The Good The Vizio CA24T-A4 has a low-profile appearance and some useful connectivity options.
The Bad Not every all-in-one looks as clean as this Vizio, but others offer better features for a similar price.
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.
Pretty face, lacks substance
The Vizio CA24T-A4 seems to have all the ingredients of an ideal Windows 8 PC. A touch screen, a wireless touch pad, and sleek, low-profile looks -- you might think it's an easy recommendation. The problem is that Vizio has focused too much on appearances, and not enough on build quality and overall value. Look into the Vizio CA24T-A4 if design is a primary concern, but for anyone focused on value and features-for-the-dollar, Asus and others offer more-compelling alternatives in the same price range.
The primary stories about the CA24T are that it's one of Vizio's first Windows 8-equipped all-in-ones, and also one of the first with a touch screen. Those features are both common enough now, but the fact that this system ships with a touch pad instead of a mouse gives the Vizio some added cachet. Like perhaps no other all-in-one out there, Vizio seems committed to touch-based input.
If you already use a touch pad on a PC, you may feel right at home with the Vizio. For those of us in the mouse-using majority, get ready to adapt to both a new input device and a new operating system.