Viewsonic Viewbook VNB131
Average of 6 scores (from 8 reviews)
Reviews for the Viewsonic Viewbook VNB131
Source: Trusted Reviews
Those who follow the technology industry will know that ViewSonic has long been associated with monitors, both CRTs and more recently LCDs. ViewSonic has done some interesting things with the ViewBook Pro. It's got a great screen, has a comprehensive (sometimes eclectic) feature set and offers an integrated optical drive when others don't. It's let down, however, by a slightly unrefined chassis and a poor keyboard. A little more RAM would be nice, too.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/18/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 60% features: 90% mobility: 70%
The ViewSonic ViewBook Pro is absolutely packed with features that you don't expect to ind in the ultraportable range at this price. This is one of the best machines in the ultraportable class.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/08/2010
Rating: Total score: 95% price: 96% performance: 95% features: 97% workmanship: 96%
Having been initially dubious at Viewsonic’s obvious inspiration with the VNB131, we’ve ended up surprisingly impressed by the notebook. Light and cool-running, the VNB131 nonetheless punches above its weight when it comes to performance, and the screen is particularly impressive. Throw in decent battery life and you’re looking at a strong ultraportable contender when you consider the $949 price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/05/2010
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 80% emissions: 90%
Loading up laptops with next-gen gimmicks is always a surefire way to garner the attention of the world’s technorati. And that’s just what the Viewsonic ViewBook Pro VNB131, with biometric scanning and even a demobiliser button slapped on the side. But do these original extras make it worth handing over for? Read our definitive Viewsonic ViewBook Pro VNB131 review to find out. A decent machine, but nowhere near as cool and clever as ViewSonic would have you believe.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/03/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Laptop Mag
For a company with little experience making notebooks, we were impressed by the design and features of the $949 ViewSonic VNB131 ViewBook Pro. We especially like the 16:10 screen and integrated security alarm. However, there are longer lasting ultraportables that offer more bang for your buck. Although it’s designed for general consumers, the ASUS UL30A lasts nearly twice as long on a charge and costs about $250 less.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/02/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: PC Advisor
Mock-metal plastic isn’t unusual in the sub-£1000 laptop price band but be aware that the ViewBook is trading on the prestige of a certain laptop hewn from more durable aluminium. Despite pretensions of mixing with the upmarket ultraportables, the ViewSonic ViewBook 130 is after all a relatively affordable thin ’n’ lightish notebook, and one that remains cool and mostly quiet in use.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/11/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% features: 80% workmanship: 70%
Its slim chassis is built from strong but light aluminium, it comes with a bright 13.3in widescreen display, spaced-out keys and a multi-touch trackpad. The specifications of the computer are reasonable: it uses a low-voltage dual-core processor, which helps increase battery life, with 2GB of memory and, a 320GB hard disk, and it comes with the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. Nicely portable computer, with respectable battery life and good looks.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/13/2010
Source: Retera RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/28/2010
Rating: Total score: 66% performance: 31% display: 71% mobility: 72% emissions: 64%
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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.
70.17%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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