Vizio's CT15T-B1 is excellent, but missing some finishing touches
22 August 2013
Summary: The Vizio CT15T-B1 is a thin, nice-looking laptop with plenty of performance and battery life. But for the money, the package should be a little more complete.
Pros: The Vizio CT15T-B1 is an attractive laptop with an excellent display, very good performance for its class, and excellent battery life. It also has 802.11ac Wi-Fi for the best wireless performance and it's a bloatware-free Microsoft Signature computer.
Cons: The CT15T-B1 doesn't have an SD card reader or a backlit keyboard. The touchpad's software support is minimal compared with competing models. Frequent travelers might find it too heavy.
Conclusion: That translated into better performance in our DirectX 11 gaming sim Aliens vs. Predator, though "better" is a relative term when you're still well under the 30 frames per second threshold for smooth gameplay. Still, casual gamers should find the CT15T-B0 a suitable platform.
Pros: Striking thin and light design, Excellent battery life, Beautiful high-def touch screen, Roomy keyboard and touch pad
Cons: Pricey, Mediocre multimedia performance, Limited port selection, Low-capacity SSD
Conclusion: At $1,190, the CT15T-B0 sounds reasonably attractive for a system that’s Ultrabook-thin with capable components, has a 1080p IPS touchscreen, and features good-looking metal design. It also lacks anything in the way of questionably useful, pre-installed software, which we like – a lot. And we’d certainly recommend this model for most users over the much-pricier Intel-based variant, which approaches $1,500.
Pros: Good-looking design, Nice 1080p IPS screen, Thin and relatively light, No bloatware, High-speed Wi-Fi
Cons: Runs hot, Same design and keyboard woes as other Vizio laptops, Few ports for a laptop this big, Battery life could be better
Conclusion: If Vizio can address this issue, improve the keyboard, and up battery life a bit while keeping prices this low, its second run of laptops should be seriously impressive. Until that happens, though, we’d rather rest our wrists on a more comfortable laptop with a better keyboard. Feel free to try it out for yourself to be sure, but we think most users will feel the same way.
Pros: Great, high-resolution screen, Slim, sleek design, Very fast boot time, thanks to a 128GB solid-state drive
Cons: Unrounded edges can make the laptop uncomfortable to carry or use for long periods, Keyboard lacks travel and backlight, Touch pad and keyboard feel cheap, Poor battery life, No Ethernet port or card reader