updated 09:35 am EDT, Mon August 27, 2007
Sony VAIO LT
Sony today became the first computer builder in the US to offer Blu-Ray in an all-in-one PC with the introduction of the VAIO LT. Larger than the Japanese L series, the 22-inch LT is large enough to be used both as a PC and for watching HD video content; an optional version now includes a Blu-Ray rewriter that can play and burn dual-layer 50GB discs. Every LT also brandishes HDTV and analog TV tuning that runs independently from the PC, allowing users to watch live video (including over CableCARD) without waiting for the PC to boot up. A VESA wall-mount kit is an option for particularly space-conscious users who need even less of a footprint in the living room or at a desk.
Although Sony did not reveal full specs for the PC's launch, it revealed that every system will include a Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of memory, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Every model also has a free slot for an easily mounting a second hard drive, eliminating one of the limits to expansion for many all-in-one systems. A stock LT15E model will ship with a DVD burner for $1,900; the top-end LT19U at $2,900 will pack the Blu-Ray drive plus a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo, a 500GB hard drive, and a 256MB GeForce 8400M GT that can fully decode 1080p video without a significant demand on the CPU. Both variants will ship in October bundled with a media remote.