Vizio Thin + Light Touch 2014 Hands-on: Core i7 Power, Iris Pro Graphics

Vizo's Thin + Light Touch just got a serious speed boost. The company graced its sleek 15-inch notebook with Intel's latest Haswell Core i7 CPU and Iris Pro graphics, letting you play mainstream games. At CES 2014, we went hands on with the Thin + Light Touch, which is easily one of the most attractive premium notebooks available.

The 15.6-inch Thin + Light Touch continues to be a looker, with a sturdy aluminum design with aggressive angles. The notebook weighs less than 5 pounds and measures 0.68 inches thick. The design is maybe too minimalist, though, because you won't find an SD Card slot. You will find HDMI and two USB 3.0 ports.

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At a time when other laptop makers are pushing quad HD screens, it's easy to dismiss the full HD touch display on the Thin + Light as not good enough. The panel offered vivid colors and excellent viewing angles when watching a Rose Bowl clip. The Thin + Light Touch also benefits from SRS Premium sound, delivered via stereo speakers.

The configuration we played with had a quad-core Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The notebook also packs advanced 802.11ac wireless.

One unsung benefit of the Thin + Light line is that it's bloatware free. You get a clean image of Windows 8.1 out of the box. It's up to you what should populate that Start screen.

Vizio didn't reveal pricing for the Thin + Light Touch, but we expect the pricing to be in line with the current model, which is north of $1,000.

Mark Spoonauer
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