Looking remarkably similar to an iMac, the VPC100 from Viewsonic is an ‘all-in-one’ PC with an 46cm (18.5 inch) LCD supporting a native resolution of 1366 x 768. The company’s first ever foray into computer territory, Viewsonic claims that the single-unit design of the VPC100 uses a lot less plastic and half the energy of a comparable separates system – so is earth-friendly – but still has everything you need.

Powered by a 1.6GHz Intel® Atom N270 CPU and Intel® GMA950 graphics chip, the computer comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera at the top of the screen and a built-in microphone to make videoconferencing easy. Micorsoft Windows XP Home is pre-installed, and specs include a 160GB SATA hard drive, 1GB RAM, GIGAbit Ethernet and 802.11 b/g wireless, an 8x DVD +/- R/W drive, four USB 2.0 inputs and 4-in-one card reader. All up, then, the VPC100 amounts to about half the base iMac in terms of CPU speed, memory and hard drive space, but at $899 is also a fair bit less than half the price.

Price and availability

Available now at Clive Peeters in Australia (Rick Hart in Western Australia), at an RRP of $899 inc GST.

Specifications

  • Display: 18.5″ wide colour TFT Active Matrix LCD
  • Optimum resolution: 1366×768
  • Viewing angle 160 degrees (H), 160 degrees (V)
  • Response time (Typ.): 5 ms
  • CPU: Intel Atom N270 (1.6 GHz)
  • Graphic processor: Intel GMA950
  • RAM: 1GB DDRII SDRAM
  • Hard drive: 160GB (2.5″, SATA)
  • Optical disc drive: 8x DVD +/- R/W
  • Communication: Ethernet LAN GIGAbit Ethernet; Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g
  • Webcam: 1.3 megapixel camera
  • Connections: PS/2 1 x keyboard, 1 x mouse
  • Audio: 1 x earphone, 1 x microphone
  • USB 4× USB 2.0
  • LAN 1× RJ-45 (GIGAbit Ethernet LAN)
  • Card reader 4 in 1 card reader (XD, SD, MMC, MS)
  • Power: 19V DC; 65W adapter, 3-Pin AC plug
  • Audio: Speakers 2× 3W
  • Microphone: 1× Built-in microphone
  • Accessories: Keyboard 1× 100 keys (PS/2)
  • Mouse: 1× optical sensor (PS/2)
  • Operating system: Micorsoft Windows XP Home
  • Bundled software: SRS Sound Premium, WinRAR, Webcam AP, Antivirus software, DVD burning
  • Dimensions: 450 × 360 × 35 (W x H x D)
  • Weight: Net 5.32 kg; Gross 7.5 kg