The device features a large 500GB HDD and an integrated hybrid TV tuner which turn the device into an advanced DVD recorder which huge storage capacity. The device also features a touch-to-open DVD drive, a SD and Memory Stick reader and two USB ports.
It can also bring the Web to your TV screen in High Definition detail and scale, perfect for anything from social networking to online shopping or music downloads.
With the Web in the living room you can really get the most out of sharing photos online with friends and family and choosing which ones to print via your online printing service. TV can alternate with online chat or YouTube sessions and catching up on friends’ blogs and email. You can even call up reviews and information about actors while watching a movie.
Wireless networking means the VAIO TP1 can be added to a cable-free home network in minutes, and a carefully designed wireless keyboard ensures operating the system is as easy as setting it up. The keyboard is compact, comfortable to use and features an integrated notebook-style touchpad for complete control of the interface. The TP1 also has a standard wired LAN connection for easy connection to conventional cabled home networks.
The VAIO TP-1 will be available in Germany and the UK by the end of September, pricing details aren't available but according to Sony it should be priced competitively compared to dedicated PVRs with a same-sized HDD.