Package and the System
Now we can move onto the exciting part of the review where we get an unboxing of the product and then a look around the system and inside the ViewSonic VOT132. Hit play on the video below and then continue reading on.
Only a week or so ago did we get finished testing and reviewing the Giada Slim-N10 NVIDIA Ion nettop and it took the claim as the smallest system we had tested, but then along comes the ViewSonic VOT132.
The VOT132 measures just 190mm (L) x 135mm (H) x 24mm (W) as compared to the Giada system that comes in at 190mm (L) x 150mm (H) x 25mm (W). So it is thinner than and not as tall as the Slim-N10, but shares the exact same length. It is really a sight to be seen and small PC lovers are going to really love this thing to bits. In the video above, we opened up the system and exposed the inside. The engineering and designing that has gone into this system is like an art form. For a PC that can run Windows 7 Ultimate, they have managed to squeeze all the parts inside such a small space - it's rather remarkable in my opinion. This is the way of the future, though, don't kid yourself. And we are only beginning to touch the surface of ultra small and extremely low one watt or less power consuming computers that are capable of some full desktop system tasks.
On the front of the system as you can see above, there are an assortment of things going on. From the left we have the headphone and microphone jacks, a card reader, a couple USB 2.0 ports, HDD activity LED, a mono speaker and the sleep and power buttons. What is really interesting about the speaker is that it actually outputs sound from the operating system. It's not for BIOS system alarms or the like. Sure, the volume emitted is not very loud, but is still pretty cool nevertheless.
On the back of the system as you can see above, there are also a bunch of options here like the front. Starting from the left, we have the wireless antenna connector for the built-in 802.11n, four more USB 2.0 ports for a total of six, a DVI connector (you also have standard VGA output thanks to the included DVI to VGA adapter), HDMI port, gigabit LAN connector and finally the power input.
With the ViewSonic VDD100 DVD and CD +/- RW Super Multi drive attached to the system, as you can see in the shot above, it only makes the whole system a little thicker. The design and thought by ViewSonic is great as the VOT132 and the VDD100 both have magnets on one side of each unit and they attach to each other and match up really well. It's the small yet impressive features that count. Watch the video above for a detailed look.
If you don't want to use the included stand, you can use the provided VESA monitor mount that is provided by ViewSonic. As long as your monitor or TV has the VESA mounts on the back of it, you can mount the nettop and / or nettop and external DVD burner drive to the back of your display unit to save some space on your desk. Again, watch the video above for a detailed look.