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Vizio doubles down on Windows 8 at CES

Vizio comes to Vegas bearing new laptops, desktops and a brand-new Windows 8 tablet

It's a little odd to watch Vizio -- a company once known primarily for making inexpensive LCD TVs -- take a shot at the tablet market. But the company made good on the promise of a lightweight, powerful ultraportable with their Thin + Light laptops last year, and their new 11.6-inch MT11x tablet looks just as promising.

At roughly half an inch thick and weighing a little under two pounds, the MT11x sports a micro-HDMI port, 64GB solid-state drive, and an AMD Z-60 processor for kicking Radeon HD graphics out to an external display. We can't be sure about battery life until we get the device into our lab for some serious testing, but the Vizio MT11x runs Windows 8 smoothly and continues Vizio's legacy of producing attractive products with completely forgettable names.

Vizio is also refreshing their Thin + Light line of ultraportables, adding touchscreens to their 14-inch and 15.6-inch laptops and rechristening them as Thin + Light Touch notebooks. The new models retain their sleek design and offer the promise of better battery life than last year's crop of Thin + Light laptops. The 15.6-inch Vizio notebooks ship with a 1920 x 1080 screen, while their 14-inch siblings sport 1600 x 900 displays.

If you'd rather tap on something a little more stable, Vizio is also showing off their updated 24-inch and 27-inch touch-capable All-In-One desktop PC s in a hotel suite far from the CES show floor. They look good too, with a sleek Apple-inspired silver chassis and bright 1080p displays. Both models pack a subwoofer, remote control and a pair of HDMI inputs for home theater aficionados. You'll also have the option to outfit the 24-inch model with either an AMD or Intel CPU, and both models will ship with Windows 8. The absence of a multitouch-capable touchscreen and touchpad on last year's model of Vizio All-in-One was one of our biggest complaints, so it's exciting to see this nascent PC vendor embracing Windows 8 and touch control in a big way. No word yet on how much these products will cost, but we expect to see them on sale this spring.

For more blogs, stories, photos, and video from the nation's largest consumer electronics show, check out our complete coverage of CES 2013.

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