First Look: Sony's VAIO PCV-W10 Desktop PC

By SmallBusinessComputing Staff | Posted October 08, 2002
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Wayne N. Kawamoto
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Sony announced its VAIO PCV-W10 PC, the company's first all-in-one desktop computer. The integrated PC has a built-in flat-panel display; keyboard; and speakers. The body of the unit is hidden behind a 15.3-inch, wide-aspect ratio, adjustable liquid-crystal display; and a vertically retractable keyboard neatly folds back against the main unit when not in use.

By asking customers to plug in just two cords - the power cable and the mouse - the company says that the system is easy to put together. Also, the VAIO weighs just over 20 pounds and may be easily moved from room to room.

With integrated speakers and a built-in CD player, the VAIO W desktop is designed to double as a stereo system. Even when the keyboard is folded up, songs should keep playing and the wide LCD can display both the artist and the name of the song on the screen via Sony's SonicStage music jukebox software.

Part of the software package includes Sony's PictureGear Studio application that may be used to create photo albums, slide shows and compress large picture files for e-mail attachments. The VAIO W also comes with two PC card slots that allow users to take advantage of wireless Internet connection and other expansion possibilities. Sony's VAIO Media software, which has been added to all of Sony's new VAIO PCs, may be a helpful tool to share images, music and content through home networking.

The VAIO W comes with two i.LINK, IEEE 1394 digital interface ports for digital imaging and printing connections, three USB 2.0 ports, and an optical mouse. Additionally, a Memory Stick media slot should enable the sharing of photos and other digital content.

Pricing and Availability
The VAIO W will be available in October for about $1,600 with pre-orders available starting today online at www.sonystyle.com.

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