Quick Hands-on with ViewSonic's Touch Displays at COMPUTEX 2012
At the ViewSonic booth here in COMPUTEX 2012, we got a hands-on with the company's upcoming touch displays. There were two types that we played around with: a Windows 8 compatible display and an Android-based display.
The Windows 8 touch display is called the TD220, which is a 22-inch monitor with the all the features we've come to appreciate from ViewSonic such as LED backlighting, ViewSonic 's Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio technology, integrated USB ports and full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. What makes it special is the fact that it is a multi-touch display designed for use with Windows 8's touch-centric Metro UI. Since the upcoming OS won't be officially released until Q3 or Q4 of this year, the display naturally won't be available until that time. However, from what we saw here in Taipei, it is a promising product that should definitely help push the adoption of the operating system.
Right next to the TD220 is the VCD22 Android Smart Display. This model on the other hand is basically a huge 22-inch Android tablet. It has dual-core TI OMAP 1GHz CPU, which runs the Android 4.0 OS, along with virtualized versions of either Windows or Linux, and has support for keyboards and mice, be they wired (via USB) or wireless (via Bluetooth). This makes it easier to use the latter operating systems, as well as Android apps that require you to type a lot.
Of course, you can still opt to use the Android touch keyboard instead, just like any other Android device. And just like any other Android device these days, you get a 1.3MP front camera and a microSD card slot. Since it's much bigger though, you get three USB 3.0 ports, mini-HDMI and full HD resolution. There were still some kinks with the display unit as it is still a prototype, but hopefully these get ironed out when it hits stores in July for US$479.
Lastly, ViewSonic showed us three new digitizer models, which come in either 10.1 inches, 21.5 inches and 31.5 inches. These digitizers are basically pen-enabled displays that use a battery-free EM Pen, similar to the ones used in Wacom tablets. Unlike those tablets, you can scribble directly onto these displays.