Vizio 15.6-inch Thin + Light

Verge Review

Vizio makes laptops? Yes, it does. This year, the TV company revealed a grand plan to shake up the Windows PC industry by creating its own computers. It began with a mysterious Super Bowl ad, but it wasn't long before the world got a glimpse of Vizio's first machines: an iconic series of three slim silver notebooks and two all-in-one PCs. Well-known for producing decent televisions at fantastic bargains, Vizio was expected to keep up that bang-for-the-buck trend in the laptop realm, and the...

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Ultraportable
Thickness .68 inches
Weight 3.96 pounds
Operating system Windows 7
Screen size (diagonal) 15.6 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000
The Verge Battery Test 3 hours and 24 minutes

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

Alias CT15-A0, CT15-A2, CT15-A1

Hardware

Laptop type Ultraportable
Width 14.9 inches
Depth 9.9 inches
Thickness .68 inches
Weight 3.96 pounds
Color Silver / Black

Software

Operating system Windows 7

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 15.6 inches
Technology LCD
Resolution (X) 1920 px
Resolution (Y) 1080 px

Keyboard

Type Standard
Number pad No

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Model Core i3-3217U
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.8 GHz

Processor (max)

Brand Intel
Family Ivy Bridge
Model Core i7-3517U
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.9 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000

Memory

Base RAM size 4 GB

Storage

Options Flash Memory (SSD)
Base drive type Flash (SSD)
Base drive capacity 128 GB
Max. config SSD 256 GB

Audio

Audio brand SRS Premium Sound HD

Webcam

Effective pixels 1.3 megapixels
Video resolution 720p

Port options

USB 3.0 2
HDMI 1
3.5mm headphone 1

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
Bluetooth Yes

Battery

Quoted time 5.5 hr

Benchmarks

PCMarkVantage 11087
3DMarkVantage (IGP) 3221
The Verge Battery Test 3 hours and 24 minutes

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  • 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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    • Keyboard 8
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    • Performance 9
    • Heat / noise 9
    • Battery life 8
    • Software 9
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