Sony Vaio VPCJ21L0E review

Kat Orphanides
22 Aug 2011
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Sony's Vaio VPCJ21L0E looks good, but it's very expensive for its limited power and range of features



2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M, 4GB RAM, 22in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Despite its relatively high price, the Sony Vaio VPCJ21L0E is a rather modest all-in-one PC. It has touchscreen display that has a 1,920x1,080 resolution, although its disc drive doesn't support Blu-ray, though, so you'll have to get your HD video sources elsewhere. The VPCJ21L0E also lacks the HDMI inputs that allow you to use its screen for games consoles or Blu-ray players, and there's no built-in TV tuner, either.

Sony Vaio VPCJ21L0E

You can always opt for a USB TV tuner, but you'll have to sacrifice one of the PC's paltry four ports to do so. There are two USB3 ports at the front left of the chassis and another two standard USB ports at the back, next to a Gigabit Ethernet port. Fortunately, unlike almost every other all-in-one on the market, the wireless receiver for the keyboard and mouse is built into the PC, rather than a USB dongle, so you won't have to waste any ports there.

It's just a shame that the quality of the supplied peripherals is so poor. The keyboard is full-sized but rattly, poorly angled and flimsy-feeling; the keys are flat and widely spaced, but we found that we were prone to slip from one to the next. The mouse is similarly lightweight, but its response to clicks feels surprisingly poor.

Sony Vaio VPCJ21L0E ports

There's little to fault with the quality of the 21.5in display. There's little sign of the slight grittiness that some touchscreens have. It's evenly lit, with excellent contrast among dark tones and rich, lifelike shading of natural colours. It's a little warm, which makes skin tones look great, but gives the faintest of pinkish hints to flat areas of white or grey. Its glossy finish can produce unwanted reflections if you're viewing dark scenes in a brightly lit room.

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