Sony VAIO VGC-RT150Y Specifications
Display: 25.5″ XBRITE Full HD LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1200
GPU: 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
CPU: 2.66 Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 with 6MB L2 cache, 1333MHz FSB
Chipset: Intel P43 Express
RAM: 8GB DDR2 PC2-6400 (2GB x4) 800MHz
HDD: 1TB (500GB x2) 7200RPM SATA RAID 0
Optical: Blu-ray (BD-R/RE/RE DL/ROM/R-DL, DVDÂ±RW/Â±R DL/RAM)
Connectivity: HDMI (in, out), eSATA, CF, Audio-In, Mic-In, RF-In, S-Video, USB 2.0 (5), IR-Out, FireWire, Headphone-Out, S/PDIF Out, Gigabit Ethernet, A/V-In, WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth with A2DP
Tuner: NTSC/ATSC tuner integrated
OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
Other: Wireless keyboard with integrated touchpad and mouse, built-in PSU, wall-mountable
Availability: Mid-October, 2008
Price: Around US$3,300
Apple‘s iMac has got some competition. Sony has introduced three all-in-one PCs at the CEDIA show that is being held in Colorado at the moment. The biggest and baddest all-in-one is Sony’s RT series and the top-of-the-line RT is the VGC-RT150Y. The VGC-RT150Y packs a huge punch in terms of computing power. Just look at the 2.66GHz Core 2 Quad CPU mated with 8GB of RAM and a 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT GPU. You also get two 500GB in RAID 0 formation for a total of 1TB. That’s a lot of storage! Personally, I would have gone RAID 1 with two 1TB drives. And the feature that really gets me going is the huge 25.5″ LCD sporting a pixel format of 1920 x 1200. It would have been nice if there were more pixels, but I’d guess you’ll need to pack in a 30″ for that!
The integrated Blu-ray optical drive is a monster. You can throw anything at it and it’ll be able to read and write without a hiccup, at least that’s what I’m assuming according to the really long list of supported optical disk types. Not only can you watch Blu-ray movies in all its glory, the integrated ATSC tuner will pump in HD signals straight to the monstrous 25.5″ LCD. The 25.5″ size is large enough to be your personal LCD TV and that’s probably what Sony was shooting for.
There are some nifty little buttons on the right side of the all-in-one. There is a “Display Off” button for when you want to keep the machine running but turn the display off. As I’m writing this, I’m thinking, “Isn’t there a power profile on Vista where the software controls that?” Maybe I’m missing something. There’s a “HDMI Select” button and a wireless on/off switch. There’s also a ‘Connect’ button that is probably used to connect the wireless keyboard and mouse, but it’s just a guess. I really like the keyboard with the built-in trackpad to the right. Of course, if you’re a lefty, you’re out of luck.
The VGC-RT150Y’s design is more robust-looking that the current iMac all-in-ones but doesn’t look as sexy. You’re pick: robust or sexy. I personally like the VGC-RT150Y’s design quite a bit. And as far as I can tell, it packs the largest LCD in an all-in-one. Maybe Apple will introduce something even larger next week. Maybe.
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