We thought Google TV died last summer. Apparently nobody got the memo because the second wave of Google TV boxes are launching this summer. Continuing its attempt to dominate the home, Vizio just unveiled its own affordable Google TV set-top box that looks to pack quite the wallop.
If you build it, they will come. That's how the saying goes, at least. Cheapo HDTV maker Vizio wants to do for PCs what it did with the HDTV business; that is, disrupt it with well designed products, with the latest specs at affordable prices. Vizio isn't entering the PC business to churn out the same products Samsung, HP or Dell have. It envisions itself being able to offer "experiences" that no other PC makers have been able to do so far. (Pinch me if you've heard of another company that focuses on "experiences" rather than simply specs.) To kick-off its first foray into the PC market, Vizio is releasing two gorgeous products — an aluminum unibody laptop (14-inch and 15.6-inch) and an all-in-one PC (24-inch and 27-inch) that reflect its desire to provide consumers with an uncompromised PCs.
Still watching TV on that 16:9 "widescreen" TV? Unless you're rocking a 21:9 widescreen TV, you're not getting the full cinema experience, no matter how much you trust your home theater technician. Time to get a "cinema" TV.
What, is Vizio trying to make all the other HDTV makers look bad? First it throws down the gauntlet with a $3500 72-inch HDTV, and now look: this 58-inch beast has a 21x9 aspect ratio, perfect for watching most movies...