Electronics giant Sony is getting into the all-in-one PC market, unveiling its new Vaio J Touch All-in-One PC, sporting a 21.-5 inch high-definition display with a native 1,920 by 1,080 resolution, either Intel Core i5 or I7 processors, and an optional Blu-ray player for entertainment. As with other all-in-one PCs, the Vaio J is designed to serve as a lifestyle and entertainment hub, aiming at dens, dorm rooms, kitchens, and kids rooms where a PC has to pull double and triple duty as an entertainment platform, computing resource, and Internet-savvy communications tool.
“The J Series changes the way consumers interact with their PC enabling them to tap, drag, zoom, rotate, and engage with their content and entertainment like never before,” said Sony’s Vaio business senior VP Mike Lucas, in a statement. “And with its attractive price point, this cutting-edge technology will reach a whole new audience.”
The Vaio J will initially be available in two configurations: the VPCJ117FX/B (gotta love those intuitive Sony model names) will feature an Intel Core i5-540M CPU running at 2.4 GHz, 6 GB of RAM (boostable to 8 GB), Nvidia GeForce 310M graphics with 512 MB of video memory, a 500 GB hard drive, a Blu-ray drive with CD/DVD write capability, an MMC/SD card reader, gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, four USB 2.0 ports, and a built-in webcam with face-tracking technology. The VPCJ118FX/B will step up to an Intel Core i7 620M processor. Both system ship with a 104-key wireless keyboard and mouse.
The Vaio J’s also feature three hardware buttons—Vaio, Assist, and Display Off. The Vaio button launches Sony’s own Media Gallery software for managing music. The Assist button launches Sony’s Vaio Care software for routine maintenance and updates, and the Display Off button enables users to turn off the display without shutting off the whole machine, so it can (say) perform backups or stay running at night without lighting up an entire room.
The Vaio J’s will be available next month at prices starting around $900; Sony says pre-orders should be up and running now via it’s SonyStyle Web site.