Sony is not new to the all-in-one PC market. They’ve been selling the VAIO VGC-LT series for quite some time now. However, inevitably, the LT series are now being replaced by the JS1 series. The sleek and elegant designed Sony VAIO JS1 features a 20.1-inch LCD panel (1680 x 1050), Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, DVD/Blu-ray drive, integrated Intel GMA X4500HD graphics, and built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n.
To save desk space, the Sony VAIO JS1’s base is slotted to allow the compact keyboard to slide underneath when not in use. Audiophiles will be glad to hear that Sony has equipped the JS1 with Dolby Home Theatre technology to create “an impressive virtual surround sound effect”, and Sony’s Sound Reality signal processor chip “to-up convert conventional CD-quality music into uncompressed Direct Stream Digital (DSD) format.” Furthermore, Sony is bundling VAIO Movie Story, VAIO Music box Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 and Adobe Premiere Elements 4 for basic video, music, and photo editing.
The Sony JS1-Series All-In-One PCs are available for pre-order at Amazon. Price ranges from $995.59 to $1,445.98 depending on the configuration you choose. Available colors are black, pink, and silver.
* Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
* Screen: 20.1-inch LCD, WSXGA+ (1680×1050)
* OS: Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
* Memory: 4096 MB
* HDD: 500 GB SATA
* Network: RJ-45 port for 10/100/1000 Ethernet
* Wireless: WLAN 802.11b/g/n
* Camera: Integrated 1.3 MP Motion Eye webcam
* Optical: DVD±RW/±R DL/RAM, BD-R/RE DL
* Graphics: Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD
* USB: 5x USB 2.0
* Firewire: 1x IEEE 1394/i.Link
* Audio out: 1 S/PDIF digital audio and 1 headphone
* 1 microphone/line-in
* 56K modem port (V.90/V.92)
* Memory Stick/Memory Stick PRO slot
* Secure Digital memory card slot
The VAIO JS1-Series all-in-one PC seems to offer buyers the impossible: it has a large, high-resolution screen, yet it takes up less desk space than most notebooks. It achieves this apparent contradiction by virtue of its sleek and stylish design. The compact keyboard can be slotted underneath the main unit when not in use, leaving only a modest footprint on the desk. Even when the keyboard is out, the JS1-Series takes up remarkably little room.
Despite its modest space requirements, the JS1’s main unit incorporates a generously sized 20.1-inch screen complete with multiple lamp technology for exceptional brightness. The display runs at 1680 x 1050 resolution, delivering a huge Windows workspace as well as an imposing widescreen presence when a movie is playing.
All this makes the VAIO JS1 an excellent choice for anyone wanting a rather special home PC. It looks good in almost any room, takes up surprisingly little space and offers an adventurous design a long way away from the standard desktop box. Internally there’s raw power for audio-visual applications thanks to the Intel Core™ 2 Duo processor, plus a performance-enhancing 3GB of memory and a roomy 500GB hard disk providing plenty of space for music, pictures and video.
While the large screen is ideal for photo editing, the JS1 also scores well when it comes to the audio side of things. Movie soundtracks are enhanced by Dolby Home Theatre® technology which creates an impressive virtual surround sound effect, and audiophiles can take advantage of the special features offered by Sony’s Sound Reality signal processor chip built into the system. Sound Reality can up-convert conventional CD-quality music into uncompressed Direct Stream Digital (DSD) format.
As with the VAIO NS1-Series, JS1 comes with VAIO Movie Story and VAIO Music box for easy, largely automated slideshow and playlist creation. The software package also includes the popular and highly regarded Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 6 for powerful but easy to use photo editing tools plus Adobe Premiere® Elements 4 for video editing.
To round things off the VAIO JS1 has an integrated Motion Eye webcam, making it perfect for video chat or blogging. With its versatility, eye-catching design and big screen, the JS1-Series is the perfect blend of form and function.