SONY -- I visit two different Sony centres when in Dublin, looking at six different things each time.
- Vaio. I got nearly two years' service out of a ow-end Vaio notebook before its third drop killed the motherboard. I like both the high-end Vaio notebooks and the Vaio entertainment centre.
- Room Link. More people come to this blog looking for info on Sony Room Link than any other Sony product. The Room Link is a wireless relay device that lets us stream from the Vaio to the TV. So you can watch files you downloaded from your high-speed office connection, thumb through e-mails or read your news aggregator on your sitting room screen.
- Net MDR. The Internet-friendly MDRs let you shift your music faster than standard MDR connections.
- CoCoon PVR. This slick, white hard disc video recorder does the business but its interface is way more complex than Sky+.
- Flat panel screen with Wega. Sony's digital reality creation processors are the crucial element in producing sharp pictures.
- PS-X. This slick device combines a television tuner, CD/DVD player with recorder, hard drive and games machine into a compact set-top box. In typical Sony style, the PS-X comes in eye-catching colours. Plus its simple icon system makes switching between any of the devices easier than fumbling with independent boxes and groups of remote control handsets.