Sony VAIO LV1S 24" All in One PC With Full HD, Blu-ray Disc Drive, Vista Home Premium
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- Manage all your media - photos, music and videos - on the big screen
- Watch, pause and record live TV with the Digital TV tuner
- Watch High Definition movies with the built in Blu-ray player and recorder
- Video chat with friends and family with the built in camera and microphone
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24 inch Full HD all-in-one personal computer with Blu-ray Disc drive.
A glassy transparent contour and an elegant aluminium frame that looks beautiful and blends perfectly with contemporary interior décor. A new upright stand has been incorporated into the design. Store the slim keyboard onto the stand beneath the display when watching movies or TV programmes to save space. The stand tilts from -5º to +13º for ultimate flexibility and allows viewing at 0º which is perfect for enjoying TV. Simplicity is achieved by eliminating all visible clutter. The clean and flush back panel is carefully designed to look elegant from any angle. A wireless mouse and keyboard avoids tangled cables. With no complicated connections, it's easy to move the PC from one room to another. The VAIO LV is designed to take full advantage of a new era in High Definition entertainment. It features an integrated Blu-ray Disc Combo Drive with read-only capability for high bandwidth play-back of HD movies. Ideal if you've invested in Blu-ray Disc collections for PlayStation3. The Blu-ray Disc Combo Drive also plays and records all CD and DVD formats. HDMI Input enables easy connection to a PlayStation3 for playing latest games even when PC power is switched off. The PC then functions as an HD display monitor.See all Product description
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Now I do IT for a living, and so I can't stand Microsft Vista, love XP, hate Vista. So I decided the Apple MAC was the way forward. So I really thought I would plump for an iMAC 24 inch, because all the good things that people say about MACS,and I really wanted a change from the Microsoft OS.
However the iMAC as I discovered had some very seriuos flaws for me, these being
1 No Blu Ray reader or writer built in. Yes we can go and buy an
external one, but I wanted a one box solution with
only 1 wire, which both the Sony and the iMAC are but I
have a PS3, and a a nice collection of HD films, but I can't
watch these on the iMAC and even if you had an external Blu Ray
disc player which the iMAC does support it won't allow you
to watch the movies on there. That for me was a very big let
Both the iMAC 24 and the Sony are the same price, but the Sony
comes with a Blu Ray writer and I can also watch my
Blu Ray movies on it which is good if the wife is watching the
2 The iMAC cannot deal with native full HD, so when you hook up
your camcorder to the iMAC, you can import from the
camcorder but programs like iMOVIE downscale the resolution to
1440. You cannot export out the footage at the same resolution. So if you have one of the AVCHD camcorders your
going to loose quality when you import it.
The other problem here is that the iMAC will not out of the box
play the files directly from another source, you have to
present them to the iMAC via the camcorder, so if like me you
have the files on your PS3, you have to get them back onto the
camcorder to present them to the iMAC, there is a way round this
but it requires the files to be converted, shame.
The Sony will just play them either via Windows Media Player 11
or the Picture Motion Browser.
3 No TV tuner in the iMAC, not a great deal really, but its a nice
to have for a one box solution.
The Sony has a better performance for the price, but smaller hard drive capacity, does have Blu Ray reader and writer, and the same 24 inch screen, although this is widescreen. I like the Sony, but I hate the mouse design, looks very cheap, but the keyboard is okay.
There are plenty of connections with the Sony too, 5 USB, and these are not used by the mouse or keyboard, memory card slots and Wi Fi and Blue Tooth.
I think that if this particular model had not been released with the Blu ray, I would still be deliberating over an iMAC, but this box ticks all my requirements for a new computer, and brings me right up to speed with being in the high definition era of both viewing HD movies but also being able to watch and edit my HD home movie content.
Don't get me wrong, i am not Apple bashing, and I really really wanted a MAC, I wanted something fresh, and the design of them is brilliant, but the Blu Ray and lack of proper HD support were too big of an issue for me.
I will be getting Windows 7 as well to remove this disgrace of an operating system called Vista.
This is a good machine that is strongly recommended as a media centre. The only issue I have is that the speakers are just adequate, which is fine for my usage but no good for usage as home media centre. With the wireless functionality across the board it would be nice to see a wireless speaker system as an option.
The screen is very bright, although this can dominate the space it is in.
The Blu-Ray drive is good, insofar as it does its job, I haven't written to a blank blu-ray yet as they were £30 each when I got this machine and I made do with other options, which i am still doing now.
The games performance is just ok, it'll run anything (empire total war ok, spore - very good, Mass Effect - OK, Kings Bounty - good), but overall it is not great. This is definitely not a machine designed solely for gaming, so i would not recommend buying it for that
The HDMI input is a nice feature, but I feel that the system would benefit from HDMI out also, although it would mean more wires it would be good to send the sound out through HDMI as opposed to the built in optical digital out.
It is possible to record from a sky box via the s-video and line-in connections straight to the hard drive but you do need to trick windows media player to let you do this.
Don't let your kids get near the keyboard as they are expensive to replace.
The webcam and microphone have functioned perfectly and make skype seem unusually natural.
And yes it is VESA-wall mountable and looks good for it.