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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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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.

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