Sony released three new all-in-one desktops today at CEDIA. As always, Sony’s new desktops are stylish and elegant, with sleek exteriors belying the technology they’ve managed to pack inside. The entry model is the VAIO JS, which employs a 20.1″ LCD and optional Blu-Ray disc drive. It starts at $1000 and will be offered in black, silver, and…pink. Yes. A big, pink desktop.
Next in line is the VAIO LV, which comes with a 24″ 1920×1200 WUXGA+ LCD, 4gb of RAM and a Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition. “Most” LV models will come equipped with Blu-Ray drives, with BD-RW drives as optional. This line is geared toward the multimedia inclined, with built-in TV tuners in all models. The power supply is completely internal, and the stand is removable, allowing the unit to be mounted directly on the wall. One very interesting new feature is that starting on this model, the new all-in-ones pack an HDMI in port, allowing users to hook up external video or even video game devices that output via HDMI to display on the LV’s screen. Bluetooth is also included, to round out the whole “no wires” vibe and to allow connecting with the included wireless keyboard and mouse. The keyboard also has a built-in touchpad, which is a nice feature, especially if the unit is mounted on a wall. The LV starts at around $1600.
The final model is the VAIO RT. Like the LV, this builds on the lower-end models to create a fairly technologically-savvy piece of kit. The RT uses a 25.5″ LCD to display full resolution HD content, as well as a BD-RW drive to edit and record said content. The high-end model also features HDMI in and out ports and two digital TV tuners. The RT line uses Core 2 Quad processors, between four and eight gigs of RAM and a full terabyte hard drive. This line is geared toward HD video and audio editing professionals and enthusiasts which is both a surprise and not. It’s unsurprising given the impressive specs, but it’s still fairly unusual to see an all-in-one device marketed towards this end of the market. The RT also comes with e-SATA and CompactFlash ports and uses the same mounting system as the LV, so it too can be mounted flush against the wall. Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit comes preinstalled. The high-end specifications carry a high-end pricetag, too: the RT line will start at around $3300.
The biggest competition Sony faces, especially in the lower two models, is from the Apple iMac and the HP TouchSmart lines. Dell and Gateway each also have their own all-in-one models, but they don’t bring as much to the table, and it will be interesting to see if Sony can pull it off.
Sony press release