Sony Japan has released their first ever LCD TV with built-in hard disk drive. The piano black monolithic design inspired BRAVIA BX series of LCD TV’s is known in the USA as the BX300 and is available in 32″ and 22″ models. However, the BX series recently debuted in Japan as the BX30H – available in 22″, 26″, and 32″ sizes. And just because Japan is so awesome, these variants also have a whopping 500GB HDD and is also available in white.

The cost-effective BX series is rather average with a 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, CCFL backlighting, 720p HD resolution (all you really need at those screen sizes), 60hz, 24p True Cinema,  BRAVIA Engine 2, BRAVIA Sync and other common video features. Audio features are rather standard at 5.1ch audio output and SteadySound to keep audio levels normalized.. However, the Japanese BX30H differs as it has the upgraded BRAVIA Engine 3 digital processor.

Here’s the interface for TV listings, which is pretty much like looking at a terminal in the Matrix:

The recording menu overlay:

There is also a helpful indicator (in percentage) that shows you how much space is left on the hard drive.

..and the remote that comes with the Japanese Bravia BX series: