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Sony aio VGC-JS1E/S review

Kat Orphanides
13 Feb 2009
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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
672.04
inc VAT and delivery

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Specifications

2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E7200, 3.000000 RAM, 20.1in 1,680x1,050 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

Sony's Vaio VGC-JS1E/S has a similar all-in-one design to the Eee Top, but its price and appearance make it clear that this system is designed to compete with Apple's stylish iMac.

Like the Vaio VGX-TP3E, this PC places greater emphasis on compact style than on efficiency, but its active power consumption of just 80W is still remarkable considering this includes the integrated monitor.

The 21.1in widescreen LCD has a native resolution of 1,680x1,050 and its image quality is superb. The glossy finish isn't too reflective, and the incredible brightness helps, too. We were particularly impressed by the accurate colour reproduction, which makes this a great choice for editing images or video. It isn't a touch screen like the Eee Top's display, though, so you'll have to use the keyboard and mouse. We liked the iMac-style keyboard, which was comfortable to use.

The JS1E/S is powerful enough to handle demanding tasks thanks to a 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 processor and 3GB of RAM. Its integrated Intel GMA X4500HD graphics processor lacks the power to play modern 3D games, but it can handle HD video.

It's a slight shame that there's no TV tuner and no Blu-ray drive housed in the side of the system, but the DVD writer is fine given the price. If you're desperate for either or both of these, there are enough USB ports to accommodate external versions.

At £625, the VGC-JS1E/S is better value than many of its rivals here. It beats Sony's media centre, as the VGX-TP3E's Blu-ray drive isn't worth as much as a built-in 21in monitor. The JS1E/S also has more RAM and is more power-efficient, while the all-in-one design is more convenient. It's also much cheaper than the equivalent Apple iMac. The 20-inch 2.66GHz iMac may have a faster processor, but its monitor, hard disk and RAM allocation are all inferior to the JS1E/S, yet it costs a whopping £929 including VAT and delivery. In this light, the VGC-JS1E/S is a bargain and the deserved winner of our Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E7200
Processor external bus266MHz (1,066MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx9.5
Processor clock speed2.53GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache2x 32KB
Level 2 cache3,072KB
Memory3.000000
Memory typeDDR2
Maximum memory4GB
MotherboardSony VAIO
Motherboard chipsetIntel P45
Power consumption standby5W
Power consumption idle62W
Power consumption active80W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/3
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11n
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Caseall-in-one
PCI-E x1 slots (free)none
PCI-E x16 slots (free)none
Free Serial ATA ports0
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Seagate Barracuda (ST3320813AS)
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)Intel GMA X4500HD
Graphics/video portsnone

Sound

SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputsstereo line out, 2x microphone in, optical S/PDIF
SpeakersSony integrated

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsSD, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Optical drive modelSony
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW DL

Display

Viewable size20.1 in
Screen modelSony integrated
Native resolution1,680x1,050
Screen inputsnone

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardSony keyboard VGP-UKB3GB
MouseSony mouse VGP-UMS30

Software

Software includedSonicStage Mastering Studio 2.5, WinDVD 8, Easy Media Creator 10
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionrestore partition

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£672
Supplierhttp://www.dabs.com
Detailswww.vaio.sony.co.uk

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