VIZIO 14" Thin+Light Intel i5 Ultrabook

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VIZIO 14" Thin+Light Intel i5 Ultrabook
Price: $299.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 Business Days. (Wednesday, Feb 17 to Monday, Feb 22) + transit
Condition: Refurbished


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I bought one of these back when Walmart was phasing them out, but quickly returned it. The trackpad was not good at all (this might have been fixed with software updates, but at the time there was nothing) and the keyboard has a very flat plane of keys and does not have the chiclet keys that I prefer.

More processor info from Notebook Check

I have the i3 version. Trackpad is better with a software update but still not perfect.

Overall it’s a very nice laptop for the price. Keep in mind Vizio is no longer making these and parts like batteries will not be easy to get in the very near future.

Description says up to 6 hours on the battery. I rarely get more than 3 on mine.

The keyboard and trackpad may be suboptimal, but wow, i5, ssd, 14 inch screen for 299!

Can RAM be increased? = the be all end all for laptop reviews for the very technical (but non-tech people can easily follow along too)

RAM is soldered on, so no, you can’t upgrade it. Looks to have a standard m-sata SSD, so the storage is probably upgradable.

idiots can figure out to center the track pad over the letter B. Pass.

I purchased one of these new about a year and a half ago and have had nothing but good experiences with it. It is a great laptop for travel. Very light, good build quality and quickly boots up do to the ssd. I never had any problems with mine. I paid $599.00 new for this and that was a sale price. It was going for $750 at the time.

Quick Google search leads me to think no but if it can, it’s not user upgradeable.

I agree; for $300 this is a fantastic value. The only thing stopping me is the lack of a 1080p screen. I’m still using a refurbished/open box Zenbook I bought from Woot a few years ago. It was an upgrade from a 1366 x 768 laptop and the difference was pretty staggering. As such, I would not buy a laptop these days with less than a 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution.

Also, 3.39 lbs is considered pretty light even by today’s standards. A 13" MBP weighs 3.48 pounds and the 13" Air weighs just under 3 lbs.

Bought this two years ago when it was over $500 and have had no regrets. It’s light, the SSD is great, and it has served me well. The track pad can be finicky, but don’t let that discourage you from buying. The strange keyboard action is annoying to some, but didn’t bother me at all. However, no backlit keyboard is sometimes annoying. The battery lasts more like 3 hours, not 6 like advertised. The only reason I’m looking to upgrade now, is because it doesn’t have enough power for the gaming and video editing I want to do.

Well, if it makes you feel any better, 1600x900 is REALLY close to full HD, and on this screen it’s unlikely it would be incredibly obvious at all.

Did anyone else fall for this crap deal? Went to upgrade mine to Windows 10, and it rejects every possible activation key known to man. Microsoft can’t help me, Woot hasn’t helped me, and Vizio support claims that the serial number on the box doesn’t exist in their system, and since they discontinued these in 2012, they are under no obligation to help me. Meanwhile, there’s no product key label on this laptop anywhere, and the place where the serial number is supposed to be on the laptop itself is mysteriously blacked out. All I can hope for at this point is that Woot will send me an RMA and a refund in a timely enough fashion to get something that’s actually legit.

Windows 8 stores the Product Key in BIOS. There’s no sticker for Win 8.

Did you contact Verified Systems (warranty holder). They should be able to help you.

Dude, I just found the Verified Systems thing last night. I am waiting to hear back from them. Woot has been quick to issue an RMA, but honestly, on Woot’s side, y’all need to train support staff to direct idiot customers like me to the proper routes for the specific deals. Everyone kept telling me to go to Vizio, and Verified Systems (Refurbees, in this case) was the actual place I shoulda been pestering. Fingers crossed that they can help!