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VIZIO Thin and Light CT15-A2 15.6-Inch Laptop

by VIZIO
2.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
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  • Intel Core_i7_3517U Processor 1.9GHz
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 256GB 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.

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Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution 1920x1080
Processor 1.9 GHz Core i7-3517U
RAM 4 GB DDR3
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive flash_memory_solid_state
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics 4000
Chipset Brand Intel
Wireless Type 802.11n
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand Name VIZIO
Series Thin + Light
Item model number CT15-A2
Operating System Windows 7;
Item Weight 4 pounds
Product Dimensions 14.9 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 14.9 x 9.9 x 0.68 inches
Color Silver
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 2
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size 256
Optical Drive Type No

Additional Information

ASIN B0088L182M
Customer Reviews
2.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

2.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #37,334 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#8,199 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 6.9 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available June 15, 2012

Warranty & Support

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Customer Reviews

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A beautiful laptop with a lot of issues. The laptop looks great and the screen is very clear. One of the only 1080p ultrabooks with a TPM chip so it works well from a corporate security standpoint. Very quick startup time and overall seems quick and responsive both when in use as well as startup/shutdown. Windows 8 is incredibly fast and 7 is not that far behind. One other plus is the support. So far I've gotten two quick responses through their live chat. Both responses weren't helpful, but it is nice to get someone quickly that can at least confirm your issue.
Some of problems I have with the laptop so far:
Battery life not as good as advertised. Mild use is closer to the 3.5-4 hour range.

Abbreviated keyboard. I'm not sure why with all the room on both sides of the keyboard they decided to leave off the PgUp, PgDn, Home and End keys. I use Alt+Home all day long in browsers and the other keys for word processing and general navigation.

Trackpad. Like most other people are saying, the trackpad is a nightmare. The cursor constantly jumps around or locks on to a part of the screen you are not trying to select. Updated the driver, turned off the tap to select and it's still frustrating. I also had the cursor become completely unresponsive a few times already to the point I had to logout and back in to get it to work again.

For some odd reason they partitioned out the hard drive in a way that makes it difficult to carve out space for another OS. Multiple recovery partitions and a dedicated partition for the hibernation file prohibit adding any additional partitions.
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I picked this up to use for personal and business travel because I wanted larger screen real estate than my iPad can offer but less weight than a traditional laptop. It's incredibly lightweight and the screen display/resolution is very, very good. On paper, the specs are great: 256Gb SSD, 4Gb RAM, and GB wireless NIC.

Here's where the device falls short: As noted by other reviewers, the touchpad, even under Win7 is pretty poor. I deducted one star for this reason. Downloading the latest drivers from Vizio's website helps a tad but it's just not as responsive as it should be. In fact, my 3 year-old Sony Vaio's touchpad is so much better such that you wonder why Vizio couldn't have pulled off a better design. The other drawback is a lack of a wired ethernet port but I didn't deduct any stars from the review since I knew this omission before buying.

The reason I deducted an additional star is that this device simply won't function under Ubuntu 12.04. The CT15 has an Atheros AR9462 Wireless NIC so Ubuntu (and most linux installs) will try to use the Ath9k drivers. Unfortunately, this chipset is not yet supported so I ended up with slow and often no network connectivity. Tweaking modprobe.d and loading the linux-backports-wireless modules wouldn't fix it. Moreover, the touchpad is just plain wonky under 12.04. Using dconfig-editor and/or Synaptics didn't help either. And you can imagine trying to troubleshoot these problems via a wireless internet connection of 1Mbps. I finally had to dig up an old USB-to-Ethernet peripheral to stay sane.

But the reason I deducted the last star was that after 10 days of daily use (despite the problems described above), the touchpad simply died. At first, I thought it was an Ubuntu issue but it also failed using Win7.
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First I like to say you can probably go to the Microsoft store and buy this. I bought this last weekend and there was a promo going on 20% off anything over a $1,000. So my laptop after tax was only a grand. Bought the two year insurance to go with it and after tax i paid 1250. Not to shabby.

I thought long and hard before I bought this laptop. I wanted all the reason to buy a Mac and to hate the vizio. I was comparing the Macbook Pro 13& 15inc & Air 13 inc, Samsung Series 9, Sony Z series. For the best bang for your buck. I choose the Vizio. Higher resolution then all 3, 1080p HD. Faster processor 1.9 i7. Yes many can argue the retina is better and higher. But be reminded your paying $2,200. There is a full HDMI on the ultra book. I know many normal laptops have the hdmi but for an ultra book Vizio its one of the few. But I believe it will become standard soon and other companies will follow.

Pros-
1. Fast!!! Boots up super quick
2. Screen is super nice, 1080p. Very nice viewing angles. I came from a 13 Inch Macbook and now I have a 15 and I cant go back.
3. Keyboard is wide, keys are shallow. (I can adapt to that)
4. The speakers are fair. Their pretty loud
5. When you adjust the brightness, it's bright!
6. 256 SSD for 1k. I'm not sure where you can find another laptop in that range. At least not yet.

Cons-
1. TRACK PAD!!! I came from a macbook, and even the macbook feels better. Trying to adjust. If I plug a mouse I know it will work fine, but I wish the track pad would be better.
2. No keyboard lights (I can live with, would have been nice)
3. No SD card slot (But I honestly don't remember the last time I used one, the adapter is only 10 bucks on amazon)

Conclusion:
Great machine for the price.
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