ViewSonic may not have entirely shed its image as a display specialist in the eyes of the public, but the company has certainly expanded its product ranges dramatically in recent months launching netbooks, digital picture frames and even smartphones and now it's going after eBook readers.
The 'VEB620' and 'VEB625' are a pair of 6in visually identical models available in black or white which sport 800 x 600 pixel, 16-level grey scale E-Ink displays and 2GB of internal storage plus an SD card card.
Neither have much to differentiate itself from other readers on the market - or each other for that matter (the VEB625 has WiFi, the VEB620 doesn't) - but there is support for the ePub standard along with fb2, html, pdf, txt and rtf. They also manage MP3 music playback and come with 3.5mm headphone jacks and a single 0.5W speaker. Meanwhile battery life is good for 6,500 page turns.
A 'G-Sensor' (read: accelerometer) also automatically detects whether to display text in portrait or landscape modes and users can search for specific text using a virtual keyboard or switch font sizes (S/M/L/XL/XXL) for easier reading. At 220g (VED620) and 258g (VED625) both are fairly light and their 188 x 125mm footprints and 10.9mm (VED620) and 9.9mm (VED625) depths make them extremely portable.
At £205 and £175 (you can guess which is which) there are cheaper models, though I can't help but think we'll find heavy discounts online before too long. Besides, anything which helps boost competition in the (still too expensive) eBook sector is helpful during the sector's still fledging steps.
Then again, perhaps you're all just going to buy iPads...?