March 6, 2008 The Sony VAIO is a fully functioning PC that integrates HDMI connectivity, a bundled HD TV tuner and Blu-ray playback capability to turn a HD TV into a high definition PC monitor and form the hub of digital entertainment in the home.
The successor to the TP1, the TP2 "Living Room PC" has now been launched in Australia. As flagged in January this year, the unit features upgraded specs and a Blu-ray Disc Combo Drive replaces the TP1’s DVD writer.
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The TP2 retains the distinctive look of the TP1. Its compact round shape houses an 2.10GHz Intel Core2 Duo T8100 processor, 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, Windows Vista Home Premium, NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT GPU with 256MB dedicated video memory and 500GB HDD to store photos, music and video. With Blu-ray finally being crowned the winner of the HD format war there’s no doubt that Sony will be expecting sales of Blu-ray players to increase so it’s no surprise to see the inclusion of a Blu-ray Disc Combo Drive in this unit.
For greater mobility and ease of use from any place in the living room the TP2 also comes with a matching wireless keyboard with touchpad and a color-coded remote control specially designed for a unique software developed specifically for the TP series – the "VAIO Living Browser", which is designed to provide a keyboard and mouse free environment for surfing the web and accessing AV content. ‘Convergence’ has been a buzzword that has been bandied around for a while now, but it seems like we are finally starting to see some products that can make good the claim.
The VGX-TP2G is available in Australia now for AUD$2,399, while the series is available in the States starting from USD$1600 with the premium model costing USD$3,000.
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