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Vizio Thin + Light CT15T-B1 notebook review: A new HD touchscreen—and little more

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | July 4, 2013
The refreshed Thin + Light notebook delivers good performance, but this machine lacks pizzazz.

The same shortcomings 
Since Vizio hasn't updated its design, minor issues we've seen in the past are still here. For example: This laptop has very few ports, even though it's large and not really an Ultrabook. The left side houses a USB 3.0 port and a combo mic/headphone jack, while the right side houses another USB 3.0 port and an HDMI port. You'll find no ethernet jack, nor a Kensington lock slot, an eSATA port, or anything cool. I understand that this is a "Thin + Light" laptop (frankly, it's not all that light—it weighs almost 5 pounds without the power brick), but most of the little 14-inch Ultrabooks I've seen have at least three USB ports.


ROBERT CARDIN.Vizio carried over most of the design elements from its first Thin + Light notebook.

Other design flaws include the keyboard, which is pretty to look at but offers very light, almost nonexistent feedback. In my tests, I managed a rate of around 85 words per minute, and I typically type 115 wpm. The cover is also hard to open, even with slim fingers and nails, since the indent on the lower half is so shallow.

While it's disappointing to see that Vizio hasn't fixed such minor annoyances—fixes that could make a good product great—the CT15T-B1 remains a good laptop if you're looking for a slim and (relatively) light high-performance machine. It's speedy, even though it doesn't have a Haswell processor, and it has a nice, bright touchscreen for all your Windows 8 needs.

 

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