The principal difference between a desktop computer, an all-in-one PC and a laptop are very little and subtle but play an important role in terms of form factor. Typically an all-in-one PC is different and has advantages over the desktop in that the number of cables required is much, much lower in the all-in-one PC. This is also the case of laptops. All-in-Ones come with the monitor housed into the same cabinet integrated into the system reducing the maze of cables all round a desktop unit.

These days, with the advent of the LCD monitors, replacing the big and bulky CRT monitors, the large screen laptops serve the purpose of an all-in-one PC. The Sony VAIO J, VPCJ118FX/B model is a typical desktop replacement with its large 21.5” full HD touch screen. This product comes with Intel i7 CPU and 6 GB DDR RAM, besides the a 500 GB hard disk for storage.

The multi-touch control on the touch screen brings about an entirely new experience in scrolling, zooming, and rotating your pictures, by simply flicking, pinching and tapping objects directly on the touch screen. The NVIDIA GeForce GPU and dedicated 512 MB video RAM brings in a wonderful graphics capability. 10 / 100 / 1000 BaseT Ethernet protocol and 802.11b / g / n Wi-Fi, 4 USB 2.0 ports, one iLink connector and 4 Mb cache, 2.66 GHz processor with its Turbo Boost technology going up to 3.33 GHz, make the product a formidable All-in-One PC.

The system comes with a CPU and display in a single unit, weighing about 21.6 lbs, with an additional wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse. The optical drive built into the CPU comes with DVD R/RW/RDL/RAM and Read-only Blu-Ray disc support. The Intel Hi-Definition audio, internal microphone and external microphone + headphone jack makes audio performance a pleasure. The built-in MotionEye Camera and microphone with face tracking technology, multimedia card reader, memory stick slot – SD memory card are interesting features in the All-in-One PC.

The Sony VAIO J, VPCJ118FX/B All-in-One PC comes with pre-installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit operating system, antivirus software, Sony Creativity Suite, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Pack, and VAIO Care system diagnostics and maintenance pack. The body is Energy Star 5.0 and ROHS compliant. The product comes with a one year warranty, online and e-mail support as also telephone support. The On Site / In Home Service as a feature is also interesting.

This new concept of just a display with an integrated CPU and one single power cable with a wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse, with the as always best of design Sony products is really impressive in looks and performance. The touch screen is quite sensitive with wonderful multi-touch features. Sony have offered this system with several Microsoft games pre-installed which use the touch screen and a lovely Paint program for kids which is impressive.