Today Sony took the wraps off of their newest desktop lineup: the new VAIO J series, which starts at under a thousand dollars. Sony is trying to set the new VAIO J series apart from other all-in-one offerings with a series of three hardware buttons: VAIO, which launches a custom music gallery, ASSIST, which launches a VAIO Care software program to help users diagnose operating problems and DISPLAY OFF, which lets you shut down the display without shutting down the PC. That last button seems obvious, but it’s something that almost every other all-in-one lacks.
Depending on the model you get, the VAIO Js are available with built-in webcams and 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking, Intel Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, “loads of RAM”, and either Intel integrated or NVIDIA discrete graphics options. Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit comes standard. Base models start at $900 which is definitely cheap for Sony, though this “budget” all-in-one is definitely more expensive than some offerings.