The Good VESA wall mount compatible out of the box; dedicated HDMI input lets you input video from other devices; strong application performance.
The Bad Not a great multitasker.
The Bottom Line You can find more-cost-effective large-screen all-in-ones for general productivity, but Sony's Vaio LV250B is our favorite for home entertainment. Loaded with unique features geared toward digital media convenience, this system will meet the needs of anyone looking for a PC to use as an entertainment hub.
Sony Vaio LV250B
Sony's new Vaio LV250B all-in-one remains just as feature-rich and versatile as the debut version, the LV100 series. This new model features a new CPU, generally better specs, and a lower price than the LV180J we reviewed back in September, all of which is great. Even better, Sony stays true to the original's formula, which combines a powerful all-in-one PC with a unique array of home entertainment capabilities. You do pay a premium for the extra features on this system, and if all you need is a fast all-in-one with a large screen, an iMac is a more cost-effective bet. But for those who want to use a computer as a full-fledged home entertainment system, no other vendor offers a PC this well-suited to the task.
The Vaio LV250B has a number of features that recommend it for home entertainment duty. Yes, its basic design looks like that of any all-in-one. Look closer and you'll find a number of design tweaks that help it stand out.
First, Sony is the only all-in-one we know that can work out of the box with a VESA-compatible wall mount. It's also the only all-in-one we've seen with an HDMI input. A dedicated button lets you switch the display signal between the computer and whatever HDMI device you may have connected, and the transition is seamless with no loss in picture quality. That feature in particular opens the Vaio LV250B up to connecting HD video cameras, video game consoles, and other devices with unmatched ease.
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