Vizio enters PC business, ships Ivy Bridge systems starting at $898

Vizio's new Ultrabooks, laptops, and all-in-ones are available now for pre-order

Vizio entered the PC business on Thursday, announcing new laptops and all-in-ones that all start at the same price, $898.

The PCs use Intel's latest Core processors, code-named Ivy Bridge, and run Microsoft's Windows 7 OS.

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Best known as a TV maker, Vizio showed its first PCs earlier this year. It enters a crowded market that includes Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo, Acer and others. It will also compete with Apple and its Mac OS computers.

The Vizio lineup includes the Vizio Thin + Light Ultrabook, which starts at $898. It's offered with a 14-inch or 15.6-inch high-definition screen, boots up in a few seconds and provides long battery life, according to Vizio.

The Vizio Notebook also has a 15.6-inch screen and is described by Vizio as a "multimedia powerhouse." The Vizio All-in-One comes with 24-inch and 27-inch displays and doubles as a high-definition TV, according to Vizio.

The laptops and the all-in-one both start at $898.

The laptops will be sold by Walmart, Amazon.com, Sam's Club, Costco, Target and Microsoft Store, Vizio said. They'll also be available for preorder on Vizio's website from 5 am Eastern Time Friday, according to Vizio's Facebook page.

Vizio earlier announced a 10-inch tablet that will run on Intel's Medfield processor, but it is not known when the tablet will be available. The company offers an 8-inch tablet with the Android OS, which is available for $208 on Amazon.com.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's email address is agam_shah@idg.com.

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