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Sony Vaio VPC-L22Z1e review

£1,599 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Sony

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The 24in glossy display offers strong blacks, bright, vivid colours and crisp text. It works very well in 3D mode when paired with the supplied glasses.

Sony has more than a passing interest in both 3D and Blu-ray. The company is one of the biggest vendors of 3D TVs and a leading developer of the Blu-ray disc format. It makes sense that both are centrepiece technologies for its flagship all-in-one PC.

The Vaio has enough computing performance to make the most of both, with the best specifications in our group. It’s based around a second-generation Core i7-2670QM quad-core processor, which runs at 2.2GHz as standard but climbs to 3.1GHz with Turbo Boost enabled. There’s also 8GB of system memory, a 1TB hard drive and an nVidia GT540M graphics card, with 1GB of video memory.

This PC decimated its rivals in our gaming tests, where it achieved 125fps in Stalker: Call of Pripyat (‘Ultra’ settings). The closest competition scored only 26fps in the same test. Importantly, the Sony is also able to deliver a reasonable framerate when operating under the extra strain of 3D mode.

We weren’t able to run our WorldBench 6 speed test, but believe Sony’s Vaio would have obliterated the competition here, too.

The 24in glossy display offers strong blacks, bright, vivid colours and crisp text. It works very well in 3D mode when paired with the supplied glasses; unlike the Asus, 3D is fully integrated to this all-in-one.

The included webcam delivers a clear HD picture. You also get three USB 3.0 ports for attaching the latest high-speed peripherals and a combo DVD/Blu-ray burner.

Unfortunately, this dream entertainment PC carries a hefty price tag. At £1,599, it sits at the higher end of the all-in-one market. The 27in version of our Best Buy iMac, meanwhile, is available from £1,399 and offers a significantly larger and better-quality screen.

Sony Vaio VPC-L22Z1e Expert Verdict »
Sony Vaio VPC-L22Z1E Scores 8.3 out of 10 based on 12 reviews
2.2GHz Intel Core i7-2670QM
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
8GB DDR3 RAM
1TB, 7,200rpm HDD
24in (1920x1080) glossy 3D touchscreen
nVidia GeForce GT540M with 1GB VRAM (scored 116fps in Fear at 'Maximum' detail)
2x USB 3.0
3x USB 2.0
HDMI
DVD/BD combo
802.11b/g/n
gigabit ethernet
Bluetooth
SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS Duo card reader
Kensington lock
webcam
wireless keyboard & mouse
stereo speakers
headphone jack
mic input
power consumption: 87W (idle), 135W (under load)
608x168x429mm
12kg
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

A stylish and powerful home-entertainment centre, the Sony Vaio includes a Blu-ray writer and a 3D touchscreen. Some useful software is bundled, and performance is fantastic for an all-in-one PC. However, it’s an expensive machine at £1,599, and we believe better value can be found in Apple’s 21.5in iMac.

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