The advantage to all-in-one PCs is their ability to fill the needs of multiple family members. Fortunately, one of the most versatile companies making computers today is Sony, and the VAIO SVL24127CXB packs loads of useful features as well as extra pieces of equipment. If you're looking for a central computer for everyone in the family to use, the Sony VAIO SVL24127CXB will earn a place in your home with its smooth integration of Windows 8, its Blu-ray player and its Bravia-based HD touchscreen. All of these features earn this L-Series VAIO our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award.
The Sony VAIO SVL24127CXB is ready to work. With its 8GB of memory and 2.4GHz i7 processor, it will run multiple programs at once without any hiccups. If you plan to buy videos or songs, the 2TB hard drive will handle hundreds of large files without breaking a sweat. This might be too much computer for someone writing documents or building spreadsheets, but if you want to watch a video while working on a huge presentation, you'll love how easily the computer handles both programs.
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 want to 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 like the SVL24127CXB, it still has some bugs to deal with. As the glitches and errors are worked out of the system, you'll fall in love with the smooth and fun OS, especially on this all-in-one PC.
The best part of the Sony VAIO SVL24127CXB 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.
Sony offers solid customer support for all of its products, and with the VAIO SVL24127CXB, you'll find the available help easily within your level of experience. From troubleshooting to downloadable drivers, you have several do-it-yourself options. If you need more hands-on support from Sony, representatives are available through email, live chat and telephone, and they are able to help your find the solutions you need based on very little information. Finally, Sony backs up the VAIO SVL24127CXB with a one-year warranty, covering parts and labor. The warranty is less than that on some of the other computers we reviewed, but even outside of the warranty, you will have no trouble getting the help you need.
The Sony VAIO SVL24127CXB 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.
Sony packs its best tech into this computer, like a standard Blu-ray reader and a Bravia-based monitor.
Despite its HD display and high memory, the graphic and processing speeds handicap the gaming potential.
The Sony VAIO SVL24127CXB is a great computer for work and play, making it useful for the whole family.