GREAT IDEA, NEEDS BET­TER EX­E­CU­TION

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

The in­va­sion of the An­droids con­tin­ues. Af­ter televisions, it seems like a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for a dis­play to have a pro­ces­sor and an An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem in­side.

The ViewSonic VSD220 is a 22-inch Ful­lHD dis­play pow­ered by a dual-core ARM-based OMAP 4 pro­ces­sor from Texas In­stru­ments. Run­ning An­droid Ice Cream Sand­wich, this touch­screen dis­play is ac­tu­ally an ex­tra-large tablet. You don’t need a CPU to run this mon­i­tor, and there are no op­tions for do­ing so if needed. You can push in a mi­cro-SD card, or con­nect an HDMI or USB de­vice through mi­cro ports. There are two other USB ports on the side. This de­vice is just short of be­ing an all-in-one.

We say short be­cause, like most An­droid tablets, this de­vice too is un­der pow­ered. Yes, you can use it to browse the web, down­load and use apps , but you just can­not do a lot of other things. For in­stance, it is al­most im­pos­si­ble to tap into the Win­dows plat­forms, un­less you have ac­cess to web ser­vices. But we could con­nect to Wi-Fi and use it to do ev­ery­thing we would with a tablet.

The other is­sue is with the touch­screen, which can be a bit too stub­born at times. In fact, we had to use a wire­less mouse. This is when there is just a power but­ton on the de­vice and you have to use the touch screen for all other set­tings.

Over­all, we thought this was a very in­no­va­tive prod­uct that needs a bit of fine tuning. It is a good op­tion for those who need a large screen, but not al­ways for high-end com­put­ing.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Needs a bit of fine-tuning

—BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

VIEWSONIC VSD220

Price: ` 31,999 Specs:

22" 1080p dis­play, An­droid 4.0, OMAP 4 pro­ces­sor, Mi­cro HDMI, USBx3, RJ45 Eth­er­net, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi

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