Early Adopters Pick: January 2003
. The first wireless, touch-screen monitor that uses Microsoft's Smart Display technology, which lets you connect to your Windows XP Pro PC from anywhere in your house.
The ViewSonic airpanel V150 is a 15-inch wireless, touch-screen LCD monitor that lets you use your computer from anywhere in your home. Thanks to Microsoft's Smart Display technology, you can remotely access all the data on your Windows XP-based home PC--surf the Web from the couch, check e-mail while lying in bed, download recipes in the kitchen, share digital pictures on the patio--regardless of where your PC is located. And it's truly portable, weighing less than six pounds.
The V150 includes a powerful 400 MHz Intel XScale processor for speed, power savings, and efficiency. The operating system, Microsoft Windows CE for Smart Displays, works much like that of your Windows XP Pro PC, so you'll already feel familiar with its applications. A convenient directional pad and hot buttons make navigation fast and simple. Memory is an ample 64 MB ROM and 128 MB SDRAM. The long-life lithium-ion battery lasts up to five hours.
Colors are vivid and text is crisp, thanks to the bright, full-color transflective display. The 1,024 x 768 resolution keeps your image details clear. You can use the V150 as the primary desktop monitor for your home computing system by adding the optional docking station. Also, charge the battery when the V150 is connected to the dock and attach keyboards or a mouse for added input functionality.
Included in the box are integrated wireless support and an 802.11b airsync USB wireless adapter for your home PC. Although the V150 requires your primary PC to use Windows XP Professional, it comes with a free upgrade for current users of Windows XP Home Edition. --Mike Brown