Sony Vaio VPCL118FG/B review: Sony Vaio VPCL118FG/B

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
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The Good Lots of included AV software. Blu-ray burner. Integrated digital tuner. Touchscreen. Stylish design.

The Bad Only a single tuner provided. Good touchscreen apps are still thin on the ground. Expensive.

The Bottom Line Sony's all-in-one PC isn't cheap and it could do with more storage, but otherwise it's a highly attractive option for those who crave simplicity.

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Design

Sony's latest take on an all-in-one PC looks remarkably like something. It's just that the something in question isn't an all-in-one PC, but rather a small Bravia TV. That's undoubtedly a deliberate design decision and as with most all-in-one PCs, the point isn't pure grunt as much as looking good in a non-PC environment. The VPCL118FG/B does via stealth, as without a mouse and keyboard evident, you wouldn't pick that it was a PC.

The VPCL118FG/B can even be used sans keyboard and mouse, as it comes with a touchscreen panel installed. Unlike some touchscreen units, you're not left bereft of mouse or keyboard, but the examples shipped with the VPCL118FG/B aren't the most stunning looking creatures, with the boxy mouse in particular being a design lowlight. Perhaps it's a rule with all-in-one computers, be they PC or Mac, that they have to come with rather ordinary peripherals? At least on the plus side, the included Windows remote doesn't look quite so boring.

Features

Behind the screen, Sony throws in an Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 (2.93GHz) processor, 4GB of RAM and a 512MB Nvidia GeForce G210M graphics processor. A 500GB hard drive is provided, which is a touch on the low side for a multimedia machine. On the optical front, the comparisons with TV continue, with a Blu-ray disc combo drive and integrated digital TV tuner. The display panel, besides being touch capable, is also full HD capable, which pinpoints this as a home AV machine.

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Where to Buy

Sony Vaio VPCL118FG/B

Part Number: CNETSony Vaio VPCL118FG/B

Typical Price: $2,999.00

See manufacturer website for availability.