One look at the confident, geometric design of Sony’s VGC-RT is all you need to see that two major PC makers now make meatier all-in-ones than Apple. Like HP’s latest, Sony’s newest desktop includes HDMI inputs and outputs, blu-ray optical and a laptop-like computer inside a chassis little fatter than an LCD panel. Big speakers (if they’re any good) will be another draw, as will the unsonylike low starting price of $1,000.
Fancier models, like the VAIO RT High Definition Studio, head up into the pricing stratosphere, with options including a stonking 25.5″ display, built-in digital video recorder, terabyte storage and 8GB of RAM. Wireless peripherals, including a keyboard with an integrated touchpad, are included.
The press release also makes clear there’s no power brick. I would have been just aghast if there had been a power brick.
Discarded candidate candidate: “No roundrects please, we’re not British.” But the low-end JS model has them.