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VIZIO Thin and Light CT15-A1 15.6-Inch Laptop

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  • Intel Core_i5_3317U Processor 1.7GHz
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 128GB Solid-State Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Product Description

Product Description

With uncompromising performance, and premium picture and audio quality in a remarkably thin profile, the VIZIO Thin + Light is the Ultrabook™ that’s impossible to ignore. But don’t let its thin profile fool you - it outperforms notebooks twice its size. The high-performance 15.6" models each sport a Full HD or HD+ display and premium SRS sound for the best entertainment experience. Powered by the latest Intel Core processors, the VIZIO Thin + Light uses instant-on, flash-based SSD drives for speedy boot-ups and includes Microsoft Signature for fast performance right out of the box. If good things come in small packages, this must be the best there is.


With a striking unibody aluminum design, the VIZIO Thin + Light is the Ultrabook that's impossible to ignore. But don't let its thin profile fool you--it outperforms notebooks twice its size. This high-performance 15.6-inch model sports a Full HD 1080p display and premium SRS sound for the best entertainment experience. Powered by the latest Intel Core processor, the VIZIO Thin + Light uses instant-on, flash-based SSD drives for speedy boot-ups and includes Microsoft Signature for fast performance right out of the box. You'll also get up to 6 hours of battery life.

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At a Glance
Vizio Thin + Light CT15-A1
At a Glance:
  • 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p LED-backlit display

  • 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U ultra-low voltage, dual-core processor

  • 128 GB solid state drive

  • 4 GB installed RAM

  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi + Gigabit

  • Up to 6-hour battery life

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

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At a Glance

Premium materials and design innovation come together in the VIZIO Thin + Light to create the most durable construction in the thinnest possible profile. Unibody construction from anodized aluminum and precision CNC detailing give it remarkable torsional strength that makes it as striking to hold as it is to behold. Every detail matters, from the continuous surfaces and beveled edges to the seamless soft-touch underside that gives you a secure grip.

Note: This VIZIO laptop does not include an integrated optical disc drive, but you can connect an optional CD/DVD drive via one of its USB ports.

Performance Beyond Expectation

The VIZIO Thin + Light laptop is part of a new class of ultra-responsive, ultra-sleek and long-lasting portable PCs known as Ultrabook PCs that deliver high performance in a slim package. Delivering magnificent performance, it's powered by the lightning-fast, low-voltage Intel Core i5 dual-core processor. With updated Intel Turbo Boost Technology, the latest Core i5 increases speed automatically for whatever you're doing.

It also boasts flash-based SSD storage for exceptionally fast performance--enabling you to boot up in seconds and complete everyday tasks with incredible speed.

Small Size, Big Entertainment

The VIZIO Thin + Light delivers HD resolution with stellar picture quality. Enjoy larger 15.6-inch screen sizes with all the portability and performance of an Ultrabook. The display also features premium IPS screen technology for brighter picture, brilliant color, and wider viewing angles. A full-size HDMI output lets 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.


The Microsoft Signature Experience

VIZIO PCs come with Microsoft Signature for fast performance right out of the box. With no trial software or nagging offers that slow you down, Microsoft Signature PCs are certified to boot up faster and work more efficiently. They also include Microsoft Security Essentials to help guard against viruses and spyware with no renewal fees, plus 90 days of worry-free Microsoft technical support. With everything you need and nothing you don't, you'll be up and running in no time.

More Features

Ultra-Fast Connectivity

The VIZIO Thin + Light includes 802.11n dual-band Wi-Fi so you can connect to the Internet, stream videos or share large files with other computers with ease. It also features two super-speed USB 3.0 ports--the latest development in USB data transfer technology. Perfect for transferring and retrieving large files between your PC and an external hard drive or digital camera, USB 3.0 offers the speediest, most efficient way get what you need from external devices (and it's backward compatible with USB 2.0-enabled devices).

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The VIZIO Thin + Light Ultrabook is available in 14- and 15-inch versions.
Video Chat-Ready

The integrated 1.3 MP HD camera and high-quality microphone makes it simple and fun to stay connected with family and friends.

Quick Access V-Key

One touch of the VIZIO V-key instantly connects you to essential system and support info, along with the latest exclusive offers and entertainment available on VIZIO PCs.

Outstanding VIZIO Support and Service

VIZIO's US-based product support and customer service team has been recognized for its excellence with a 2012 Stevie Award. Friendly help with your VIZIO PC is only one quick call or chat away.

What's in the Box

VIZIO Thin + Light CT15-A1 Ultrabook; AC adapter; operating instructions

Key Specifications

15.6-inch Full HD LED-backlit display (1920 x 1080 pixels)

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1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U ultra-low voltage, dual-core processor (2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 MB L3 cache)

128 GB solid state drive (SSD)

4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (8 GB maximum)

Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated graphics solution for everyday computing with support for Microsoft DirectX 11 games.

1.3-megapixel HD 720p webcam

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Built-in stereo speakers (2 x 1.5W) with SRS Premium Sound HD audio enhancement

Microsoft Signature PC with just the software you need and no trialware.

Dimensions and Weight: 14.9 x 9.9 x 0.68 inches (WxDxH); 3.96 pounds

Wireless & Networking

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11n dual-band) for ultra-fast connectivity to home and business networks (requires Wireless-N router to optimize speed and range).
  • Bluetooth connectivity for connecting Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as keyboards, stereo headphones, and more.


