While the vast majority of the computer products shown at the CEATEC show, held here earlier this month, are unlikely to see the light of day in the U.S., exhibitors such as Sharp, Hitachi and NEC showed an interesting array of desktop and notebook models.
NEC showed its ValueStar desktop that featured a thin and flat chassis that sat under a separate LCD monitor. The three SKU lineup was powered by an Intel Celeron M 1.73GHz processor, had 512MB of RAM and either a 300GB or a 250GB hard drive. The primary differentiator: the units came with either a 17-inch or 20-inch LCD.
Sharp Electronics showed the Internet Aquos PC, which combined a Sharp desktop computer with Aquos LCD TVs of varying screen sizes. The CPU was housed in a burnished steel case and sat on a small pedestal to the side of the television. It came bundled with displays ranging from 20 inches to 37 inches and was touted by the company as the answer to all of a families PC and TV needs.
Toshiba showed a couple of versions of its Qosmio notebook line slated for the Japanese market. The featured sets match pretty well with what is now offered in the U.S., but each adds an internal indoor television antenna negating the need to attach the computer to an external TV source.
Hitachi, a major computer player in Japan, showed its Prius One Type W all-in-one desktops at the show. The two-unit Prius One has all the computer's inner workings housed behind the LCD with a front mounted DVD-slot creating a 6-inch deep chassis. It uses an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Windows XP or Media Center 2005 software, 1GB of memory and a 320GB hard drive. The less expensive model has a less powerful Celeron M processor.