PROS / The Sony VAIO L comes with a Blu-ray drive that movie lovers are sure to enjoy.
CONS / The graphics of this PC are not as high-end and are underpowered for gaming.
VERDICT / The Sony VAIO L all-in-one PC can handle heavy workloads as well as multimedia entertainment gracefully, making it a great all-around choice.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about All-in-One PCs here.
All-in-one computers offer a variety of advantages. They're clutter free and have big monitors with a sophisticated design. And the Sony VAIO L series is no exception. This all-in one PCs pack loads of useful features into one sleek, thin monitor. You’ll also appreciate the smooth integration of Windows 8, a Blu-ray player and a touchscreen.
The Sony VAIO SVL24147CXB can handle loads of work with 8GB of RAM and a 2.4GHz i7 processor that allows you to run multiple programs at once without any freezing or lagging.
If you're a movie lover or music fan, then you'll appreciate the 2TB hard drive space that can handle hundreds of large files with room to spare. And if you're working on a huge presentation but want to take a break to watch a video or movie, you'll enjoy how well this home PC handles the load.
While your new computer can handle any program combination you throw at it, it is underpowered for gaming. It can handle the Windows 8 game apps, but if you buy a new PC game from the store, you'll have to run the game on some of the lower settings to get it running. However, what this all-in-one PC lacks in gaming, it more than makes up for in video. Whether streaming or running off a disc, you'll never have to worry about dropped frames while doing work on the side.
The VAIO L Series PCs use Windows 8, and while this operating system works well with touchscreens, it still has some bugs to deal with. New updates reduced the glitches and errors in this system, so you'll fall in love with the smooth and fun OS in this all-in one PC.
The best part of the Sony VAIO SVL24147CXB is all its standard equipment. While many manufacturers charge extra for touchscreen functionality or a Blu-ray player, Sony packs these elements into most of the L Series computers.
The 24-inch HD screen uses Sony's Bravia technology, making it crystal clear and beautiful. Coupled with the Blu-ray player, this computer rivals many home entertainment setups. Sony offers an optional TV tuner, so if you're thinking of buying your first TV and computer, you can combine the purchases with this excellent all-in-one PC.
Setup is as easy as plugging in a power cord. There are plenty of ports for plugging in a second monitor or using USB-based gadgets. All of these extra inputs and outputs make the base of the unit a little thicker than other PCs we reviewed, but it actually adds to the charm of the design.
The Sony VAIO SVL24147CXB offers fantastic power and speed for work and entertainment. This Windows 8 all-in-one PC is a multitasker's dream come true, able to handle several programs at once. Although this computer is weaker when processing video games, it comes with a Blu-ray reader and an HD touchscreen, making it a great option for your next movie night.