The ViewSonic VMP70 is the latest media player from Viewsonic, a company better known for their monitors and projectors. Based on the specs though, they might have been better off sticking to what they know.
The VMP70 is a high definition media player, and much like other similar media players, it plays a variety of media formats at a 1080p resolution. The VMP70 shows photos, plays a pretty strong range of video and audio formats, and even offers a pair of USB ports. What it doesn’t do is network.
Coming soon at an estimated $99, ViewSonic’s media player may be a case of too little, too late. It supports a wide range of video formats, including Divx, Xvid, WMV, H.264, MKV, and Real Media. Viewsonic’s official website states “and more”, though there’s no clue as to what those additional formats are.
From an audio standpoint, the VMP70 is decent. It’ll play back WMA and MP3 files, as well as OGG and ACC. Disappointingly, there’s no mention of FLAC.
ViewSonic’s VMP70 offers HDMI and component output, as well as composite and SPDIF outs. A pair of USB ports sits on the back for attachment of various storage devices. Unfortunately for ViewSonic, the lack of network capability makes this a much less desirable device.