Vizio has just released its first Windows 8 tablet. The MT11X-A1, also known as the Vizio Windows 8 Tablet PC (a.k.a. the tablet without a name!) is now shipping and retails for $599.99. You can order it from the Vizio store. Should you order it? See below a review of the Vizio Tablet’s features, specs, and my buyers advice.
Also See: Windows 8 Tablet Comparison Chart
Vizio Windows 8 Tablet Specs
Here’s what we know so far about the Vizio Windows 8 Tablet Specs:
- Model: MT11X-A1
- Operating System: Windows 8 64-bit
- Processor: AMD z60 dual-core 1GHz Mobile Processor
- Memory: 2GB of Ram
- Hard Drive/Storage: 64GB
- Display: 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 LED display
- Graphics: AMD Radeon™ HD 6250
- Connectivity: 802.11 n dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
- Audio: Dual SRS Stereo Speakers
- Cameras: 1.MP Front Facing
- Ports: Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB
- Battery: 5 Hours of Battery Life
- Dimensions: 11.66″W x 7.53″H x 0.39”D
- Weight: 1.80 lbs
Vizio Windows 8 Tablet Price and Release Date
The Vizio Tablet price is $599.99. As far as we know, this price doesn’t included a case, keyboard, or other accessory. Without any special features or included accessories, $600 for this tablet seems a bit steep. The Vizio Tablet’s release date was on June 20th, 2013. As of this writing, it is only available for sale at Vizio’s website.
Vizio Windows 8 Tablet Pros and Cons
Below I review the pros and cons, advantages and drawbacks of the Vizio Windows 8 Tablet.
Vizio Windows 8 Tablet Pros
- AMD Radeon graphics: The Vizio tablet promises to deliver superior HD graphics via its AMD Radeon graphics chip. Let’s hope it delivers. Also, the tablet’s 1920 x 1080 resolution is huge for this price range.
- SRS Speakers: Included with the Vizio Tablet are surround sound speakers. Coupled with the Radeon graphics, the Vizio tablet seems geared for people interested in a multimedia device.
- Thin and light: The Vizio tablet seems to cram a lot of decent specs into a small package.
- Ability to run Desktop apps: Windows 8 compatibility allows the Vizio tablet to run applications such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, iTunes, etc. This offers a big advantage over Windows RT tablets, iPads, and Android tablets.
Vizio Windows 8 Tablet Cons
- Short battery life: Rated at only 5 hours, the Vizio tablet real world battery life will be abysmal for a tablet
- No keyboard accessory: To get the most out of Windows, you still need a keyboard. This is especially true if you plan to use legacy Windows 7 and Windows XP applications. Vizio really needs to develop a keyboard case for this device.
- Doesn’t stand out from the crowd: There are so many Windows 8 tablets in this price range that have more compelling features and accessories. Perhaps the high resolution display and Radeon graphics will save this device but I doubt it.
Final Thoughts and Buying Advice
The Vizio Windows 8 Tablet has some good features. Its thin and light build, Radeon graphics, and SRS speakers all looks appealing. However, its 1 GHz processor, 5 hour rated battery, and lack of keyboard option makes the Vizio Tablet a less than compelling device. Add to this the fact that second generation Windows 8 Tablets are on the horizon, promising a better combination of performance, battery life, and price, it’s hard to recommend the Vizio at this point. I’ll revise this section as reviews are released for the tablet. For now, I recommend you consider other options… or wait.