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.
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