ViewSonic Reveals Ultra HD 4K Displays, New Projectors, VDI Line-Up

Posted by at 12:04 am on January 8, 2015

ViewSonic released its newest line-up of products. On hand for demonstrations at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas are new 4K displays, “price-competitive” digital projectors, Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI) solutions, and commercial-grade digital signage displays. Included in the announcements was a new 3,200-lumen projector; 27- and 28-inch 4K monitors; a curved 34-inch LED and 27-inch gaming monitor, and some large-format signage displays.

The new LightStream projector is billed as a value-packed, high-brightness 3,200 lumens XGA model. ViewSonic credits the brightness and color of the model to the SuperColor feature. The first in this new series is the LightStream PJD5 Value Series, for semi-lit environments that need a brighter projections such as classrooms, offices, and at home. Price and release-date details are not yet available.

PJD7822HDL projector
PJD7822HDL projector

There is also the PJD7822HDL home entertainment projector, providing 3,200 ANSI lumens, allowing for a 1080p display and selling for $790. On the professional side, ViewSonic has the $600 PLED-W600 and $710 PLED-W800. The names reflect the number of ANSI lumens provided by the models, so darkened rooms are required. Both the W600 and the W800 provide WXGA 1280×800 native resolution, with 120,000:1 contrast ratio and a reported 30,000 hours of lamp life.

ViewSonic’s flagship display this year is the VP2780-4K, a 27-inch 4K professional monitor that includes 3820×2160 resolution at 60Hz, and a HDMI 2.0 port. There’s also a 28-inch 4K version with multitasking functions: the VG2860Smhl-4K is an entry-level 24-in 4K monitor that supports 3840×2160 resolution, with a variety of ports such as DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, MHL, and DVI inputs. It also includes four USB ports. Both of these displays have a MultiPicture mode, supporting up to four separate screen inputs. MSRP hasn’t been announced for the 27 and 28-inch models, but the VX2475Smhl-4K has an estimated price of $500. No release date on the monitors has yet been revealed.

Also being demonstrated at the booth is the VX3473Smhl 34-inch LED curved monitor, with 3440×1440 resolution, and the 5K 27-inch VP2785-5K. The VP2785-5K monitor supports 5120×2880 resolution, and 99 percent of Adobe RGB color for professional design applications. A new monitor for gaming is the VX2701 27-inch HD 1080p monitor supporting FreeSync, with a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response. Pricing and release information was not disclosed.

The line of VDI solutions from ViewSonic supports major remote networking protocols such as Microsoft RDP with Remote FX, Citrix, ICA/HDX, PCoIP for VMware, VMware Horizon Daas, and Amazon WorkSpaces. ViewSonic is expanding VDI this year, starting with the SC-U25 plug-and-play LAN client, which retails for $200. It’s designed to support several virtual desktops including Microsoft Windows (XP/7/8), Chrome-browser, Linux desktop, and kiosk or digital signage stations connected to several displays across a network. The SC-U25 supports 20 users per server.

Viewsonic SC-U25 VDI
Viewsonic SC-U25 VDI

The SC-T47 is a Quad Thin Client can drive four HD 1080p displays in a VDI environment, and sells for $776. For 2D/3D applications with up to four concurrent Full HD or dual QHD displays is the SC-Z56, priced at $550. For kiosks, the VSD231 is a 23-inch SED Smart Display with 1080p resolution touchscreen running on Android Jelly Bean 4.3 and retailing for $690.

ViewSonic EP5012 kiosk

Large format digital signage displays new this year are the 84-inch CDE8451-TL and the 50-inch EP5012-TL. The 84-inch display is an Ultra HD 4K interactive model with six-point simultaneous touch capacity. The 50-inch model is an “ePoster,” meaning it’s a free-standing digital kiosk with an embedded media player. The player includes 8GB of internal memory, with content management software. The EP5012-TL is also interactive with four-pout touch capacity. Release dates and prices for these products have not yet been announced.

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