Pros

  • Fully loaded system, including Blu-ray recorder
  • First PC to record scrambled cable content

Cons

  • Can't record TV to Blu-ray with CableCard
  • Doesn't support 1080p playback

At A Glance

This Windows Vista-based Media Center PC is one of the first to support CableCards for decrypting and recording scrambled programming, but it does so with some severe limitations.

Manufacturer’s Description

Light up your living room with the flush, understated design of the VAIO XL3 Digital Living System. Designed to integrate with your living room entertainment system, the VAIO XL3 is a full HD 1080 Media Center PC with Blu-ray Disc technology and DVR functionality. Watch Blu-ray Disc movies in stunning high definition (HD) clarity and record content to a single 25GB or 50GB Blu-ray Disc (MP2 format only). Supporting CableCARD technology, the VAIO XL3 also lets you watch and record live TV, including high definition and premium channels. And, it?s easy to use with a wireless keyboard and remote control, HDMI for single-cable connectivity and Windows Vista Home Premium with Media Center functionality for easy management of your pictures, music and videos.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.sony.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor speed 2130.0 MHz
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce 7600 GTL
General Information
UPC Code 027242712317
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces HDMI
Memory
Memory size 2048.0 MB
Memory type DDR2
Motherboard
Motherboard Chipset Intel P965 Express Chipset
Other Features
Devices Keyboard
Case
Chassis style Home Theater PC