Sony pumps up top-of-the-line Vaio® desktop pc for fall

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The mettle of Sony’s champion VAIO desktop PCs is getting even stronger with today’s announcement of key feature, processor and memory upgrades on select fall models. Seven new VAIO desktop PCs in all will be hitting stores in October.

“Consumers spend way more time at home having fun than working on spreadsheets or word processing,” said Mark Hanson, vice president of Sony’s VAIO PC marketing. “That’s why Sony is constantly improving the power and prowess of the VAIO desktop PC’s entertainment features. This fall’s VAIO line up is one more step in that continuous improvement.”

VAIO Digital Studio Puts More Might Behind Digital Video

Topping the list is a new VAIO Digital Studio (RX590G) with Giga Pocket™ Personal Video Recorder feature, with a TV tuner and a DVD-RW drive for watching, recording, storing and sharing digital video.

The new RX590G model has an Intel® Pentium® 2.0 GHz processor, a whopping 512MB of RDRAM and a high-capacity 100GB hard drive. The RX590G also includes an HPNA modem for households that want to share live TV or recorded video from the Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder; or high-speed Internet access, printers and drives among multiple PCs.

Like other Digital Studio PCs equipped with the Giga Pocket feature, the RX590G enables users to watch TV and record home videos or TV programs onto the hard drive. The consumer can plan ahead by using the free iEPG (Internet Electronic Program Guide) service to record shows up to 14 days in advance. Digital video content, once recorded onto the hard drive, can be exported onto a DVD using DVD-RW technology.

The RX590G also features Dolby digital optical output, allowing users to connect the system to a receiver with Dolby digital recorder. The included Dolby Virtual Surround Headphones allow for virtual surround sound without disturbing other family members in the room. The RX590G is expected to sell for about $2,500.

For those homes that can use the high quality entertainment features of the RX590G, but don’t want the TV tuner or Giga Pocket feature, there’s the RX580 which features the latest DVD-RW technology for watching movies or recording digital video content. The PCV-RX580 has an 80 GB hard drive and Intel’s Pentium 4 1.8 GHz processor and will sell for about $1,650 with a $100 mail-in rebate.

Sony’s Third Generation Pen Tablet PC: `Write’ On!

The VAIO desktop PC fall line-up also includes Sony’s third generation VAIO Slimtop Pen Tablet PC, which maintains the revolutionary pen-based user interface, but pumps up the features with a new DVD/CD-RW drive and a 60 GB hard drive.

The new Slimtop LX920 has an Intel® Pentium® III Processor, 256 MB of SDRAM and a V.90 modem.

In addition to a wheel mouse to navigate PC applications, this new model features a pressure-sensitive pen that allows users to draw, erase and navigate Windows®-based applications directly on the included 15-inch (15-inch viewable image size) XGA TFT Multimedia LCD with up to 1024×768 resolution. To maximize the fun, the VAIO LX920 Pen Tablet model also features Sony’s PictureToy™ software, an easy-to-use drawing, tracing and painting application. It’s expected to sell for about $2,500.

Mid-Range VAIO Desktop PCs Round-out the Line-up

For consumers who are in need of solid processing power, good looks and lots of storage, Sony’s newest upgrades in mid-range VAIO desktops are the answer. The new VAIO RX560 and the RX570 come equipped with an Intel® Pentium® 4 1.7GHz processor and Pentium® 4 1.8GHz processor, respectively. With 80gigabytes of hard drive space, a V.90 modem and 10-BaseT/100-BaseTX Fast Ethernet port, consumers have the best tools for fast, powerful computing at home. The RX560 is available today and has an estimated selling price of about $1,200 after a $100 mail-in rebate. The RX570 ships in early October and is expected to sell for about $1,350 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

Connectivity for Every Room: Add A Value VAIO PC

You may have a powerhouse in your home office, but your kids might just need the basics, and for them, Sony offers two fully-equipped value PCs with an estimated selling price of $1,000 or less.

The VAIO RX540 and the RX550 are equipped with a 60GB hard drive, 256MB RAM and a V.90 modem. Both systems have two drives, a DVD-ROM and a CD-RW, and offer the ability to watch DVD movies, and download, share and listen to music. The iLINK (IEEE 1390) ports allow consumers to store and manage digital video content and watch home movies on the PC.

