Sony Unveils Cool New Vaio
Unveiling its first new personal computer of 2002, Sony has taken the wraps off a cool new design for its
The Vaio W series is built around a 15.3-inch wide-screen thin-film transistor LCD with 1280-by-768 pixel resolution. The guts of the computer are built into a box behind the monitor, which keeps the unit looking thin. The keyboard is integrated into the package and folds down from in front of the monitor, a position it can be kept in when not in use.
The machine has a 1.2-GHz Intel Celeron processor with 256MB of memory, a 40GB hard drive, a CD-RW/DVD-ROM optical drive, a built-in Ethernet adapter, a TV tuner, and a slot for Sony's Memory Stick memory cards.
On the software side,
The company's MovieShaker video editing software, DVGate software for working with DV format camcorders, and three original packages for working and manipulating digital still images are also included.
Desktop personal computers that pack a flat-panel display and the computer into a single case have been becoming more and more popular in recent years as LCD panel prices fall to make the machines more affordable. For consumers, the main attraction of the machines, beyond their good looks, is a reduction of the cable-spaghetti usually found behind more desktop computers and a more desk space because of their small footprints.
The Vaio W101 will go on sale in Japan on February 2 at a price of around $1200. The company said it has no plans to sell the device overseas.