A Macbook Air with a core i5 processor, 256GB SSD, 4GB of ram, and a screen resolution of 1440 by 900 will set you back about $1500. But the biggest selling point for me and some others I’ve talked to is that the Air is only 0.68 inches thick, unfortunately the price for the above specs has always seemed a bit high to me.

Thankfully in the onslaught of Ultrabooks released this year, Vizio has announced their new line of “thin and light” laptops. There are a few interesting things to note about Vizio’s entry into ultra thin laptops. The first thing that got my attention is that the laptop has no bloatware, just a clean instillation of windows. The next thing you’ll notice is that there are no stickers or distinguishing marks other then a very tiny Vizio label at the bottom right hand corner of the screen. The last major thing to note is that the laptop has better specs at a lower price.

The model that caught my eye is the Thin and Light CT15-A2. At $1249 you get the same list of specs as the Macbook air above, (including the 0.68 thickness) in a 15 inch package but the processor has been upgraded to an i7 and the screen resolution is 1920×1080 giving you more room for editing. You still have a similar aluminum unibody design and 6 hour battery life so at lest on paper there aren’t many compromises for the price difference.

So far, everything I’ve read has been positive, which means this might move to the top of my ultrabook wish list. Right now these Vizio laptops are available for pre-order on Amazon with expected shipping sometime next month.


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