The Sony Vaio line has always been popular with those who want something functional yet nice to look at, and this time round Sony has released three new desktop models for the masses – the Vaio JS, LV and RT. All of them will work perfectly fine as a HDTV (albeit with a rather small display), a Blu-ray player (optional in some) and a PC for all your work and entertainment needs, right smack in the middle of the living room. First off, the Vaio JS All-in-One desktop chassis features a 20.1″ LCD display, an optional Blu-ray drive, a built-in microphone and a web cam that has face tracking technology, ensuring you won’t get lost while holding a video conversation. More on the other two models right after the jump.
Featuring a floating mirror design, the Vaio LV High-Definition PC/TV serves as your entire entertainment hub. It is equipped with a 24″ (diagonal) WUXGA (1920×1200) widescreen high-definition display, with Sony’s original XBRITE-FullHD™ LCD technology, for crystal-clear images. Most LV models feature a slot-in Blu-ray Disc optical drive so you can enjoy high-definition movies. A rewritable BD drive for recording, storing and playing back personal content on high-capacity BD media is available. And with built-in DVR capabilities and an up to a terabyte of storage, you can create a personal entertainment library with up to 100 hours of HD television. An industry-unique-feature in an all-in-one PC, the LV model features a 1080p capable HDMI input so you can connect your compatible HD cable box, satellite receiver or PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system (all sold separately) via a single cable and enjoy HD entertainment without powering on the PC. Packing powerful components, the LV model can multi-task through demanding PC applications while editing HD content. The LV model comes with your choice of Windows Vista Home Premium or Vista Ultimate operating systems. The LV model is equipped with wireless LAN and an integrated power supply allowing the unit to be cleanly mounted on a wall. A wireless keyboard with a built-in touchpad, mouse and remote control are included.
The Vaio RT High Definition Studio is a one-stop-shop handling all your high-definition video-editing needs on a single machine. Its 25.5″ (diagonal) LCD display, featuring XBRITE-FullHD LCD technology, and Blu-ray optical drive enables you to play, record and edit HD video in 1080p resolution. In addition to the built-in digital TV tuners, an HDMI In port lets you connect compatible HD cable and satellite boxes to enrich your HDTV viewing experience. An HDMI output has also been included, letting you connect to an external LCD display or HDTV to expand your workspace (HDMI cable, LCD, and HDTV sold separately). The RT series incorporates Intel Core 2 Quad processors, up to 8GB of RAM and a terabyte hard drive. It is equipped with a high-speed eSATA port, for extra storage, and a CompactFlash slot. The unit comes pre-installed with Windows Vista Ultimate operating system. A wireless keyboard with integrated touchpad and mouse are included. It is also equipped with a built-in power supply enabling you to cleanly mount it to the wall.
Prices will start from $1,000 upwards for the Vaio JS, while the LV and RT will retail from $1,600 and $3,300 upwards, respectively.