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Vizio looks to enter the highly competitive PC market

One of the first things that come to mind when the name Vizio is mentioned are cheap flat-panel televisions. The American-based company has been fighting it out in the TV market by introduced feature-packed models at bargain basement prices. Now Vizio is looking to do the same thing in the PC market.
With its new PC lineup (which all will be running Windows 7), Vizio is tackling two of the hottest sectors in the computer market: all-in-ones and Ultrabooks. According to the Financial Times, Vizio will introduce 24" and 27" all-in-one machines along with 14" and 15.6" Ultrabooks (although Vizio prefers the term "thin and light"). A third laptop, a 15.6" model, will offer "extreme portable performance."

Vizio's 27" all-in-one
So how exactly does Vizio think that it can compete in such a cutthroat PC market place -- a market that Hewlett-Packard recently was thinking of abandoning? "We’ve built a business model and strategy to identify markets that have matured and have slowed and then turn them upside down," said Vizio CTO Matt McRae. "We are uniquely advantaged in attacking stale markets that have sleepy giants that are not moving the ball forward much.”
McRae follows up by stating that the machines will be offered at  “a price that just doesn’t seem possible.”

The entire Vizio PC lineup [Source: The Verge]
Although the new machines won’t hit the market until June, the company will have it new PCs on full display at the Consumer Electronics Show and we’ll definitely be brining you some hands-on analysis.

Sources: Financial Times, Business Week, The Verge

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By dsquare86 on 1/7/12, Rating: 0
RE: Quality
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/7/2012 2:41:40 PM , Rating: 2
Considering they are one of the tops brands of tv's not sure what you are implying here.

RE: Quality
By JackBurton on 1/7/2012 8:29:38 PM , Rating: 2
Are you talking about the top brand at Walmart? Vizio's are budget TVs, so lets not make it out to be something its not. Vizio sells quite a few TVs because they are cheap and have decent quality. If you want a high end TV, you DO NOT buy a Vizio. The TOP TVs (as in top quality and performance) are sold by Sony, Panasonic, Samsung and Sharp.

RE: Quality
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/7/12, Rating: -1
RE: Quality
By JackBurton on 1/7/2012 10:17:54 PM , Rating: 4
You're right, sales numbers translate to a better product. That's why Hyundai is considered HIGH END because they sell so many more cars than Rolls Royce. :rolleyes:

What you've just pointed out is A LOT of people like to buy cheap, low end TVs. Nothing more.

Enough said...

RE: Quality
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/7/12, Rating: -1
RE: Quality
By JackBurton on 1/7/2012 10:40:20 PM , Rating: 3
No, apparently you don't understand. Again, "best selling" (sales numbers) doesn't translate to high end.

But wait, you have a problem understanding that. Try posting picture quality and performance comparisons between Sony's high end offerings (HX929) and Sharps (Elite) and see how Vizio fares. On yeah, no one considering a high end display would consider a Vizio. I wouldn't even consider one for a mid level TV. If I wanted a cheap disposable TV, yeah, I may consider one.

And I'll give you another hint, high end TVs typically do not have big sales numbers.

RE: Quality
By TakinYourPoints on 1/8/2012 6:34:31 AM , Rating: 2
But wait, you have a problem understanding that.

Cheesew1z69 post, standard. Spend any amount of time here and you see lots of posts from him and a few others.

RE: Quality
By TakinYourPoints on 1/8/2012 6:36:38 AM , Rating: 2
Spend any amount of time here and you see lots of *similar* posts from him and a few others.

Derp, clearly it's starting to rub of on me...

RE: Quality
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/8/2012 1:02:30 PM , Rating: 1
And, 99 percent of your post and a few others, are the same day in and day out, what exactly is your point?

RE: Quality
By TakinYourPoints on 1/8/2012 7:42:11 PM , Rating: 3
The difference is I don't spend all my time trying to convince people that cheaper products are superior simply because of price.

