New VAIO Desktops Give the Gift of Lasting Memories
Sony PCs With One-Click DVD Burning Software Easily Convert Home Video to DVD
You can share your favorite memories this holiday season without the hassle of cables, tapes or a slideshow carousel by sending a gift-wrapped personal DVD to friends and family. New VAIO® desktop PCs with Sony's original Click to DVD™ software allows you to easily take analog or digital content, as well as digital photos, and burn them directly to a DVD.
The new PCV-RZ16G, PCV-RZ14G and PCV-RX860 desktop models all feature high-powered processors, rewritable DVD drives and the Click to DVD software -- a one-click DVD burning application.
"One out of every four American households have a DVD player connected to their TV and even more have camcorders," said Mark Hanson, vice president and general manager of VAIO PC marketing for Sony Electronics. "With Click to DVD, we've bridged the gap between these devices, making it very easy to create your own professional looking DVD."
RZ Digital Studio PC
Marking Sony's most powerful line of desktop PCs ever offered is the VAIO Digital Studio™ RZ series, the first two models, the PCV-RZ16G and PCV-RZ14G, don a sophisticated look with curved speakers. These two models have the most processing power of any VAIO computer with Intel® Pentium® 4 processors and include 120 GB hard drives that can house loads of music, video and photo content.
Also on the new VAIO desktops is Sony's Giga Pocket™ personal video recording application, which lets you watch live TV, record shows onto the hard drive for viewing at a later time, and plan future recording with an Internet TV programming guide. This feature also enables simultaneous live television viewing and video recording on the PC.
Another feature of the Giga Pocket application is the ability to use the built-in analog video input, which makes the transfer of tape to DVD from 8mm or VHS camcorders easy. Stacks of VHS tapes can now be compressed and cataloged, preserving memories for years while using only a fraction of the storage space.
The PCV-RZ16G model, priced at about $2,000, includes a rewritable DVD drive and a DVD-ROM drive, and is packed with 1GB of PC-2100 DDR RAM (expandable to 1.5 GB). Its sister PCV-RZ14G model, priced at about $1,700, includes a DVD-RW and a CD-ROM drive, and 512 MB PC-2100 DDR RAM (expandable to 1.5 GB). Both models have nVidia® GeForce4™ MX 440 64 MB graphics cards for terrific gaming and superb color output.
Classic RX Digital Studio PC -- Specifications
The PCV-RX860 model is a practical entry into the world of DVD burning. Priced at about $1,300, this model includes an Intel Pentium 4 processor, a rewritable DVD drive and a CD-ROM drive. An 80GB hard drive and 512MB of PC-2100 DDR RAM (expandable to 1.5GB) provide all the power necessary to store images, music and video content.
Across the Board Functionality
All of the new desktop models have six USB 2.0 ports and two i.LINK® IEEE 1394 digital interface ports to make connecting printers, music players, displays and handheld computers a snap. They also all have a Memory Stick® media slot for sharing pictures, music, documents and other digital data with more than 300 compatible electronic devices from various manufacturers.
The PCV-RZ14G, PCV-RZ16G and PCV-RX860 VAIO desktop PCs will all be available this month.
