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Sony Vaio L13 touchscreen PC

A touch of class?

The feature that separates the Vaio L13 from the iMacs is the touchscreen. Sony has included its Vaio Gate software which is an on-screen launcher for applications and consists of a ribbon of icons across the top of the screen that auto-hide in that swoopy Windows 7 way.

Sony Vaio L13

More touchscreen apps would help show off its potential

Sony includes its Vaio Media Gallery application but the software that takes advantage of the touchscreen is the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7. There are six applications in the pack and while they show off the superb screen to good effect I found they were fairly dire.

Collage lets you move pictures around, Rebound is a touchscreen game, Globe is like Google Earth but less effective, Blackboard is a physics touchscreen game and Garden Pond is a pointless touchscreen game. You might possibly get an hour’s entertainment out of the lot but it does bring home the quality of the Sony screen and its lovely responsive nature.

Verdict

Sony has conjured up a Vaio that is, effectively, a touchscreen iMac. Unfortunately, while I found that the touch screen works superbly well, it does seem a expensive gimmick given the applications on offer. ®

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Sony Vaio L13

Sony Vaio L13 touchscreen PC

Stylish touchscreen all-in-one PC.
Price: £1100 RRP