Sony is expanding its line of Vaio Digital Studio desktop PCs, releasing in February a slate of new systems that includes a pair of Intel Pentium 4 PCs with both CD-RW and DVD drives, as well as software to lure multimedia fans.
Also, the line now includes an entry-level system that runs on an Advanced Micro Devices Duron CPU, as well as one lower-end Pentium III multimedia system.
The Vaio Digital Studio PCV-RX380DS runs on a 1.5GHz Pentium 4, while the PCV-RX370DS has a 1.3GHz P4. Both have 128MB of RAM with a 400MHz front side bus, and are loaded with a 10/100BaseT ethernet connection, V.90 modem, two i.LINK and three USB ports. Bundled with both systems are Sony's Picture Toy drawing program and MovieShaker digital-video editing software.
The PCV-RX380DS has an 80GB hard drive, a 16X DVD-ROM, and 12X/8X/32X CD-RW drive. The PCV-RX370DS has a 60GB hard drive, a 16X DVD-ROM drive, and 8X/4X/32X CD-RW drive.
The low end of the Pentium models is the PCV-RX360DS, powered by an 866MHz Pentium III. It comes with 128MB of RAM, a 40GB hard drive, v.90 modem, 10/100BaseT ethernet connection, two i.LINK ports, and four USB ports. Instead of the nVidia, it has integrated AGP graphics, and it comes with a 16X DVD-ROM as well as 8X/4X/32X CD-RW.
Sony positions them as "powerful and cost-effective systems for the hardcore PC enthusiast and first-time buyer, alike," according to Rich Black, director of marketing for desktop PCs.
The PCV-J150, the sole Duron system, is intended for a first-time buyer or novice video editor. It has an 800-MHz Duron plus a 30GB hard drive, 64MB of standard memory, v.90 modem, and 8X/4X/32X CD-RW drive. It also has two i.LINK and two USB ports, an open PCI slot, and a network interface card, and comes with only the MovieShaker software.