Sony VAIO L Touchscreen PC announced!

Picture 1Sony has been on a roll with computers lately.  Latest from the Video Audio Integrated Operations (VAIO) sector is Sony’s latest All-In-One Desktop PC.  This is their long-awaited competitor to the HP TouchSmart PC that has been out for quite a while.  Sony stepped up their game though, sporting some of the most impressive specs for an All-In-One Desktop we’ve seen.  It can be had with as much as an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400S processor, which runs at a lightening fast 2.66GHz, 1Tb HDD (that’s 1000GB!), NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M graphics with 1GB dedicated VRAM, 6GB of DDR2 RAM, and a Blu-Ray Disc Drive!  Also notable is the screen, which is arguably the most important aspect of this PC.  The screen is a 24″ Full HD (1920×1080) touch screen that uses Sony’s proprietary XBRITE-HD technology to provide superior color saturation.  Sony claims that the touch capabilities are multi-touch, which means it can track multiple finger motions at once, such as pinching, flicking, twisting and tapping.  As exciting as that sounds, I’d like to see it in action before I dertermine how well it works.  To get the full benefit of that gorgeous screen it has a built-in HDTV tuner and an HDMI input for use with a PlayStation 3, in addition to its included Blu-Ray Disc capability.  It also includes all of the other standard features for a Sony PC, such as WiFi(b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, and a wireless mouse and keyboard (unlike the similarly priced iMac).  Also nifty is the ablitity for the tilting stand to be removed and have the PC mounted on a wall with any VESA compatible wall mount.  Sony says it will be released soon and it will ship with Windows 7 Home Premium.  Hopefully Windows 7 will enhance the touchscreen operation, as touchscreen implementation is a key upgrade from Vista that is included with 7.  This is an exciting announcement from Sony, and surprisingly, it will be affordable since it starts as low as $1299!

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