Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Viewsonic v150p- The Viewsonic v150p's strength

I have owned a ViewSoinc v150p for about 8 months now. For me, there are strengths for the Viewsonic v150p. Those Viewsonic v150p strengths are large display, responsive touchscreen, and wireless freedom from base computer. Before I give the detail about that strength, I would like tell info that I got after googled.

The viewsonic v150p is also a so-called Smart Display, a Microsoft-coined term to describe devices that on the one hand work like a regular LCD monitor, and on the other that let you unplug them from their host PC and use wirelessly, seamlessly. The viewsonic v150p introduced at USA in 2003, Smart Displays seem to have not been very successful, as few vendors produced viewsonic v150p and of those that did, none have updated them. Part of the reason was no doubt viewsonic v150p cost: the MSRPs were crazy, about the same price as a full-featured laptop with similar screen size. However now these devices are being remaindered, viewsonic v150p prices have fallen to something sensible.

The Viewsonic v150p looks a lot like a regular 15" LCD monitor, except you can literally pick it up from its stand and take the viewsonic v150p anywhere within your wireless network's range, using your PC as if you were still in front of it. I got mine viewsonic v150p because I wanted a way of using my main desktop PC, which is downstairs in my office, from upstairs in the general living area of the house, especially when I am busy keeping an eye on my young daughter. I finally gave in and bought the viewsonic v150p when its price was reduced 50% of the original MSRP, to a sane value.

The Viewsonic v150p is pretty much a one-trick pony, but if it’s the trick you've been dreaming of you'll love it. The Viewsonic v150p is basically a large PDA running a remote desktop client. This allows you to use (almost) all of the functions of the requisite host PC remotely (via 802.11b) from the viewsonic v150p's LCD touchscreen panel.

Using the The Viewsonic v150p’s panel was very intuitive as was adjusting to a stylus vs. a mouse for input. There are also USB ports in The Viewsonic v150p for connecting a keyboard (included) and/or a mouse for more conventional use. If you get the optional docking station, you can even set the LCD up as your primary computer display. The panel was a little tricky to set up. Save yourself some headache by turning off your wireless security during installation. The Viewsonic v150p's customer support was able to get me through the installation by noting that WEP keys should be hexadecimal (WPA not supported). I use the Viewsonic v150p for light surfing from the couch and controlling the various aspects of my home theater PC. The Viewsonic v150p performs these duties very well. The Viewsonic v150p is not suitable for any kind of video playback (unless in the docking station). I would also mention that the viewing angle is rather restricted and the panel can seem a little bulky with extended laptop use.

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