ViewSonic V1100

By John Taschek  |  Posted 2002-11-25 Print this article Print

ViewSonic V1100

ViewSonic has a great deal of consumer expertise and is attempting to carry it to the Tablet PC platform with the Tablet PC V1100. eWeek Labs tests show that the company, for the most part, has succeeded.

The V1100 is stylish and usable, but it is also not the companys first foray into Tablet computing. In fact, ViewSonic has a wide assortment of pen-enabled devices, ranging from the PocketPC V35 to the Airpanel to the Viewpad to the V1100—the highest-end tablet the company carries.

The V1100 is powered by an 866MHz PIII-M processor, and the ViewSonic Tablet performed well in tests.

The ViewSonic system has a bright 10.4-inch screen, but the unit itself is nearly as large as the 12.1-inch screens of the Portégé and Motion devices. The reason for this size disconnect is the extraordinarily large bezel ViewSonic uses—one that makes the system easy to hold but more difficult to transport than it should be.

The ViewSonic PC V100 opened applications quickly and had minimal pen lag. In addition, the arrangement of buttons was good, although the placement of some of the interfaces on the bottom of the screen became problematic in tests. For example, the power adapter plugs in at the bottom of the device, which made it hard to use the system as a Tablet while on AC power. We strongly recommend getting the base station for this device.

Overall, the V1100 is an excellent choice, and at less than $2,000, the unit is well-priced compared with the competition. The V1100 should appeal to the education market and to consumers in general.

Labs Director John Taschek can be reached at

As the director of eWEEK Labs, John manages a staff that tests and analyzes a wide range of corporate technology products. He has been instrumental in expanding eWEEK Labs' analyses into actual user environments, and has continually engineered the Labs for accurate portrayal of true enterprise infrastructures. John also writes eWEEK's 'Wide Angle' column, which challenges readers interested in enterprise products and strategies to reconsider old assumptions and think about existing IT problems in new ways. Prior to his tenure at eWEEK, which started in 1994, Taschek headed up the performance testing lab at PC/Computing magazine (now called Smart Business). Taschek got his start in IT in Washington D.C., holding various technical positions at the National Alliance of Business and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he and his colleagues assisted the government office with integrating the Windows desktop operating system with HUD's legacy mainframe and mid-range servers.

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