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Sony VAIO XL1 Digital Living System

Sony VAIO XL1 Digital Living System
alaScore 76

53 reviews

Jul, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design. Comments are divided on the usability. Some have doubts about the reliability and value for money.

design

value for money, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Sony VAIO XL1 Digital Living System is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony VAIO XL1 Digital Living System

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Sony VAIO XL1 Digital Living System from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com.

usability

value for money

66% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony VAIO VGP-XL1B3 Digital Living Systems Media Changer

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Sony VAIO XL1 Digital Living System

 

Just as Microsoft rolled out support for multidisc changers in its Media Center Edition OS, Sony unveiled a new Media Center system with a 200-disc DVD changer. The black-and-silver Sony VAIO XL1 Digital Living System (DLS) is composed of a sleek,...

Slick, inventive design; dual-core CPU; HDMI output

Has trouble ripping large numbers of discs; lacks common PC A/V ports; small hard drive; no mouse included

The Sony VAIO XL1 DLS breaks some new ground for the living-room PC, but the wonky 200-disc changer hurts its overall appeal.

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Sony VAIO XL1 Digital Living System Media Center PC

 

Well Sony is swinging around those new VAIO X Media Center boxes we mentioned a bit ago. The VAIO XL1 Digital Living System includes HDMI video out, WiFi, an external DVD changer, and a wireless keyboard with track pad. PC Magazine has the review, and...

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Sony VAIO XL1 Digital Living System

 

The XL1 Digital Living System consists of two halves: the VGX-XL1A main unit and the VGP-XL1B 200-disc CD/DVD changer. The XL1B is the muscle of the system. You can load 200 CDs into the changer, call up the MCE interface, select the "manage discs"...

Included DVD and CD changer. Wireless keyboard/touchpad combo complements IR remote. More input/output ports than on any other Media Center. 802.11g Wi-Fi

Changer is loud during some operations. Requires HDMI compatible TV for best picture quality. Single SDTV tuner. Smallish hard drive. Only a 90-day Norton Internet Security subscription

Sony VAIO XL1 Digital Living System won't replace your notebook or desktop PC, but it fast approaches Media Center nirvana.

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Sony VGX-XL1 Intel Pentium D 820 2.8GHz Media Center

 

Now this is what I'm talking about. Sony computers have finally got it right in making a great media center computer. Without any other considerations, the look alone put it way ahead of many of their competitors in terms of style and design.

The high price tag does put it out of the range of many people. Simple designs lead to lower costs, which is often a priority for many people. But in the end, the styling and ease of use are the best features, putting media center PCs comfortably in...

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Troublesome system

 

Computer will not boot up. Support from Sony is non-existent. The Sony store where the unit was purchased is out of business....nice.

Has nice features

Very poor Sony support

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"Troublesome system"

 

Computer will not boot up. Support from Sony is non-existent. The Sony store where the unit was purchased is out of business....nice.

Has nice features

Very poor Sony support.

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Unbelievably horrible experience

 

I must say this has been the absolutely worst $1100 I have ever spent. I wanted to replace my old ReplayTV, and when I saw the deal on tigerdirect.com, I couldn't pass it up. PLEASE TAKE MY ADVICE, RUN...don't walk...away from this awful mishmash of...

Great concept

Awful execution, absolutely zero support, no HD, poor mpeg encoder, abysmal software support...I could go on and on

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"Unbelievably horrible experience"

 

I must say this has been the absolutely worst $1100 I have ever spent. I wanted to replace my old ReplayTV, and when I saw the deal on tigerdirect.com, I couldn't pass it up. PLEASE TAKE MY ADVICE, RUN...don't walk...away from this awful mishmash of...

Great concept

Awful execution, absolutely zero support, no HD, poor mpeg encoder, abysmal software support...I could go on and on.

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All Sizzle, No Steak. Huge Disappointment.

 

Shame on Sony for putting this piece out that's clearly not ready for prime time.

beautiful piece of machinery

resolution issues, very poor tech support

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Won't work with your widescreen monitor/projector!

 

I can't believe one reviewer gave this boat anchor a 9! The digital video output only works on traditional 4:3 ratio monitors/TVs. The component output will work on widescreen TVs, but not while playing movies! Hello Sony, a movie is a type of media!...

