March 9, 2008 by yogi2raj
As the fusion of the Internet and television continues to evolve, new hardware has been popping up in the living room. With its circular design, Sony’s Vaio TP Home Theater PC stands out on a home entertainment shelf full of typical black and silver boxes — and brings a Blu-ray disc player, HDTV recorder and a full Windows Vista Home Premium system into the mix.
Available next month for about $3,000, this Vaio comes with 4 gigabytes of memory, a 500-gigabyte hard drive and an Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 processor. The round, black PC connects to a widescreen TV with a high-definition multimedia interface, or H.D.M.I., cable and includes a wireless keyboard for using the Web from across the room.
The PC comes with a pair of CableCARD-compatible tuners that let you record two high-definition programs at once, and its hard drive holds up to 50 hours of high-definition recordings. If the price tag seems out of reach, there’s also a white model with a single TV tuner for $1,600