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.