200 disk changer makes ripping CDs to disk easy

Don't expect the video to work except on 4:3 monitors

Product Specifications

The VAIO XL1 Digital Living System merges Sony's industry-leading home theater expertise with the power computing performance of a VAIO PC. With its 200-disc mega-changer and optimized Windows MCE 2005 interface, the VAIO XL1 Digital Living System revolutionizes content management, making your CDs, DVDs, photos, high-definition camcorder content, recorded TV shows, and more easily accessible and enjoyable at the touch of a remote. And with its Intel Pentium D dual-core processor, ample DDR 2 RAM, PCI-E graphics, and room for up to three SATA hard drives (RAID 0 ready), the VAIO XL1 is well-equipped to power through your most demanding tasks. Finally, you can manage all your content - from personal photos and high-definition camcorder video, to downloaded movies and music, to recorded TV shows, to your CD and DVD collection, and more - from the comfort of your couch. With its 200-disc mega-changer, the XL1 Digital Living System boasts a whopping 1.7TB of CD and DVD disc storage that's easy to access and enjoy with the included remote control or wireless keyboard. It's the player you've been waiting for, and since it's also a PC, you're conveniently connected to the data that will let you keep track of your media and enjoy it to the fullest. The VAIO XL1 Digital Living System makes it easy and intuitive to manage and enjoy your content. With the included wireless remote and keyboard, you can opt to interface with the unit the way you do with a traditional PC or choose the 10-foot experience of controlling your files and discs from the comfort of your couch. And the optimized Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 makes content management a breeze. The XL1 Digital Living System can access meta data, so you can view the contents of your entertainment library with cover art, liner notes and track listings. With its 200-disc mega-changer, the VAIO XL1 Digital Living System can store up to an incredible 1.7TB of optical data. Keep your CDs and DVDs in one convenient location, with cover art and track listings viewable at the touch of a remote. Enjoy more of your media and preserve it longer in a secure, enclosed housing that keeps you from misplacing - or damaging - the entertainment media you love. And you can control your entertainment from the comfort of your couch with the included remote control or wireless keyboard. In addition to being the ultimate A/V entertainment center, the VAIO XL1 Digital Living System is an incredibly powerful PC, delivering robust performance for running multiple demanding applications simultaneously. Sure, you can browse the Web and check your e-mail. But with its Intel Pentium D dual-core processor, ample DDR 2 RAM, PCI-E graphics, and room for up to three SATA hard drives (RAID 0 ready), the VAIO XL1 is well-equipped to power through your most demanding tasks. By combining cutting-edge content storage and management options with the functionality of a powerful PC, the VAIO XL1 Digital Living System delivers the ultimate A/V entertainment experience. View and share your photos, and high-definition camcorder footage. Relax in your living room and enjoy your favorite music and movies. You can also access premium content. Download digital content from Connect. Watch and record179 your favorite TV-shows with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 enhanced by Sony's Giga Pocket engine. Download movies and music from the Web. Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005's smart, easy-to-use onscreen menus and content management functions make enjoying your entertainment media better than ever. With its sleek and flush design, constructed with brushed aluminum and a smoked acrylic front, the VAIO XL1 Digital Living System is designed to fit seamlessly into the A/V world and into your home theater. The horizontally-stacked VAIO XL1 is designed to fit into most entertainment centers, with optimized cooling, near-silent operation and easy access to all functions and connectivity options

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB
Per Processor Size:2MB

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:VGX-XL1 Digital Living System
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VAIO

Mainboard

Chipset Type:Intel 945P Express
Data Bus Speed:800MHz

Modem

Type: None

Multimedia Functionality

TV Tuner Type:Analog TV

Networking

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

Optical Storage

Type:DVD
Write Speed:40x (CD) / 16x (DVD

Optical Storage (2nd)

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:24x
Write Speed:24x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.8GHz
Installed Qty:1
Manufacturer:Intel
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:820
Type:Pentium D

RAM

Installed Size:512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

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

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type:IDE

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:200GB
Recommended Use:Home use
Type:Media center

Video Memory

Installed Size:64MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 6200
Interface Type:PCI Express x16
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