Bonnie Cha from All Things D spent some time with Vizio’s “Thin+Light” Ultrabook CT15-A1, the 15.6″ variant of the company’s first entry into the Ultrabook space. According to Cha, the Thin+Light Ultrabook’s svelte styling is unfortunately coupled with a number of design issues. The CT15 might sport a sharp 1080p display, but it looks like Vizio might need a little more computer manufacturing experience before it can make a dent in the profits of more established companies like HP, Asus, Samsung, and others.
Cha mentions that the CT15 presents a refined initial impression:
The Vizio Thin + Light makes quite a first impression with its sleek, minimalist design. It has an all-aluminum construction and a soft-touch finish on the bottom that makes it less slippery and easy to grip.
Minimalist is certainly right — the CT15 Ultrabook definitely looks quite svelte, but the port set suffers because of it; though this is a 15.6″ device, you’ll only find two USB 3.0 ports, a single full HDMI port, and a 3.5mm headphone/mic combo jack.
Cha says that the sleek tapered edges make the CT15 Ultrabook a bother to open.
We’re happy to see that Vizio’s Ultrabook doesn’t dissappoint in the display department. The company, which is known best for its HDTVs, included a 1080p IPS display on the CT15 which Cha says is “gorgeous”. We’re curious to know how it would stand up next to Asus’ 1080p IPS display on the UX21A which received top marks. Though we’re certain that 1080p on a 15.6″ screen would be more enjoyable than on the UX21A’s 11.6″ screen. Laptop Mag’s Vizio CT15 review has a bit more detail on the display:
The matte display did an excellent job minimizing glare and reflections while we watchinged trailers for “The Avengers” and “The Hobbit.” Better still, colors were bright and crisp, and there was a minimal amount of pixeilation and artifacts in darker areas. Viewing angles were very wide, too.
The display’s brightness of 257 lux beat the average (246), the Sony VAIO S (231) and the Acer (158), but not the Samsung Series 9 (368).
Trackpad and keyboard woes unfortunately reel the CT15 Ultrabook back from greatness. Cha says that the keyboard didn’t offer as much respond as she would have liked and that the lack of backlighting was a disappointment. The trackpad was described as “erratic” and though a software update was released to fix the issues, Cha says that it made the touchpad less responsive and less accepting of purposeful gestures like pinch-to-zoom. She also says that the cursor gets stuck from time to time.
Vizio’s Ultrabook lineup is also available in a 14″ variant (1600×900 display) which starts at $799 while the 15.6″ variant discussed above starts at $949. Both are offered with Core i3, i5, or i7 options, with the 14″ offering topping out at $1099 and the 15.6″ at $1149.