RE: Quality
By seamonkey79 on 1/8/2012 9:20:15 AM , Rating: 2
Do well in market does not mean they have the best quality. It means they do well in a market. Claiming that because their products are below the quality they should be is all well and good, but to say that because of that they will fail is flying in the face of reality. Their TVs are below the quality that I personally would purchase. That does not mean they are failing, they are actually flourishing.

If they have a cheap product, it will likely flourish just as well as Acer have, even though they were quite sub-par for not a whole lot less than alternatives that were a whole lot better quality. When price is a greater attractant than quality, then whomever can deliver the cheapest product will rule the day.

RE: Quality
By TakinYourPoints on 1/8/2012 6:31:38 AM , Rating: 2
You're confusing "best selling" with "best quality".

Vizio is cheap Walmart grade stuff, inexpensive but nothing anyone would objectively consider a quality display.

RE: Quality
By vol7ron on 1/8/2012 9:56:21 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I just purchased a 47" Vizio 480Hz backlit LED 3D TV (10M:1 contrast) - yes 480Hz.

It's better than ANY Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Philips, Westinghouse, or anything else I've seen; but stores don't typically carry the 480Hz (3D) Vizios because they do cost a little more, but it was still at least half the price of competitors.

I would think twice about Vizio, if I were you, some of the best TVs I've seen come from brands that people haven't heard of so much (eg Insignia).

I will say that I've also purchased a 40" Samsung (edge lit) LED SmartTV - while I do like a few features of the Samsung (power off after a while of no input), I still prefer the Vizio when it comes to quality, especially during action scenes (football/soccer games).

I think everyone is associating Vizio's brand with Walmart/Cost-co and saying because it is a TV on a budget, it's not as nice, but I believe that is a wrong idea. Costco also sells Samsung, so is that brand also bad (BTW I'm not impressed with any 60Hz TV I've seen, which both stores carry), if I were you all, I would not base my opinion on the two large popular brick-and-mortars that carry them.

RE: Quality
By TakinYourPoints on 1/9/2012 3:30:30 AM , Rating: 3
I'm a plasma guy myself. All of the features they throw on LCD HDTVs (local LED backlight dimming, 120hz+, etc), are bandaids on on inherent limitations of the technology.

In any case, the Vizio I've seen have issues that more expensive LCDs do not, and I certainly don't expect them to measure up to the Sharp Elites. If you don't know what to look for then it's cool, but the differences jump out at me immediately.

RE: Quality
By degobah77 on 1/10/2012 6:40:01 AM , Rating: 3
A flagship model from any brand will probably satisfy the person buying it, but the Vizio still comes in last against the competition. Even the CNET editor's choice selection has glaring PQ issues. Great bang for the buck, no doubt about it, but not for videophiles in the least.

RE: Quality
By Goty on 1/7/2012 7:12:02 PM , Rating: 3
I'm extremely pleased with my Vizio, tyvm.

RE: Quality
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/7/2012 7:16:05 PM , Rating: 2
Me as well

RE: Quality
By saiga6360 on 1/7/2012 8:47:05 PM , Rating: 2
Same here

RE: Quality
By dsquare86 on 1/8/2012 7:23:27 AM , Rating: 2
Glad for those folks who are happy with their Vizio. I repair LCD/Plasma TV's and after working on so many more Vizio vs Samsung (About a 10:1 Ratio) I invested my money into a Samsung set.

RE: Quality
By TakinYourPoints on 1/8/2012 7:44:29 PM , Rating: 2
This is before you get into issues with noisier blacks, inferior color, and judder in movement. They're really not good sets, but you generally get what you pay for.

