Vizio does an excellent job of churning out affordable and somewhat decent flat screen TVs.  However, with frugality comes some caveats, such as a form factor that some might consider second rate, or a menu system that is infuriatingly difficult and slow to use. That said, would you be will to make the same sacrifice when it comes to a Vizio laptop?  We ask that questions as a sort of healthy dose of skepticism.  Can Vizio actually design, produce and build an affordable laptop that doesn’t bear the frustrations many have experienced while using their big screen TVs?  That question remains to be answered, but we now know what specs their lappies will sport when they come to market perhaps sometime soon.

What Vizio is dubbing at the “ultimate Ultrabook,” the Thin+Light laptops comes in two flavors, 14-inch and 15.6-inch.  Processor configuration will range from an Intel Core i3 to an Core i7, though all of them should be of the Ivy Bridge generation.  By default all configurations will sport a 128GB SSD, 4GB of RAM, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Intel HD 400 graphics, SRS sound, a 1.3 megapixel camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, 2x USB 3.0 ports, a full sized HDMI port, and a headphone jack.    The 14-inch will produce a resolution of 1600×900, while the 15.6-inch tops out at 1920×1080.  Battery life for each machine will vary, but on average you can expect about 6 hours, provided of course you’re not running more than two programs.  The 14-inch machine measures .67-inches thin and the 15.6-inch just .68-inches.

If you recall we had some brief time with the Thin+Light machines at CES last year.  They should prove durable thanks to the anodized aluminum, unibody construction, which dare we say sounds like a Cupertino company we’re relatively familiar with.  As with all Ultrabooks, which require a fast start up time to obtain that moniker, these laptops will boot in a matter of seconds from a sleep mode.

Vizio hasn’t said when their Thin+Light Ultrabook will go on sale, but their site is taking preorders now.

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Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."