The Sony VAIO L Series is as sleek as it is powerful with a second generation Intel i7 processor, up to 8 GB of RAM, a 24" touch screen and a Blu-ray drive, all starting at $999. Kevin Pereira and Matt Mira review the new desktop computer for its Gadget Pr0n rating.
What You Need To Know
- The Sony VAIO L series desktop is pretty stylish and good looking.
- There is a nice even bezel all around the screen, which is unique to the VAIO.
- There are an ample amount of ports on the left side.
- There are 2 USB 3.0 ports with an HDMI in and out.
- This model has a Blu-ray reader but you can upgrade to a Blu-ray burner.
- We felt like this machine shouldn't have a tray loading drive, but it does.
- The model we reviewed is the 24" version with a native resolution of 1920x1080.
- Like most all-in-one desktops, this one has a fairly responsive touch screen.
- Sony has also incorporated touch controls into the bezel as well.
- There are a few cool features, like the VAIO logo is a shortcut to launch whatever program you like.
- You can touch the bottom right of the bezel to zoom in and out, which is great for typing if you hate your wrists.
- There aren't any visual indicators of these controls but it does keep the bezel clean.
- Overall, there's a lot of trial and error to figure these touch gestures out.
- There are some fairly intuitive ones like forward and back on either side of the Sony logo.
- But there's no touch control for volume, which we thought was weird.
- Instead, they went with a physical volume rocker that is actually a lot like the one on the old Bravia models from a couple years ago.
- This model configuration comes with an Intel i5 process and 4 GB os RAM, which costs $1,299.
- You can make this machine very expensive if you want to.
- There are options for a 3D screen and i7 processor that can make the price climb to around $2,000.
- This isn't the most powerful desktop we've reviewed but it should be fine for average use.
- The i5 processor runs at 2.4 GHz and there's an NVIDIA GeForce 540M graphics chip.
- Since we are dealing with a mobile graphics processor, this desktop isn't as fast as others in the same price range.
- So if you're in the market for a machine to play video games, you'll probably want to skip this.
- If you're looking for a medium powered machine that functions as a great media center, this VAIO will work out nicely.
- 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
- Aesthetically, this is a good looking machine and the versatility of the display is great.
- If you're looking for a system to stream media for a dorm or small apartment, this particular configuration and price point is an excellent point.
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