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VIZIO Thin and Light CT15-A2 15.6-Inch Laptop

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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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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 5.5 hours of battery life.

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At a Glance
Vizio Thin + Light CT15-A2
At a Glance:
  • 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p LED-backlit display

  • 1.9 GHz Intel Core i7-3517U dual-core, ultra-low voltage processor

  • 256 GB solid state drive

  • 4 GB installed RAM

  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi + Gigabit

  • Up to 5.5-hour battery life

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

  • See full specs below
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 i7 dual-core processor. With updated Intel Turbo Boost Technology, the latest Core i7 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-A2 Ultrabook; AC adapter; operating instructions


Key Specifications

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

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1.9 GHz Intel Core i7-3517U ultra-low voltage, dual-core processor (3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 4 MB L3 cache)

256 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.
  • Headphone/microphone jack


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Windows 7: Your PC Simplified

  • 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.
  • Designed to make your PC sleep and resume quicker.
  • Watch, pause, rewind and record TV with Windows Media Center to watch whenever and where ever you want.*

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  • Helps protect against identity theft and malicious software with SmartScreen Filter.
  • Movies, TV, and videos look better and run more smoothly.

Create, Connect, and Share with Windows Live

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.

You can download Windows Live for FREE at download.live.com.

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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
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution1920x1080
Processor1.9 GHz Core i7-3517U
RAM4 GB DDR3
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive0 GB flash_memory_solid_state
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 4000
Chipset BrandIntel
Wireless Type802.11n
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand NameVIZIO
SeriesThin + Light
Item model numberCT15-A2
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
Color Silver
Processor BrandIntel
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size256
Optical Drive TypeNo
  
Additional Information
ASINB0088L182M
Best Sellers Rank #29,158 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight6.9 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 AvailableJune 15, 2012
  
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By aklawrence on July 30, 2012
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By sonytoao on August 30, 2012
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eric Cheung on July 25, 2012
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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