Sony's VAIO VPC-L118FG, the finest touchscreen PC we've seen so far

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Sony's VAIO VPC-L118FG, the finest touchscreen PC we've seen so far

Sony may be one of the biggest electronics companies in the world, but the VAIO VPC-L118FG marks the firm's first touchscreen PC in Australia. Despite this lack of experience, the VAIO VPC-L118FG is the finest we've seen.

The breathtaking 24in 1920 x 1080 screen offers comparable quality to the RGB-LED panels seen in Sony's expensive desktop replacement laptops; it's the best in the Labs this month, and by quite a distance. Every inch of the Full HD panel offers startling colour accuracy and brightness, helped by the dual backlights.

The optical touchscreen also proved more accurate and responsive than every rival. Multitouch is supported and, while scrolling, rotating and zooming occasionally lags, the overall experience is an absolute joy.

Sony's range of software is impressive too. The best tools handle media with a simple front-end that takes inspiration from the XrossMediaBar used on the PlayStation 3, while more advanced applications navigate and play albums, movies and other media.

Elsewhere, Sony's VAIO Gate takes inspiration from Apple's OS X to provide a navigation bar with links to common applications and, like the Eee Top's dock, it can be fully customised.

The VAIO's software is far more versatile, though.The 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 processor scored 1.41 in our benchmarks - one of this month's best results - and there's even room for casual gaming: Nvidia's GeForce G210M GPU scored 47fps in our low-quality Crysis test.

The rest of the specification is just as impressive. There's 4GB of RAM, a half-terabyte hard disk and Blu-ray reader, alongside a DVB-T TV tuner.

The speakers, which pump out loud, full and consistent audio, round off a highly competent media package, even if it consumes more power than its rivals.

Sony's touchscreen PC crams in a lot: a stunning screen and superb range of features combine with desirable design to impressive effect. It may be a touch expensive, but unlike the HP it more than justifies that cost to win this Labs.

Sony VAIO VPC-L118FG
5 6
Verdict
Expensive, but worth every cent. Sony’s touchscreen PC is the perfect mix of power, looks and quality
Performance
Features & Design
Quietness
Value for money
Overall
Labs Winner
Specs
$2724
• Vendor: Sony • CPU model/brand: Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 • CPU speed: 3GHz • Memory capacity: 4GB • RAM type: 800Mhz DDR2 • HD capacity: 500GB • Graphics: 512MB DDR3 • Screen size: 24in • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 • Supplier: Sony
This review appeared in the May, 2010 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine
Copyright © Alphr, Dennis Publishing
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