Viewsonic's all-in-one PC perfect for call centers, not so much high-end gaming

Don't expect to be doing much more than Netbook-type tasks on Viewsonic's all-in-one PC.

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I'm starting to notice a trend among monitor vendors. Simply selling monitors just isn't enough anymore. We already covered BenQ's foray into the all-in-one PC market and now Viewsonic is following suit.

During CES, Viewsonic announced the VPC100 all-in-one PC. The VPC100 is 35mm thin, and following the monitor trend of CES 2009, has a 18.5-inch 16:9 LCD screen.

Powered by an Intel Atom 1.6GHz CPU and 1GB RAM, the system also has a 160GB hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, a 1.3-megapixel Webcam, DVD +/- RW drive, integrated stereo speakers, 3-in-1 card reader, and comes with Windows XP Home installed.

Viewsonic says that thanks to its slim size, the VPC100 is ideal for office workers, call centers, libraries, emergency operations centers, interactive kiosks, and information terminals. Not that you can't buy it for your home, but don't expect to be doing much gaming on this thing. Unless you like watching low-res slide shows of your favorite games.

The VPC100 will debut next month for $549.

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Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.


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