Vizio CA24T-A4: Impossible to recommendby Ravi Sinha, on 17 Dec. 2012
No one can blame a manufacturer for upping the looks quotient on their devices. Look at the latest batch of Windows Phones. Would they have gotten anywhere if they looked even half as plain as most Android devices? Or Apple, for that matter, who's beautiful, industrial design, has made it one of the top companies worldwide. Where would Apple be without putting crafting its design philosophy that computers don’t have to be ugly, or all look like one another (which ironic since everyone own an iPhone/iPod now)? So when we look at the Vizio CA24T-A4 and its all-in-one design, we understand the desire to looking cutting edge and unique. We really do. The keyboard and touch pad are sleekly put together, reflecting the steel, metal-gray aesthetic wonderfully. When it comes to reclining, the display, which is edge to edge here, can be pushed back a mere 35 degrees. That’s pretty minimal but hey, it's slick, and amazingly thin. What more could you desire in terms in design?
The answer is quite obvious: Performance. The Vizio CA24T-A4 features an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 3210M CPU clocked at 2.5GHz with 6 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1 TB hard disk drive, with an Intel HD 4000 graphics card. And for its price, this is by no means the very best performance available. Asus's recent ET2300INTI bests it, and even manages to cram in a few more features. A case could be made for its 24 inch, 1920x1080 display which is actually the first touchscreen desktop featuring Windows 8. It looks good, featuring good response and colour quality. But the performance just doesn't cut it when it comes to heavier tasks, and in terms of having a great display, the Dell XPS One 27 already has that area conquered (at a highly competitive price, to boot). People will be satisfied with performing simpler tasks, but it's a shame that the design has lead to many a good feature being sacrificed. Windows 8 64-bit, despite this, performs swimmingly and you'll have no problem getting the hang of the touch pad for navigating the interface (despite lacking some of the more complex gestures). The system also features the usual assortment of ports including three USB 3.0 ports, 2 HDMI inputs, eSata jack and an SD card slot.
- Sleek and beautiful design
- Responsive touchscreen and touch pad
- Performance is lagging in heavier tasks.
- Technology more suited to laptop than desktop.
- Less value for money compared to competition.
The Vizio CA24T-A4 might be great to look at when passing by the store window, but in terms of real world application and performance, it sorely lags behind both better performers (Dell XPS One 27) and more feature-packed devices (Asus ET2300ENTI). To make matters worse, it’s not cheap and the fact that you’ll be paying more for lesser technology is not a kind one. Keeping all these factors in mind, the CA24T-A4 becomes nearly impossible to recommend for any kind of user.