Tired of waiting for your PC to turn on when you just want to do a quick web search or watch a YouTube video? ViewSonic has two new Smart Displays that you can use with or without a PC.

In fact, ViewSonic is pushing these displays as standalone devices which run Android. The fact that you can use them as PC displays is almost an afterthought in the press release. The company also offers models that can be used as locked-down, thin client devices with a pre-loaded Citrix XenMobile for logging into a remote machine.

The 1080p screens feature NVIDIA Tegra 3 processors, Android 4.2 software, WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, speakers, cameras, and 2-point multitouch.

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4 replies on “Lilbits (10-29-2013): Would you like Android with that PC monitor?”

  1. Its a good idea. But why does it have that thick, ugly bottom part of the bezel?

    Its not like that tiny ARM SOC wouldn’t fit in the back with ease.
    And I hope its not for some ridiculously poor speakers squeezed in.

  2. Why is an Android device with a 24″ monitor “huge?” This is just the future of desktop computing for the masses. The images clearly show a “2 foot interface” GUI so this isn’t some dedicated “smart TV” but an all-in-one PC. The fact that it can be used as an external monitor for a laptop, etc. is quite secondary and shouldn’t be all that notable.

    1. This reminds me of the Hyperspace product from Phoenix Technologies, of Phoenix BIOS fame (oddly, http://www.hyperspace.com now brings you to HP’s shopping site). (Aside: I submitted feedback to Phoenix saying their idea of an annually renewable license for Hyperspace was a dealbreaker). A similar idea was Splashtop (www.splashtop.com).

      Both products tried to dual boot a Windows PC (typically a laptop) into Windows or Linux. the latter was to quickly access the Internet, email. Android wasn’t mature at the time.

      Viewsonic’s idea is a good one, provided the extra cost to make the monitor a full-fledged Android tablet (touch screen, motherboard, CPU, memory, ports, etc) doesn’t add too much to its cost.

      My personal premium would be no more than $100 for a > 20″ product, $50 for 20″ monitor around.

      I can see all-in-one PCs and eventually monitors becoming dual-boot devices.

      1. The two-point touch alone tells you these aren’t “tablets” but desktop systems. I doubt anyone would use them without a BT or USB keyboard and mouse. Since you’d never log these around no battery is needed anymore than in any desktop PC.

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