ViewSonic's ViewBook 130 is a half-price take on the MacBook Air – but will it have only half the style, performance and build quality?
Screen quality of the ViewSonic ViewBook 130 is average for the type, a 13.3in high-gloss reflective widescreen, nicely LED backlit, that will - so to speak - lose its shine once you're forced to use the laptop near a window or overhead strip lighting.
There's some moderate massaging of the truth in the weightwatching department, since the company's listed 1.45kg spec was not matched by our lab scale's reading, closer to 1.53kg.
Much more troubling, we're not sure how ViewSonic measures its laptops' battery life, but we'd contend it's not with any industry-standard test. ViewSonic says: up to 8 hours. We say: less than 3 hours 20 minutes; in deference to our MobileMark 2007 Productivity tests.
Meanwhile in our application performance tests, the ViewSonic ViewBook 130 showed a usable turn of real-world speed, hitting 64 points in WorldBench 6. To give some context, that may equal last year's Samsung X360 ultraportable, but it's well short of an Air's score of 83.
On a subjective note, we found the Windows 7 Professional interface slower than we'd like, with less-than-snappy responsiveness as we moved around the operating system.
Top view of the ViewSonic ViewBook 130... but it's not quite as metallic as it may look
Gaming possibilities are unsurprisingly limited by the low-power integrated Intel graphics in the ViewSonic ViewBook 130. We saw 6fps in our standard FEAR game test.
ViewSonic is strangely keen to promote the sound quality from the ViewSonic ViewBook 130's underslung stereo speakers, claiming them to be ‘meticulously reckoned [sic] and fine-tuned to output 20% more impact'. In reality, they're as thin and weedy sounding as most netbook's.
Overall build quality was solid feeling, and despite the ersatz plastic construction - sprayed silver to resemble real aluminium - it felt reasonably tough and flex-free.
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