ViewSonic has launched what it claims to be the world's first fully Google-certified display. The ViewSonic VSD220 is a monitor that runs Android, and has just about everything needed to make the Google OS sing.
There's a little green guy squatting within the ViewSonic VSD220, and it lets this 22in, 1,920 x 1,080 pixel screen act as an all-in-one computer, as well as a touchscreen monitor. This £359 display features the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, a 1GHz dual-core Texas Instruments processor and 8GB of internal memory. Add in a 2-point multitouch optical touchscreen and the ViewSonic VSD220 can almost be classed as a giant tablet.
However, the 22in monitor will also double as a monitor for a "full" computer, or a display for an external device such as a games console or set top box - there's a microHDMI on the rear, alongside a microSD card slot, for easy memory expansion. There are also three USB connectors on the sides of the ViewSonic VSD220. These will take keyboards, mice or external hard drives with no problems, making it easy to make this quasi-PC feel a good deal more PC-like.
The ViewSonic VSD220 also packs-in the wireless connectivity any self-respecting Android device needs. There's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and an Ethernet port if your wireless is a little unreliable. What really ups its cred as an Android device, though, is full Google certification.
This means it has access to the Google Play app store and Google's official apps. Fresh out of the box, you're just a few minutes away from some large-screen Angry Birds Space action. There are inbuilt speakers too, but while they're a touch better than the dismal monitor standard, we'd recommend hooking the VSD220 up to an external pair.
The one clear downer we saw during a brief demo of the ViewSonic VSD220 is that image quality is just so-so. The use of 1080p resolution gets our thumbs-up, but using a TN panel, which bring less-than-dazzling image quality and is susceptible to contrast shift, doesn’t. That said, it's a darn sight cheaper than the average AIO PC.
The ViewSonic VSD220 will be available from mid-October and will cost around £359.