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01-07-2012, 04:49 PM #1
Vizio Entering the PC Market This Summer With Ultra-Portables and All-In-One PCs
Vizio is taking aim at the all-in-on PC and laptop markets in a big, very familiar way according to a report by Bloomberg today.
Vizio’s mission is simple, do to personal computers and laptops what the company did to the television market. Driving prices so low the competition has trouble justifying the enormous profit margins they rake in could be difficult in the traditionally razor-thin margin PC business, but that’s why Vizio is looking to disrupt the market in other ways.
“It’s very similar to TV -- we want to get in there and disrupt it,” McRae said. “We think most PCs have been designed for the small-business users, that others have not done a very good job of making them entertainment devices.”
Oddly enough, this rhetoric resembles Steve Jobs' and Apple’s rhetoric regarding the mobile computing experience and is largely how Apple separated iOS from other mobile operating systems during its debut. But, Vizio isn't a software company, so their only solution will be relegated to the hardware spectrum.
Vizio’s all-in-one PCs will come in 24” and 27” screen sizes, with their ultra ultra-portable notebooks coming in 15.6” and 14” sizes. Vizio will also release a regular notebook with a 15.6” screen. Every single computer will include features that deliver audio and video to Vizio TVs and speakers. While this does sound like an interesting feature, it seems more or less like a ploy to get people to purchase more Vizio TVs.
Vizio’s entry into the PC market, especially with devices that look to directly compete with Apple products, is a daring move. Their all-in-one PC and their notebooks borrow liberally from Apple’s iMac and MacBook Air designs even including a separate touchpad surface a la the Magic Trackpad. It wouldn’t surprise me if a few lawsuits are levied against Vizio by Apple.
Vizio doesn’t seem interested in creating a race to the bottom price wise like they did in the television market, but Vizio Chief Technology Officer Matt McRae did say the windows-based computers would go on sale in June at “a price that just doesn’t seem possible.”
Sources: Bloomberg, Engadget
01-07-2012, 05:11 PM #2
these look like pretty sweet computers but they will probably be pieces of **** just like their tv's are. and who would honestly make something that even resembles a mac computer after all the lawsuits we have seen recently
01-07-2012, 05:44 PM #3
01-07-2012, 05:46 PM #4
Just another company for Apple to sue. That's how they now deal with competition.
01-07-2012, 05:54 PM #5
01-07-2012, 05:55 PM #6
Product shots look nice, but I'm pretty sure those will be all cheap plastic.
01-07-2012, 07:26 PM #7
01-07-2012, 07:36 PM #8
Seems to me that companies are not being innovative, there just copying whatever Apple comes out with. Apple sues because they have to protect their ideas and their brand. Apple is I believe the most valuable company now, so people have come out of the wood work with knockoffs and look alikes of their products.
01-07-2012, 07:39 PM #9
01-07-2012, 08:02 PM #10
Don't know about the rest, but that keyboard looks pretty sexy. Me likee.
01-07-2012, 08:06 PM #11
Damn that is a mac rip off
01-07-2012, 08:31 PM #12
01-07-2012, 08:36 PM #13
Nice. i have a 42" vizio plasma hdtv and have had a few problems in which there warranty co. fixed the same day as there is one in the next town. if the all in one pc care the same warranty service. I'll be getting my hands on one asap.
01-07-2012, 10:10 PM #14
Vizo's are Junk. I know.It is Not by our Hands that things Change, BUT rather our Interventions that change ourselves.
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01-07-2012, 10:17 PM #15
Wow. Sounds like just what I'm looking for. Both look excellent based off of looks alone, the only question left is whether they perform well.
Also, I like what appears to be streamlining with both using trackpads, which is something risky, but a cool effort anyway. Both the 14" ultraportable and 27" all in one look like great first entries into the PC market to me. Can't wait to see how the specs and equally important, pricing, look
01-07-2012, 11:06 PM #16
I agree. I have had no issues with any of my Vizio tv's. I think picture quality v/s price it's a pretty awesome buy. Their wifi blue ray was less than $100 and works great. I will continue to buy Vizio's products and enjoy them.
I would buy the laptop as I like the MBA but am not a mac fan.
I know it's popular on this site and on MR to trash anything that dares to compete with Apple but as another person above me said, that gets old really fast. Apple isn't the inventor of EVERY THING so ffs give it a rest.
Last edited by rkswat; 01-08-2012 at 12:52 AM.
01-08-2012, 02:55 AM #17
I purchased a Scepter 32" LED LCD 720p tv for my bed room and the picture quality on that is pretty good so can't complain much on that. The sound on it though was horrible. Very tinny. Purchased a Logitech speaker/subwoofer set and plugged it into the back of the TVs Analog audio out and made a world of difference. For about $250 total purchase price on Cyber Monday, I can't complain too much. Allowed me to hook up my Apple TV 2 to it for watching iTunes and Netflix in bed.
01-08-2012, 01:31 PM #18
Mmm. Is that keyboard on the market yet?
01-08-2012, 02:05 PM #19
I once prayed to God for an iPhone, but quickly found out He didn't work that way...so I stole an iPhone and prayed for His forgiveness.
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01-08-2012, 03:29 PM #20
I have my vizio Lcd tv 32 inch for almost 3 years no problems got it for 300 at that time u couldn't fine a 32inch lcd for that price. it was a great deal good picture good sounds no complaints. so its good there getting into the PC market now that means more competition for the rest of them and lowered prices for PC's.