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alaScore 79

18 reviews

Sep, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 reviews of Sony VAIO VGX-TP1. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the reliability. The design also gets good comments. There are some mixed opinions about the price, and many are negative about the size.

design, reliability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Sony VAIO VGX-TP1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Sony VAIO VGX-TP1 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers are impressed by the reliability. The design also gets good comments, whereas the size and price get negative views.

design, reliability

price, size

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO VGX-TP1 Living Room PC (Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5600, 2 GB RAM, 300 GB Hard Drive, DVD±RW/±R Drive, Vista Premium)Sony VAIO VGX-TP1 Living Room PC (Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5600, 2 GB RAM, 300 GB Hard Drive, DVD±RW/±R Drive, Vista Premium)

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: (

Sony VAIO TP1 Living Room PC Core 2 Duo T5600 1.83GHz, 2GB RAM, 300GB HDD, Vista Home Premium


As Sony's products are often described, the $1,600 VAIO TP1 Living Room PC is a unique, attractive system that is underpowered and overpriced. It suffers from some unfortunate technical quirks and is more laden with shovelware than any PC we've...

Unique design; nice selection of home theater PC features.

Overpriced compared to other PCs of similar power and capabilities; overloaded with shovelware.

Sony's distinctive, midrange VAIO TP1 Living Room PC trades performance and features for its cutesy appearance. Unless you really like the looks of this Roomba-like PC you can find a much better deal from a variety of standard desktop PCs.

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Anush Yegyazarian (

Sony Vaio VGX-TP1


The Sony VAIO VGX-TP1 is certainly eye-catching: This white-gray circle looks more like a stand to place something on than a PC. But a PC it is, and it's meant to fit unobtrusively into your living room, your bedroom, or any other room where you want...

Whisper-quiet operation ; Eye-catching, circular design

Port covers could be more effective

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: Ricky (

Sony VAIO TP1 Living Room PC – underpowered and overpriced


$1600 priced Sony VAIO TP1 Living Room PC is an attractive round-shape desktop that is overpriced and underpowered. Sony calls it a Home Theater PC and designed it for average performance only. The TP1 suffers from few technical quirks and overloaded...

Nice selection of home theater computer features; unique round design

Overloaded with shovelware; overpriced as compared to its competitors

: The Sony VAIO TP1 Living Room PC is overpriced for its common mid-range features and cutesy appearance. We will not recommend this computer to purchase because you can get similar features in less $1000. If you are a big fan of its Roomba like shape...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: Bill O'Brien (

Sony VAIO VGX-TP1 Review and Ratings


Sony's stylish VGX-TP1 raises the bar for low-cost entertainment PCs—but it isn't built to handle much besides media-manipulation chores.

Unobtrusive design ; Lots of extra features for its price

Can't handle much beyond Media Center tasks ; Quirky Wi-Fi-antenna setup

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Darien Graham-Smith (



Sony can safely claim to be one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to the art of the media centre PC. Its name is synonymous with style, and the sleek, neatly integrated machines that pass through Computer Buyer's labs from time to time are a...

PC or pie? Make your mind up, Sony. Reasonably capable and fairly priced, but the wow factor is skin deep.

Feb, 2008

Product Specifications

Light up your living room with the power and panache of the remarkable VAIO TP1 Living Room PC. Boasting an innovative design, this spherical, elegant PC delicately incorporates personal computing into your living space through a single HDMI cable. Easy to use and setup, the TP1 PC is packed with the latest hardware technology and software. Enjoy your favorite live and recorded TV and movies or surf the web from your couch, all controlled by a matching keyboard and remote control.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop
Manufacturer Form Factor:Cylindrical

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop
Manufacturer Form Factor:Cylindrical

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB
Per Processor Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VAIO


Chipset Type:Intel 945GM Express
Data Bus Speed:667MHz

Multimedia Functionality

TV Tuner Type:Digital and analog TV


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.83GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:T5600
Type:Core 2 Duo


Installed Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

On-Site Warranty:On-site
Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:300GB
Platform Technology:Intel VIIV Technology
Recommended Use:Home use
Type:Media center

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950