Vizio to Launch Computer Line at CES
Vizio is looking to put it's mark on the desktop and notebook market at CES 2012, and will introduce five models, ranging from a 27-inch "all-in-one" desktop to a 14-inch slim notebook, all running the Microsoft Windows operating system. Both the all-in-one and slim notebook categories are currently two of the the fastest-growing markets for established PC makers, such as HP, Dell, Acer and so on.
The company, based in Irvine, CA, is known for competitively-priced HDTVs, a segment in which they have done well, pushing out several competitors such as Pioneer and Philips. Vizio also currently sells a successful Android-powered 8-inch tablet.The company has existing established relationships with Taiwanese manufacturers, and may be able to parlay those into their own line.
The computers have reportedly been designed over a two-year period, and look quite "Apple-esque" in appearance, with clean, slender lines. Apparently, that was not an accident, and the Vizio CTO Matt McRae was quoted saying "It’s very similar to TV — we want to get in there and disrupt it". The computer will also reportedly include the ability to send video and audio to Vizio TVs and speakers.