The Vizio Tablet: At $300, this device escapes the iPad's shadow and serves its own market

At just $300, The Vizio Tablet is one of the cheapest around.

The 8-inch, wifi-enabled touchscreen device has just 4 GB of memory (but up to 32 GB can be added) and a mediocre processor (just a single core), and it doesn't run Android 3.0, just 2.3.

Drawbacks aside, this casual tablet sports solid value for the price with a few extra perks: an intelligent sound system that blasts sound out of select speakers based on the the device's orientation, and a built-in IR controller that transforms the viseo into a universal remote control for your home theatre.

At just $50 more than some of the fancier e-readers out there, the Vizio has carved out a good space in the marketplace—a place that I felt Android and webOS should have gone a lot earlier. After all, it's been proving millions of times that if someone is going to spend $500 or more on a tablet, it's going to be an iPad nearly every single time.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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