VIZIO CT15-A5 15.6-Inch Thin + Light Ultrabook Review

VIZIO CT15-A5 15.6-Inch Thin + Light Ultrabook

The stylish VIZIO CT15-A5 15.6-Inch Thin + Light Ultrabook is, as its name suggests, both thin and lightweight, as befits an Ultrabook-class machine.

Its 14.92” x 9.90” x 0.68″ body weighs just 3.89 lbs, yet manages to house an Intel Core i7-3517U CPU running at 1.9 GHz, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and 256 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) in place of a conventional hard drive.

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Although 256GB of storage isn’t huge a amount in comparison to the capacity on offer from modern hard drives (500GB is almost an expected minimum, and 1 Terabyte drives are not uncommon), the speed of an SSD compared to those same hard drives is breathtaking fast. The boot-up process can take mere seconds, and applications start in the blink of an eye!

Once loaded, the third generation Intel Core i7-3517U CPU churns through everyday computing tasks with ease. The on-board Intel HD 4000 graphics have plenty of power to spare for HD video entertainment when your work is done, but may struggle to get the best out of demanding games – hard core games may want to consider a different machine. For everyone one else, the 15.6″ display is great for watching movies on the go, and, for those times when you’d rather see them on a big screen, the CT15-A5 offers an HDMI port for connection to an external TV or monitor.

Pros :

  • Fast SSD
  • Tough, stylish, aluminium Unibody
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • Graphics may be underpowered for serious gaming
  • Less storage than a conventional Hard Drive

A built-in webcam and mic make this machine video-chat ready – just sign in to your favourite messaging software and you’re ready to go! – and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and two USB 3.0 ports mean you shouldn’t have any difficulty connecting to the outside world. Those USB 3.0 in particular could be useful as, like most if not all Ultrabooks, this machine goes without a built-in optical drive to keep the weight and size down to a minimum – if a CD / DVD drive is important to you, you might want to either consider a different computer, or invest in an external unit.

As with most new computers, this machine ships with Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest version of the flagship operating system. It also features the Microsoft Signature experience – an assurance that your new computer isn’t pre-installed with endless junkware that you’ll never use and don’t need.

Overall, this machine’s strong, stylish, anodized aluminium unibody looks great and contains a fast, powerful computer that should handle everyday tasks with ease. High-end gaming may present an insurmountable challenge, but for powerful computing that meets your day-to-day work and digital entertainment needs in a small, lightweight package, the VIZIO CT15-A5 15.6-Inch Thin + Light Ultrabook is well worth considering.

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