Sony L-series all-in-one PCs are livin' on the edge

A new set of Sony Vaio L-series PCs are taking all-in-ones to the edge, with touch-sensitive surrounds around their 24-inch screens.

A new set of Sony Vaio L series PCs are taking all-in-ones to the edge, with touch-sensitive surrounds around their 24-inch screens. The L series models are the latest Vaios vying with the Apple iMac all-in-one desktop PC.

The new models offer a choice of Intel Core i7 or i5 processors, with Nvidia graphics and DX11 support. The top-end model is the L21S1E/B, packing a Core i7 chip, Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics, and 8GB of RAM. It boasts 1TB of storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0.

The high-definition touchscreen is surrounded by a touch-sensitive bezel, which means you can control the computer by tapping on the black bit round the edge of the screen.

Tapping the Vaio logo launches the Media Gallery software, while tapping on the left launches the onscreen keyboard, shows the desktop, or switches between windows. Tapping on the right zooms in and out, opens a settings menu or closes windows. You can also move back or forwards in programs by tapping the bottom. A web button powers the computer on and goes straight online.

Some of the Vaio L models will play Blu-ray discs for HD moviefilm enjoyment. You can also use it as a monitor for a games console, via HDMI, and you don't have to turn the computer on to do so. Gaming and video benefits from the very exciting-sounding S-Force Front Surround 3D audio.

Also in the new L-series model is a hi-def webcam for video chat, powered by a version of the Exmor technology in Sony's cameras.

The L series was first seen a couple of years ago when it showed off the then-new Windows 7. The new 24-inch models will edge into shops in May.

Our intrepid man about town, Luke "If You're Not Livin' On the Edge You're Takin' Up Too Much Room" Westway, is eyeing the Vaios as we speak, so keep it CNET UK for previews of the new PCs in action.

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