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Sony VAIO RT Series


$3,300.00 Released September, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Fully 1080p capable. Much more powerful than any iMac-like PC released (including the top-of-the-line iMac). Has the connections the other series should (eSATA, HDMI output etc.. .).

The Cons:Extremely costly. More advanced model CPU bump / double RAM is not worth $700. Very poor 1-year limited warranty.

Introduced in early September 2008 at CEDIA, the VAIO RT Series is made up of 2 all-in-one computer systems from Sony. Aimed at enthusiasts and those who want the latest technology in a stylish all-in-one enclosure, the RT series includes all that is required for fast computing, content creation, watching high definition media and even gaming - surpassing the LV series in all possible ways.

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Featuring an all-in-screen design much like the iMac, both models feature 25.5" screens with full 1080p capable 1920 x 1200 resolutions, and 2 500GB 7200rpm drives. Both models also feature Blu-ray writers, mobile NVIDIA 9600M gaming capable video cards (with 512MB of dedicated VRAM), wireless N support, bluetooth and built in 2.1 audio. Coming in at a mammoth 41.4 pounds, the only differences between the two models are double the RAM (4 and 8GB of DDR2 800MHz) and the processors - a quad-core Intel Q8200 running at 2.33GHz for the cheaper $3299.99 model, and a quad-core Intel Q9400 running at 2.66GHz for the more expensive $3999.99 one. Both come in black only.

Models (only differences are highlighted)

  • VGC-RT100Y: quad-core Intel Q8200 (2.33GHz), 4GB of DDR2 800MHz
  • VGC-RT150Y: quad-core Intel Q9400 (2.66GHz), 8GB of DDR2 800MHz

Features

  • CPU/RAM: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 or Q9400, 4 or 8GB DDR2 800MHz
  • Display: 25.5" widescreen LCD (1920 x 1200 ) powered by the NVIDIA GeForce 9600M (512MB of dedicated VRAM)
  • Storage/Optical: 1TB (500GB x 2) 7200RPM HDD, Blu-ray writer
  • Networking: Atheros Wireless Network Connection (802.11b/g/n), Ethernet, Bluetooth
  • Audio: Built-in Intel High Definition Audio with Dolby Digital Live, 2 x 5W speakers + 1 x 11W sub (2.1)
  • Expansion: 5 x USB 2.0, 1 x IEEE 1394, Ethernet, S/PDIF connection, eSATA, HDMI input and output, Headphone output
  • Dimensions & weight: 26.1"(W) x 17.3"(H) x 9.3"(D) (CPU and Display only), 41.4 pounds

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Pros
  • 4

    fully 1080p capable

  • 3

    much more powerful than any iMac-like PC released (including the top-of-the-line iMac)

  • 3

    has the connections the other series should (eSATA, HDMI output etc.. .)

  • 3

    can write to the newest optical media (many times the size of DVDs)

  • 2

    Better specified than most iMac clones

  • 1

    stylish design is ideal for those who remain uninterested in getting a Mac

Cons
  • 3

    extremely costly

  • 3

    more advanced model CPU bump / double RAM is not worth $700

  • 3

    very poor 1-year limited warranty

  • 1

    will be out-of-date in 6 months like any other computer

  • 1

    while decent, the 9600M is not a gamers video card

  • 1

    Vista

  • 0

    slower DDR2 when DDR3 is now commercially available

  • -2

    Unbelievably expensive - same money will buy you an 8 core mac pro

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