updated 12:20 am EST, Sun January 10, 2010
ViewSonic intros various new products at CES
ViewSonic treated us to a sneak peek of a number of upcoming products at its suite in the MGM on Saturday, showing that the company is ready to enter a few new markets. The presentation started with an updated version of its 18.5-inch all-in-one PC, the VPC190, now sporting a dual-core 1.66GHz Pine Trail Atom chip, along with Draft-N Wi-Fi. There is also 2GB of RAM, six USBs and a slot-in DVD writer.
Windows 7 Home Premium comes preloaded onto the 160GB hard drive. A 4-in-1 memory card reader and an Ethernet port round out the noteworthy connections. Shipping of the VPC190 will begin in March, with prices set at $599. Early in spring, 24- and 21.5-inch versions are also due, though prices are yet to be determined.
Next up, we were shown the VOT125 PC mini, which is powered by a choice of Intel's ULV processors. It can be VESA-mounted on the back of a monitor or TV, and has 2GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive with Windows Home Premium, four USB 2.0 inputs, a 3-in-1 card reader, a DVI-I connection and an HDMI output. Depending on the chip, prices range from $499 to $679, with a March ship date.
The VOT132 PC Mini is a similar idea but adds more graphics processing power thanks to a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor mated to the NVIDIA Ion platform. There is also 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive and Windows 7 Home Premium. An optional DVD burner can also be purchased and attached to the VOT132. HDMI, DVI, six USB ports, Ethernet and an optical output round out the features. It's now available, priced at about $500.
The VOT530 and VOT550 home theater look identical, but differ by what's under the hood. They both have a 2.2GHz dual-core Intel CPU along with Windows 7, though the former gets a smaller 320GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM, while the latter has 500GB and 4GB of RAM, as well as adds a Blu-ray drive instead of a standard DVD burner.
ViewSonic's netbook, the VNB102, will soon be replaced by the VNB105, which gets a Pine Trail Atom but few other changes.
We also laid our hands on the thin and light, aluminum bodied ViewBook Pro, which has Intel's 1.3GHz ULV chip and Windows 7 Home Premium on the 320GB hard drive. RAM is set at 2GB. There is a 13.3-inch backlit LCD with a 1280x800 resolution. The removable DVD drive makes room for a secondary and standard 3-cell battery, which, together with the main, six-cell unit, can provide up to 12 hours of runtime. Expansion comes in the form of two USB 2.0 ports, a 7-in-1 card reader and HDMI and VGA outputs. It costs $950, and it ships in the spring.
We also saw the MovieBook personal multimedia players that can play back 1080p videos: the 4-inch VPD403, 5-inch VPD513T and VPD550T. The larger two have 8GB of built-in memory, while the 4-inch has half of that. The 4-inch has a resolution of 480x272 but can output full HD via its connection. The 513T will support 720p videos and therefore doesn't get an HDMI output, while the 550T has 1080p video output.
We hear the 4-inch MovieBook will also support 1080p videos, but that remains to be seen. The storage capacity can be too little for even one 1080p movie, but they do have a microSDHC memory card slot that can add up to 16GB of space. Pricing for the top-end model, which is due later this winter, will be under $200.