ViewSonic VSD241; An In-Depth Review

We have reviewed quite a lot of monitors before, but we have never reviewed a monitor and a tablet in one. Dual Monitors Guide welcomes ViewSonic VSD241 to its library of in-depth reviews. The display is a dual-function display that features a 23.6-inch of touch-capable screen. It’s an all-in-one desktop computer that runs in Android OS. It comes with built-in audio, networking system, storage and high-definition webcam. And like other Android products, it can be used for tablet-like purposes; open and send emails, check social media accounts, play games and media files, etc. But is it a good investment? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide.

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Who is it for?

The ViewSonic VSD241 can work as a simple computer for basic use. Users who doesn’t need sophisticated computer system, and those who struggle with small mobile devices and needs a bigger screen for, will definitely enjoy the straightforwardness and simplicity of this Android display/all-in-one PC.

 

Benefits

To start with, the ViewSonic VSD241 is a dual-function display. Primarily designed as a touchscreen mid-sized 26-inch display for all-in-one desktop computer that runs with Android OS, and complete with audio, networking storage, web cam, storage and HD and independent of any other device.

As an Android Tablet

The ViewSonic VSD241 runs with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Users will surely be taken aback at its massive size working as a tablet, as we normally see smartphones and tablets at 5-inch to 10-inch size. And it would take a minute or two to orient one’s self to the enlarged experience.

Similar with other Android products (smartphones and tablets), you can use this monitor for reading and sending email, social media, playing games, media playback, etc. But what makes it different from other Android mobile devices is its capability of displaying 1920 x 1080 display at its 23-inch screen size. This means it can be used as a monitor for PC, game consoles, TV set-top box, or even for watching Blu-ray movies.

 

Dual Point Optical Touch for Intuitive Operation

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This ViewSonic touchscreen display comes equipped with Dual Point Optical Touch technology, which enables users to enjoy responsive tablet-like browsing experience. When connected to PC, laptops or other tablets, the Full HD touch display can provide quite an experience.

Like other touchscreen display, it has as touch-focused system like in Windows 8. There are some lags when scrolling, but not too noticeable for average users. The full HD 1920×1080 display so text is sharp and brilliant, which can be enough to please average users.

The large display (23-inch can be considered large for Android touchscreen device) makes it easy to use the on-screen keyboard. This makes things quite handy, since there are no keyboard and mouse included. Of course, you can always use Bluetooth peripherals should you want to. However, like other large touchscreen display, arm fatigue can become a factor, so writing long articles and essays on ViewSonic VSD241’s large on-screen keyboard is not advisable.

Judging from its interface, ViewSonic VSD241’s performance is average. There are some graphics lags from time to time, such as when zooming-in to web pages or swiping between screens.

 

As a Desktop Monitor

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Equipped with Quad Core 1.7GHz Processor for Lightning-Fast Computing

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This touchscreen Android monitor comes equipped with NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.7GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, decent specs to provide fast computing.

 

Works with Full HD 1080P True Color High-Resolution Display

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ViewSonic displays are known for their image quality, and this touchscreen smart display stays with this reputation. The VSD241 delivers Full HD 1080p resolution and deliver stunning image quality with great sharpness and details, perfect for both home and business use. It can also work for computer professionals looking for optimum image quality, such as graphic designers, video producers, and even for advanced business apps that needs the performance of professional monitors.

 

Cloud Services and Multimedia Entertainment with Full Google GMS Certification

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Unlike other budget Android hardware products, the ViewSonic must have a special agreement with Google (full Google GMS certification) to use all its available services, giving users of VSD241 full access to Google Play store. This gives you the power to easily download popular apps, books, games, and movies, without any restrictions. It also comes preloaded with the brand’s own Appzone store and had some handpicked utility tools and apps.

 

Bundled with Convenient Apps and Software Programs

The ViewSonic VSD241’s Android hardware is based on nVidia's Tegra 3 platform, a Quad-core ARM processor that runs at 1.7 GHz. It has 1GB memory and a built-in flash storage space of 8GB. You can even extend its storage with an SD card. A software update will quickly upgrade the monitor’s Android version.

This product comes bundled with nVidia's Tegra Zone and ES File Explorer software. Many of the applications include short tutorials, which explains pinching, long presses and double tapping.

 

Comes Complete with Multimedia Package

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The monitor houses a 2MP webcam, integrated microphone, and speakers to complete the multimedia package. It’s a great tool for video conferencing, Android-based games and entertainment.

