Conclusion: If that's true, Vizio may keep the non-touch models on the books for bargain hunters, although a touch display makes such an immense difference for Windows 8 it's hard to imagine any but the most frugal settling for touchless. Unless they really like touch pad swiping, that is.
Pros: Sleek, sturdy aluminum construction, Bright, high-res screen, Good performance
Cons: No flash-card slot, VGA, or Ethernet, Shallow, non-backlit keyboard, Lackluster battery life
Conclusion: The $849 Thin and Light is Vizio’s freshman effort in the Ultrabook category, and it’s clear that the company has been paying attention to what people want from these machines. However, the execution doesn’t quite live up to the ideal. You have a computer that looks good but feels uncomfortable, promises long battery life but doesn’t deliver, and runs an OS made for touch interaction with a clickpad that seems to dislike being touched.
Pros: Attractive design, Light for a system this size, No bloatware
Cons: Uncomfortable design, Difficult keyboard, Not enough ports, Touchpad doesn't make Windows 8 easy to use, Short battery life
Conclusion: If you don't need the raw processing power of the Core i7 chip in the unit that we reviewed (and we think most users could get by without it), you can get the same ritzy build quality in the CT14-A1 for a bunch less money. So, if you're considering Vizio's debut laptops, don't ignore the lesser models, which actually look like the better deals. Landing a MacBook Air look-and-feel-alike machine for $850 sounds like a good buy to us.
Pros: Stylish, solid design, Bright 1,600x900 display, No bloatware
Cons: No memory-card slot or Ethernet, Shallow, nonbacklit keyboard, Disappointing battery life
Conclusion: We're impressed that Vizio's first notebook computer gets most things right the first time. The design is clean if a little plain, casing materials are good and the specs are competitive. The display is markedly better than many Ultrabooks on the market and that's important since the screen is your window to the computing experience. The clean Signature install means you won't spend hours removing speed and space-robbing bloatware.
Pros: Very good display, Microsoft Signature clean OS install.