Viewsonic ViewBook Pro
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)
Reviews for the Viewsonic ViewBook Pro
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Apple design team's collective boots must be soaked in a puddle of ViewSonic saliva. That's because the company's 13.3-inch ViewBook Pro is heavily influenced -- to put it mildly -- by the MacBook Pro. The ViewSonic ViewBook Pro is a decent laptop and a viable travel companion. You'll undoubtedly get laughed at for buying a cheap rip-off of an Apple MacBook Pro though.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/10/2010
Rating: Total score: 63%
Source: IT Reviews
If there are two phrases that sum up what is most desirable in the notebook universe at present, they would be “ultra-slim” and “low voltage”, reflecting a fast-paced, eco-conscious business world where portability and battery longevity are paramount. ViewSonic's bold venture into the ultra-slim notebook market delivers an elegant package with a bright widescreen, useful swap-out DVD drive and extra security features but is let down by an unresponsive touchpad and spongy keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/30/2010
Rating: workmanship: 50%
Source: Good Gear Guide
ViewSonic's ViewBook Pro one of the rare ultraportable laptops to have a built-in optical drive along with a competitive price — it costs only $1349. The ViewSonic ViewBook Pro is one of the few affordable ultraslim laptops to have a built-in DVD burner. It's a nifty little unit for business users and students, and it's very light. It felt a little bit sluggish during normal usage, but benchmarks scores showed it to be on par with other notebooks in its class.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/25/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
An impressive and feature-packed laptop, ideal for the frequent traveller. Although much of its inspiration seems to be lifted from Apple and Toshiba, the ViewBook Pro is a pleasing portable. Its great screen, mobility and features make it ideal for the frequent traveller and an impressive, if a little uninspired, addition to the CULV market.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/10/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Pro
We've already seen the HP Envy 15 take inspiration from Apple, but it seems there's always room for more at the Cupertino school of design. If you need a second machine to take on your travels and it must include an optical drive, then the ViewBook won't disappoint. But we're still more tempted by the 2.18kg Samsung Q320, which has substantially more grunt when you need it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/24/2009
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 50% performance: 67% features: 50%
CommentIntel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M: The graphics core of the Intel GL40 and GS40 chipset features a slower clocked GMA 4500MHD (400 versus 533 MHz). Because of the slower core speed, full Blu-Ray Logo support is not given and the gaming performance is a bit worse.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
SU7300: Slow clocked dual core processor with a low TDP of 10 Watt.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
Viewsonic: ViewSonic Corporation is a manufacturer and provider of visual technology, specifically CRT monitors, liquid crystal displays, projectors, plasma displays, HDTV technology, and mobile products, including tablet PCs and wireless monitors. The company was initially founded as Keypoint Technology Corporation in 1987. In 1990 it launched the ViewSonic line of color computer monitors, and shortly afterwards the company renamed itself after its brand. 2009 they entered the netbook market with own products.
70.75%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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