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Sony Launches Three All-In-One Vaio PCs

Sony plans to have the new systems in retail stores starting in mid-October, but plans to sell the PCs online before then.

Sony has introduced three all-in-one Vaio desktops with slim LCD panels and prices ranging from around $1,000 to $3,300.

At the low end is the Vaio JS, which has a 20-inch display and optional Blu-ray disc drive. The PC comes with up to a 500 GB hard drive, 4 GB of memory and a built-in 1.3 megapixel Webcam. Available colors are black, silver and pink. The system comes with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium. Pricing starts at about $1,000.

In the midrange is the Vaio LV that comes with a higher resolution 24-inch widescreen. The PC comes with a rewritable Blu-ray drive and an HDMI input to connect a high-definition cable box, satellite receiver or video game console, such as Sony's PlayStation 3. The input enables the user to watch HD video from these devices without turning on the PC.

The LV model also comes equipped with Wi-Fi support, a wireless keyboard and an integrated power supply, so the unit can be cleanly mounted on a wall. The system comes with a choice of Vista Home Premium or Vista Ultimate. Pricing starts at $1,600.

At the top of the line is the Vaio RT, which has the power for high-definition video editing. The system includes a 25.5-inch screen, Blu-ray optical drive, built-in digital TV tuner, and HDMI input and output. The latter makes it possible to connect the PC to an external LCD display or high-definition TV.

The RT is powered by an Intel Core 2 quad-core processor and includes up to 8 GB of memory and a 1 terabyte hard drive. The system is equipped with a high-speed eSATA port for extra storage and comes with Vista Ultimate, a built-in power supply and wireless keyboard. Pricing is about $3,300.

Sony plans to have the new systems in retail stores starting in mid-October, but plans to sell the PCs online through its own site before then. As of Friday, the systems, and further details, were not yet available on the site.

Sony launched the home PCs at this week's CEDIA Expo in Denver.

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