To make your own real cheap real AIO computer
By zdt64gb on 1/7/2012 1:27:26 PM , Rating: 2
You'll need
1. 2.4GHz multimedia wireless keyboard with built-in touchpad/trackball ($20 after rebate).
2. SVGA/HDMI/DVI cable to connect the PC/laptop to your big screen HDTV (~$10). Or buy the more pricey wireless USB/HDMI adapter ($75-$100). Go with the $10 cable, my friend.
3. A couch.
Caveat: If you still don't own any big screen HDTV then forget all of the above (HTPC).

By drycrust3 on 1/7/2012 1:43:56 PM , Rating: 2
2.4GHz multimedia wireless keyboard with built-in touchpad/trackball

Out of curiosity, is the transmission between the keyboard and the computer encrypted? For example, say I'm accessing my bank account, I know the link between the computer and the bank is encrypted, but what about the link between the keyboard and the computer? When you login to the bank, does the WiFi broadcast your login name and password in plain text?

By Master Kenobi on 1/7/2012 4:09:11 PM , Rating: 3
The devices like keyboards are either bluetooth, or short range RF. In both cases unless you were inside the house or standing next to it you would never pickup the signals, the power is far too weak.

By Samus on 1/7/2012 6:07:54 PM , Rating: 2
Even my $200 DiNovo Edge (Bluetooth) is inconsistant at 10 feet away. There is just too much radio traffic in my building. It can get pretty jittery in the evening when everyone gets home from work and starts using their electronics.

Say what you will but....
By B166ER on 1/7/2012 11:46:51 AM , Rating: 2
That 27" AIO looks freakin' sweet! I'd put that up against a Mac any day. Very modern styling, I hope it doesn't have netbook internals, all show and no go.

RE: Say what you will but....
By B166ER on 1/7/2012 11:56:01 AM , Rating: 3
And the ultrabooks dont look bad either!

Is it just me...
By NanoTube1 on 1/7/2012 12:49:04 PM , Rating: 2
or are these beautiful, slim, sexy ultrabooks & AIOs are almost carbon copies of "you know who"?? X)

*running for cover*

RE: Is it just me...
By pukemon on 1/7/2012 4:53:46 PM , Rating: 3

Yeah, these are so magical their battery packs are powered by unicorn blood.

Should be interesting
By AnnoyedGrunt on 1/8/2012 4:37:35 AM , Rating: 2
I'm hoping that Visio takes their experience with decent quality TV's, and turns the monitor industry on its ear by putting decent screens in all its computers. Laptops especially have been on a race to the bottom in terms of screen quality, and if Visio can provide decent resolution, high contrast screens for a competitive price, it may be a nice benefit for the consumer and a wake-up call for the other MFGs.

Those laptops and AIOs certainly look nice IMO, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they perform and how the build quality stacks up.

By Hiawa23 on 1/8/2012 8:48:44 PM , Rating: 2
I bought 2 of their 1080p TVs which cost almost 1/2 as much as the other brands, & I love the qualityfor the price, so I could be interested in laptops made by them.

By jt350 on 1/8/2012 9:39:33 PM , Rating: 2
Vizio is a great brand the display screens are from LG so if Vizio is not good than dont buy LG, They also get their 3D form LG, Aka FPR. The other components are from Amtran Tech based in Tiwan that is why their sets are lowley priced because they get their components form other sources and no its not somthing LG threw to the side because it is a bad display screen. So all in all you buy vizio you are pertty much buying LG

By obsessedwithpc on 1/7/12, Rating: -1
RE: Cool
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/7/2012 2:07:54 PM , Rating: 4
The only problem is these don't run OS X
Thank god...

By Tony Swash on 1/7/12, Rating: -1
RE: Translation
By drycrust3 on 1/7/2012 2:18:15 PM , Rating: 2
A better translation would be:
We supply cheaper and better products to the retailers than our competitors.

RE: Translation
By testerguy on 1/9/2012 4:09:05 AM , Rating: 1
A better translation would be: We supply cheaper and better products to the retailers than our competitors.

Yeah, you know that the unreleased and unpriced products are both cheaper and better than the competitors' products at the time of launch, 6 months in the future.

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