|Processor||3.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4|
|Hard Drive||200 GB|
|Card Description||NVIDIA GeForceATI Radeon 9600XT with TV-Out FX5200 with TV-Out|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||128 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||7|
Sony VAIO Digital Studio PCV-RZ54G Desktop PC (3.2GHz, Pentium 4, 512MB RAM, 200GB Hard Drive, DVD-RW/DVD-ROM) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Take control of your entertainment
- The RZ54G is built to handle all of your digital entertainment needs
- For the video collectors, transfer all your old videotapes to your hard-drive, pause, rewind
- And also record TV shows, burn it all to DVD
- For the photo enthusiasts, your RZ will allow you to easily import, manage and edit digital photos
- Combined with the computing power you expect from VAIO desktops, the RZ54G is the ideal entertainment solution
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Now if none of this concerns you, then this PC is king. The hard drive is huge so you can save all your TV shows using the Gigapocket recorder, the speed of the processor is fast enough for any video editing, the DVD drives will record just about anything you throw at it, and the Radeon 9600XT is an amazing midrange graphics card. All in all, this PC is great for the amount of money spent on it.
Gigapocket is exactly like having a TV, where you can adjust color by right clicking on the screen, input your video device via the composite or S-video cable and have Gigapocket detect it the same way it would if you plugged it into your TV and used the TV/Video select button to view your recordings.
XP Media Center doesn't allow you to do that. You have to go through and reconfigure your settings each time, and then reconfigure it back to be able to play your TV channels (cable).
The benefit with the RZ is that you get the 9600 ATI Radeo video card vs. the 9200 in the RS model. The other benefit of the RZ model is the 5.1 capable Soundblaster Audigy card. You can't get that in the RS, but you can always add it if you want to.
The RS is the way to go if you're looking for seamless video to DVD recording or playback.
If you're going to spend the money, make the investment to get 1gb of RAM.
To-date, the PC works great, without any technical flaws. But it did require a "few adjustments". To start with, I had to expand the RAM from 512 to 1 GByte. Also, the MCE 2005 upgrade that ships with Sony is useless (I am never, ever ever buying anything else from Sony in my life). What I did was install using a clean MCE 2005 set of disks and then used the license that was shipped with the MCE2005 upgrade from Sony - it worked like a charm. Then, I installed all the upgrades, and on top of those, I only installed the last versions of the TV Tuner drivers, Gigapocket engine, etc. Again, this required a bit of work, but the PC has worked perfectly for over 2 years now.
Back in 2004, a 3.2 GHz HT cpu, 200GB Hard drive and DVD-RW were hot. Today, I would put my money on one of the new Core Duo iMacs - they run OSX and Windows.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We bought our rz54g in June 2004. It was grossly overpriced but we believed in Sony quality. Since than we experienced 4 major technical problems. Read morePublished on October 1, 2006 by Amazon Customer
I bought this system on sale, so at least I didn't lose as much as many people who got taken by Sony. I still paid far too much, however. Read morePublished on February 1, 2005 by Lady on the Left
My husband and I purchased one of these to do dv recording and to convert to and edit mpeg2 files. Each time we tried to play a video in mpeg2 format - and we tried with multiple... Read morePublished on May 15, 2004