Viewsonic is extending its product line-up beyond monitors to include PCs, netbooks, and more consumer-oriented devices such as portable media players (PMPs), pocket TVs, and more, and I managed to snap a few of the devices when the company came in to the V3.co.uk offices to show them off. Apologies for the slightly dodgy quality of some images.
First up is the VOT120, a tiny net-top PC that can stand on its own or be bolted to the back of an LCD monitor. It has similar specifications to a netbook - Atom N270 processor, 1GB Ram and 160GB hard drive - but in a neat compact package that costs £200 with Windows XP Home included. Viewsonic said you can also buy it without an OS for just £155 - handy for Linux fans.
It's bigger brother is the VOT132, which boasts an interesting slim-line design that can be stacked with an optional multi-DVD drive, shown alongside it in the picture.
The VOT132 is better specfied, with a dual-core Atom 330 processor and Nvidia ION graphics supporting HDMI and DVI outputs, 2GB of memory and 320GB hard drive, and set to ship with Windows 7 Home Premium in October for £283. The snap-on DVD drive is £56 extra.
Another step up are the VOT530 and VOT550, still compact PCs, but based on Intel's Core 2 Duo T6600 processors. The VOT550 has 4GB memory, 320GB hard drive and a Blu-ray player for £585, while the VOT530 has 2GB memory, 250GB hard drive and a multi-DVD drive for £449.
Another new product is Viewsonic's VT35 pocket TV, which has a 3.5in screen and supports DVB-T video, allowing buyers to see all the Freeview channels. It costs £63 and has a battery life of up to five hours from its built-in rechargeable battery pack.
Viewsonic is also about to start shipping two portable media players, the £97 VDP500 and £91 VDP400, with a 5in and 4.3in screen, respectively. Both have 8GB built-in storage with a Micro SD card slot for extra storage and a resolution of 800x480, supporting 720p high-definition video.
Other media players coming soon are the VMP30 and VMP52, both of which support 1080p HD video and support HDMI inputs and outputs.
Perhaps the most outlandish products Viewsonic said are on the way are a collection of 3D projectors. These work in conjunction with a 3D vision kit including shutter spectacles, but will allow a group of people to view images in 3D up to 100in across projected on a wall, according to the firm.
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