Vizio announces Windows 8 holiday PC lineup

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PC newcomer Vizio has announced their Windows 8 holiday lineup consisting of two all-in-one desktops, two Ultrabooks and a single notebook. All systems include third generation Intel Core processors and ship with Microsoft’s Signature seal of approval meaning bloatware will be kept to a minimum.

The 24-inch and 27-inch AIO systems utilize full 1080p displays described by PCMag as eye-popping although as I pointed out in a recent review of HP’s Omni 27 AIO, 1,920 x 1,080 is a relatively low resolution for such a large screen. The same would likely hold true for Vizio’s new 27-inch AIO, but I digress.

Both systems use a 10-point capacitive touchscreen to take advantage of Windows 8’s interactive environment. A 2.1 audio system with built-in subwoofer comes standard as well. Select models will ship with an Nvidia Kepler-class GPU for added graphical processing power. Pricing starts at $998 for the 24-inch AIO with a 500GB hard drive.

New for Windows 8 are two Thin + Light Ultrabooks; the first includes a 14-inch display while the latter ships with a larger 15.6-inch screen. There’s no touch support on board but Vizio hopes the multi-gesture trackpad will help make up for the deficiency. Look for these two portables to start at $849.

Vizio’s new 15.6-inch isn’t touch-enabled either but will ship with a similarly-enhanced trackpad like those found on the Ultrabooks. Pricing here starts at $1,129, we’re told.

The company will begin taking pre-orders for the Thin + Light systems starting tomorrow. AIO Touch PCs will be available at Vizio.com and key retailers like Amazon.com, MicrosoftStore.com and Walmart.com this holiday season.

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