Vizio embraces Windows 8 in 2013, but clings to suspect industrial design

vizios 2013 lineup boasts windows 8 worthy touchscreens but flawed design viziothinlight

In just its second year as a PC manufacturer, Vizio seems primed to dive right into the fray when it comes to Windows 8 – but only if it can overcome lingering concerns about the industrial design of its models. In 2012, Vizio boasted relatively reasonable prices and gorgeous, high-resolution screens, but faced criticism over the tactile experience of their computers. Now,  the company’s 2013 lineup of PCs all come standard with 10-point touchscreens and quad-core processors – an optimal setup for Windows 8 – yet they fail to show much in the way of design innovation.

Newly on offer are two “Thin + Light” ultrabooks, a 14-inch and a 15.6-inch, as well as two “All-in-One Touch” desktops, a 24-inch and a 27-inch. The Thin + Lights showcase a sleek, brushed-aluminum unibody chassis that’s a clear nod to the Macbook Air, while the All-in-Ones pair a floating, rounded-edge monitor (the computer is all in the base) with a silvery, cube-sized subwoofer barely larger than a fist.

vizios 2013 lineup boasts windows 8 worthy touchscreens but flawed design vizioallinone

First, the good: Vizio deserves props for outfitting all new PCs with Microsoft Signature, a lean, bloatware-free OS that Microsoft itself calls “the cleanest Windows 8 experience with no junkware installed.” For the first time, Vizio is also offering customers a choice between AMD and Intel quad-core processors (except the 27-inch All-in-One, which is Intel-only). Finally, almost all models come with a crisp 1080p screen, except for the 14-inch Thin + Light, which shaves off a few centimeters by opting instead for a 1600×900 screen – still not at all shabby for an ultrabook.

Now, the bad: Vizio’s initial computing offering suffered from keyboard and trackpad design that left a lot to be desired. According to Engadget, the new products appear to suffer from the same issues. As the 2013 lineup is slated for release around mid-February, we’ll have to wait until then to see if there have been notable improvements. Meanwhile, Vizio has also announced their first foray into Windows 8 tablets with an 11.6-inch device priced at approximately $800, considerably cheaper than competing models. Hopefully their ultrabooks and desktops will remain similarly competitively priced.

Computing

Get up to $400 off Alienware, XPS laptops with Dell Presidents’ Day sale

If you're looking for some savings, you're in luck. Dell launched its biggest Presidents' Day sale ever, running from February 11 to February 19, promising big savings on its Alienware, XPS products, and more.
Computing

One of these monitors will look great next to your new MacBook Pro

Apple doesn't make its beloved Cinema Display monitors anymore, which makes finding the best monitor for the MacBook Pro more difficult. In this guide, we break down some of our favorites and offer something for every size and budget.
Deals

From Chromebooks to MacBooks, here are the best laptop deals for February 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work or you're just doing some post-holiday shopping, we've got you covered: These are the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.
Computing

Is your PC slow? Here's how to restore Windows 10 to factory settings

Computers rarely work as well after they accumulate files and misconfigure settings. Thankfully, with this guide, you'll be able to restore your PC to its original state by learning how to factory reset Windows.
Computing

Looking for a new laptop? These 5 notebooks are on sale through Presidents’ Day

If you're ready to ditch your aging notebook, you can score some fantastic Presidents' Day savings right now on Microsoft's Surface Pro 6, Dell's XPS 13, HP's Spectre x360, Lenovo's Yoga C930, and Dell's G5 15 Gaming laptops.
Virtual Reality

Getting into VR is spendy. Which headset is truly worth your hard-earned cash?

Virtual reality has finally gone mainstream, but how do you find the best VR headset for you? Check out a few of our favorites, whether you want the best of the best or a budget alternative for your mobile device.
Computing

Windows is getting a face-lift in 2020, but you can get a sneak peek right now

Microsoft is increasing the lead time for an upcoming major update to Windows 10, giving Windows Insiders the ability to test it right now, even though it's not set for release until 2020.
Computing

These Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts will take your skills to a new level

Windows 10 has many new features, and they come flanked with useful new keyboard shortcuts. Check out some of the new Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts to improve your user experience and save more time!
Computing

What is Wi-Fi 6? Here's a look at the next evolution of the wireless standard

We're exploring the new naming convention for wireless standards, how it affects the devices you buy, and what the upcoming Wi-Fi generation is changing for the better.
Emerging Tech

A.I.-powered website creates freakishly lifelike faces of people who don’t exist

No, this isn't a picture of a missing person. It's a face generated by a new artificial intelligence on the website ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com. Here's how the impressive A.I. works.
Deals

The best Presidents’ Day sales 2019: Amazon, Walmart, Dell, and more

Presidents' Day sales are a great chance to score electronics, clothing, home and office stuff, and other goodies at a discount. We’ve smoked out a large handful of the best of these Presidents' Day deals, from tech to bedding, to help…
Deals

Keep your MacBook safe and dry with an Under Armour backpack for under $50

Under Armour is having a huge sale this weekend to help you on your quest for a better backpack. The UA Outlet Exclusive sale is going on now through Monday, February 18th, offering great discounts on stormproof backpacks.
Deals

Walmart Presidents’ Day sale: Instant Pot, Google Home, and 4K TV deals

Presidents' Day weekend is one of the best times of the year to find deep discounts on 4K TVs, laptops, Instant Pots, clothes, mattresses, and furniture. And Walmart is offering deals on all of those things and more.
Computing

The HoloLens 2 will be announced at MWC. Here's what we know about it so far

The HoloLens 2 is ripe for an announcement. Here's what Microsoft has revealed so far, what's likely in store for the next generation HoloLens, and everything that we know about this mixed reality headset.