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Sony Vaio LV250B review: Sony Vaio LV250B

Sony Vaio LV250B

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Rich Brown

Executive Editor / Reviews - Home and Wellness

Rich moved his family from Brooklyn to Louisville, Kentucky, in 2013 to start CNET's Appliances and Smart Home review team, which includes the CNET Smart Home, the CNET Smart Apartment, and the Appliances Review lab. Before moving to Louisville, Rich ran CNET's desktop computer review section for 10 years. He has worked as a tech journalist since 1994, covering everything from 3D-printed guns to Z-Wave smart locks.

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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.

OVR
7.7

Sony Vaio LV250B

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.
OVR
7.7

Sony Vaio LV250B

Score Breakdown

Design 8Features 8Performance 7Support 7