Sony has just released their latest iMac competitor, called the VAIO LT Series. Like the iMac, the VAIO LT is an all-in-one solution, meaning the compter and the monitor are combined.
The VAIO LT trumps the featues of the iMac with its high definition options. The HD version of the VAIO LT, which costs $2,900) has a Blu-ray drive and a Digital Cable Tuner to watch HD cable with a CableCard.
Because of the size of the screen, this system most likely will not live in your family room as a media center. It would be great though as a second TV in an office or den. Think of this computer as an office computer with “benefits.”
One thing to note is that the system only comes with on Digital Cable Tuner, which means you can only record OR watch one channel at a time. Though, this should not be a big deal for an office computer.
Sony has certainly been creative with their CableCard offerings. They are the only company that is offering a CableCard computer with any type of styling. The VAIO line also already had the impressive but tragically flawed VGX-XL3.
A non-HD version is available for about $1,900.