Consumer Electronics Show 2004

ViewSonic Tablet PC
ViewSonic Tablet PC

Let's say that you would like to read Web pages, instead of a book or magazine, in bed. ViewSonic had two different ways to do it. The first way is a tablet PC:

This is a pure tablet (as opposed to a laptop with a screen that folds back). That makes it smaller and a little more rugged. It is running the tablet version of Windows XP, so it has all the nice note-taking and character-recognition options. The operating system runs on an 866-MHz Pentium III-M processor with 256 MB of RAM and a 20-GB hard disk.

The other option is the less expensive Smart Display:

ViewSonic Smart Display

This seems to be a unique product. You hook it up to a PC like it's a normal touch-screen monitor. However, at any point you can detach this monitor and carry it with you. It continues talking to your PC wirelessly, with a range of several hundred feet. Your desktop PC needs to be running Windows XP Professional for this to work.

For more information, visit the Viewsonic Web site.

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