This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
First Look: Sony Vaio L-Series 3D Edition
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

First Look: Sony Vaio L-Series 3D Edition

3:03 /

The drastically overpriced 3D version of Sony's Vaio L-Series all-in-one is impossible to recommend due to more affordable competition that costs almost half as much for essentially the same features.

-Hi, I'm Rich Brown, senior editor for CNET.com. Today, we're gonna take a look at the Sony Vaio L-Series 3D. So, we are not very big fan of this computer. It cost about 2500 bucks. It is a 3D enabled touchscreen all in one, but that's said. You can get pretty much of this exact same system from another vendor for about half as much money. Now, this is a reasonably attractive looking PC. As you can see, it has a nice clean profile in the front here, and, you know, it has a touchscreen, so that works well enough. One that unique about the system is Sony add some touchscreen elements to the side of the vessel making a little bit more functional in terms of your touchscreen, but it's not really that intuitive. As you can see, there's nothing really in your immediate view telling you what maybe commands are here. So, some of them are designed to save browse back and forth on a web page or perform other commands, but you really kind of have to get used to the system in order to now what they do. Now, you can get they system both 3D and non 3D versions. The non 3D ones cost about $700 to $800 dollars less depending on the hardware and actually that is probably more competitive PC. The non 3D one probably cost about 600 or $700 less and that's probably more competitive in the overall scheme of all in ones. For the 3D model though, you really have to kind of want 3D and wanna experiment with it. Unfortunately, Sony did not do the best job of implementing 3D in this PC. So, it comes with NVIDIA 3D vision glasses. I had a good experience with NVIDIA 3D glasses before, but on this PC, we had ghosting of both games and 3D Blu-rays that affect pretty much made those things un-watchable and really sort of spoiled the benefit of adding 3D on in the first place. Now, for the other features on this PC, it's pretty well quick, but as we said before, you can get most of the same features on other PC for significantly less. So, on the side here, you will see there is a Blu-ray burner drive and that's a nice sort luxury oriented component, but not that many people actually burn Blu-rays as far as we know, so that seems sort of excessive and you can there is some basic media controls. There is a hard volume button. There is a menu button to bring up the display There's also a signal toggle to swap 20 HDMI input, the PC, as well as the component video inputs. Down here, there's also a dedicated display off. So, taking a look at the rest of the Sony's features there's a TV toner input over here. Here are the other video inputs we mentioned, some USB jacks here and on the side here you can see there's actually a pair of USB 3 jacks. Now that is unique to system. We've only seen a couple of only ones that have USB 3 that sort of set the Sony apart, but it's not worth another 1200 or 1300 bucks. Other inputs are pretty safe, 4G of SD card, mini Firewire as well as analog audio. Now for its computing components, the system has Core i7 laptops chip and a lower end NVIDIA graphics chip. Those components make it more less capable for basic productivity and gaming, but again compare with that Lenovo all-in-one, the system can't compete. Unfortunately, the price of the system is just too high compared with rest of the all in one market. So, so I'm Rich Brown. This is the Sony Vaio L-Series 3D edition.

New releases

The Superhero Workout will whip...
4:34 August 22, 2014
This week on Crave we battle an alien invasion and burn some calories at the same time. Also, we e​njoy a...
Play video
Hack attack: Apps can spy on other...
2:54 August 22, 2014
Researchers reveal a flaw in Android, iOS and Windows that lets hackers peer into Gmail, Chase and other apps....
Play video
The 404 Show 1,541: Look away from...
37:36 August 22, 2014
Steve "Sphere" Guttenberg is back on the show today for a discussion about why he thinks technology is making...
Play video
2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
9:18 August 22, 2014
Is the 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid just a big Prius or much more? Brian Cooley drives the sleek new SUV...
Play video
Toughest smartphones
2:56 August 22, 2014
Need a phone that can take a beating? Here are five smartphones that can take anything you can throw at t...
Play video
Logitech's Bemo an oddball video...
1:32 August 22, 2014
One-button video capture matched with a nice viewing and editing app adds up to a fun little camcorder if...
Play video
How the iPhone, Android, and Facebook...
39:39 August 22, 2014
We celebrate 400 episodes with a look at the iPhone, Android, Facebook and the technology that's changed your...
Play video
Back-to-school tech discounts
1:02 August 22, 2014
School supplies no longer mean some pencils and erasers. Expensive gadgets like laptops and tablets have stepped...
Play video
 

Video discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre