Sony is not new to the all-in-one (AIO) PC game, but what the new Vaio L Series offers above previous models, is more screen space in a more attractive shell.
The L Series stand-out feature is its 24in Full HD Vaio Display Plus screen with LED backlight and a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It even includes a touch sensitive bezel (called Edge Access) reminiscent of the BlackBerry PlayBook, which gives you even more control meaning there is little or no need for a mouse according to Sony. For example touching the Vaio logo launches Media Gallery allowing you to browse your photos, videos and music. Other touch-sensitive regions of the bezel let you navigate or zoom documents and web pages, flick between on-screen windows, launch an on-screen virtual keyboard or view an operation guide.
Inside, the L Series can be powered by either a Core i5 or Core i7 processor, comes with 1TB of storage and 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM. Graphics are handled by Nvidia’s GeForce GT 540M while you also get an option of a Blu-ray drive (for a few more pounds of course). The L Series has an inbuilt HD webcam with Exmor technology, three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. The PC can also be used separately as a monitor, even when powered off, in conjunction with say a PS3 by way of the HDMI port. As with the newly launched C Series of laptops, there is a WEB button which gives instant access to the internet. The L Series comes with a wireless keyboard and wireless mouse.
We will be getting our hands on this AIO later on today to see if it can stand up to the competition from the likes of MSI and HP. The L Series will go on sale in May here in the UK but pricing has yet to be announced.