Viewsonic enters the nettop market

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Viewsonic used to be known for their high-quality CRT monitors; though they’ve been eclipsed in recent years when it comes to flat panels, it looks like they’re trying to break those boundaries.  Today they took the wraps off of several new lines of products, including netbooks, nettops, HTPCs and portable media devices.  

Credit: Engadget Chinese

Most of the time when we see manufacturers switch their market roles and put out wildly different products than what they’re typically known for, we get rebadged clones, most of which never look very good.  While chances are these new Viewsonic computers are probably rebadged OEM parts, they’re certainly stylish enough to actively consider in face of some decent competition.  All the nettops shown also include 802.11n wireless as standard.

The nettops introduced all seem to come in multiple flavors; some configurations will include the low-power Intel Atom processor while others will include some of Intel’s low-power but higher-cost CULV CPUs.  The box pictured above will include either an Atom N270 or SU2700.  It also, shockingly, includes an eSATA port for high-speed data transfer.

Credit: Engadget Chinese

This very cool looking split design will feature either the Atom N270 or 330; the version with the dual-core 330 will also include NVIDIA’s relatively powerful 9300 integrated GPU.  At just over $500, that could be a very fun computer, if they ever make their way over here.

Credit: Engadget Chinese

The last on the list is the media centric VOT530/550 line, which uses a full-blown Core 2 Duo running at 2.1GHz along with Intel’s 4500MHD, the first worthwhile integrated graphics solution we’ve seen from Intel in some time.  A slot-loading DVD drive rounds out the unit, which starts at an unfortunate $800 dollars.  What’s worse is that the low-end version also includes Windows Vista Home Basic, which doesn’t even bring in the media center features.

While some of these machines are certainly looking like a better deal than others, it’s clear that Viewsonic has some potentially worthwhile boxes on their hands.  There’s no word yet as to whether we’ll be seeing these boxes on this side of the world, but we certainly hope so.




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