Vizio CA24-A0 All-in-One (24-inch)
CNET Editors' Rating: 0.0 / 5
Design, Features & Performance (out of 10)
After announcing its plans to enter the U.S. PC market at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Vizio today unveiled its complete PC lineup, including a pair of sleek all-in-one desktops that we're highlighting in this post.
The simply named Vizio All-in-One comes with either a 24-inch or a 27-inch nontouch display. Each screen size has three configuration options, starting with Intel's third-generation Ivy Bridge Core i3 dual-core CPUs, and topping out at the 2.3GHz Core i7-3610QM quad-core chip.
Other component options include a lower-end version of Nvidia's new Kepler graphics card, the GeForce GT 640M LE, as well as a 32GB solid-state drive (SSD) installed on the motherboard to speed boot times and access to frequently used files (via Intel's Rapid Start Technology).
Again, neither model has a touch screen, but Vizio has included a remote control, as well as a wireless touch pad, the latter presumably keeping in mind Windows 8 and its touch-oriented Metro interface. Between the remote, the breakaway subwoofer, and the pair of HDMI inputs on each unit, the 27-inch model especially should make a serviceable digital entertainment hub.
The resolution on each display tops out at 1,920x1,080 pixels. That's in line with most other large all-in-ones, but the 27-inch Apple iMac and the Dell XPS One 27 both feature 2,560x1,440-pixel displays, making them a better choice for design pros and others who might want higher screen density.
Pricing starts at $898 for the Core i3 24-inch Vizio All-In-One,the 27-inch model starts at $1,098, and both are available for purchase from Wal-Mart, Amazon, Target, and other retailers.
Seeing the units up close, it's clear that Vizio took design seriously. The display is pleasingly trim; I'd guess it's about half an inch thick. It's mounted on an aluminum arm that tilts up and down. Ports and everything else are logically placed around the back of the base unit and along the right edge.
I was also surprised by the input devices, which feel more substantial than they look. The keyboard especially has a nice heft and is responsive enough. The touch pad is more finicky, and it didn't respond as quickly or as accurately to "left" and "right" clicking as I wanted it to.
Vizio says we'll have a review unit soon, so check back for the complete evaluation.
Average User Rating: 0.0 / 5
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Gorgeous Design, Needs Keyboard and Mouse to Match !!!
Rating: 3.5 / 5
on August 9, 2012
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Pros: The design is A+++ sleek and absolutely Gorgeous !!!!
Cons: The touchpad is hard to use and the keyboard is very very awkward, first thing I did was buy a reliable wireless keyboard and mouse and the Vizio is working perfectly. The design is A++++ .
Summary: Would buy again, as my add on wireless keyboard and mouse make all the difference in ease of use.
Excellent for the price.Interface Hardware needs a redo
Rating: 4 / 5
on August 7, 2012
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Pros: The screen perfect. Software provided is perfect (no bloatware). The physical design is near perfect with uncluttered, sleek look. The remote is nice touch and works pretty well. Construction seems pretty solid. Can't wait to try out the HDMI inputs.
Cons: Keyboard looks cool, but impossible to use by feel. Back to the old ergo keyboard. Touchpad is unresponsive. Back to the old mouse. A touch screen could have compensated, but I knew I wasn't getting that. The speakers are very tinny.
Summary: There were some things that I knew were lacking when I bought this thing: No touch screen, no CD/DVD disc reader/writer. But there were a few things that I didn't know about: the poor speakers, unuseable keyboard, and the power button is hard to find.
Overall, I really do love it. I have to since I bought it. But beware, if you want a good keyboard, good speakers, good pointer interface, and a DVD reader, you're gonna have to pony up some money for those. In the end, the quality is probably not that much different from some of the more expensive computers and it will cost about the same or possibly more once you add the above hardware. Despite this, Visio compensated with one of the sharpest looking All-in-Ones out there (IMHO).