The Bottom Line
- Large Multi-touch Compatible Display
- Blu-ray Drive
- No HDMI Input
- Relatively Small Hard Drive
- Fair Amount of Fan Noise
- Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400 Dual Core Desktop Processor
- 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
- 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Blu-ray Reader and Dual Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
- 24" WUXGA (1920x1080) Multi-Touch Display And NVIDIA GeForce G210M 512MB Graphics
- Intel HDA Audio With 5.5W Stereo Speakers
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Five USB 2.0, FireWire, 3-in-1 Card Reader, 1.3MP Webcam
- 22.9" x 16.9" x 7.4"
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, VAIO Suite, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - Sony VAIO VPC-L111FX/B 24-inch All-In-One Desktop PC
Jan 14 2010 - Sony's VAIO VPC-L111FX/B is their new line of larger touchscreen based all-in-one computers that offers some compelling features but lacks enough smaller features that it falls into the middle of the pack for media enabled all-in-ones. With a $1299 price tag, it certainly is a good price for the overall size of the display.
The big feature of the VAIO VPC-L111FX/B is the 24-inch display screen that features a multi-touch interface. The screen is quite large and should be plenty for most people looking at a desktop system. The colors and bright and it features a full 1920x1080 resolution to fully support HD video. This is fairly important since Sony has included a Blu-ray compatible drive on the system for watching Blu-ray movies. Those hoping to also use this for a secondary home theater system will be disappointed to learn that it does not include an HDMI input for connecting an external cable or satellite receiver or a modern game console.
Graphics on the VAIO VPC-L111FX/B are handled by a NVIDIA GeForce G210M graphics processor. This should be able to handle processor of HD video streams just fine but is fairly limited for those hoping to use it for 3D graphics. This is a low level of graphics processor from NVIDIA and is best suited for casual 3D gaming at lower resolutions and detail levels.
Storage features are mixed on the VPC-L111FX/B. While the system comes with a Blu-ray compatible drive for watching Blu-ray movies or burning DVDs, the hard drive only comes with 320GB of total space. This is well below the average sized hard drive for all-in-ones in the price range and will limit the amount of media can be stored on the system. This forces users to add more space through external USB drives.
Performance on the VPC-L111FX/B is fairly limited. While the system does use a desktop class Pentium Dual-Core E5400 processor, it is a relatively low level of desktop class processor and it still uses the older and slower DDR2 memory. This means it should perform equally or better than most mobile processor based all-in-ones but it falls quite far behind something like the least expensive iMac in terms of computing performance.
One drawback to using a desktop processor is the level of power and heat that they generate. Generally the systems need more cooling fans or extra ventilation to deal with the problem. On the VAIO VPC-L111FX/B, this translates into a fair amount of noise from cooling fan. This can be exacerbated when it is set on a hard surface as the case transmits the vibrations.
Overall, the Sony VAIO VPC-L111FX/B is a decent system for those looking at a large screen all-in-one with the capability for playing back Blu-ray movies. Just don't expect it to do much more for other media sources or a higher level of overall computing power against similarly priced units.