Vizio updates its PCs for Windows 8, touch

The modest addition of touch amounts to the total changes in Vizio's initial Windows 8 offerings.

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TV manufacturer Vizio made a splash earlier this year with the launch of a line of laptop and desktop PCs , showcasing designs that felt high-end and unique compared with the competition. Its latest updated lineup of PCs timed for the Windows 8 launch doesn't change the equation much, but the desktop systems finally get touch-screen displays that they lacked before.

Vizio's new 24- and 27-inch All-In-One Touch PCs add 10-finger capacitive multitouch to their 1080p displays, whereas previously these desktop PCs relied on wireless touch pads and remotes. These new desktop systems start at $998, although deeper specs and details haven't been announced.

The Vizio 14- and 15-inch Thin+Light and 15-inch Notebooks look largely unchanged, except for the addition of Windows 8 and an "enhanced multigesture trackpad." None of these ultrabooks and laptops has a touch screen, or any sort of convertible, experimental design. The Thin+Light laptops start at $849, and the fuller-featured, 1080p-display 15-inch Notebook starts at $1,129.

These were just announced today. For a look at the previous Vizio PCs, check out our review of the Thin+Light CT14 and Vizio CA27 All-In-One .

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Vizio CA27-A4 all-in-one desktop

The Bottom Line: Forgive its quirks, and people looking for a big-screen all-in-one to serve as a small-room entertainment hub will find the Vizio CA27-A1 a price-competitive possibility. / Read full review

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Vizio CA24T-A4 all-in-one desktop

The Bottom Line: A touch screen and Windows 8 can't defuse the impression that the Vizio CA24T-A4 all-in-one was designed primarily for retail shelf appeal. / Read full review

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Vizio CA27T-A5 all-in-one desktop

The Bottom Line: Forgive its quirks, and people looking for a big-screen all-in-one to serve as a small-room entertainment hub will find the Vizio CA27-A1 a price-competitive possibility. / Read full review

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Vizio CA24T-A3 all in one desktop

The Bottom Line: A touch screen and Windows 8 can't defuse the impression that the Vizio CA24T-A4 all-in-one was designed primarily for retail shelf appeal. / Read full review

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Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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