ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro review

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ViewSonic viewpad 10pro

The ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro is a puzzling slate tablet right from the start. When you turn it on, if you're holding it in portrait mode, you'll see an elongated ViewSonic logo stretch on half the screen, along with the familiar Windows login button.

Once you log in, you'll see the familiar Windows start button, a few app icons (which you have to double-tap with your finger) and the taskbar.

The ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro is also confusing because it doesn't really act like a tablet at all.

ViewSonic viewpad 10pro

Like a Tablet PC (and that's really what this is), the apps are all designed for a computer with a keyboard and mouse. The touchscreen is quite poor – you'll find yourself pressing several times to minimise a window. You can press and drag a window, but good luck making that process work reliably.

The ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro has a 1.3MP front-facing webchat camera, but there are no built-in camera apps or any way to capture video – not in Windows, and not in the Android virtual app.

The backlit 10.1-inch LCD screen looks like something from a few years ago. It's not that bright compared to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the contrast ratio of just 500:1 means movies look washed out.

The 1024 x 600 resolution is just not clear enough for the modern age of touchscreen tabs.

The ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro has a few typical tablet features: 802.11n Wi-Fi, 3G on the premium 3G version (in Europe), Bluetooth 2.1, a sensor for auto-tilt and ambient lighting, but no GPS for navigation or mapping.

ViewSonic viewpad 10pro

The tablet is 14.8mm thick, which is just not going to work for most uses – it feels too much like a notebook computer.

There's also one full-size USB port, one mini HDMI port (we wish it was the more common micro HDMI), and a Micro SD slot. To use the HDMI-out, you need a mini-to-full HDMI cable. When we connected the tablet to a 20-inch LCD screen, the second display had a poor refresh rate and odd sizing.

You can use SD cards up to 32GB, and you'll need them: the 16 or 32GB of internal memory fills up fast with Windows itself, the junk apps you won't ever use and the Android data.

The ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro also has a 3.5mm headphone jack, two speakers on the back and a two-cell 5000mAh battery.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNet-tablet PC
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating System PlatformWindows, Android
Processor ModelZ670
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium & Android 2.2 Froyo
Brand NameViewsonic
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)800 g
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height170 mm
Width263 mm
Depth14.9 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
ManufacturerViewsonic Corporation
Product ModelViewPad 10pro
Product NameViewPad 10pro Tablet Computer
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberV10P_1BN7HUS6_01
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

A 10" professional business tablet using latest Intel processor for ultimate mobility and productivity.

The ViewPad 10pro is the perfect companion for any professional organization. Offering an ultra mobile experience without compromising on the application or performance, the ViewPad 10pro uses the new fan-less Intel Oak Trail processor. Designed with businesses and commercial applications in mind the ViewPad 10pro is ideal for accessing office works, cloud computing or displaying high-definition video for business presentations.