Visually impressive, ergonomically challenged.
The new Sony Vaio
desktop PC is definitely nice to look at and a welcome change to what we typically see for dektop PC form factors. Consisting of a keyboard that folds over a 15.4 inch screen, the Vaio screen basically changes from a large alarm clock in the closed position to a PC in the open position. Even though we like the look of this PC, we have played with an older yet identical form factor of the Vaio before and just can not see this as a design that would be usable as a dedicated home pc.
With the keyboard folding down from the screen as it does, you are essentially provided with a laptop keyboard without a place to rest your hands while typing. For short periods this may be fine, but forget about using the keyboard for a long period of time. We do see potential for this design in other circumstances where your usage would be shorter and space was at a premium. Computer in the kitchen anyone?