VIZIO Thin + Light CT15
By Scott Stein
June 14, 2012
When Vizio announced that it would be getting into the PC arena back in January, it teased us at CES with some intriguing product shots that included a couple of sleek-looking ultrabooks. Now that those new models have been officially unveiled, we know what's inside, and we're happy to report that the package seems pretty enticing.
Vizio's new Thin + Light looks a lot like other thin Intel ultrabooks we've seen over the last year: svelte, metal, and minimalist. An aluminum unibody construction inevitably brings the MacBook Air to mind, while the curves around the edges and side profile harken to the Samsung Series 5 Ultra and Series 9. At 0.66 inch thick, these are some of the thinner ultrabooks around.
Instead of making a 13-inch ultrabook, Vizio is bring the Thin + Light out in 14-inch and 15-inch sizes, a trend we've seen from other manufacturers.
Both the 14-inch and 15.6-inch CT14 and CT15 models come with third-gen Intel Core i-series processors: Intel Core i3, 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U, or 1.9 GHz Intel core i7-3517U. All models also have Bluetooth and SRS Premium Surround speakers. Unlike some larger ultrabooks, neither model has any discrete graphics or optical drives, relying on Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics instead. The keyboard, Vizio claims, was designed from scratch to feel improved over other laptops.
The CT-14 has a 14-inch 1,600x900-pixel display, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, a 720p Webcam, and 4GB of RAM, with either a 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive. The CT-15 has the same ports and RAM/storage options but a higher-resolution 1,920x1,080-pixel display.
Vizio rates the 15.6-inch CT-15 Thin + Light ultrabook as having between 5.5 and 6 hours of battery life, and the 14-inch CT-14 as up to 7 hours.
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