Vizio 15.6-inch Thin + Light

9.0
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Reviewed by VoxMediaUser755707 (Currently owns)

Vizio's Light + Thin CT15-A2 (the model number for this product) is a sleeper hit. It hits high notes for design and hardware offerings while being very competitive with its pricing (currently seen for $1249 in stores). It's simple yet attractive look will appeal to many. That's one of the things I enjoy most about it. Vizio found the less-is-more approach to be the right path, and I think it paid off. To put it simply, Vizio has made the best bang-for-your-buck ultrabook to date. The Samsung Series 9 (3rd generation) and the ASUS Zenbook Prime are the only two ultrabook lines that really compare to Vizio, but they will either not offer as much as the CT15 or they'll charge you more for it. The only gripes are that the keyboard is not backlit and the touchpad could be a tad more responsive (but I'm kind of nit-picking here, the trackpad has worked fine so far). If they had also squeezed 7+ hrs of battery with use out of this machine, it would hands down be the best ultrabook on the market right now. But 5 1/2+ isn't too shabby with an i7 and an HD display drawing power. If you're thinking of picking up an ultrabook but have been a little shy of the 128GB SSD storage capacity, the 256GB offering here will likely suit all your needs for a while, just don't start piling your whole music library on top of 10,000 pictures and a collection of HD videos.

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  • Battery life 8
  • Software 9
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