ViewSonic launches 22-inch Android Smart Display

ViewSonic launches 22-inch Android Smart Display

Summary: The specialist display company unveils a large-screen Android-based all-in-one computer, a high-resolution professional-grade 27in. monitor and a full-HD 'lampless' projector.


ViewSonic celebrated its 25th anniversary — the company was founded in 1987 in California — by unveiling a trio of display products in London yesterday, including the VSD220, a 22in. Android-based Smart Display. Also announced was the VP2770-LED, a high-resolution 27in. monitor aimed at graphics professionals, and the Pro9000, a full-HD hybrid laser/LED home cinema projector.

The term 'smart display' may ring some unwelcome bells with those who recall Microsoft's short-lived 2003-vintage Wi-Fi-linked thin client technology for Windows XP — and ViewSonic CEO James Chu made rueful reference to the company's ill-conceived airpanel V150 in his opening remarks. However, the new VSD220 is a very different beast.

VSD220: a 21.5in. monitor with a built-in dual-core Android 4.0-based computer.

The 'display' part of this 'Android AIO Smart Display' is a 21.5in. LED-backlit touchscreen monitor with a native resolution of 1,920 by 1080 pixels. The 'smart' portion is a dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, running (GMS-approved) Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Internet connectivity is via Wi-Fi (2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n) or Ethernet (10/100Mbps), with Bluetooth (2.1) and USB (2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Micro-USB) available for attaching keyboards, mice and other peripherals if required. You can, of course, also use the VSD220 as a regular PC monitor, with a Micro-HDMI port provided for this purpose. Completing the spec is a MicroSD card slot, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, a microphone and a pair of stereo speakers.

For those wary of potential ergonomic problems with large touchscreens, it's worth noting that the VSD220's kickstand can go a fair way back, putting the display at a reasonably comfortable angle — at least in our brief experience with the product. The VSD220 will be available in Europe in (mid-to-late) October at a recommended price of £359 (inc. VAT). Look out for a review on ZDNet in the coming weeks.

The second product unveiled by ViewSonic, the VP2770-LED, is firmly aimed at the professional digital design market.

VP2770-LED: a 2,560-by-1,440-pixel 27in. monitor with 10-bit colour depth.

A 27in. slim-bezel IPS monitor with a class-leading maximum resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels, the VP2770 offers wide (178-degree) viewing angles in both vertical and horizontal planes and can deliver 10-bit colour — that's 1.07 billion colours. The result is pin-sharp image quality with consistent colour rendering.

The VP2770 has VGA, HDMI, dual-link DVI-D and DisplayPort inputs plus five USB ports (one uplink, two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0). The stand tilts, swivels and pivots from landscape to portrait mode. The VP2770-LED will ship in Europe in October and will cost £459 (ex. VAT; £688.50 inc. VAT).

Finally there's the Pro9000, a 1080p-resolution, 1600-lumen home cinema projector whose chief innovation is its low-power, long-life hybrid laser/LED illumination system.

Pro9000: a full-HD 'lampless' DLP projector with a hybrid laser/LED illumination system.

The lack of a traditional high-wattage, high-pressure mercury vapour lamp allows ViewSonic to call the Pro9000 a 'lampless' projector, and hail its 20,000-hour lifespan. Like many lamp-illuminated products, it also uses a Texas Instruments DLP chip. Equipped with dual HDMI inputs, along with VGA, S-Video and composite video, the Pro9000 will be available in Europe for £1,599 (inc. VAT).

Topics: Android, Hardware, Reviews


Charles has been in tech publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed's Practical Computing, then moving to Ziff-Davis to help launch the UK version of PC Magazine in 1992. ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, and he's been here ever since.

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  • That's not desktop computer ...

    ... it's just the logical response to all the 5" smartphones on the market. If 5 inches is better than 3.5, then certainly 21.5 inches is better than 5! It's only logical.

    The only problem is: how do you fit it in your pocket?
  • Hold off on buying any expensive high-resolution displays of any size

    It seems that a very significant announcement by the stellar US firm of Applied Materials got by all of computer and electronics editors. Without going into a lot of tecky detail, on big color LCD panels, there is an actual transistor right behind each pixel that, acting as an electronically controlled switch, turns that pixel on or off. Heretofore, all these transistors were made in a thin film of not particularly good, elemental silicon. Applied Materials has perfected a new material that does two things better than silicon: the transistors can be packed closer together without interfering with each other and they turn on and off quicker. What those two characteristics mean is that if LCD panel makers were to use Applied Material's transistor-layer machines, they could produce big, color LCD panels with pixels that were closer together. And because there would be more pixels, they would have to be switched faster to achieve the same frame rates as silicon-based panels. Guess what? All of LCD panel makers in the Far East already use Applied Material's machines. And furthermore, one of them has already issued their own press release, taking credit for Applied Material's development. So just wait a bit, and EVERYTHING will have "retina" displays. Check it out!