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Now Sony is marketing PC workstations toward video aficionados, with its Vaio Type R Master series, available in varying degrees of competence. The flagship bundles a 24-inch 1920x1200 monitor, and crams up to four 500GB SATA drives and a Blu-ray burner inside.

The rest is pretty standard stuff, with all of them packing the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors. How jaded we have become. But wait. A highly unusual feature is the separate desktop and deskside units, giving you that close-at-hand convenience to plug in Blu-ray, USB and 1394 stuff, while keeping the physical plant down below, up to six feet under. Top price is around $4700.


Not much special about its video editing capabilities, although it does have dual tuners for TV watching and recording, along with a claimed "full HD 1080" capability. This is just a new way to market a PC, albeit one with a Blu-ray burner inside. As long as you have 1394 ports in a recent Mac or PC, though, you're going to be able to edit video, even high definition HDV.

Sony Vaio R Master series - DV editors dream come true [Newlaunches]