Where To Buy: manufacturer’s website
The Good: It has HDMI inputs that are dual, quad core i7 processor, and a wireless clickpad and remote; the specs comparable with the competitors in the same price range.
The Bad: Plastic accessories with cheaper feeling and bulky subwoofer which clunk up its clean design; display is only 1080p; though screen is mounted solidly, still it wobbles when it’s touched.
The Bottom Line: the new device gets one modest update though stays to be traditional as compared to convertible and detachable alternatives.
The desktop computers tend to be commodity devices but Vizio doesn’t do anything for dispelling the impression.
Last year the all-in-ones by Vizio looked like TVs, with their IR remotes. Later in the last year, desktops added the touch screens. The 27-inch CA27T-B1 Vizio is the PC seen on eve when latest Intel processors were coming out.
It is for sure less expensive compared to iMac of 27-inch, for example, though this Vizio does lack display of higher-resolution and ay Nvidia or AMD graphics.
This Vizio, however, feels better compared to Vizio models of 24-inch that aren’t any much less costly at $1279 having slower processor AMD and with i7 CPU, at $1439.
Now the 27-inch Vizio is quite expensive compared to previous year models but you get features as faster Wi-Fi and better processor.
It should be kept in mind that Intel’s latest processors of 4th-gen are here, therefore, you might want to wait a bit for the updated models that could appear soon.
If one wishes to turn PC into TV, the additional inputs HDMI, clean design as well as the remote included would be appreciated. But you need to know that construction quality does feel cheaper than the average, and there is an annoying, big subwoofer that enhances the sound but takes a lot of space.
Design: More Like That Of 2012:
It seems like a PC that’s from old new world: the screen is bonded to flat base. This has the feeling of a TV or monitor. It is an attractive, clean design that looks better if seen from distance.
The ports ring base, offering bunch of some useful options: two HDMI inputs, USB 3.0, eSATA. A lot is changed from the previous year’s model and the landscape is more affordable. All-in-one tabletop-convertibles like IdeaCentre Horizon27 by Lenovo are somewhat in the similar range, i.e. $1,699, which offers some other direction at a cost that’s not much more.
Vizio design has now come off being old-fashioned a little bit for 2013 Windows world, though functional in spite of this, unless one plans on to touching its screen much. If the keyboard and touch pad that’s wireless would be used, the issue of screen wouldn’t be noticed much.
The display of 1920×1080-pixel looks bright and crisp and is better looking than the previous 24-inch display of Vizio. Even this doesn’t have the ultra high resolutions that many PCs have, though many videos and apps do look pretty good. It the higher-detail photos and text that suffer, along with any attempts of real state expanding of screen.
Talking about the quality of sound the problem with Vizio CA27T-B1 is that it does cheat the solution through making one use tabletop little subwoofer which doubles as power brick and AC cable plugs into, then out literally, making this necessary component of Vizio’s setup. It hides power brick but adds to the clutter.
IR remote tends to have battery of its own but buttons have a cheap feeling and controls happen to be pretty limited to volume, display on and off, switching of HDMI input, and some sound and picture settings. It doesn’t control the playback. Anyway, wireless touchpad tends to be lap-friendly. One can take remote and touchpad to sofa and adequately function. The touchpad tends to have plastic feel, like wireless compact wireless keyboard which are hardly the system-sellers.
Performance Of The Device:
2.4 GHz Core i7-3630QM CPU by Intel is 3rd-gen. processor and powerful and speedier compared to other all-in-one touch-screens in the same price range. The benchmarks do put performance of this Vizio at upper end, according to this configuration level.
Something this Vizio lacks is that besides optical drive, there isn’t inclusion of other gaming graphics. There aren’t any AMD or Nvidia graphics; only HD 4000 by Intel integrated. This is common for most all-in-ones, though it would’ve been some nice feature here. In spite of this, most of the everyday performance is quite capable and fast, largely due to Core i& quad-core processor.
Vizio CA27T-B1 is a pretty adequate all-in-one, though the real value is when it is used as an alternative to TV. Not having very powerful graphics, neither the high resolution screen doesn’t mean end of world, though it for sure does not make this product a premium one, either.