Looking for the ideal holiday gift for a college student or someone living in a small flat? Note that I say “flat” instead of “apartment” because this new set is only available in the United Kingdom at this point. Sony has rolled out the new KDL-22PX300, a 22″ LCD HDTV with a built-in PS2 video game console. This one device will let you watch television, watch Blu-ray high definition movies, play video games, and thanks to the Ethernet network port, get content streamed from the Internet. And there are even ports that let you use it as a monitor for a personal computer.
One problem with integrated devices such as this is that if one component fails, you have to take the whole thing in for servicing. On the other hand, it saves space and costs less than separate parts. This has been the crux of the argument over compact versus component stereo systems for years, and it applies just as well to integrated HDTVs. In my opinion, these devices have become incredibly reliable and I would not hesitate to buy an integrated device if I had a setting that would benefit from one.