With 3D all the rage, ViewSonic is getting into the game with a few interesting products.
First up we have the 3DV5-E, a small, pocket-sized HD 3D camcorder with a 2.4in stereoscopic display to give you glasses-free 3D (similar in concept to the upcoming Nintendo 3DS). If you don't care about the extra dimension, it will also shoot in 2D at the same 1,280 x 720 resolution.
Shooting footage was quick and painless, while the 3D effect was actually quite decent on the small display. It's basically the same device as the Aiptek 3D i2, but ViewSonic will likely be selling it for a mere £150 (MSRP), making it excellent value.
Next on the list is an 8in 3D-capable photo frame, the 3DPF8-E. Again this is very similar to an Aiptek product, specifically the Monet Deluxe. It features an 800 x 600 resolution, 1GB of internal memory expandable though any memory card format you'd care to name (SDHC, MMC, MS Pro and CF) and even video playback of H.264, MPEG-4 and M-JPEG. It comes with a remote control and sports a battery so that you can show off photos or video away from a socket.
However, while the frame looked classy enough and 2D performance was certainly adequate, we didn't find the 3D effect very convincing, and it wasn't helped by a very narrow ideal viewing angle. Frankly, the camcorder's display made a far more convincing argument for that third dimension.
On the other hand, we could definitely appreciate it on ViewSonic's 24in 3D monitor, the V3D241. A slim, LED-backlit affair with a Full HD resolution, it's one of the first to be AMD rather than Nvidia certified. It even comes with a very basic and somewhat ugly pair of wired 3D glasses – but they work well, are not uncomfortable, and make the monitor's £399 MSRP appear even better value.
Last but certainly not least (even if it lacks 3D), we have the ViewSonic's top home cinema projector, the Full HD Pro 8200. It's strong on the specifications front, with not only that 1,920 x 1,080 resolution but also 1.5x optical zoom, a five-segment colour wheel and 2000 lumen light output. Connectivity is also very good, with two HDMI 1.3 inputs, a USB port, the usual analogue options and VGA passthrough with two inputs.
Another impressive aspect was a lamp-life of 6000hrs in eco mode, but better yet, replacement lamps are estimated to cost around £150! This would make running the projector long-term cheaper than many rivals, a great bonus considering its already low recommended price of below £900.