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Viewsonic ViewPad 7e hands-on

Viewsonic ViewPad 7e hands-on
Terrence O'Brien
Terrence O'Brien|@TerrenceOBrien|September 14, 2011 7:04 PM
ViewSonic ViewPad 7e

The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e isn't exactly what we'd call a barn burner. The 1GHz Samsung chip inside is enough for some basic web browsing and light app duty, but even the ViewSonic reps we spoke to referred to it as an "e-reader on steroids," positioning it more as a competitor to the Nook Color than the iPad. In our brief hands-on, the little tablet ran Gingerbread capably enough that we weren't drumming our fingers on the table, but the 7-inch, 800 x 600 screen was not always particularly responsive -- it took three swipes to unlock the first time. Despite it's noticeable bulk (you can see it resting besides a Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the gallery below) it was surprisingly light in the hand. Of course, it saves precious ounces by going with an all plastic build, but it hardly feels cheap or shoddy (though, the buttons are a bit stiff). On the left-hand edge you'll find a microSD slot for adding to the 4GB of integrated storage, while along the top is the AC plug, a mini USB port and mini HMDI for pumping out 1080p video. As we've mentioned before this budget slate is available to pre-order now for $200. Don't miss the bevy of photos below as well as the PR after the break.
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ViewSonic Previews Never Before Displayed Entertainment Solutions at Pepcom's Holiday Spectacular!

Introduces brand new dual OS and Android tablets, 3D HDMI projection solutions and innovative 3D monitors, available for the holiday shopping season

NEW YORK – September 14, 2011 – ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, revealed its exciting product recommendations for the holidays at today's Pepcom media event.

"This holiday season, we anticipate consumers will have a special affinity toward gifts that offer their loved ones the very latest in personal entertainment," said Jeff Volpe, president, ViewSonic Americas. "From new dual OS and Android™ tablets, to 3D projection solutions, and 3D monitors compatible with everything from your PC to your media player console, ViewSonic is sure to have the perfect gift for the techno enthusiast on your list this year."

Next Generation ViewPad Tablets – ViewPad® 7x, ViewPad 7e & ViewPad 10pro
Offering an Android™ Honeycomb 3.2 OS certified for Google Mobile Services, the 7" ViewPad 7x tablet has an ultra high 1024x600 capacitive multi-touch panel and powerful NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core A9 1GHz processor so it's ready for any challenge. Paired with Full HD 1080p capabilities, an HDMI output, DLNA, high-quality SRS® surround sound and free trials of many popular magazines specifically formatted for tablet reading, the ViewPad 7x is the ultimate entertainment device. Whether enjoying instant access to preloaded apps or browsing through thousands of apps and games on the Google Android Market, or video conferencing and taking photos with the dual cameras (2MP front, 5MP rear), the ViewPad 7x delivers an excellent multimedia experience.

For the value seeker that demands innovation, ViewSonic previews the ViewPad 7e. This 7" Android Gingerbread 2.3 tablet combines a powerful 1Ghz processor for excellent browsing including 10.3 Flash playback. With integrated Amazon Services for Android, plus the pre-installation of the top apps, including Twitter, TuneIn Radio, and Amazon® Kindle™ for Android for eBook reading, this is a value-packed and versatile tablet. Whether experiencing 1080p video playback via the HDMI connection, enjoying Flash-based applications, or engaging in video chats or taking photos using the dual cameras, the ViewPad 7e delivers a robust yet cost-effective multimedia experience. With its multi-touch capability with RiteTouch, it's easy to write directly on the ViewPad 7e's 800x600 LED backlit screen. And for a fun touch, check out ViewSonic's included ViewScene™ 3D software for a highly customizable, user-friendly interface like nothing else.

