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Sony Vaio VGC-JS2E review: Sony Vaio VGC-JS2E

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The Good Gorgeous design; great screen; good performance.

The Bad Wired keyboard and mouse; no Blu-ray support; no TV tuner.

The Bottom Line The Sony Vaio VGC-JS2E is a seriously stylish all-in-one PC that also offers solid performance. It's just a shame it lacks a Blu-ray drive, TV tuner and 'Full HD' screen

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If there's one company that can give Apple's iMac design team a run for its money, it's Sony. Over the years, Sony has produced some gorgeous-looking all-in-one desktop PCs. The Vaio VGC-JS2E, available for around £860, aims to continue this trend, with its sleek, all-metal design and large 20.1-inch widescreen display.

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There's no doubt that Sony's designers have worked their magic again with the JS2E. It's a beautifully crafted machine, with a gorgeous brushed-metal finish, and really looks the business. There's a girly version, with a pink hue to the border around the screen, but it's also available in more man-friendly black and stainless-steel finishes.

Despite being relatively slim, the JS2E manages to pack plenty of power into its svelte frame. The main brains of the machine are taken care of by a relatively speedy Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 processor, clocked at 2.8GHz, with 3GB of RAM, to keep the notoriously memory-hungry Windows Vista Home Premium happy. It's no surprise then that the PC scored a fairly impressive 6,063 in our PCMark05 test. The Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS GPU also helped propel the JS2E to respectable score of 2,502 in 3DMark06, so its got enough graphical grunt to let you enjoy some 3D shooter action -- as long as you don't turn on all the graphical bells and whistles.

Connectivity is also good. The JS2E sports five USB ports, a digital audio output and a multi-format memory-card reader. There's also wireless-n Wi-Fi and full Bluetooth support. An integrated webcam is mounted above the screen and can be used with the built-in microphone for making video calls with software such as Skype.

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