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Sony VGC-R202 HD Desktop

Kevin C. Tofel
This might be a UK-only model, but Sony's VGC-R202 desktop has a nice high-def side to it for 1,300 British pounds. The desktop PC is based on Windows Media Center and supports 1920 x 1080 output to a high-def display. The configuration comes with Sony's VGP-MR200E Network Media Receiver 200, which provides high-def streaming capability, apparently through WiFi based on the presence of a stubby antenna. We've tried our hand at that with a fair amount of success; it would be interesting to get one of this in the HD Beat labs. Under the hood, the VGC-R202 sports a 2.8 GHz Pentium, a 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 6600 card and twin 300 GB hard drives (not to mention an SACD player for good measure). Rumor has it that a Blu-Ray drive will be appear inside by April.