Sony today unveiled its new touch screen, multi-media machine— the VAIO L Touch HD PC/TV. Yes, it’s an HDTV and computer in one. Some also have an integrated Blu-ray player. Before getting too excited, realize this one is on the opposite end of the big screen spectrum: a personal sized 24 inches.
“The L Series is the ultimate multi-media hub— it’s your PC, HDTV [Blu-ray player] and DVR in one compact,stylish device,” said Mike Abary, senior vice president of the VAIO business group at Sony. “And with cutting-edge features such as multi-touch, it’s ideal for media lovers who appreciate HD performance and cutting-edge technology.”
Select models feature a built-in tuner so you can connect to your digital cable TV service and Over-The-Air (ATSC) HDTV signals (antenna required) and watch television on your PC.
An optional HDMI input is available, so in addition to the unit’s built-in HD features you can connect a compatible HD cable box, satellite receiver or PlayStation 3 with a single cable and enjoy HD entertainment without powering on the PC.
Built-in DVR capabilities and up to a terabyte of storage lets you create a personal entertainment library with up to 100 hours of HD television.
It comes with either Windows® 7 Home Premium or Professional 64-bit operating system. Leveraging these new operating systems, the L Series is able to offer new functionalities such as a touch screen display. Do anything with your finger that you do with a mouse.
Launch directly into Sony’s own Media Gallery software by pushing the designated VAIO button on the keyboard and create high-quality home movies and slideshows in three simple steps. Import photos and video, choose a theme and soundtrack, click finish and the software does the rest, generating a professional-looking movie complete with special effects.
The L Touch is powered by Intel's Core™ 2 Quad processor, up to 6GB of RAM, and a NVIDIA® GeForce ® series graphics for graphic-intense gaming and movies.
By utilizing built-in wireless 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi technology and a wireless router (sold separately), the unit can be set up almost anywhere for instant access to TV, Internet, and games. It can be mounted on the wall or attached to a desk with a VESA-compatible mount. Alternately, the VAIO L Touch features an adjustable stand that can be adjusted for viewing or touch angle, or to save space when not in use. A wireless keyboard, mouse and remote control are included.
The VAIO L Touch HD PC/TV starts at about $1,300. It is available for pre-orders today online at www.sonystyle.com/pr/l. It will also be sold at Sony Style® stores and select retailers around the country starting next month.
Also announced today:
X-Series Notebook: Housed in a lightweight carbon-fiber chassis, the X Series weighs just1.6 pounds (with standard battery) and is just over a half-inch thin— roughly the width of a cell phone. Available in black and gold. Prices start at $1300.
CW-Series Notebook: Colorful New Notebooks Featuring Blu-ray Disc Technology. Prices start at $780.