Although a fairly recent innovation, the touch-screen has been exploited a fair amount in recent months from various brands such as the iPhone and more recently the Apple iPad. Perhaps most notably, Sony have jumped on the bandwagon with a series of All-in-One PC home entertainment systems such as the Sony Vaio L Series.
The most recent of which is the new Sony Vaio J Series featuring the new Intel Core i3 processors and NVIDIA GeForce graphics.
The new all-in-one machine is stylish to say the least, but then I’m not sure I can remember Sony putting out a product, which wasn’t just a little bit drop dead gorgeous. The new design is dominated by a 21.5” full HD 1080p display with what they call multiple lamp technology providing ‘brilliantly detailed view of HD movies, photos and games with rich, vivid colours’.
So, with the machine being primarily aimed at the multimedia market, the display is all important, so it’s certainly pleasing to hear that Sony have seemingly delivered in that respect.
However, it’s not all about the touchscreen display, there has to be sufficient oomph to power the content, so how does the Sony Vaio J Series fare? Well, as I already mentioned there is a Core i3 processor clocked at 2.26GHz inside which although is not exactly spectacular, it is more than capable of handling the odd movie or game.
In addition to that there is a generous 4GB DDR3 RAM providing ample capabilities for multi-tasking and performing demanding processes. In terms of graphics capabilities, all-important in a media setup, there is an NVIDIA GeForce 310M GPU with 512MB dedicated memory. Plus, there’s a 500Gb 7200RPM Hard Drive. So, in terms of basic spec it’s certainly capable of handling pretty much all modern media types without being overly extraordinary.
So is there anything that really sets the J Series apart from the competition? Unfortunately, despite having really high hopes for this machine, there’s not really. I mean there’s a built in DVD-RW and motion-eye camera, Bluetooth and WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, but those things generally come as standard with the majority of machines in the class. Obviously, the touch-screen is something not every ‘all-in-one PC’ features, but is that really a deciding factor when buying this kind of desktop PC?
However, there are options available. This is where it gets slightly interesting, however a little expensive. The line starts at over $1000, but upgrade that the Blu-Ray drive which I guess is down to personal preference, and you can upgrade to the i7 model which depending on cost is almost a no brainer (though I doubt it will come cheap) as well as up to 6Gb of RAM being available too.
So the top spec model is something to be marvelled it in all honesty, but I’m not so sure the high costs will justify upgrading the Sony Vaio J Series specification in all departments.