Beautiful AIO Sony‘s VAIO L is a beautiful 24-inch all-in-one that sports multitouch capabilities and a 1920 x 1080 resolution. I really like the simple and elegant design. The only knock would be the recessed LCD. I would have laid over a nice edge-to-edge non-glossy glass cover.
1080p A built-in Blu-ray drive should make good use of all those pixels. Now bear in mind that most feature films are not shot with a 16:9 aspect ratio, which the 24-inch LCD is. So expect a lot of Blu-ray titles to have black bars on top and bottom. Get the optional ATSC tuner and you’ll get to watch HD content with no bars. Why? Most HDTV content over the air is formatted at 16:9. Back to aesthetics:Â It would have been a bit classier if Sony used a slot-load version for the Blu-ray.
Multitouch Engadget‘s Paul Miller took the VAIO L for a quick spin and found the touch sensor to be “quite responsive and accurate, even in multitouch gestures”. It would be difficult to keep the shiny and large 24-inch LCD clean but the ability to simply touch the screen with your fingers and move things around outweighs the work you’ll need to do with a microfiber cloth. Your kids will also be wondering, “I thought you weren’t supposed to touch the screen Daddy?!?” The UI, Paul (over at Engadget) didn’t like as much. Not surprising since Sony seems to be lacking people with a deep understanding of how we want to interact with computers using direct input (fingers). Probably should give Jeff Han a call.
Clutter Free Built-in WiFi means you won’t need any wires, except for the power plug, coming out of the VAIO L: the keyboard and mouse are wireless. The VAIO L runs Windows 7, of course. Here are some other specs of the VAIO L:
- Display: 24-inch TFT LCD with Multitouch
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- CPU: Up to 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Quad CPU (Q8400S)
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT240M with 1GB VRAM or G210M with 512MB VRAM
- RAM: Up to 12GB DDR2 SDRAM, up to 6GB pre-installed
- HDD: Up to 1TB 7200RPM
- Optical: Blu-ray Reader or Blu-ray Writer
- Expansion Slots: Memory Stick PRO, SD
- Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi BGN, Bluetooth (A2DP)
- Options: NTSC/ATSC TV Tuner
Something Special Pricing starts at US$1299.99, which undercuts Apple‘s 24-inch AIO, the iMac at $1499.00. For an apples-to-apples comparison, the $1499 VAIO L sports a 2.93GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB of DDR2 RAM, a 500GB 7200RPM SATA drive and a Blu-ray reader. Those specifications spank the iMac. Of course the iMac comes with a bunch of great software applications, but with the multitouch capability on the VAIO L, Sony’s AIO offering seems to be something quite special, above and beyond the iMac.