Viewsonic, a company which is mostly known for its monitors, is continuing to expand its family of computers and has introduced a new range of notebooks in the UK called the ViewBook.
The US-based display firm already has a Netbook, the VNB100 which costs £230 from Expansys and shares the same features as the dozens of other netbooks already on the market, many having a much smaller price tag.
The Viewbooks, named aptly 120, 130 and 140, offer 12.1-inch, 13.3-inch and 14-inch LED screens - there's also a 13.3-inch Pro model ; they all come with Windows 7 Home Premium, Intel ULV or Pentium Duo processors.
Viewsonic claims that the battery life of its laptops will last up to 12 hours and has even introduced a hotswap capability that will allow you to install a second battery without leaving the laptop go dead (you need to take out the DVD drive first though).
Other interesting features integrated in the Viewbook range are multi-touch trackpad, an increasingly popular capability, together with HDMI port, webcam and a slim line form factor with a design that has a passing ressemblance with the Macbook Pro.
The cheapest Viewbook will cost £469 while the fully loaded top end version costs up to £699. Viewsonic joins a very, very crowded segment and unfortunately, the manufacturer doesn't do enough to get its model standing out.
The Viewbook is too bland, too similar to others to be able to make a difference. It is unfortunately what you can expect from a company like Viewsonic which like many others doesn't have a say on the fundamental manufacturing aspects of their products (except the monitors) and rely instead on the OEMs/ODMs.