Connectivity & Expansion

  • 2 super-speed USB 3.0 ports with up to 10x the speed of USB 2.0 (and is backward compatible with your USB 2.0 peripherals).
  • HDMI port for connecting to a compatible HDTV or home theater receiver for uncompressed digital audio and video via a single cable.
  • Secure Digital memory card slot
  • Headphone/microphone jack

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Windows 7 Home Premium

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  • Improved desktop navigation features like Snap, Peek and Shake, make it easier to manage all of your open windows.
  • Find virtually anything on your PC--from documents to songs to email--just by typing a word or two with Windows Search.
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  • Watch, pause, rewind and record TV with Windows Media Center to watch whenever and where ever you want.*

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Windows 7 and Windows Live bring it all together for free. Get the free set of programs that make it simple to create and share amazing photos and movies, organize mail, and stay connected with your closest friends.

  • Get free online storage with Windows Live SkyDrive.
  • Sync files on your PCs automatically with Windows Live Mesh.
  • Share photos during video chats with Windows Live Messenger.**
  • Easily edit photos. Combine the best parts of multiple photos into one perfect photo with Photo Fuse.

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** Requires a compatible microphone, speakers or headset, webcam, and broadband connection.

Product Information

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Screen Size15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920x1080
Processor1.7 GHz Core i5-3317U
Hard Driveflash_memory_solid_state
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 4000
Wireless Type802.11n
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand NameVIZIO
SeriesThin + Light
Item model numberCT15-A1
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Item Weight4 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H14.90 x 9.90 x 0.68 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size128
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #17,403 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight6.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableJune 15, 2012
Warranty & Support
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Customer Reviews

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By M. Wilson on October 24, 2012
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First off, let's just get this out there: paper spec-wise, few other laptops can compare to this laptop in my opinion. Laptops with 15" 1080p IPS screens are very few and far between, and then weighing just 4 pounds and being very thin is icing on the cake. The rest of the system is pretty average for this price range nowadays, but if you haven't experienced a screen like this you might just not realize how big of an asset it truly is.

Now, the caveats: the first sample I got had a rattly fan. It was very noticeable, and made me worry that it might break after a short amount of time. Wanting my laptop to last more than a few weeks, I returned it and got another which was quick and painless, but it definitely did not inspire confidence in Vizio's build quality. My second CT15-A1 is fine, but I'm strongly considering the 3 year aftermarket warranty that Amazon offers just in case it has problems down the line. Not only is this laptop priced very aggressively, but Vizio is brand new to the laptop space, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect some growing pains with early models. Subjectively, the laptop feels like it's actually built very well. The aluminum body is stiff, and there's very little screen flex. The screen hinge is stiff without being too stiff. There are no obvious build quality defects like bumps under the keyboard or that kind of thing (which I had with my previous Dell XPS M1330).

With that out of the way, I do have to say that I truly love this laptop. It's crazy lightweight for the specs. The matte 1080p IPS screen is beautiful, and when calibrated with my X-Rite i1 Display 2 (using the Lacie Blue Eye software), the average dE is less than 0.2. Read: this display is capable of near perfect reference color reproduction.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Ziad Krayem on October 8, 2012
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I do purchase lots of laptops each year, as I have a nag for trying new tech.
But I like to think that I am in constant search for the perfect gadget and never finding it (be it a laptop, a tablet, a phone, a remote control...)

And let me tell you, I have never been torn by a product as much as I did with Vizio CT15-A1
The laptop is gorgeous, the screen is amazing, and the build quality is superb. But there are some serious short comings.

I had the laptop for nearly a month now, and I stil feel this love and hate realtionship. I can't make up mind wether to keep it or ditch it for another laptop. (either way, in few months, a new laptop must fill its shoes, especially with Win8 on the way)

What I love about the laptop:
* Looks space-age. And I don't mean like a Macbook Air does (althoug the similarities are stunning), it is the angular design of the screen lid, and above all, the grayish hue on the body.
* Excellent construction, with very useful rubber bottom.
* Amazing IPS full-HD matte display
* Cool charger ligths (abit too bright)

What I hate about the laptop:
* The touchpad
* The touchpad
* The touchpad (yes, that much!) of all the laptops I ever used, no touchpad ever came close to the horride experience of this laptop; gestures are erratic, touch sensitivity is horrible, and above all, the touchpad always ignore any minute gesture: to stick the pointer over something small, you must first swipe hard to get the cursor moving and then quickly set the cursor where you want... an exercise in patience.
* Short battery life: while doing nothing but surfing the web, I get about 4 hours.
* Keyboard is not likeable, but in reality is not as bad as other users have described.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Cross on March 24, 2013
This was purchased from Amazon, but by my boss, not by me. He was so disgusted with it that rather than return it, he just gave it to me.

Weight, looks and performance-wise, this is a good notebook! Slim, easy to carry and a beautiful screen.

However it needs a few accessories to make it what is in my opinion, usable.

1. A wireless mouse or touch pad as the provided touch pad is extremely unusable. Granted, I'm used to the one on Apple notebooks, but my wife's cheap HP notebook touch pad is much easier to use. I suggest going with a Bluetooth mouse or touch pad as there are only two USB ports on this computer.

2. A wireless keyboard as the provided one looks great but the keys don't always work. I have to pay special attention when typing an 'f' or a 'c' for instance as it usually won't appear. Or you'll easily get double keystrokes. Combined with the native touch pad which I haven't been able to disable, when typing up a report, letter or even a Facebook post, I'll find that the cursor has suddenly jumped up a number of lines and I'm typing in the middle of something previously written. Again, I suggest a Bluetooth keyboard as there are only two USB ports. Though if you have a Logitech unifying receiver, you can use one port for both the keyboard and mouse/pad.

3. An external hard drive. The 128GB SSD is fast. However, 100GB for applications and data really isn't very much. I've install the software that I need to use for work, (Adobe Creative Suite, Office 2013, etc.), my documents and very little else. I ended up with about 41GB free. I can't install Dropbox as our shared folder would fill the drive. So, tie up a USB port with an external USB hard drive.
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