ViewSonic debuts V350 smartphone

BARCELONA, Spain--Though we've seen enough new smartphones from Mobile World Congress to last us a while (or at least until next month's CTIA), we used the last day of the show to check out what ViewSonic and its trio of parrots had to offer.

The company that has brought us so many displays is making a further push into the mobile space after debuting its ViewPad 4 last month at CES. Though the ViewPad 4 blurred the distinction between phone and tablet, the company's new device in Barcelona is firmly in the smartphone camp.

The ViewSonic V350 … Read more

ViewSonic ViewPad 4, hands-on

LAS VEGAS--More products seem intent on blurring the line between smartphones and tablets. The 5-inch screen on the Dell Streak, for example, really threw us into a philosophical tailspin. It was awkwardly large to make calls with, but too small for tablet-style Web browsing and productivity.

In spite of ViewSonic's insistence on calling the ViewPad 4 a tablet, I have no qualms telling you that it's really a smartphone. As the name implies, the ViewPad 4 uses a 4.1-inch screen, putting it behind the 4.3-inch screen used on the Motorola Droid Bionic and other unabashed smartphones. … Read more

CES: ViewSonic introduces large screen LED monitors

LAS VEGAS--When ViewSonic announced last year that it was moving to LED-backlit displays only, it certainly wasn't kidding. It's already announced the VA48m-LED series, so why not throw in one more today?

On Thursday, ViewSonic announced the VX53mh-LED line, available in 21.5-, 23.6-, and 27-inch sizes. Each includes a 1920x1080-pixel resolution, with two HDMI inputs and a single VGA input.

Other specs include a 2ms response time, 30,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio (don't bet on that), and built-in SRS sound.

The VX53mh-LED line with ship with estimated prices of $189 (VX2253mh-LED), $239 (VX2453mh-LED), … Read more

CES: ViewSonic debuts new LED monitor series

LAS VEGAS--This week, I expect every new monitor announcement to include the word "LED" or "WLED" variant in it. This one is no different.

On Thursday ViewSonic debuted the VA48m-LED monitor series. The monitor comes in 19-, 21.5-, and 23.6-inch sizes, each featuring a WLED backlight and integrated speakers.

Key specs:

1920x1080 resolution (1440x900 for the 19-inch) 10,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio (not happening during real-world use) DVI and VGA inputs 5ms response time VESA mountable

The VA48m-LED series will ship in February for the estimated price of $149 (VA1948m-LED), $169 (VA2248m-LED) … Read more

ViewSonic ViewPad 7 review

The ViewSonic ViewPad 7 delivers Android 2.2 on a swift 7-inch capacitive display. But it's not all it's cracked up to be. CNET's Donald Bell offers his full review.

One of the more intriguing underdogs of the tablet wars is ViewSonic--a company known more for computer monitors than portable computers.

But don't let the name put you off. The ViewPad 7, ViewSonic's $450 Android 2.2 premium tablet, is a legitimate contender among 7-inch tablets. Stocked with front and rear cameras and the full suite of Google mobile services (including Market), the ViewPad is … Read more

ViewSonic announces Android ViewPads

If you're still not satisfied with the selection of Android tablet options on the market (well, aren't we picky?) the fine folks at ViewSonic are throwing two more options into the ring.

The first is a 7-inch Android 2.2 tablet with the fitting name of ViewPad 7. Due out in late November, priced at $479, the ViewPad 7 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512Mb of integrated memory and a microSD slot for your own supply. The device pulls the Internet down over Wi-Fi (b/g), but includes 3G capabilities if you want to supply your … Read more

ViewSonic outs Android ViewPad 7

ViewSonic is throwing its hat into the Android tablet ring with a 7-inch offering called ViewPad.

The tablet will be made official at this year's upcoming IFA. So far, confirmed specs include a 7-inch screen, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microSD memory expansion, microphone, speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack, mini USB, and both front- and rear-facing cameras.

Pricing, capacity, and availability are yet to be determined, as is the specific version of Android the device will ship with. The image shown here, provided by ViewSonic, is a computer rendering of the device powered off, offering no hint of how Android … Read more

Viewsonic embraces LED

Within the last year or so, LED-based monitors have seen a noticeable increase in market share, with every major manufacturer getting solidly behind the technology. None have taken it as far as ViewSonic, though.

This week ViewSonic revealed that by early 2011, all of its PC monitors would be manufactured with LED backlights as opposed to the traditional, cold cathode fluorescent tubes (CCFL) backlights used by most monitors.

It was only a matter of time before a major vendor went this route, and according to the company, this decision will provide its customers monitors that not only have a lower … Read more