The Bottom Line
- Dual Core Processor for Good Multitasking
- Full Gigabyte of Memory
- Strong Storage Capabilities
- Integrated Graphics
- Intel Pentium D 920 (2.8GHz) Dual Core Processor
- One Gigabyte PC2-4200 DDR Memory
- 250GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- Intel High Definition Audio with Stereo Speakers
- Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics with 128MB Shared Memory
- v.90 56Kbps Modem and Gigabit Ethernet
- Six USB 2.0 Ports, One iLink (FireWire) Port and 8-in-1 Card Reader
- Windows XP Media Center Edition, MS Works 8, VAIO Suite, WinDVD, Wuicken, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - Sony VAIO VGC-RB60G
2/23/06 – Sony has always been a major proponent of multimedia computers, but unlike many other companies that label their systems as multimedia, Sony is actually offering the features to match it. Their new VAIO VGC-RB60G uses the Windows Media Center Edition operating system, but also includes an MPEG2 capture board with TV tuner to really utilize the OS.
The VGC-RB60G is powered by the Intel Pentium D 920 dual core processor. This processor is well chosen as it allows the system to run multiple applications smoothly that can come in real handy with multimedia applications. It is matched up with a full gigabyte of PC2-4200 DDR2 memory that lets it run smoothly in most applications.
Storage is also quite strong with the VGC-RB60G. The large 250GB hard drive is spacious and it needs to be in order for the system to be functional as a digital video recorder. It allows it enough space to fit this along with digital music and photographs. Also included is a 16x DVD+/-RW dual layer burner allowing the creation of data, music and video CDs and DVDs.
Graphics are probably the only weak area for the VGC-RB60G. The system uses the Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics processor. This is sufficient for most functions in Windows, but it lacks any 3D performance for applications such as PC games. It does have a PCI-Express graphics slot allowing the system to be upgraded with a more dedicated graphics cards.