Never ones to follow convention, Sony [NYSE:SNE] has released another iteration of its cylindrical media center PCs, ready to be juxtaposed with all the rectangular boxes sitting beneath your rectangular TV. To further set themselves apart, the low-end model, the VGX-TP1D, comes only in white. It makes up for the faux pas by featuring a zippy parts spec: a 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo T8100 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and GeForce 8400M GT graphics. There’s also the usual suspects: integrated Wifi, a dual-layer DVD burner and HDMI + VGA out ports, as well as USB 2.0, FireWire, a multicard reader, a TV tuner and a wireless keyboard.
The higher-spec’d model, which comes in a more conventional black, sports the same specs as the above, with the addtion of a 500GB hard drive and a Blu-ray burner. They’ll be available first in Japan, but there’s no specific US release date on the books; in Japan, at least, they’ll cost $1,400 and $1850 respectively.CD