Smudges! They're the scourge of any multitouch all-in-one PC, especially for the clammy palmed among us. A problem Sony might just have solved by putting gesture-based shortcuts on the bezel.
The Vaio L Series uses every part of its 24-inch display. You can still stab and swipe within the comfortable confines of the centre of the screen, but also have the more sophisticated alternative of using shortcuts located on the bezel to close windows, zoom in and out, scroll, rotate and navigate the web. It's not the most intuitive interface I've ever seen, but it's an earnest attempt at keeping your display clean and clear.
The L Series fits in up to Intel Core i7 and GeForce GT 540M guts, 8GB RAM, 2TB of storage and a Blu-ray drive. Oh, and two USB 3.0 ports (along with two USB 2.0 and an HDMI in and out). It's kind of a beast! Especially when you throw in the built-in TV tuner and DVR, as well as a Blu-ray drive and HDMI out. They've really spared no feature and unfortunately those expenses get passed on to you; the L Series starts at $US1200, and goes up up up from there. I think I might invest in a microfiber cloth instead.
MEDIA ALERT: NEW SONY TOUCH HD PC/TV MERGES HIGH DEFINITION WITH INTUITIVE TOUCH
The new Sony VAIO® L Series Touch HD PC/TV features a stunning 24-inch (diagonal) multi-touch screen enabling intuitive touch access to the internet, TV, Blu-ray Disc™ movies and more.
Unique to the L Series, the multi-touch screen features technology which extends the touchable area of the screen to the LCD bezel. This technology provides simple access to everyday shortcuts enabling users to close windows, flip through web pages quickly and zoom by touching the black glass sections along the edge of the PC.
The L model features a built-in television. It also serves as a DVR letting you play and record your favourite television shows to Blu-ray Disc media or store up to 100 hours of HD content to its massive hard drive. This model features two built-in speakers and Dolby Home Theater® technology providing a cinematic listening experience at home.
For those who prefer to watch content on a big screen television, the L Series also has an HDMI™ output connector so you can connect to a high-definition TV set for a larger viewing experience.
Designed to easily blend with your home décor, the VAIO L Touch PC features a sleek V-shape stand and is wall-mountable for a slick, space-saving computing experience. It also comes with a stylish wireless keyboard and wireless mouse letting you work freely without cords, and optional keyboard skins in eye- catching colours.
Available for pre-sale in late February at www.sony.com/pr/lseries and at select retailers around the country for about $US1200. To find the closest Sony Style store, please visit www.sonystyle.com.