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Sony Debuts Three All-In-One Desktop PCs With Blu-ray

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The Sony VAIO JS, LV and RT models were unveiled at CEDIA Wednesday, featuring Blu-ray drives and fashionable all-in-one desktop designs.

The Sony VAIO JS is first up, featuring a 20.1-inch LCD display that uses Sony’s XBRITE-ECO technology and a chassis design that features a storage space for the keyboard. A read-only side-mounted Blu-ray drive is optional, which should turn this desktop PC into also a stylish personal home-theater. Also included is an integrated microphone, a web cam with face-tracking abilities, and Windows Vista Home Premium. The system starts at about $1099, which comes with 4GB of RAM, integrated graphics, a 500GB HDD, Bluetooth, and an Intel 2.5 GHz E5200 processor. Sony has the E5200 processor listed as a Core 2 Duo processor, while Intel’s site has it listed as a Pentium Dual-Core processor. The system is also available in faster configurations and in the colors pink, silver, and black.

The next up is the Sony VAIO LV, which features a 24-inch WUXGA LCD display with Sony’s XBRITE-FullHD technology and a slot-in Blu-ray drive on most models. Looking and acting much like a modern LCD TV, it has built-in DVR capabilities with plenty of storage space, TV-tuners, HDMI input, a remote control, wireless keyboard with integrated touch-pad, and an integrated power supply that allows the system to be hung cleanly on a wall. Pricing and system specifications vary model to model, but it looks as if the pricing starts at $1699, which snags you an Intel E7200 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 320 GB HDD.

Last, but not least, is the powerful Sony VAIO RT. It features a 25.5-inch LCD display with XBRITE-FullHD technology, a Blu-ray drive, up to 8 GB of RAM, a 1 TB HDD, and an Intel Core 2 Quad processor. The system also includes Nvidia Graphics with 512MB of VRAM, HDMI input and output, TV tuners, a keyboard with an integrated touch-pad, and Windows Vista Ultimate. Not surprisingly, the pricing for the VAIO RT starts at about $3,299. Sony is accepting pre-orders for this system now at sonystyle.com.

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    waffle911 , September 4, 2008 5:54 PM
    Why can't all Tom's articles be written as well as this one? Has someone been listening to our cries for change? Or is this a once-in-a-while thing?
    If Tom's has hired an honest-to-god real editor then I must shout in jubilation from the highest -insert cliche here- !

    Now if only we could do something about those hardware articles.
    It's called level of treatment. You don't get good results if you don't test in a proper environment- namely, the recent GPU article with the handicapped old CPU placing a seriously low ceiling, and the lack of ATi's most powerful card and latest drivers despite them all being released before the article had begun testing.
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    el fiendo , September 4, 2008 6:22 PM
    I'll agree with you on the drivers, and perhaps even the 'most powerful card part' but, if I am thinking of the same article, the entire point of that article was to show how much of a CPU bottleneck would affect card performance. It was most likely aimed at the people who think they can own a P4 or what have you and slap in a GTX 280 as an 'upgrade' instead of spending less for the same performance. It even says along those lines in the title if I'm not mistaken. The article set out to prove what was intended, seeming that if not even the greatest graphics cards are severely limited, then one can infer that even more powerful graphics cards would be even more limited. In fact would most likely stop at the same ceiling, thus rendering spending the additional money to be pointless.

    Also, good article here.
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    mdillenbeck , September 4, 2008 10:50 PM
    waffle911Why can't all Tom's articles be written as well as this one?


    How we all see things differently. I don't see this as an article, but more of a rephrasing of an advertisement. There is no testing, no analysis, no judgments or conclusions made.

    Isn't it ironic that people chastise Tom's for allowing poorly written articles getting published (which is not surprising if Tom's is thinking global and recruiting more authors who are not native English speakers), then complain that articles are untimely. If they try to publish in a timely manner, then editing time needs to be reduced or a staff needs to be hired - either volunteered or paid.