A computer in the living room often means that you’ve carved a portion of the room out to do double-duty as an office. Move the computer into the living room as a stylish piece of technology with the Sony VAIO TP Living Room PC VGX-TP1. The TP1’s unique styling and well-placed ports make function and form one, with little regard for which came first. Intended to be connected to your TV, the TP1 is a step towards the fully integrated electronics set-up people are looking for at home. The computer comes with a wireless mouse and keyboard, the latter of which, according to SonyStyle.com’s TP1 site, is designed to fit ergonomically in your lap. The keyboard also comes with a touch pad, hot buttons (pre-programmed function keys) and 2 additional programmable buttons that can launch applications, web sites or documents.
Frequently accessed ports are hidden away on the front behind a curved slide-away panel, including the optical drive, USB ports and multi-card reader are located on the front, while the remainder are in the back. It uses a single HDMI cord in the rear to transmit all home theater design instead of the usual rat’s nest. Although this isn’t unusual for computers—interface design is finally being considered regularly—the TP1’s sleek lines elude the usual sense of utility. The TP1 lists for $1,600 and will be available to ship at the end of April. -Kate