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
Summary: The Vizio 15.6" Thin + Light (CT15-A1) is a good first effort from a company trying to break into the notebook market. The display is not only gorgeous, you can actually enjoy it because the desktop isn't cluttered with annoying bloatware. We also appreciate the high-quality industrial design. On the other hand, the company committed a couple of rookie mistakes, such as the lack of an SD Card slot and relatively short battery life.
Pros: Stunning 1080p display, Attractive aluminum unibody design, Fast SSD, No bloatware
Cons: Limited port selection and no SD Card, Short battery life, Keyboard not backlit