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New Kitchen Counter Computer: Sony Vaio
Posted by: srp on Mar 23, 2007 - 04:20 PM

We've been using an Audrey in the kitchen for several years now, It's a very nice system for it's size and age, but the e-mail client does not handle HTML e-mail or attachements, and the browser is stuck back in a world equivalent to netscape 3.7. It served us well, but it was well past time to retire this computer.

We wanted a modern computer that would be both functional and fit the space appropriately; on the counter but under the cabinets. We really have only one location that can support a computer.

We had been considering an Apple iMac, and a "separates" LCD monitor and Pandora machine from Cappuccino PC. We desided to go with a Sony Vaio VGC-LS20E, and so far we are very happy with our choice. Read on for pictures and more...

The Sony Vaio VGC-LS20E was specifically made for Costco, and that's where we got it. I favor Costco because of their fantastic return policy (nearly unlimited), and I wasn't exactly sure how this would look in the kitchen, but it turned out great.


  • Core 2 Duo T5500 1.667GHz
  • I950 Graphics
  • 2 GB Main Memory
  • 250 GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 19" WSXVGA+ 1680x1050 XBRITE HI-Color
  • DVD +/-RW DL
  • Built in NTSC Tuner (and additional USB ATSC Tuner module)
  • Wireless Mouse and Keyboard
  • MediaCenter Remote

So far the only hassles have been with Windows Vista - the machine itself seems to work just great. We set up the Media Center aspects of Vista and can watch Cable TV on it, and it can Play our served MP3 collection but we still mostly do that through the whole-house system (that's another story...)

My favorite aspect has been the "My Pictures" screen saver. I started making the best of our pictures available as a shared Samba drive, the Vaio picks them up and serves them in a full screen (or nearly so) slide show that shows up great on the XBRITE screen. Sometimes I just stand in the Kitchen and watch. :-)


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