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Sony VAIO V100G

Sony VAIO V100G

Sony's latest all-in-one invention, the VAIO V100G, includes PC, TV, and DVR functionality, while ditching the attached, folding keyboard found on its other all-in-one, the W510G. The wireless keyboard and mouse and the remote control give you freedom to roam, but you won't want to wander too far from the small, 15-inch screen.

Upside: The V100G delivers big features in a small footprint. Only slightly thicker than a typical flat-panel display, the system houses a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 processor, 512MB of memory, an 80GB hard drive, and a DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive. It also includes a TV tuner and Sony's Giga Pocket DVR software, along with a slew of other multimedia apps. Wire clutter is kept to a minimum; plug in the power cord, and you're ready to roll.

Downside: The V100G's 15-inch screen is too small for watching TV in larger rooms. Without a DVD-recordable drive, you can't burn archived TV content to DVD on the system, and the system's aging SIS 651 integrated graphics will likely slow down heavy video editing.

Outlook: At $1,599, you'll pay a premium for the slick all-in-one design; more-powerful PCs can be had for the same price. But we commend Sony for packing both PC and entertainment functionality into such a small, thin design. If your quarters are cramped, you may appreciate the double-duty VAIO V100G.

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