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Sony Monster VAIO Type X

Notice to TV junkies: Sony Japan has released your narcotic. Early in the year Sony had been showing off a reference design for a monster-sized 1.6 terabyte, seven TV-tuner video server PC called the VAIO Type X at trade shows, but most people (me included) thought, nah, it's a great concept but it will never come out—plus, it would be too expensive. Guess we were wrong! Sony is confident enough that a market for their super high-end media PC exists to launch two VAIO Type X PC models (VGX-X90P and VGX-X90PS—bundled with an HDTV tuner), an accompanying HDTV tuner, and a coordinating flat-panel 23-inch television (see Figure 9).

Figure 9Figure 9

Feature highlights:

  • 3.6 GHz Intel CPU with hyperthreading

  • 1GB of memory

  • Four 250GB RAID 0 configured hard drives

  • 128MB PCI Express ATI Radeon X600 XT graphics card

  • Custom hardware-based TV tuners (looks like you can purchase tuner cards separately to meet your needs—maximum of seven)

  • Sony DVD Super Multidrive with dual-layer burning capability

How much can you expect to pay for a Type X? $4,000 plus for a fully configured model without a display. While it's not chump change, it's actually a good value for what you're getting, especially if you're a home theater aficionado who has to have it all.

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