The RX540, equipped with an Intel Celeron 1.2GHz processor, will ship in October with an estimated selling price of about $800 after a $50 mail-in rebate. The RX550, which has an Intel Pentium 4 1.5 GHz processor, is available today for about $1,000 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

Hot Sony Software, Windows XP to Maximize Entertainment

All desktop systems announced today will use Microsoft® Windows® XP Home, 10Base-T/100Base-TX Fast Ethernet, and Sony’s original MovieShaker™, DVgate™, Media Bar™, SonicStage™ for VAIO, PictureGear™, Smart Capture, and VisualFlow™ software.

Key Specifications, VAIO Digital Studio Series, Fall Line-up:

PCV-RX540

PCV-RX550

PCV-RX560

PCV-RX570

Processor

Intel® Celeron 1.2 GHz?

Intel® Pentium® 4 1.5 GHz?

Intel® Pentium® 4 1.7 GHz?

Intel® Pentium® 4 1.8 GHz?

Cache Memory

256 KB Integrated On-Die Level 2

256 KB Integrated On-Die Level 2

256 KB Integrated On-Die Level 2

256 KB Integrated On-Die Level 2

Operating System

Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition

Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition

Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition

Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition

Sony Original Software

SonicStage for VAIO

DVgate™

Media Bar™

MovieShaker™

PictureGear™

Smart Capture

VisualFlow™

SonicStage for VAIO

DVgate™

Media Bar™

MovieShaker™

PictureGear™

Smart Capture

VisualFlow™

SonicStage for VAIO

DVgate™

Media Bar™

MovieShaker™

PictureGear™

Smart Capture

VisualFlow™

SonicStage for VAIO

DVgate™

Media Bar™

MovieShaker™

PictureGear™

Smart Capture

VisualFlow™

Other Software Applications

Adobe Acrobat® Reader

Apple QuickTime™

Corel WordPerfect®

Quicken® 2002

Microsoft® Outlook® Express

Adobe Acrobat® Reader

Adobe Photoshop® Elements

Apple QuickTime™

ArcSoft PhotoPrinter 2000 Pro

Corel WordPerfect®

Quicken® 2002

Microsoft® Outlook® Express

Adobe Acrobat® Reader

Adobe Photoshop® Elements

Apple QuickTime™

ArcSoft PhotoPrinter 2000 Pro

Corel WordPerfect®

Quicken® 2002

Microsoft® Outlook® Express

Adobe Acrobat® Reader

Adobe Photoshop® Elements

Apple QuickTime™

ArcSoft PhotoPrinter 2000 Pro

Corel WordPerfect®

Quicken® 2002

Microsoft® Outlook® Express

Standard RAM

256MB PC 133 SDRAM expandable to 512MB

256MB PC 133 SDRAM expandable to 512MB

256MB PC 133 SDRAM expandable to 512MB

512MB PC 133 SDRAM expandable to 512MB

Hard Drive

60 GB

60 GB

80 GB

80 GB

Drives

16X(max.) DVD-ROM

16X10X40X (max) CD-RW

16X(max) DVD-ROM

16X10X40X (max) CD-RW

16X(max) DVD-ROM

16X10X40X (max)CD-RW

16X(max) DVD-ROM

16X10X40X (max)CD-RW

Floppy Disk Drive

1.44MB

1.44MB

1.44MB

1.44MB

Video & Graphics

Intel 815E Internal Graphic

4X AGP 3D Graphics Hardware Acceleration (nVIDIA TNT2 M64)

4X AGP 3D Graphics Hardware Acceleration (nVIDIA TNT2 M64)

4X AGP 3D Graphics Hardware Acceleration (nVIDIA TNT2 M64)

Modem

V.90

V.90

V.90

V.90

Ethernet

10-BaseT/100-BaseTX Fast Ethernet

10-BaseT/100-BaseTX Fast Ethernet

10-BaseT/100-BaseTX Fast Ethernet

10-BaseT/100-BaseTX Fast Ethernet

Dimensions (CPU)

8.0″ (W) x 14.2″(H) x 14.6″(D)

8.0″ (W) x 14.2″(H) x 14.6″(D)

8.0″ (W) x 14.2″(H) x 14.6″(D)

8.0″ (W) x 14.2″(H) x 14.6″(D)

Availability

October

September

September

October

Rebates

$50

$100

$100

$100

ESP

$849.99

$1,099.99

$1,299.99

$1,449.99

Key Specifications, VAIO Digital Studio Series, Fall Line-up cont:

PCV-RX580

PCV-RX590

Processor

Intel® Pentium® 4 1.8 GHz?

