into the PC market, with a collection of all-in-ones and thin-and-light notebooks. So why have we been getting so many emails asking when the heck we're going to publish a review? After all, it's not like shoppers have any shortage of choice when it comes to Windows computers. The answer: Vizio is taking the same approach with PCs that it does with televisions, which is to say it's offering impressive specs while undercutting its competitors. Case in point: all of Vizio's laptops have a full-metal design, solid-state drive, zero bloatware and a minimum screen resolution of 1,600 x 900. And yes, that even applies to the lowest-end notebook, which goes for $900. Can you see now where this would be a tempting deal for folks who'd like to avoid spending $1,100-plus on an Ultrabook? Well, for those of you who've been curious, we've been testing Vizio's 14-inch Thin + Light, and are now ready to unleash that review you've been waiting for. Meet us past the break to see if this rookie computer is as good as it looks on paper.
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Scores

Engadget

71
 

Breakdown

Speed and features
7.6
Display
7.2
Portability (size / weight)
8.0
Battery life
5.0
Expandability
6.0
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Specs

Thin + Light

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.8 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

Thin + Light

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.8 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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