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VIZIO CN15-A5 15.6-Inch Laptop

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  • 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core inside Aluminum Unibody
  • 1 TB Hard Drive + 32 GB Flash Solid-State to Boost Performance
  • 8 GB DDR3
  • 15.6-Inch Full-HD LED IPS Display, NVIDIA GeForce GT
  • Microsoft Signature Windows 8
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Product Information

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Screen Size15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920x1080 pixels
Processor2.3 GHz Core i7-3610QM
RAM8 GB DDR3
Hard Drive1024 GB
Graphics CoprocessorNVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
Card DescriptionNvidia GeForce GT
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand NameVIZIO
SeriesNotebook
Item model numberCN15-A5
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 8
Item Weight5.3 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H14.92 x 9.90 x 0.86 inches
Color Silver
Processor BrandIntel
Flash Memory Size32
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
  
Additional Information
ASINB009PJHD3Y
Best Sellers Rank #3,143 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight8.8 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 12, 2012
  
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Product Description

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CN15-A5

VIZIO 15" NOTEBOOK | CN15-A5

The VIZIO Notebook with Windows 8 delivers remarkable power in a beautifully portable profile. Stylish and light, its aluminum construction provides solid durability not possible with cheaper plastics. Powerful 3rd generation Intel Core processors deliver lightning-fast performance while the Microsoft Signature experience offers the best way to get the most out of the entirely reimagined Windows 8. With an impressive 15.6" diagonal Full HD display, premium SRS sound and a long-lasting battery, the VIZIO Notebook is an on-the-go powerhouse. Whether you’re kicking back or leaning in, the VIZIO Notebook’s unique combination of performance and aesthetics will keep you on the edge of your seat.

KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS

Stunning from Any Angle

The VIZIO Notebook’s slim profile is made possible by an anodized aluminum unibody construction that lends strength and durability. Smart innovations include discreet venting system that pulls in cool air to eliminate unnecessary grills and fans, while seamless surfaces, beveled edges and a soft-touch underside make this a premium notebook like no other.

Sleek Portability, Full-Size Entertainment

The VIZIO Notebook delivers Full HD resolution on its 15.6" IPS display, with stellar picture quality and wider viewing angles from any seat. Full-size HDMI outputs let you step your entertainment up to the big screen. And SRS Premium Sound HD provides richer, fuller audio quality that’s performance tuned for the best entertainment experience.

Windows 8 - Beautiful, Fast, Fluid

Windows 8 has been reimagined to be all about you. Put what matters most right on your Start screen, and get instant access to your people, apps, sites and more, so you can spend less time searching and more time doing.

The Microsoft Signature Experience

Microsoft Signature is the best way to get the most out of Windows 8. No Junkware is installed, and the built-in Windows Defender anti-virus software has no renewal fees - it's the best Windows experience on your VIZIO PC.

Powerful Portability

The VIZIO Notebook is powered by the 3rd generation Intel Core processor family for maximum speed and performance. And with the latest high-speed ports for connecting to the Web and peripherals, the VIZIO Notebook keeps things on the move, even when you are on the go.

Step Up to Enhanced NVIDIA Graphics

For gaming, HD movies and other graphics-intensive applications, a powerful NVIDIA GPU provides a sensational boost to the fun. NVIDIA lets you kick up frame rates and enhance image quality for maximum entertainment.

Technical Specs

Processor
Model: Intel Core
Processor Model: i7 (i7-3610QM)
Processor Speed: Quad 2.3GHz
Operating System
Windows 8
Memory
Memory (RAM): 8GB
Memory Frequency (MHz): Up to 1600MHz
Memory Type (DDR2 / DDR3): DDR3
Memory Slots (Total): 1
Display
Display Type (LCD/LED): LED
Full HD Display (1080P or greater): Yes
Display Resolution: 1920x1080
Display Size: 15.6” (Diagonal)
Graphics
Graphics Manufacturer (Primary Card): NVIDIA
Graphics Memory Shared / Size (Primary Card): 1GB
Graphics Model (Primary Card): NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
Disk
Hard Drive Size: 1TB†
Hard Drive Speed: 5400rpm
Hard Drive Type (SATA / SSD): SATA
Additional Hard Drive: 32GB SSD*
Networking
Bluetooth: Yes
Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n
Ports
HDMI Input: 1
3.5mm Headphone/Mic: 1
RJ 45 (Gigabit Ethernet): 1
USB 3.0: 2
Others
Audio: Integrated
Speakers: 2 x 1.5W Speaker
Memory Card Reader: SD
Built in Mic: Yes
Misc. Features
TPM Chip: On Board
Built in Web Cam: Yes
Color: Silver
Weights and Dimensions
Description: Weight (lbs.) L x W x H (inches)
Total Unit (without packaging) 5.28 lbs. 14.92” x 9.90” x 0.86”
Total Unit (with packaging) 8.72 lbs. 16.22” x 11.18” x 2.99”

  • Copyright 2012 VIZIO, Inc. The V, VIZIO, All-in-One, and all names, logos and phrases are registered or unregistered trademarks of VIZIO, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
  • † Due to pre-installed software, media content, etc., the HDD capacity on VIZIO computers may appear to be smaller than the size stated in the product specifications, documentation, or on the packaging. The storage capacity of the HDD is as advertised but the actual formatted capacity may vary.
  • * Used to cache OS and frequently used files for speed boost. SSD does not add to storage capacity.
  • Intel and Intel Core are registered trademarks or trademarks of Intel Corporation.
  • Microsoft, Windows and Microsoft Signature are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.
  • NVIDIA is a registered trademark of NVIDIA Corporation in the United States and other countries.
  • SRS Premium Sound HD is a trademark of SRS Labs. Premium Sound HD technologies are incorporated
  • under license from SRS Labs, Inc.
  • HDMI is a registered trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC.

