New York - Sony Electronics yesterday unveiled two desktop PCs and mini-notebooks to its Vaio computer line and announced plans to enter the B2B market this summer with a class of specially designed computers.
Mark Viken, Sony's executive vice president for IT products, said the company will start shipping next month the Vaio PCV-LX810 and PCV-LX910 slim top desktop computers. These will carry suggested retail prices of $2,000 and $2,500 with the V-LX810 featuring an Intel Pentium III processor, DVD/CD-RW drive, 15-inch LCD monitor and a 40GB hard drive. The latter model steps up to a Pentium III 1GHz processor and a 60GB hard drive.
In the mini-notebook category Sony added the Vaio 505TL, shipping in July with an estimated street price of $1,500, and the entry-level PCG-SR33. It will also ship next month with an after rebate price of $1,000. The 505TL is powered by an Intel Celeron 650GHz processor, 15GB hard drive and a docking station. The PCG-SR33 uses a Celeron 600MHz and a 10GB hard drive.
Viken was short on specifics for Sony's upcoming venture into producing business-class computers, but mentioned that the move makes sense because Vaio notebooks and PCs are already popular with corporate America. These new products will be sold primarily through resell
"About 80 percent of our Vaio notebooks go into this market already," he said.