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Sony VAIO LV Series


$1,700.00 Released September, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Fully 1080p capable. HDMI input allows you to use the computer monitor as a TV for gaming consoles and DVD/Blu-ray players. Stylish design is ideal for those who remain uninterested in getting a Mac.

The Cons:HDMI in only. Discrete video cards are still less powerful than models found on Macs or HP TouchSmart models. Most expensive model is a complete ripoff ($900 for 500GB of storage and the ability to write to Blu-ray discs).

Introduced in early September 2008 at CEDIA, the VAIO LV Series is made up of 3 all-in-one computer systems from Sony. Aimed at enthusiasts and those who want the latest technology in a stylish all-in-one enclosure, the LV series includes all that is required for fast computing, content creation, watching high definition media and even gaming on the more advanced models.

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Featuring an all-in-screen design much like the iMac, all three models feature 24" screens with full 1080p capable 1920 x 1200 resolutions, 4GB of DDR2 800MHz ram, and 7200rpm drives. The two lower end models utilize the older, yet quite capable Intel E7200 processor, while the more advanced model come with newer E8400. The lowest end model comes with a basic DVD writer and onboard graphics while the two higher end models share NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS graphics cards (which are capable of playing the latest games albeit at lower resolutions only) and blu-ray drives (the most expensive model comes with a writer). The series only comes in silver and is available for 1699.99, 1899.99, and 2799.99 respectively.

Models (only differences are highlighted)

  • VGC-LV140: DVD-writer, 320GB drive, Intel E7200 processor, onboard Intel graphics
  • VGC-LV150: Blu-ray drive (read only, writes DVDs), 500GB drive, Intel E7200 processor, Nvidia 9300M GS graphics (256MB)
  • VGC-LV190: Blu-ray writer, 2 x 500GB drives (1TB), Intel E8400 processor, Nvidia 9300M GS graphics (256MB)

Features

  • CPU/RAM: Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 or E8400, 4GB DDR2 800MHz
  • Display: 24" widescreen LCD (1920 x 1200 ) powered by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD or NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS (256MB of dedicated VRAM)
  • Storage/Optical: 320, 500GB or 1TB (500GB x 2) 7200RPM HDD, DVD writer or Blu-ray drive
  • Networking: Atheros Wireless Network Connection (802.11b/g/n), Ethernet, Bluetooth
  • Audio: Built-in Intel High Definition Audio with Dolby Digital Live, 2 x 5.5W speakers (stereo)
  • Expansion: 5 x USB 2.0, 1 x IEEE 1394, Ethernet, S/PDIF connection, HDMI input, Headphone output
  • Dimensions & weight: 25.9"(W) x 18.4"(H) x 6.9"(D) (CPU and Display only), 35.3 pounds

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Pros
  • 4

    fully 1080p capable

  • 3

    HDMI input allows you to use the computer monitor as a TV for gaming consoles and DVD/Blu-ray players

  • 2

    stylish design is ideal for those who remain uninterested in getting a Mac

Cons
  • 2

    HDMI in only

  • 2

    discrete video cards are still less powerful than models found on Macs or HP TouchSmart models

  • 1

    most expensive model is a complete ripoff ($900 for 500GB of storage and the ability to write to Blu-ray discs)

  • 0

    getting closer, but still not a mac - and is already more expensive

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