Viewsonic ViewDock projector for iPod

Associate Editor Jasmine France hits the floor at CES 2007 to hunt out the hottest new MP3 gadgets. On deck: Viewsonic ViewDock Projector.

Well, this is a first...the first one I've seen, anyway. Yesterday at CES, Viewsonic announced the ViewDock projector, which features a built-in iPod dock. According to Viewsonic's press release, iPod users are "three times as likely to download video clips, movies and Web casts to their computers"--the company is obviously interested in capitalizing on this fact. Viewsonic asserts that the ViewDock is great for on-the-go sharing, but at 3-plus pounds and roughly 12 x 10 x 5 inches (my estimate), it's not really all that portable. In a car, certainly, but I wouldn't really want to cart the thing on a flight to grandma's house. Still, it's a nice looking device, with a shiny black finish and understated curves. It also offers multiple connectivity options for hooking up to a PC, a gaming console, or a DVD player, and it charges the iPod while its docked. For my part, I think it's a pretty good idea. I mean, why not have a projector with iPod compatibility? The ViewDock is due out in Q1 of 2007 and is a premium-priced "accessory" at $999.

Just the facts:

  • 1,024x768 XGA resolution
  • S-Video and VGA inputs
  • Delivers 2,000 lumens of brightness and a 2,000:1 contrast ratio
About the author

    Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.

     

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