Product Description

The VIZIO Notebook with Windows 8 delivers remarkable power in a beautifully portable profile. Stylish and light, its aluminum construction provides solid durability not possible with cheaper plastics. Powerful 3rd generation Intel Core processors deliver lightning-fast performance while the Microsoft Signature experience offers the best way to get the most out of the entirely reimagined Windows 8. With an impressive 15.6-Inch diagonal Full HD display, premium SRS sound and a long-lasting battery, the VIZIO Notebook is an on-the-go powerhouse. Whether you’re kicking back or leaning in, the VIZIO Notebook’s unique combination of performance and aesthetics will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Build quality is very nice.
Amazon Customer
The problem seems so obvious, I don't really see how the laptop was released with this issue.
Tariq Gibran Hamid
The keyboard and touch pad could use a major re-design.
SJG

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. Ochtinsky on December 6, 2012
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It would be hard to say more than the other extensive reviews already here, so I won't try; they're there if you want to read them. Here are some salient points, specifically comparing this machine to the Dell XPS 15. If you happen to be comparing the two, maybe you'll find this useful. (TL;DR warning. There is a summary at the bottom if you prefer)

I first bought a Dell XPS 15 (highest-end model, with 1 TB + 128GB SSD drive), for $800 more than this laptop. I didn't like it, and here's why:

- Dell XPS: Bad trackpad. Vizio: Good trackpad.
- The Dell has a delay on every action. A lot of false detections of gesture. Can't possible configure it to accept a double-tap as a right click (only a double-full-click). I can't stand the Mac-inspired "press the whole trackpad as if it were a mouse button". Conversely: the Vizio has an excellent trackpad, on par with the MacBook Pro, and handles double-tap and every other gesture I care to use without any trouble. Also, the Dell's trackpad seems to have higher friction than the Vizio. Both use basically the same finish for the trackpad as the body; the Dell's matte rubber body would seem to require a "stickier" finish on the trackpad.

- Dell XPS: Excessive fan noise. Vizio: little to no fan noise.
- I bought the XPS (and Vizio) because I want to at least occasionally play games. I'm not super hard-core, I don't need an AlienWare, but I at least wanted something on par with my 6-year-old MacBook Pro; these days, it seems like 99% of all laptops have no discrete graphics. The Dell XPS 15 has the same chip as this machine. The performance in Skyrim (full HD resolution, high graphics), while not stellar, is playable in both.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Reuben Shea on November 22, 2012
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While this computer is $999, go for it! Fantastic price for this piece of tech!

That said, I purchased this laptop before the discount, and even then I think it is a fantastic price for what you are getting.

The two most iffy parts about the computer:
1. The touchpad. Whew boy. Initial thoughts, "I love it!" 20 minutes later, "I completely LOATH it!" About 4-5 hours of use later, "Meh, it is ok." Firstly, the gestures with this thing are fantastic, very smooth, work flawlessly most of the time. No complaints there. Moving the mouse around is speedy and very sensitive, which is great as well. I haven't really had any of those glitchy jumps and such that were described in the earlier models. The issue is when you start clicking. I found that clicking wherever your finger lays on the touchpad is the most accurate way to go (though still not flawless). Moving your finger to the bottom of the touchpad often makes the mouse jump a little bit when you click, often making you miss what you are clicking if it is small (though this still happens a little when using the whole pad). However, the top 1/4 off the touchpad isn't really clickable because the buttons ARE actually at the bottom.
EDIT: I find that the bottom of the touchpad goes down into the case a LOT when you click on it. I am thinking the mouse moves when clicking near the base because the touchpad is actually flexing a decent amount, making your finger roll a little or something. Not a huge deal, kinda annoying but not too hard to get used to.

2. The keyboard is a little shallow, but very solid. The keys are bigger than average, and quite close together. This might take some getting used to, though I honestly love the layout of this keyboard.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Phil ski on December 27, 2012
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I've always been a desktop guy. My main machine I built by myself just to make sure everything was the way I wanted it. I never saw a laptop that could rival the power of a desktop that wasn't one of the 6 inch thick bricks they sell as "gaming laptops". I was excited by the ultrabook concept because it could eventually lead to a Windows revolution of thin laptops with solid specs, but the ULV chips inside are lacking in processing power and Intel Integrated Graphics 4000 was a bit of a let down. I was looking at the Asus UX51VZ for a really long time but the $2500 price tag immediately dropped my interest. So I sulked around for a bit until a video from The Verge about Vizio's new computers came out. It piqued my interest enough that I eventually purchased the CN15-A5.

First impressions: The machine is gorgeous. The build quality is amazing. The device is heavy, but having this incredibly durable aluminum chassis is worth it. Also, not important but the box was very elegant and extremely durable.

Powering it on: Boot was fast, but I credit that to the general nature of Windows 8. It's comparable to booting Windows 7 on an SSD. I went to ninite(.)com and downloaded all of my favorite applications as well as classicstart, which lets me skip the whole "interface formerly known as metro" thing and brings highly customizable start button back in. I recommend anybody using Windows 8 get it.

First hour. WiFi dropping like crazy. After one drop the wifi antenna disconnected and I had to use an ethernet cable. I investigated and sent Vizio an email. Here's what I got:

Thank you for contacting VIZIO PC support, I can definitely assist you with your inquiry.

First you'll need to download the Win8 Wireless driver from the VIZIO Website.
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