Powered by an Intel® 1.5GHz Atom™ Oak Trial processor Z670 designed specifically for tablets, the 10.1" ViewPad 10pro offers a smaller and thinner product design while minimizing power consumption for up to 8 hours of battery life. The Windows® 7 operating system allows users to access office applications and documents on a high-performance mobile device. Android 2.3 runs as an application on top of the Windows 7 OS, for seamless switches. Partnered with a 1024x600 capacitive multi-touch panel, 1.3MP front camera, Full HD 1080p resolution and an HDMI connection, the ViewPad 10pro is a mobile computing powerhouse. With its highly customizable and user-friendly Windows interface and customized Swype keyboard, the ViewPad 10pro is the ideal mobile device for efficiency and productivity.

Captivating 3D Personal Entertainment – V3D245 & V3D231 3D monitors
For a personalized 3D entertainment experience, ViewSonic is showcasing the 24" V3D245 and 23" V3D231. These 3D Ready LED monitors both offer the highest level of compatibility with connection capabilities on both PC- and console-based devices like 3D Blu-ray players and PS3s for direct access to 3D games and movies. Add on an HDMI 1.4 input, along with integrated SRS Premium Sound® audio speakers, and these 3D monitors deliver a seriously immersive 3D experience.

The V3D245 and V3D231 both deliver an ultra-fast 2ms video response time, 1920x1080 Full HD resolution and 20,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for unsurpassed 3D image color, detail and quality. For access to a plethora of 3D content, the V3D245 has an integrated NVIDIA 3D Vision wireless emitter enabling the connection to NVIDIA® GeForce®-equipped PCs to play more than 550 3D games in Full 1080p, while the V3D231 monitor includes a TriDef 3D software suite for playing over 370 PC-based 3D video games, as well as easily viewing 2D PC images in life-like 3D.

Immersive 3D Family Entertainment – PJD5523w 3D Ready Projection
Ideal for home theater enthusiasts, the PJD5523w is an advanced WXGA DLP projector that shines in virtually any lighting situation, with a widescreen 1280x800 WXGA native resolution and high brightness level and contrast ratio (2,700 ANSI lumens; 3.000:1). One of the most adaptable projectors on the market, the 120Hz / 3D capable PJD5523w offers a native 720p HD image with 1080p Full HD signal capabilities, along with an HDMI port for enhanced connectivity and a pixel-perfect viewing experience. Also on display from ViewSonic's 3D projection product portfolio are the company's VP3D1 3D HD video processor box that converts 3D Blu-ray, PS3 and 3D TV broadcasts to 720p HD for effortless enjoyment on any 3D Ready DLP projector with HDMI consumers may already have in the home, plus its PGD-250 foldable, active stereographic 3D shutter glasses.

Pricing and Availability
The ViewPad 10pro is currently available with Windows 7 Home Premium (16GB SSD hard drive) and Android 2.3 for an ESP of $599, or Windows 7 Professional (32GB SSD hard drive) and Android 2.3 for an ESP of $699. The ViewPad 7x and ViewPad 7e will be available for purchase at the end of October for respective ESPs of $379 and $199.

The V3D245 3D monitor includes a pair of NVIDIA 3D Vision active stereo 3D glasses, shipping for an ESP of $499. The V3D231 will be available in mid-October for an ESP of $349, including one pair of polarized 3D glasses and one pair of clip-on polarized lenses. The PJD5523w 3D Ready projector, VP3D1 3D video box and PGD-250 3D glasses and are all currently shipping for respective ESPs of $599, $249 and $99.

For more information on ViewSonic's top product recommendations for the holiday season, including downloadable hi-res images and full product specs, please visit ViewSonic.com/Pepcom or follow ViewSonic on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. For press review sample queries, please email ViewSonic@LEWISPR.com.

About ViewSonic
ViewSonic® Corporation is a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions. ViewSonic develops, markets and supports a broad range of innovative products, including tablets, LED TVs, computers, LED monitors, projectors, digital photo frames, digital signage displays, 3D devices and digital media players. For further information, please contact ViewSonic Corporation at 800.888.8583 or 909.444.8888; or visit ViewSonic.com.
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