X

Vizio VIA hands-on (photos)

Couch potatoes get their own Android 8-inch tablet with a built-in universal remote. We try out Vizio's VIA at the CEA Line Show in NY.

Scott Stein
I started with CNET reviewing laptops in 2009. Now I explore wearable tech, VR/AR, tablets, gaming and future/emerging trends in our changing world. Other obsessions include magic, immersive theater, puzzles, board games, cooking, improv and the New York Jets. My background includes an MFA in theater which I apply to thinking about immersive experiences of the future.
Scott Stein
002_VIZIO.jpg
1 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET
The Vizio VIA's slightly curved rear and 8-inch screen give it an easy-to-hold one-hand feel, like a large universal remote.
001_VIZIO.jpg
2 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET
The Vizio VIA runs Android's Gingerbread OS, not Honeycomb. The tablet can be turned into either landscape or portrait orientation on one side each, with LED backlit touch buttons below activating in each orientation.
003_VIZIO.jpg
3 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET
A side profile. The tablet feels very solid to hold.
004_VIZIO.jpg
4 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET
A look at the Micro-HDMI and USB ports.
005_VIZIO.jpg
5 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET
The Vizio VIA's remote capabilities work via a built-in IR blaster. There's no ecosystem advantage to using a Vizio TV.
006_VIZIO.jpg
6 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET
The back's clean logo and matte-metal finish--very home theater-ish.
008_VIZIO.jpg
7 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET
A look at the virtual buttons that appear in the Universal Remote app. Because the tablet has an IR blaster, there's no need for Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections to interact with a TV or Blu-ray player.
007_VIZIO.jpg
8 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET
The Vizio VIA, with a Vizio TV behind it running Google TV apps.
010_VIZIO.jpg
9 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET
009_VIZIO.jpg
10 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET
A look at the box packaging.

More Galleries

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera
A houseplant

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera

20 Photos
Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra
magic-v2-2024-foldable-1383

Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra

10 Photos
The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum
Samsung Galaxy S24

The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum

23 Photos
Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design
The Galaxy S24 Ultra in multiple colors

Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design

23 Photos
I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites
img-0368.jpg

I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites

34 Photos
Do You Know About These 17 Hidden iOS 17 Features?
Invitation for the Apple September iPhone 15 event

Do You Know About These 17 Hidden iOS 17 Features?

18 Photos
AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?
img-1599-2.jpg

AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?

17 Photos