Sony VAIO RT-series All-in-One HD Studio

Chris Davies - Sep 3, 2008, 5:43 pm CDT

Sony have high aspirations for their final VAIO All-in-One of the day, the RT-series.  They’re calling it a HD Studio, “a super-powerful video authoring PC tucked behind a stunning 25.5-inch HDTV”.  The RT is based on an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 processor running at up to 2.5GHz (6MB L2 cache), 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage in dual-SATA user-accessible RAID array; the display itself is 1920 x 1200 driven by an NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 512MB of dedicated VRAM.

Both an HDMI input and output are included, meaning the RT can operate as a standalone HD display or, alternatively, be connected to another display for secondary output.  Sony suggested this could be used for color checking when doing graphic arts or animation.  A slot-loading Blu-ray drive is fitted, as is an NTSC/ATSC TV tuner.  Connectivity includes gigabit ethernet, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth with A2DP support.

Ports include audio and microphone inputs, five USB 2.0, two RF inputs, one S-Video input, iLINK, headphone and S/PDIF outputs, one e-SATA, HDMI in and HDMI out.  Twin 5W speakers and an 11W subwoofer are built in, but the RT can also decode Dolby Digital surround sound.

A wireless keyboard and mouse are supplied, as is a remote control.  Sony also supply an IR blaster for controlling a connected A/V source.  The power supply is built in, for ease of wall-mounting, and Sony even include the necessary hardware to do so.

The Sony VAIO RT-series will go on sale in the fall, priced between $3,300 and $4,000.

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