Viewsonic, well known as a manufacturer of affordable LCD monitors, has decided to add a little bit extra to its latest release by cramming the guts of a PC behind a 19-inch LCD display to produce the VPC100 All-in-One PC. Viewsonic’s first entry into the PC market maintains the company’s reputation for affordability with its USD$599 price tag and cuts office clutter with its lone cable.

The VPC100 is not a powerhouse by any means, but its Atom 1.64GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 160GB HDD should be more than adequate for basic tasks such as word processing, spreadsheets and surfing the Internet. Other features include a Super Multi DVD burner, two built-in 2.5-watt speakers, four USB 2.0 ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, gigabit Ethernet, integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam and 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi connectivity.

The 1,366 x 768 resolution TFT LCD display offers a viewing area of 18.5-inches with a brightness level of 300cd/m2, a 5ms response time and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Included with the VPC100 is a full size keyboard and an optical mouse. The unit also comes loaded with Windows XP Home, so everything you need to get up and running is provided out of the box.

All-in-One solutions such as the VPC100 not only reduce cable clutter, they offer environmental benefits as well. Viewsonic say the VPC100 offers energy savings of about 45% and uses 50% less plastic in comparison to purchasing a PC and display separately.

Measuring just 1.38-inches (35mm) thick and weighing 16.5 lb (7.5kg), the VPC100 should be suited to its target market of home and small offices, call centers, libraries, school computer labs or any location where space is limited.

The Viewsonic VPC100 is available now for USD$599.

And if you’re wondering how Viewsonic manage to keep their prices down, a look at the following promotional video might provide a few clues.