Since I enviously eyed my very first Sony All-in-One computer in the early 1990s, the space-saving desktop form factor has found its way into most manufacturer's product ranges. With its latest VAIO L Series addition, Sony brings 3D visuals to the party, along with a touch-enabled bezel for shortcut activation and feature control. It's powered by a second generation Core i7 processor supported by DDR3 memory and is given a generous helping of fast hard disk storage.
Sony's new VAIO L Series All-in-One desktop with 3D touchscreen display benefits from a full 1080p high definition 24-inch LED backlit multi-touch screen, packs a second generation Quad Core Intel Core i7-2720QM processor running at 2.2 GHz supported by 8GB of DDR3 system memory and is provided with 1TB of 7200RPM HDD storage. There's dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics with 1GB of video memory, S-FORCE 3D Front Surround Sound technology, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1280 x 1024 resolution HD webcam which includes an Exmor CMOS image sensor and face tracking technology.
A feature called "Edge Access technology" has been incorporated in the bezel surrounding the screen. Touching the VAIO logo on the top left of the bezel launches a configurable application/program menu, tapping anywhere down the left activates the onscreen keyboard, there's a location to the bottom right that can convert 2D onscreen content into 3D and back again and dragging a finger up and down the right side will zoom in and out of photos, documents and web pages. Should a user choose to upscale 2D entertainment to 3D, the depth of the effect can be controlled to suit personal preferences.
HDMI in and out ports allow gamers to hook up the VAIO L Series All-in-One to a Playstation 3 system, but also cater for connection to a set-top box or big screen TV. Other physical connectivity takes the shape of two USB 3.0, three USB 2.0 ports and a media card slot. The system runs on either Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional, has a Blu-ray optical drive and includes a full-size wireless keyboard with chiclet keys and wireless mouse. The new All-in-One also comes supplied with a pair of active shutter 3D glasses.
The new L Series All-in-One will be up for pre-order from July 13 and will be priced at US$1,420 - black and white models will be available.