updated 03:50 pm EDT, Tue September 25, 2007
Sony VAIO L Japan
Sony Japan followed up its notebook updates with an upgrade to its all-in-one VAIO L desktops. In addition to the computing-focused, 15.4-inch LJ, the 19-inch LM and 22-inch LT have now been redesigned to share the same backing parts as Sony's BRAVIA LCD sets and will wall-mount using an optional VESA kit, completely eliminating the horizontal footprint of the computer. A digital tuner for over-the-air TV broadcasts is now standard even with the slower 15-inch systems, Sony notes, fulfilling the role of the L as a hybrid media center without the extra cost.
The LJ is Sony's core model and holds on to the attached, flip-up keyboard that turns the VAIO into a music player with a reduced display mode; it also doubles as a pseudo-notebook and operates completely independently from a power outlet for up to 2.5 hours. It comes equipped with a 1.73GHz Celeron M, 1GB of memory, and a 120GB hard disk as standard for the equivalent of $1,485 without a TV tuner but gains the tuner plus a larger 200GB drive for $1,747.
The larger LM and LT models resemble the American version with a distinct keyboard. The 19-inch LM starts at $1,747 with similar specifications to the base LJ with the exception of a desktop-size 250GB hard disk. A 22-inch LT starts at a higher $1,903 with a TV tuner and a 2GHZ Core 2 Duo as standard but scales up to $3,232 with a Blu-Ray drive and GeForce 8400M GT to decode 1080p video.
Every new VAIO L system goes on sale in Japan on October 6th. The LT is already on sale in the US with different trim levels and is unlikely to be accompanied by the smaller LM and LJ models in the near future. [via Impress]