Who needs an iMac? ViewSonic puts Android in your PC monitor
Meet the ViewSonic VSD220 Smart Display, a new monitor from the American firm. But it’s no ordinary PC screen: it’s got Android built in for instant boot up, and no extra boxes and cables necessary.
The 22-inch ViewSonic VSD220 Smart Display can act like any regular monitor: the full HD 1080p resolution display has a HDMI input so you can hook up a desktop PC to it. But it’s also got a separate system built inside its chassis: Google’s Android OS.
If you don’t want to wait for Windows to load – or if you don’t have anything to plug into it – the ViewSonic VSD220 Smart Display can simply load up Android 4.0 instead. It’s running on a dual-core OMAP processor built inside the frame, and it has access to the full suite of Google apps including the Play app download store. It’s touchscreen too, of course, and you can plug in an Ethernet cable for internet, as well as three USB gizmos at once.
The ViewSonic VSD220 Smart Display is out in October, priced at £359. Is this the sort of Android PC you want, or has your MacBook got nothing to worry about? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.