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First Look: Sony VAIO J114FX

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First Look: Sony VAIO J114FX

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We like the idea of a Blu-ray-equipped all-in-one with a small footprint for home entertainment, but Sony badly missed the mark with the Vaio J114FX. In trying to make this system focused, Sony cut too many features. The result is that this PC is a terrible value relative to other all-in-ones in its price range.

-Hi, my name is Rich Brown, Senior Editor for CNET.com. Today we're gonna take a look at the Sony VAIO J114FX. This is a 699 all-in-one desk top. It comes with a 21.5-inch screen, blu-ray player, and also has a touch interface. That said while this might seem like a pretty decent home entertainment PC, it's really a pretty poor value for a dollar. They are number of other systems in this price range at 23-inch display and in general the system is very slow. It has a budget CPU and is the slowest in his price class, so it's definitely not meant for productivity. We also found that in general it's really under feature; it has a small hard drive, poor connectivity, and generally speaking this is not a very good PC. We definitely suggest keep shopping. So, starting with the screen, this is actually a 1080p display despite the fact that it is 21.5 inches. It can handle blu-ray disc with no problem. The problem is when you get online. We test with a number of different video sources online, and we went to Netflix, we tried iTunes, the problem though is with Youtube, when we tried to play 1080p video content, it wasn't able to handle it very smoothly. We even updated the flash player to make sure everything was match with current and still the system could not quite hack it. Now, we mentioned that this is a touch screen and you can see there's little drop down menu here. It gives you a nice big eye contact, so, you can open the various apps. There's a browser, a couple of other Sony made media players, nothing too outstanding though and its all just pretty easy tube or use as you want. The system also comes with a wireless mouse and keyboard. Now, the keyboard is pretty obviously based on Apple's chiclet design. That's it, that's an attractive design; so, you wouldn't really have a problem putting this [unk] keyboard on display anywhere in your home. Now, looking the side its violet, actually it makes it look like it has some interesting features. You've got a couple SD card slots up here; you got analog audio down here, couple USB ports, as well as Fire-Wire 400 jack. Unfortunately, that's about as far as the connectivity options go. You get 2 USB ports on the back as well as an internet port, but that is it. Since, there is Wi-Fi built in of course, but there is no TV tuner, there is no eSATA, no digital audio output, and worse there is no HDMIN. An HDMIN is great for all-in-one because it lets you connect to all kinds of other devices like a game console or cable box and let you create a sort of self contained home entertainment unit. Now, we'd forgive the systems slow performance if it had an HDMIN because that would really let you make this system a pretty powerful home entertainment set up, without that, the system is basically a small screen with a blu-ray player and a web browser. There's really not a lot here to just buy at high price. So, overall this is a definite do not buy recommendation from us. I'm Rich Brown and this is the Sony VAIO J114FX.

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