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Sony Vaio LV250BYou 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...
[ Background music ] >> Rich Brown: Hi I'm Rich Brown senior editor for CNET.com. Today we're gonna take a look at the Sony Vaio LV250B. This is a nice big all in one. It's a 24 inch display and it's designed to work pretty much as a complete home entertainment system. It comes with a Blu-ray drive standard and because it has a nice big 24 inch screen you get full 1080 P resolution. That means you can stick this on a wall, stick it in a den. It really can work as a total replacement for a TV. You know we probably wouldn't put it in a living room for you know for a nice big full room experience but anywhere else a dorm room, an office and this thing will work great. Now Sony put a fast dual core Intel CPU in here as well as a nice big hard drive, a video 9600 GM graphics chip. So there really is a substantial computer behind this system. You can certainly use this for productivity. But if you're looking for a large screen all in one to get work done we think iMac is probably a better bet. So first is the boring stuff on this side. You have an express card port, 2 media card readers, a set of analog audio jacks and a USB 2 port. Now the right side actually shows off some of the cooler features. You have a slot loading Blu-ray drive here, that's fine, a pair of USB ports, but also you have this HTMI select button and what that does is there's an HTMI port on the back and we'll show you that in a second but when you press that it switches the signal to any HTMI connected device. That's a really pretty handy feature for integrating your other home entertainment devices and no other system that we know of has such a smooth transition between video signals. You also get hard volume controls as well as a hard display power button up here which means you don't have to go into Windows and sit down in front of the system with a mouse or keyboard to do just basic controls like you would to the television. So under here is the HTMI input we talked about as well as inputs for 2 TV tuners over there as well as standard AV, S-Video and infrared transmitter inputs over there for an IR blaster. One thing we particularly like about this system is that it's a base on mount compatible which means that you can take off the stand attach the system to any standard wall mount or a arm perhaps on a on a desk. You've got a big connect button to sink up with a wireless mouse and keyboard, another pair of USB slots, a digital optical out as well as a standard FireWire 400 jack. So we mentioned the wireless mouse and keyboard. Keys are nice and big. It's a pretty slick design. Touch pad over here is pretty nice because that means you can use it. You don't have to mess with the mouse if you want to use a system from a couch or if you're a little bit further away. So you get the ubiquitous web cam up here on the top like you find pretty much on every all-in-one but otherwise there's quite a lot about this system we think is pretty unique. So I'm Rich Brown this is a Sony Vaio LV250B.