CULV Laptop Market Entry For Viewsonic – The VNB131 ViewBook Pro

Viewsonic is well-known for its video display units, televisions, projectors and many others. However, currently they released themselves into the CULV pocketbook marketplace with the creation of the VNB131 ViewBook Pro CULV laptop series. Let us see how their first strive went. On the out of doors, it strongly resembles the Toshiba Portege series, with a mild trace of Apple MacBook lingering round. With its aluminum alloy chassis and slightly skinny and frail plastics, it weighs just 1.Sixty-five kilograms.

Features and Performance

Viewsonic made a wise preference while choosing this computer’s processor: underneath the hood, you may find a Core 2 Duo SU7300 twin-middle extremely-low voltage CPU, that’s one of the maximum powerful CULV processors around. Graphics aren’t surprising, with the usual Intel GMA 4500M card getting used. The 320GB 5400rpm tough drive provides first-rate storage ability and surprises safety due to the integrated motion sensor. What is a chunk disappointing, however, is the reality that handiest 2GBs of RAM reminiscence are to be had to the 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium running machine. Upgrading the memory isn’t always easy both since assurance stickers block the way. The performance of this laptop is ideal, however, it could have been loads higher with 3, or maybe 4 GB of RAM (and a sixty-four-bit working gadget, naturally).

Connectivity

In this segment, the VNB131 does much like the category common, which means “ok”. You get 2 USB 2.0 ports (I might choose three, to be honest, 2 is a chunk at the low facet), HDMI and VGA outputs, a 10/100 Ethernet port (I wonder why so few CULV producers choose gigabit ethernet assist), a 7-in-1 card reader, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. A 1.Three megapixel webcam is likewise covered and its image nice is very good. An exciting function which can not be observed on many CULV laptops is the 34mm ExpressCard slot for all your expansion wishes. An even more exciting characteristic, which I actually have never visible before, is the inclusion of a detachable tray-loading DVD Super Multi Drive which may be changed with a secondary battery (greater in this in the battery phase). Sure enough, optical power is uncommon on CULV laptops, however, an optical power which may be replaced with a further battery is in reality extraordinary.

Screen

The VNB131 has a LED backlit 13.3″ display screen. This is one of the few new notebooks which still use a 16: 10-factor ratio, with a decision of 1280×800. This is probably beneficial for those who need some more vertical area, but I opt for the newer 16:9 aspect ratio. Nevertheless, it’s far the first-rate factor. The viewing angles and hues are very good, with the blacks being particularly deep and delightful. Brightness is also at the high side, making utilization exterior less difficult, notwithstanding the smooth end and the reflections that include it.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The keyboard has a rather old fashioned layout, which would be absolutely adequate with me if it became comfy to work with, however it is not. There is not any substantial flex while writing, but it radiates a shaky and free feeling that is quite disturbing. The touchpad, then again, is very first rate. The floor has a pleasing feel to it, with just the right quantity of friction to make it comfortable. The buttons have best comments but they might a chunk larger if the fingerprint reader were not positioned among them. Since I mentioned it, the fingerprint reader works well. I certainly opt for it over face reputation answers, definitely because it is so a lot quicker. In most instances although, just typing your password can be quicker than each strategy.

Battery Life

The ViewBook comes with a six-mobile 4400mAh essential battery, which, in line with ViewSonic, has sufficient juice for eight hours of continuous usage. In the exercise, of a path, that is lower. As low as five hours in a few cases in fact, and averaging at around 6 hours. As said before, a secondary battery may be delivered in place of the optical power. This is a 3-cellular, 2200mAh battery which is meant to provide some other 4 hours of utilization. On planet earth, however, that is as an alternative measly 2-3 hours at most. Some resources pronounced that this battery is covered inside the package deal and others that it isn’t always, so I’m no longer certainly sure what to mention here.

Verdict

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Truth be told, there are many CULV notebooks available that provide better bang for the greenback. However, it’s miles probably one of the only a few (if no longer the most effective) such pocketbook with a sixteen: 10-factor ratio, which might be beneficial for humans desiring the more vertical area. I’d move for 16:9 any day, individually. The battery existence is, in spite of the secondary battery, much less than astounding and the development isn’t what you would call robust, without being bad both. On an entire, it’s far promising market access for Viewsonic with lots of area for development.

Lee Hogan

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