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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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Quality
By dsquare86 on 1/7/2012 1:36:01 PM , Rating: 0
I certainly hope that they can make their PC's with greater quality than their TV's. If not, then they probably won't do very well in this market.




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
quote:
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.


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