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VIZIO VTAB1008 Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2011

Looks like Vizio has a new tablet. The VIZIO VTAB1008 is a WiFi-only device with an 8″ (1024 x 768) capacitive touchscreen display and powered by Android. Which version of Android is a mystery. Some features include a 1GHz processor, built-in GPS, Bluetooth, 2GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot (supports up to 32GB), micro HDMI output, and a front facing camera for video calling.

You can also use this as a remote control for your VIZIO devices with the universal remote control app and built-in IR blaster. Sounds pretty good, but there’s no info on price just yet.

VIZIO XVTHB100 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2011

The VIZIO XVTHB100 will cost you $89.99 on Amazon. These stylish Bluetooth Stereo headphones pack in high-performance 30mm neodymium drivers with advanced SRS sound processing. They are lightweight and you can connect them to your laptop, smartphone or Bluetooth-enabled HDTV.

The VIZIO XVTHB100 also features a 3.5mm port to connect with other audio sources and built-in voice enhancement for calls or Skype chats. The rechargeable battery will give you up to 9-hours of continuous use.

VIZIO unveils Cinemawide HDTV

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on January 5th, 2011

VIZIO wants to redefine the “Home Theatre” in your living room with their Cinemawide HDTV LED LCDs. They are available in two sizes, 50″ and 58″ and will feature a 21:9 Cinema aspect ratio that can display native 2.35: 1 “CinemaScope” movies without any black bars for a true cinematic experience.

The TVs also feature VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) in Cinema mode which will allow you to have browser apps side-by-side with 16:9 Full HD content. These are also Edge Lit Razor LED HDTVs with Smart Dimming and are capable of displaying 3D content with battery-free, lightweight glasses.

Details on Vizio’s Android-based tablet, smartphone

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 2nd, 2011

Earlier today Vizio confirmed many of the details of its Rose Bowl tablet teaser. The company is getting into mobile devices and will use Android for the Via Tablet, an eight-incher with a front camera, three speakers and Wi-Fi for Internet access. There will also be a matching Via Phone which sports a four-inch display, a back five-megapixel camera and its own front camera.

We still don’t have many hardware details, but the company promised a ‘blessed’ version of Android with support for the Market. The devices won’t ship until sometime this summer, so the tablet will likely use Honeycomb (Android 2.4) or later. One carrier has been lined already but is unidentified.

Vizio uses Rose Bowl to tease upcoming tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 2nd, 2011

Vizio has used this year’s Rose Bowl to tease the company’s upcoming tablet device. The company is known for their LCD TV’s, not tablets. Vizio chief sales officer Randy Waynick demonstrates the device in a message that aired during the half-time break.

He also talks about Vizio’s desire to create products that deliver “entertainment freedom for all,” and the ability to view games on their LCD TVs or “any of their great new products, from anywhere”. In the spot, the tablet appears to stream match content directly to the device. Video below.

OnLive and Vizio may start movie subscription services

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2010

Cloud gaming service OnLive and TV maker Vizio are discussing separate deals for subscription movie services of their own. OnLive is apparently committed to expanding to movies via subscriptions to go with their video games. Vizio is believed to be in talks for content.

This is an interesting move for Vizio since it already has access to Netflix and Vudu. It will be interesting to see what happens with both companies. Can Onlive compete with Netflix? Will Netflix have to get into gaming? Stay tuned.

Toshiba and Vizio planning to unveil Google TV products at CES

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on November 25th, 2010

TV networks are making it hard for Google TV, but hardware partners don’t seem to care since Toshiba and Vizio have plans to introduce Google TV products at CES 2011 this January. They either know something we don’t or are just trying to be trendy.

There’s no official confirmation from either company yet, but Toshiba’s American GM has been quoted saying that Google is a key partner on the PC side and will likely be a key partner on the TV side as well. Stay tuned.

Vizio XVTHP200 Wireless Headphones with iPod Docking Station

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2010

Vizio’s Active Noise Canceling High Definition Headphones with Wireless Dock for iPod, otherwise known as the XVTHP200, just got one step closer to getting into your hot little hands as it has just paid a visit to the FCC.

