Irvine-based Vizio, the No. 1 LCD HDTV company in the U.S. based on sales volume, has expanded its product line to personal computers by releasing two new laptops and an all-in-one desktop computer this week.
All three products use Windows 7 and with the capability of switching to Windows 8 upon its release later this year. Two of the machines use a solid state drive, or SSD, to provide a faster experience over traditional hard drives, and all three use third-generation Intel Core processors.
The all-in-one desktop package features either a 24-inch or 27-inch monitor equipped with HDMI inputs, enabling them to serve as TVs for Blu-ray players and video game consoles. The new machines also come packaged with a wireless track pad instead of a mouse and come with a 1-terabyte hard drive.
For the laptops, drive type differentiates the two models: hard drives are used in the notebooks, while the lighter Ultrabooks use solid state drives. Both machines come in a thin, compact design.
The price for the entire PC line starts around $900. They are sold on Vizio’s website or at the two Microsoft stores in Orange County, located at The Shops at Mission Viejo and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.
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