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Sony Vaio L-Series 3D EditionThe 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.