Vizio, an American manufacturer of home electronics, made its first appearance on the PC market and launched Thin+Light ultrabook series offering eye-catchy design and strong performance. In today’s reveiw we will have a brief look at the bigger Vizio Thin+Light СT15 model.
The Vizio Thin+Light СT15 strikes the eye with a stylish blend of minimalist design and silver color scheme with the surface keeping fingerprints at bay.One of the few touches of color is the bezel surrounding the screen – it’s black, but accentuated with a silver stripe running along its bottom.
The whole СT15’s system is a durable, anodized-aluminum unibody construction with paper-thin profile thanks to which the notebook will nicely slip into even a small bag. It measures 14.9 x 9.9 x 0.68 inches and weighs a nice 3.9 pounds (4.64 pounds with the AC adapter).
Screen, Keyboard and Connectivity Options
Screen. The VizioThin+Light СT15 features a 15.6-inch matte display that supports the IPS technology and excels with an amazing resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. So, the ultrabook does an excellent job delivering nice viewing experience: the panel minimizes glare and reflections while the colors prove themselves to be bright and crisp. Thanks to mentioned IPS solution, the СT15’s viewing angles are wide and stable, so the user will not get into trouble while sharing the screen.
Keyboard. Unfortunately, the keyboard is not as good as the display. While most PC vendors now use keyboards with island-style layout, Vizio opts for a floating key design: on the Vizio’s reviewed model the keys are large but disappoint with their poor travel and flex that both make for an uncomfortable typing experience and may lead to typos. In addition, the keyboard is not backlit.
On a plus and user-friendly side here is the function keys on top of the keyboard that default to their more useful functions (brightness, volume, etc.) rather than F1-F12.
The reviewed 15-incher’s touchpad measures 4.2 x 2.8 inches. For the most part it’s accurate and responsive and supports a variety of multi-touch gestures (two-finger scrolling, three-finger swipes etc.). Still, it would be nice if it got improved (along with the keyboard) by the manufacturer.
Connections. The VizioСT15’s selection of ports is poor and a bit disappointing (given that this is a 15-inch system): two USB 3.0 ports for easy and fast data transfer, a full-sized HDMI out for connecting to a larger monitor or HDTV, and a headphone jack. This is it. Wireless connectivity options include dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The general Vizio Thin+Light СT15’s specifications look as follows:
|OS||Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)|
|CPU||1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U|
|RAM||4 GB (up to 8 GB)|
|GPU||Intel HD 4000|
|Display||15.6-inch Full HD LED-backlit display (1920 x 1080 pixels)|
|Sound||Built-in stereo speakers (2 x 1.5W) with SRS Premium Sound HD|
|Storage||Up to256GB SSD|
|I/O Ports||2 x USB 3.0; headphone / microphone jack, 1 x HDMI|
|Battery||Up to 5 hours, 52 Wh|
|Dimensions||14.90 x 9.90 x 0.68 inches (L x W x H)|
With reference to technicalities, the reviewed model of Vizio’s 15-incher goes for sale configured with a third-generation Intel Core i5 ultra-low voltage, dual-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz(with Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz; 3 MB L3 cache), 4GB of installed DDR3 RAM coupled with flash-based 128GB SSD for exceptionally fast performance including speedy boot-up capabilities.
When it comes to graphics, the Vizio CT15 ultraportable sports the Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated solution, for everyday computing, with support for Microsoft DirectX 11 games. All things considered, the graphics card won’t win any awards, but it gets the job well done when playing casual games.
It should also be mentioned that “newly-born” Vizio’s Thin+Light models run the Windows 8 operating system.
As for longevity, the manufacturer claims its 15-incher will give you up to 6 hours of runtime on a single charge. In reality, according to various battery rundown tests, the laptop lasts 4.5 hours at the most. Well, such a result means that the reviewed ultrabook is good for day-to-day use, but still there are better choices in the market.
All in all, the CT15 machine feels responsive and fast during everyday tasks, so it will easily deliver a comfortable using experience and become an irreplaceable work and travel companion.
The US market offers the Vizio Thin+Light СT15 for about $900 on average. Best buying options, starting at $799, are now offered for the entry-level configurations running Windows 7 and powered by standard 1.7-GHz Intel Core i5-3317U CPU coupled with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD. For Windows 8 fans Vizio offers its Thin+Light 15-incher at a higher price of $1,160 which will also buy you a bigger 256GB SSD.
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