Key Specifications, VAIO Desktop Series Fall 2002: PCV-RX860 PCV-RZ14G PCV-RZ16G Processor Intel® Intel® Intel® Pentium® 4 Pentium® 4 Pentium® 4 Processor Processor Processor 2.40B GHz(i) 2.53GHz 2.66 GHz Cache Memory 512 KB(ii) 512KB 512 KB Integrated Integrated Integrated On-Die On-Die On-Die Level 2 Level 2 Level 2 Operating System Microsoft® Microsoft® Microsoft® Windows® XP Windows® XP Windows® XP Home Edition Home Edition Home Edition Sony Original Software Click to DVD™ Click to DVD™ Click to DVD™ PictureGear PictureGear PictureGear Studio™ Studio™ Studio™ DVgate™ Dvgate™ Dvgate™ SonicStage™ SonicStage™ SonicStage™ for VAIO® PC for VAIO® PC for VAIO® PC MovieShaker™ MovieShaker™ MovieShaker™ Network Smart Network Smart Network Smart Capture Capture Capture VAIO Media™ VAIO Media™ VAIO Media™ Other Software Applications Adobe® Adobe® Adobe® Premiere® LE Premiere® LE Premiere® LE Corel Corel Corel WordPerfect® WordPerfect® WordPerfect® Office 2002 Office 2002 Office 2002 Wordperfect® Wordperfect® Wordperfect® Quattro Pro® Quattro Pro® Quattro Pro® Corel® Corel® Corel® Presentations™ Presentations™ Presentations™ CorelCENTRAL™ CorelCENTRAL™ CorelCENTRAL™ Intuit Intuit Intuit Quicken® Quicken® Quicken® 2002(iii) 2002 2002 Adobe® Adobe® Adobe® Photoshop® Photoshop® Photoshop® Elements Elements Elements Veritas® Veritas® Veritas® RecordNow™ DX RecordNow™ DX RecordNow™DX Adobe® Adobe® Adobe® Acrobat® Acrobat® Acrobat® Reader® Reader® Reader® Apple Apple Apple QuickTime® QuickTime® QuickTime® Microsoft® Microsoft® Microsoft® Outlook® Outlook® Outlook® Express Express Express RealNetworks® RealNetworks® RealNetworks® RealOne™ RealOne™ RealOne™ Player Player Player Standard RAM 512MB PC-2100 DDR 512MB PC-2100 DDR 1GB PC-2100 DDR (expandable to (expandable to (expandable to 1.5GB) 1.5 GB) 1.5GB) Hard Drive 80GB Ultra ATA/ 120GB 7200rpm 120GB 7200rpm 100 Hard Drive Ultra ATA/100 Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drive Hard Drive Floppy Disk Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB 3.5" 1.44MB 3.5" 1.44 MB PCV-RX860 PCV-RZ14G PCV-RZ16G Drives DVD-RW (2X1X4X) DVD-RW (2X1X4X) DVD-RW (2X1X4X) CD-RW (8X4X24X) CD-RW (8X4X24X) CD-RW (8X4X24X) CD-ROM 40X max. CD-ROM 40X max. DVD-ROM 16X max. Read/40X max. CD-ROM Read Video & Graphics SIS651 Integrated 4X AGP 3D 4X AGP 3D Graphics with Graphics Graphics Real256™ Hardware Hardware 2D/3D Graphics Acceleration Acceleration Accelerator (nVIDIA® (nVIDIA® 32MB Shared GeForce4™ GeForce4™ Graphics Memory MX 440) MX 440) (64MB Max.) 64MB Video 64MB Video Memory Memory (128-bit DDR) (128-bit DDR) MPEG2 Realtime MPEG2 Realtime Encoder/Decoder Encoder/Decoder board with board with TV Tuner TV Tuner Modem V.90 compatible V.90 compatible V.90 compatible data/fax modem data/fax modem data/fax modem Ethernet 10Base-T/ 10Base-T/ 10Base-T/ 100Base-TX 100Base-TX 100Base-TX Fast Ethernet Fast Ethernet Fast Ethernet Ports Six USB 2.0 Six USB 2.0 Six USB 2.0 i.LINK® i.LINK® i.LINK® (IEEE 1394) (2) (IEEE 1394) (2) (IEEE 1394) (2) Dimensions (CPU) 8.0" (W) 8.0" (W) 8.0" (W) 14.2" (H) 14.2" (H) 14.2" (H) 14.6" (D) 14.6" (D) 14.6" (D) Availability October October October ESP About $1,300 About $1,700 About $2,000 (i) GHz denotes microprocessor internal clock speed; other factors may affect application performance. (ii) GB means one billion bytes when referring to Hard Rive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary. (iii) Previous Quicken users may require additional upgrade.
For further information, please contact John Dolak of Sony Electronics Inc., +1-858-942-2905, John.Dolak@am.sony.com; or Yona Kweskin of Burson- Marsteller, +1-858-646-3026, Yona_Kweskin@sdg.bm.com, for Sony Electronics Inc.
SOURCE: Sony Electronics Inc.
CONTACT: John Dolak of Sony Electronics Inc., +1-858-942-2905,
John.Dolak@am.sony.com; or Yona Kweskin of Burson-Marsteller, +1-858-646-3026,
Yona_Kweskin@sdg.bm.com, for Sony Electronics Inc.
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