It’s a set of wireless headphones that also features a docking/charging station that supports the iPod/iPhone. It boasts music playback controls, active noise reduction, a mini USB port for charging, SRS audio processing and a 3.5mm input jack for audio input from all of your other devices.

Vizio XVT series goes 3D

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

Vizio has introduced three new 3DTVs, all are part of the XVT series. The largest model is the 55-inch XVT553SV, then there’s the 47-inch XVT473SV and the 42-inch XVT3D424SV. These new 3DTVs feature integrated dual-band Wi-Fi, a Bluetooth remote control with a hardware QWERTY keyboard and access to Vizio Internet Apps.

As usual, you’ll need to buy your own pairs of 3D active shutter glasses because those don’t come bundled. The Vizio XVT3D554SV, XVT3D474SV and XVT3D424SV are priced at $2,400, $1,800 and $1,400, respectively.

Vizio VMB070 7-inch Portable TV Lands in Stores

Posted in Television by Shane McGlaun on September 22nd, 2010

Vizio has been the most popular brand of HDTVs in the US for the last few quarters thanks to the low price and decent performance the sets offer. Vizio has announced that the portable TV that it showed off back in January is now available directly from it and at Walmart.

The TV is called the VMB070 and has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480. The screen supports 720p resolution and has a dynamic contrast ratio of 500:1. The screen is rated for 250nits brightness and has a 25ms response time. The internal tuner is a NTSC/ATSC/QAM unit.

Vizio unveils dual-band HD router, WiFi Blu-ray players

Posted in Routers by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2010

Vizio may have concentrated on WiFi-equipped TVs at CES this year, but now it is expanding to other devices with the announcement of three WiFi-equipped Blu-ray players, and a dual-band ‘HD” router to go with them. The router is the XWR100, which prioritizes HD media streamed to Vizio’s VIA-enabled devices.

Devices like the three newly announced sleek Blu-ray players. The VBR210, VBR220 and VBR231. The VBR231 is the first dual-band wireless Blu-ray player, and all include Vizio Internet Apps (or VIA) to stream content from Vudu, Netflix and other services.

VIZIO 19 and 23 inch LED backlit HDTVs

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on October 28th, 2009

VIZIO 19 and 23 inch LED backlit HDTVsVIZIO just introduced a few more LED backlit HDTVs to their lineup in the form of 19″ and 23″ models. The 23″ models will support full HD resolution, but keeps things thin. The interesting thing about these models is that both can double as extremely large picture frames. Assuming that you aren’t worried about your monthly power bill anyway.

These 19″ and 23″ models will retail for $349 and $399 when available. No word on when we can expect them.

Vizio nabs top LCD HDTV shipper status

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on August 20th, 2009

vizio-inc_-vs420-sbWith the economy still in the toilet, many consumers are holding off on big purchases of electronic devices like TVs. Those who are buying are shopping for lower cost products and looking for value over raw features often.

The numbers for LCD TV shipments for Q2 2009 are in and Vizio has grabbed the top spot again in U.S. LCD TV shipment. The firm is tops in the 21.5 to 24-inch, 26-inch, 32-inch, and 37-inch panel size and leads in year over year growth for 40-inch and over 1080p sets.

Vizio announces new XVT HDTVs

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on June 24th, 2009

vizio-xvt-hdtv-sbVizio has upset the status quo in the HDTV market in America. The company came in, displaced some of the most established names in HDTVs in America and stole the top sales spot. The reason the company was able to do this was that its products are low cost and perform well.

Vizio has announced a new line of HDTVs that will be coming to market over the next several months. The line includes the XVT HDTV series with up to 240Hz refresh rates and TruLED with Smart Dimming technology.

Flat-panel TV sales surge

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2009

Flat-panel TV sales surgeDespite a weak economy, Flat-panel sets are selling like hot-cakes. And Vizio is in first place among LCD TV manufacturers. The folks at DisplaySearch have some interesting new numbers on the flat-panel TV market, which has surged over the last year.

About 7.2 million flat-panel sets were sold in the first quarter of 2009, which is a 23% increase over the numbers from the first quarter of 2008. The numbers show Vizio’s market share at an impressive 18.9%. Higher-end brands like Sony and Samsung didn’t fare as well during the economic downturn and they saw their sales decrease compared to the same period last year.

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