 

Windows on Android, Yes You Read it Right

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ViewSonic VSD241 is Citrix-certified, which means it provides users with secure, fast and convenient access to remote desktops and apps on their Citrix servers from the familiar Windows environment. This makes the monitor a good thin client for Education, SMB and Enterprise customers. The Citrix app is available for download on Google Play.

 

With VESA Mounting Option

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The back of the cabinet features 100x100mm VESA-mounting holes, allowing users to use the display with better ergonomic solutions, such as aftermarket monitor stands, LCD arms, desk mounts and wall mounts. It’s also a good candidate for dual monitor and even multiple monitor setup.

 

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Mounting Options

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Touchscreen monitors are often used as standalone monitors, and most people today don’t use two touchscreen monitors side-by-side for dual monitor display. The ViewSonic VSD241 seems to follow this trend, as this Android monitor works best as a standalone monitor. It doesn’t come with a highly adjustable stand, but its VESA mounting holes makes it easy to upgrade with aftermarket solutions, such as the Ergotron MX Desk Mount LCD Arm. This LCD monitor arm is specifically designed for touchscreen monitors, as it easily positions display for optimum ergonomics, and even extend to reach the arm of the computer user. Like most Ergotron LCD arms, this too comes with Constant Force technology, a feature that provides excellent viewing experience by easily positioning display where you want it on your desk, and still keep the display stable and secured in your desired position.

 

Design and Features

Design wise, there’s nothing special about ViewSonic VSD241. It has a glossy plastic white bezel and more textured plastic on the back side of the cabinet.

 

Buttons and Functions

In the middle of the two speakers are the display’s five (5) touch-sensitive control buttons. These buttons gives quick access for navigating the on-screen display and switching video modes (switching between Android interface and HDMI input, which usually takes around three seconds to switch from one to the other). The button at the center is the Power Switch, which can be too sensitive if you’re not used to is, as it’s very easy to turn off the ViewSonic VSD241 with a slight touch.

The on-screen menu lets you adjust display setting and choose from its color presents, including sRGB and User preset modes. Touch-sensitive buttons also gives quick access to basic set of picture options, including brightness, contrast and color temperature.

When connecting the monitor to the PC for the first time, you may initially see the image not reaching the edge of the screen. There’s an Overscan setting in the menu that will fix this minor issue. However, switching back to Android mode will make the screen too large, so you may have to reset it again.

 

I/O Ports

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All connectivity options are strategically located at the back, and are nicely covered by a removable door, with small hole underneath to slip the cables through. There is one video input and one HDMI port. If you wish to connect this display to your PC, then you may to purchase a DVI-to-HDMI adaptor separately.

Also, DVI can’t carry audio, which means you need to use 3.5mm cable from your PC’s audio card to use the built-in speakers. Any HDMI device however, should play the speakers directly.

 

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With a desktop PC connected, you can use the built-in SD card reader, web camera and touchscreen. But you obviously need to connect a USB cable first.

The HDMI port of ViewSonic VSD241 supports MHL connectivity, which means the monitor is capable of supporting connections for smartphones or tablets for video input, and simultaneously charging the device.

 

With Built-In Speakers

The very bottom of the cabinet houses a pair of speakers. Like most mid-range monitors that come with built-in speakers, its speakers are just nice and convenient additions for all-around computer use. They sound tinny, even by cheap computers’ standards.

 

Stable Stand with Limited Adjustability

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Unfortunately, this display doesn’t come with an adjustable stand. Rather, it uses a small plastic rest at the back which allows it to ‘stand’. However, this limits the monitor’s movement. It can however, be rotated to portrait mode, which means you can switch between portrait and landscape mode whenever you wish to.

Tech Specs

Bottom Line

The ViewSonic VSD241 is a ‘jack-of-all-trades, a master of none.’ It does a lot of things, but it’s not specifically great at one thing. Surely there are better products out there at its price range, even Windows 8 all-in-ones offer better performance. There are also displays with higher quality for much lesser price.

What it has are decent set of hardware features that brings so much convenience for workstations, particularly for business and professional users, such as USB hub, web cam, microphone, SD card slot, etc. It’s also highly versatile and consumes really low power.

It also has its own share of drawbacks, such as glossy screen that causes reflections, and very basic stand which limits the display’s adjustability, while its Tegra 3 processor and Android Jelly Bean are pretty outdated.

All in all, the ViewSonic VSD241 is quite a versatile smart display that anyone can easily get used to as a standalone PC monitor or a as an Android workstation. It provides access to all Android apps and online services, making it quite a convenient display for work use. Also, thanks to its good range of connectivity options, the display can be shared with a PC, and a great option for dual monitor or even multiple monitor setup. This ViewSonic Android monitor is quite a comprehensive device.

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