Intel® Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz?

Cache Memory

256 KB Integrated On-Die Level 2

256 KB Integrated On-Die Level 2

Operating System

Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition

Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition

Sony Original Software

SonicStage for VAIO

DVgate™

Media Bar™

MovieShaker™

PictureGear™

Smart Capture

VisualFlow™

Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder

SonicStage for VAIO

DVgate™

Media Bar™

MovieShaker™

PictureGear™

Smart Capture

VisualFlow™

Other Software Applications

Adobe Acrobat® Reader

Adobe Photoshop® Elements

Adobe Premiere® LE

Apple QuickTime™

ArcSoft PhotoPrinter 2000 Pro

Corel WordPerfect®

EasySystems Record Now DX

Quicken® 2002

Microsoft® Outlook® Express

Sonic Solutions DVDit! For VAIO

Adobe Acrobat® Reader

Adobe Photoshop® Elements

Adobe Premiere® LE

Apple QuickTime™

ArcSoft PhotoPrinter 2000 Pro

Corel WordPerfect®

EasySystems Record Now DX

Quicken® 2002

Microsoft® Outlook® Express

Sonic Solutions DVDit! For VAIO

Standard RAM

512MB PC133 SDRAM

512MB PC800 RDRAM

Hard Drive

80 GB

100 GB

Drives

DVD-RW3

1X(max.) DVD-RW write

2X(max.) DVD-R write

40X(max.) CD-ROM

DVD-RW3

1X(max.) DVD-RW write

2X(max.) DVD-R write

40X(max.) CD-ROM

Floppy Disk Drive

1.44MB

1.44MB

Video & Graphics

4X AGP 3D Graphics Hardware Acceleration (nVIDIA TNT2 M64)

4X AGP 3D Graphics Hardware Acceleration (nVIDIA GeForce2 MX)

Modem

V.90

V.90/ HomePNA Combo

Ethernet

10-BaseT/100-BaseTX Fast Ethernet

10-BaseT/100-BaseTX Fast Ethernet

Dimensions (CPU)

8.0″ (W) x 14.2″(H) x 14.6″(D)

8.0″ (W) x 14.2″(H) x 14.6″(D)

Availability

October

October

Rebates

$100

ESP

$1,749.99

$2,499.99

Key Specifications, VAIO Slimtop PenTablet Series, Fall Line-up:

PCV-LX920

Processor

Intel® Pentium® III 1B GHz?

Cache Memory

256 KB Integrated On-Die Level 2

Operating System

Microsoft® Windows™ XP Home

Sony Original Software

SonicStage for VAIO

DVgate™

Media Bar™

MovieShaker™

PictureGear™

Picture Toy

Smart Capture

VisualFlow™

Other Software Applications

Adobe Acrobat® Reader

Adobe GoLive™

Adobe LiveMotion™

Adobe Photoshop® Elements

Adobe Premiere® LE

ArcSoft PhotoPrinter 2000 Pro

Apple QuickTime™

Corel WordPerfect®

Quicken® 2002

Microsoft® Outlook® Express

Standard RAM

256 MB PC-133 SDRAM, expandable to 512 MB

Hard Drive

60 GB

Drives

8X(max.) DVD-ROM and 8X4X32X(max.) CD-RW Combo Drive

Floppy Disk Drive

Optional

Modem

V.90

Ethernet

10-BaseT/100-BaseTX Fast Ethernet

Dimensions (CPU)

11.0″ (W) x 4.2″ (H) x 14.6″ (D)

Availability

October

ESP

$2,499.99

?GHz denotes microprocessor internal clock speed. Other factors affect application performance.

GB means one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary.

3May not be compatible with all DVD players.

Editor’s Note: Sony Electronics’ Information Technologies Product Division (ITPD) is based in San Diego. ITPD markets branded VAIO® notebook and desktop computer products; CLIE™ handheld devices and home digital photo printers. For additional information about Sony products, customers can call (888) 222-SONY, or visit Sony’s web site at: www.sony.com/vaio. Press releases and digital images are available at Sony Electronics’ news and information web site at: www.sony.com/news.

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