Sony's Sound PC


The VGC-M1 is by all accounts a “radical re-working of the audio PC concept”. It’s an all-in-one machine with a flip up keyboard to keep everything nice and neat. Much like the Sony Ericsson P900, the M1 automatically switches the display when you flip the keyboard up. In this case displaying the custom user interface “SoundFlow” which you operate using a remote control.

The M1 comes with stereo speakers and a sub-woofer. There’s also a TV tuner, so you can watch TV on the glassy X-Black widescreen, and a single sided double layer DVD+R.

Read on for the full specs.

Details from the press release follow:

The M1 is based on Intel’s Pentium 4-M processor running at 3.06GHz (in order to minimize power consumption and noise caused by cooling, a mobile processor has been integrated, thus allowing the PC to be “always on”). 512MB of high-speed double data rate memory ensures that even demanding applications have the necessary headroom for optimum performance. In order to accommodate potentially large volumes of AV content the machine has a full 160GB of hard disk space.

Audio technology
The M1 delivers defined, balanced audio with a crisp top end, punchy mid-range and powerful, controlled bass. The cabinet houses stereo speakers rated at 3W per channel, and a 5W sub-woofer in a specially designed enclosure employing resonance pipe technology to boost bass response to the full.

See more with widescreen
Conventional XGA resolution (1024 x 768) yields just under 0.8 megapixels. The M1’s 15.4-inch wide screen display runs in Wide XGA (1280 x 800), yielding over 1 megapixel: 1.3 times the usable area of XGA. Much of the additional workspace is in the form of added width, which is ideal when it comes to running applications side by side. Widescreen film and high-definition TV formats both benefit from being able to display properly on this type of panel, without loss of picture at the edges and excessive amounts of dead space above and below the image.

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