Sony Vaio L series goes 3D, slim S series updated

Sony has shown off the Vaio L series -- a 3D capable all-in-one PC as well as the Vaio S series slim, light and sturdy laptop that's ready for your HD movies. Will they be any good?

Sony has been busy at IFA this year showing off various new products including the Vaio L series -- an all-in-one PC with a 24-inch multi-touch screen supporting 3D content as well as the Vaio S series laptop that aims to take media to the road with a full HD display inside a slim magnesium body.

At first glance, the new model in the Vaio L series isn't really distinguishable from the model we had our hands on back in February . Both screens are 24-inches with a 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution. They both support multi-touch inputs so you don't need to use your mouse to navigate around.

The difference is noticeable when you chuck in a 3D movie. The new model supports 3D content from Blu-Ray discs, games or images from 3D cameras -- though you will have to throw on a pair of those silly looking 3D active shutter glasses.

Inside you'll find an Intel Core processor (which one will probably depend on what configuration you need and how much money you have), 8GB RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics processor with 1GB of graphics memory.

The S Series laptop isn't totally a new face either -- we saw the 13.3-inch model back in February and were rather taken with the slim and light build. The new model offers a 15-inch screen with a native resolution of 1,920x1,080-pixels so your high definition content will be shown as it should be.

The new S Series should be a good guy to take on the road, measuring only 25mm thick and with a weight of only 2kg, it shouldn't do much damage to your back if you're carrying it round for any length of time.

Sony has made the S Series out of magnesium and aluminium which we'd assume makes it particularly durable and resistant to bumps. If it doesn't, then it's a good way of making a regular laptop very expensive -- but we'll find out exactly which one is more accurate when we get one for review.

Inside that metal shell you'll find some kind of Intel Core processor (again, this will vary according to your configuration), 6GB of RAM, a 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics card, a Blu-Ray drive and a 750GB hard drisk drive.

Both the L Series all-in-one and the S Series laptop should be hitting the UK around October. No word as of yet on pricing but we're not expecting either machine to come cheap, so get saving those pennies now.

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