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Sony's new Vaio LT19U: some all-in-one firsts

This Blu-ray-equipped machine has three features we've never seen in a PC/monitor combo before. Yes, it'll cost you.

Update: It took us a minute to figure out that the Blu-ray region hadn't been set in the software. That and the sheer length of this review mean you should look for it tomorrow. Almost done.

Sony's sleek new all-in-one does a few things the iMac can't. CNET

Apple's new iMac remains the all-purpose all-in-one to beat, but Sony's just-announced Vaio LT19U has three features we've never seen in a PC/monitor combo before. This $2,899 model (an update to last year's Vaio LS1) has a Blu-ray burner, a pull-out sled for adding a second hard drive, and a VESA-standard wall mount input. It also comes with an external (boo) ATI Digital Cable Tuner (i.e. CableCard), as well as a host of other features. As follows:

  • 22-inch widescreen LCD (1,680x1,050)
  • 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 CPU
  • 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • 500GB 7,200-rpm hard drive
  • 256MB Nvidia GeForce 8400 GT graphics chip
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • 802.11n wireless networking
  • Built-in ATSC and NTSC TV tuner
  • Built-in 1.3-megapixel Webcam
  • 3-watt stereo speakers, and built in 5-watt subwoofer
  • Various USB, Ethernet, removable media and audio ports

Pop off the back panel to reveal a removable drive cage for adding a second hard drive. CNET

Sony also announced the Vaio LT15E, an $1,899 model with a standard-def DVD drive, a slower CPU and other reduced specs. We're not sure how that one will fare against Apple's cheaper, better-looking (although less wall-mountable) 24-inch iMac. But if you have money to blow and like the idea of a Blu-ray-capable PC on the wall of your office or bedroom, the $2,899 model might turn a lot of expensively groomed heads. We'll have our review up by the end of the day, so stay tuned for the full story.