Sony continues it love affair for everything sexy and sleek with the Sony VAIO TP1 Living Room PC, which seeks to bridge the gap between the PC and TV. The folks of Sony claim to have taken a different approach when it comes to design and thus the unit’s rounds shape with white chassis.
The spherical console can record, pause and rewind live TV- including over-the-air high-definition and standard-definition programming- for on-demand playback. It can also access Internet television shows and other videos on the Web. One also comes across built-in wireless LAN technology and a wireless router (sold separately) and standard features like; DVD±RW/±R double layer optical drive, USB ports and multi-card reader
The Sony VAIO TP1 draws to juice from an Intel Core2 Duo processor and will use the Windows Vista Home Premium operating system, integrated graphics and a 300GB hard drive. Users can also record up to 8.5GB of home videos, movies, music or digital photos (or up to four hours of MPEG-02 video) on one double-layer DVD disc. The unit supports Memory Stick media and CompactFlash cards. The VAIO TP1 Living Room PC will be available in March for about $1,600
“These days a personal computer is commonplace in the home, but for many the need to neatly bridge the gap between the TV and PC still exists,” said Mike Abary, vice president of VAIO product marketing for Sony Electronics. “Understanding that traditional PC form factors don’t always integrate well with home design, we created the TP1 model to offer an elegant yet practical solution.”