If there weren't any new laptops or desktop / All-in-One PCs for us to write about, so near the launch of Microsoft's new OS, we would be worried that the brief fuss over alleged bugs was more serious, but it so happens that there are plenty of systems on the way.
After being flabbergasted by Lenovo on the notebook and tablet fronts (the IdeaPad Yoga
and IdeaTab Lynx
are too expensive), Vizio is showing us what we can expect on the AiO front.
While the starting prices aren't overly encouraging even here (minimum $899 / 899 Euro, $999 / 999 Euro for touch), at least we know that tags are supposed to be
higher than those of comparable desktops.
More importantly, Vizio will ship the “Signature” PCs free of all the extra, pre-installed software that most every other PC brands load their products with. This dreaded “bloatware” is something that some people are so eager to get rid of that they immediately do a clean install of the OS upon purchase.
Essentially, Vizio's Windows 8 lineup (9 products in total according to this page)
lists, among other things, 24-inch and 27-inch all-in-one PCs with clean OS installs.
All of them have Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs, Full HD displays (1920 x 1080 pixels), dual-HDMI inputs, remote controls, several gigabytes of DDR3-1600 RAM (random access memory) and customizable storage capabilities.
Bluetooth and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi are part of the feature sets as well, along with eSATA, four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, integrated speakers (two 2.5W and an external 6W subwoofer) and an SD memory card reader.
All in all, Vizio's all-in-one personal computers will have everything needed to leverage the new features in Microsoft's upcoming OS (even if it is awkward to reach out and touch the display) and will be able to behave as HDTVs in a pinch (the second HDMI inputs can permanently hold set-top box cables and the like).