Pros Great touchscreen
Cons Expensive all in one.
iMac is cheaper
Pros Looks great from the front, great for playing Blu-Rays or general productivity.
Cons Fan is a bit noisy (much more noticeable when I got it home :( ). The cheaper L111FX is a bit quieter/cooler than the L116FX / L117FX though. Sony bundles too much junk software.
Summary I wanted a good value and had no need for the TV tuner or quad core CPU, so opted for the otherwise almost identical L111FX which lists for $1299 (I got 10% off). I agree touchscreen utility is minimal at the moment, but to me this was a much better option than the iMac which has no Blu-Ray or touchscreen option, and it is priced closer to the 21.5" iMac than the 27" iMac (too big to fit in my kitchen). It looks better in my kitchen than the iMac, because it sits back and the front is slicker IMHO; the sides and back of the iMac are undeniably slicker though so for a standalone I might have thought more about that (but I can't stand Apple's keyboard with mislabeled delete, lack of standalone pg down/up .. the tiny BT keyboard looks extra ridiculous in front of iMac 27"). I'll admit my 4.5 star rating might go to 4 for the 117FX because it isn't as good a value, but I'm giving 4.5 starts for the whole line because if you want the extra features the price may merit it.
Pros is the touchscreen responsive?
Cons i dont know
Summary i need it as a touch-kiosk
so i need the only info that specs can't deliver: how responsive and smooth it the touch input?
how is compared to the new hp touchsmarts and the gateway?
Pros The Sony obviously sounds like a very well engineered product which will serve as a very robust home/media center computer.
Cons In a very competitive market, Sony's pricing is clearly too high. However, this will not have much impact on sales because Sony has failed to supply any inventory for the L117FX, effectively eliminating it as a choice for any potential purchaser.
Summary I currently own a VAIO Desktop and have been sufficiently satisfied that my first choice this holiday season would be to buy Sony's latest top of the line Windows 7 based All-in-one. In fact I actually ordered this model two weeks ago, but cancelled my order after J&S informed me it was not actually in stock and they could not predict when it would actually be available. I checked out the Sony site, Amazon and the Sony store in Boston - all had no product in stock and had no idea when any units would be received. This does not compare well to Apple, which actually had the good sense to produce enough of the new models they recently announced to provide potential customers with adequate inventory to purchase the product. In light of Microsoft's desire to kick off the Windows 7 platform and Sony's efforts to supply a reasonable windows based alternative to Apple, this is very surprising situation in the run up to the Christmas season. If it wasn't for the arrogance of Apple's insufferable TV spots and my need to coordinate my home computer with my work based Windows/Office platform, I would have already bought the Mac.
Please note that if you go to the Gateway site and configure their All-in-one comparably to the Sony (i.e. Blue Ray, 1TB hardisk and Core 2 Quad processor) it is about the same money as the Vaio L117FX, but with a much smaller screen - so it appears to be an even worse value when compared to the Apple.
Pros nice specifications
Cons Poor customer service. Had one on order - after three weeks, no one at SONY could say if it was ever going to be built. I canceled the order.