New York - Sony added the new PCV-V100G all-in-one computer to its Vaio desktop line up last week.
With this new model, Sony makes a major departure from its first such model the PCV-W500GN1. The V100G has a smaller desktop footprint, is slimmer and lighter, primarily because it uses a 15-inch 4-by-3 aspect ratio display instead of the W500GN1’s wide-aspect 17-inch LCD.
Mike Abary, Sony’s director of VAIO notebook marketing, said the V100G’s smaller form factor might enable the company to make the leap into the business market for use in places such as hotels. However, Sony announced no plan to start selling into this channel.
The unit will ship in early November with a street price in the $1,600 range to a select group of regional retailers, and it will be available direct from Sony.
The unit’s other major alteration is the inclusion of a wireless keyboard and mouse, Abary said. The W500GN1’s keyboard was connected directly to the PC’s chassis, making it impossible for the user to adjust. The new keyboard uses an RF signal, enabling the keyboard to be operated in any position desired.
Like its predecessor, the V100G features Sony’s Giga Pocket PVR technology that enables TV programming to be stored on its 80GB hard drive. Other features include an Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, DVD-RAM/CD-RW drive, PC card slot and the standard Vaio software bundle for video, music and imaging editing.