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Sony VAIO VGX-TP20E Media Center PC Reviewed

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Sony offers two home theater PC models designed to be more attractive living-room options. Both the VGX-TP20E ($1,600) and the more expensive VGX-TP25E ($2,000) have an interesting round chassis and a glossy black finish, and the two are very similar in their computing specs. We have not performed a hands-on review of the VGX-TP20E, but here is an overview of its features: Windows Vista Home Premium OS, a 500GB hard drive, a 2.10GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 processor, 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, the Nvidia GeForce 8400GT graphics card, and the Intel HD audio sound card. (The pricier VGX-TP25E ups the SDRAM to 4GB.)

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Both models feature a disc drive that supports Blu-ray playback and has DVD and CD read/write capabilities. TV and DVR functionality are included; the primary difference between the VGX-TP20E and VGX-TP25E is in the tuner department. The less-expensive model includes ATSC and NTSC tuners to pull in and record over-the-air HD/SD content; stepping up to the TP25E gets you two external ATI TV Wonder digital cable tuners (with CableCARD support) to pull in premium cable channels. In terms of connectivity, output options on the VGX-TP20E include HDMI, VGA, optical digital audio, and a headphone jack. As for inputs, you get RF and A/V inputs, a microphone input, four USB 2.0 ports, one iLink jack, and SD and MemoryStick readers. The unit includes both 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11b/g network adapters, as well as an IR remote and a wireless keyboard.

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