ViewSonic unveils its line of touch displays for Windows 8.
By design, Windows 8 has an interface that's best suited for touch, and even though enthusiasts are hesitant to jump on the bandwagon, hardware manufacturers are ready to punch your ticket. ViewSonic is taking advantage of this new era in computing by launching a new line of Windows 8-certified touch monitors, and we stopped by the company's booth at CES to take a look.
ViewSonic on Monday announced the latest addition to its high-performance line of monitors, the new 27-inch VX2703mh-LED. According to ViewSonic, everyone and their uncle should be interested in this display, including home consumers, small-to-medium businesses (SMBs), and educational institutions, the latter of which will appreciate the monitor's energy efficiency while hoping to sell the former two on the panel's overall feature-set.
If the motto to live by is 'Go big or go home,' don't bother putting out a dinner plate for ViewSonic. The company has chosen to go big in the tablet market, teasing a ginormous 22-inch Android powered slate rocking what looks to be Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, at least until Jelly Bean (Android 5.0) comes out later this year.
Home theater buffs looking to replicate the big screen experience in their living rooms or man caves aren't the only ones who can benefit from a Full HD 1080p projector, at least not as far as ViewSonic is concerned. ViewSonic's new Pro8300 is just such a projector, boasting a 1920x1080 resolution, 3000 lumen rating, and "precise color performance and sharpness" that business users can take advantage of to pitch presentations.
ViewSonic this week rolled out its new VX2460h-LED monitor, a 24-inch LED-backlit display with what the company claims is the thinnest profile available for its size and class category. Whether or not there's a 24-inch monitor out there that's skinnier, no one's going to call ViewSonic's newest panel chunky, as the widescreen display measures a scant quarter-of-an-inch thick at the bezel (full dimensions are 22.87 inches (W) by 17.60 inches (H) by 7.64 inches (D) with stand).
Count ViewSonic among the manufacturers who fully intend to build a tablet or two around Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system, though a launch in the U.S. might depend on how many Windows 8 tablets ViewSonic is able to sell in Taiwan. Max Liu, product marketing director of ViewSonic Asia Pacific, reportedly confirmed a Windows 8 tablet is in the company's cards and that it would ship in the second quarter of 2012 at the earliest.
We prefer to turn on our monitors than to be turned on by them, but hey, to each their own. If a head-turning display is what you're after, ViewSonic says its latest LED has a "seductively curved frame with piano-black mirrored surface." Sounds delightful, but what really excites us is the 23-inch IPS panel ViewSonic equipped its new VX2336s-LED monitor with.
ViewSonic this week announced its new PJD6 Series DLP projectors specifically designed for both classroom and corporate environments. The PJD6253, PJD6223, and PJD6553w are all equipped with Creestron RoomView network management software that enables centralized control for up to 250 projectors, along with an advanced real-time alert system with status updates regarding power, lamp life, and unit presence.
ViewSonic expanded its 3D portfolio this morning with the launch of its V3D231, a new 23-inch 3D-ready LED monitor with a 2ms response time, 20,000,000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic, of course), and affordable price tag. As you might expect, ViewSonic is really playing up the ultra-fast response time, saying it's equally suited for 3D gaming and delivering broadcast quality, full-motion video.
Android tablet makers who aren't willing to compete with Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire are likely to get burned (which is why some are choosing to focus on Windows 8-based slates instead). ViewSonic's message is 'Game on' as it introduces its new ViewPad 7e tablet with the "economical consumer in mind." And by economical consumer, ViewSonic is referring to customers willing to pony up no more than $200 for an Android slate.