At $1,199, the latest C14-A2 manufactured by Vizio is a laptop with very good recommendations. Which it manages to fulfill if not 100%, then close to that value. Its pros and cons are going to be unveiled in today’s review.
A 14 inch new ultrabook
The specs that Vizio put inside their C14-A2 all look good. And they are the following: a screen of 14″, a dual-core 1.9GHz 7-3517U CPU with 3GHz of maximum speed, 4MB of L3 cache, 4GB of DDR3 memory and an Intel HD 4000 graphics unit.
The keyboard that is featured on this C14-A2 was our personal favourite during the test. There is the possibility to perform multitouch gestures and the buttons are big and very responsive. A touchpad with edge detection is also present.
This laptop is very light: it weighs 3 pounds. It is also very thin with its 0.63″ bezel. That is why the keyboard does not come with backlight.
You will get no flash card reader and no Ethernet port. Instead, there are the following connectivity options: only 1 HDMI, 1 dual-purpose headphone/mic port and 3 USB 3.0. There is not even a USB-to-ethernet adapter. There is, however, Bluetooth compatibility. Also, the HDMI port comes with HDMI 1.4a support. This practically translates into an ability to deal with those gadgets that work with high-bandwidth. If you have headphones of good quality, they will not be of much help when dealing with volumes over the minimum level. We heard a lot of distortions on several occasions.
The body of the C14-A2 is constructed out of a very solid material: aluminum. And it is all silver, to make this laptop look even better.
If you dislike a laptop whose fan makes a lot of noise, this model is the one for you. Because you will hear no sound coming from its fan. Except a very faint one, of course. And heat is also not a problem.
Sound quality tends to be a con. Because the speakers are not good enough to produce something of quality.
This laptop has a very good processor. We experienced superb speed in whatever we did with this device.
The fact that the latest Vizio comes with Bluetooth capability makes it ideal for dual-band 802.11n and external input options. Which also mean a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard.
Limited battery life
The kind of brightness we saw on the screen was mind-blowing. So we had to turn it down a bit until it no longer hurt our eyes. Colors, however, were so and so. There were a lot of times when we noticed the said colors shifting whenever we looked at something from an off-axis angle. The only times we did not see poor colors was when we looked at the display from a bottom-up angle. Contrast also tended to shift more than once.
From what we could see, the battery of this laptop has a total life of 5 hours and a half. Which is to say that Vizio should make a better battery next time.
A gamer that wants his laptop to perform well even when he plays a complex game should opt for another model than the one reviewed here. And that is due to the fact that the GPU in this case is not as good as expected for hard gaming, especially those versions that come in 3D.
As an ending to our impressions, we will say that the Vizio C14-A2 is a nice option if you are in dire need of a good laptop.