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Sony VAIO XL3 Digital Living System VGX

Sony VAIO XL3 Digital Living System VGX
alaScore 81

17 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability, whereas some have doubts about the value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Sony VAIO XL3 Digital Living System VGX is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 17 reviews)

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony VAIO XL3 Digital Living System VGX

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 1 user review of Sony VAIO XL3 Digital Living System VGX from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktop Computers on Amazon.co.uk.

0% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony VAIO XL3 Digital Living System VGX

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Sony VAIO XL3 Digital Living System VGX from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com.

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50% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO VGX-XL3 Digital Living System (Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6400, 2 GB RAM, 500 GB Hard Drive, Blue-Ray HD RW Drive, Vista Premium)Sony VAIO VGX-XL3 Digital Living System (Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6400, 2 GB RAM, 500 GB Hard Drive, Blue-Ray HD RW Drive, Vista Premium)

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VAIO VGX-XL3 Home Theater PC

 

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.

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

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

Which reminds me: The Digital Living System is a PC. And based on my experience with it, PCs still don't belong in the living room

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Sony VAIO VGX-XL3 Digital Living System

 

Sony says its VAIO VGX-XL3 Digital Living System gives you "TV on your terms." But I found that my terms differ substantially from what this Windows Vista-based Media Center PC can deliver.

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

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

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.

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Sony VAIO VGX

 

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...

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Sony VAIO VGX-XL3 Digital Living System

 

Sony says its VAIO VGX-XL3 Digital Living System media-centre PC gives you "TV on your terms". But your terms may differ substantially from what this Windows Vista-based PC can deliver.

The Sony VAIO VGX-XL3 Digital Living System is a PC. And based on our experience with it, PCs still don't belong in the living room.

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Sony Vaio VGX-XL302 review

 

The Sony Vaio XL302 is a hugely impressive Media Center PC. It packs everything you could want into its large frame, including dual TV tuners and a Blu-ray drive. But for £700 less you can get the very similar, Blu-ray-less Sony Vaio VGX-XL301

Nearly silent ; Blu-ray burner ; Dual tuners ; Good overall spec

Blu-ray not fully integrated into Media Center software ; Dual tuner arrangement could be neater ; High price

If you're not fussed about Blu-ray, you can opt for the VGX-XL301, which costs £700 less and comes with a DVD re-writer. The hard drive is smaller, and the processor slower, but you can always buy an external drive with the money, and the slower...

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Sony Vaio VGX-XL3 Home Theater PC

 

This is a compact and relatively quiet Home Theater PC that still needs many improvements. Fan noise is low, but hard drive can be heard from the sofa. The only resolutions available for Sony HDTV are 1176x664 for 720p format and 1768x992 for 1080i...

Blu-ray disc recorder compatible with DVD and CD formats. HDMI connection supports use of Home Theater receiver/amplifier. Quiet cooling system fan.

Graphics card does not support Sony HDTV native resolutions. CableCard not implemented for On Demand and interactive programming. No Bluetooth connection available.

Product Specifications

Energize your living room with the flush, understated design of the VAIO XL3 Digital Living System. About the size of a traditional stereo receiver, this rack-style multimedia PC bridges the gap between your computing and entertainment worlds, adding an exciting new PC dimension to your home theater experience. With its sleek brushed aluminum and smoked acrylic front and optimized cooling for near-silent operation, the VAIO XL3 blends neatly and quietly into living room entertainment centers and home theaters. Enjoy high-quality TV with the VAIO XL3 Digital Living System. It's TV on your terms. With built-in NTSC and ATSC TV tuners and CableCARD support, you can watch and record analog and digital TV directly to the hard drive for on-demand viewing (includes premium and over-the-air HD content). The VAIO XL3 Digital Living System is digital cable ready. It features an OCUR receiver, which is a digital cable receiver and interface that accepts a TV CableCARD. The CableCARD removable security module, which must be obtained from your local service provider, allows you to access the digital cable channels to which you subscribe without the need for a set-top-box. Windows Vista Home Premium with Media Center functionality acts as your DVR, letting you record and catalog your favorite TV programs to the hard drive. These innovative tools let you consolidate your entertainment center by replacing your HD DVR and digital cable set-top-box with the VAIO XL3, the ultimate entertainment PC for your living room. Watch movies in the best high-definition picture quality available today. Whether you're watching a Hollywood title in HD or enjoying crystal clear video captured from your compatible HDV camcorder, the VAIO XL3 Digital Living System is capable of playing high-definition Blu-ray Disc movies in stunning clarity and incredible full HD 1080 resolution. And since the Blu-ray Disc optical drive is backwards compatible with the format of your CDs and DVD collection, you can still enjoy your existing entertainment library on the VAIO XL3. Designed to integrate with your living room entertainment system, the Sony VAIO XL3 Digital Living System is a full HD 1080 Media Center PC with Blu-ray Disc technology and DVR capabilities. Supporting CableCARD technology, the VAIO XL3 lets you watch and record cable TV, including high-definition and premium channels.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop
Manufacturer Form Factor:Desktop

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop
Manufacturer Form Factor:Desktop

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB
Per Processor Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:15.7in
Height:5.1in
Weight:23.1lbs
Width:16.9in

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:VGX-XL3 Digital Living System
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VAIO

Mainboard

Chipset Type:Intel P965 Express
Data Bus Speed:1066MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Black / Platinum
Refurbished:Refurbished

Modem

Type: None

Multimedia Functionality

TV Tuner Type:Digital and analog TV

Networking

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

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD) / 1.6x (BD)
Rewrite Speed:8x (CD) / 4x (DVD
Type:BD-RE
Write Speed:8x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.13GHz
Installed Qty:1
Manufacturer:Intel
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:E6400
Type:Core 2 Duo

RAM

Installed Size:2GB
Max Supported Size:3GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /90 days warranty

Storage Controller

RAID Level:RAID 0

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:500GB
Platform Technology:Intel VIIV Technology
Type:Media center

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GTL
Interface Type:PCI Express x16
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