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Sony VAIO VGC-JS290J


$1,300.00 Released January, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Built-in card reader is very convenient - provides a leg-up on competitors including the Apple iMac. Blu-Ray drive runs very smoothly - plays back content at full-resolution with minimal jogging and operations noise. Screen is bright and sharp - provides excellent visual display for a non-HD monitor.

The Cons:Boot-up time is remarkably slow - users should be prepared to wait several minutes to launch Windows and 30-45 seconds for each individual application. Includes a large amount of pre-installed bloatware - significantly affects operation speeds and overall user experience. Sony Media Player application may cause interference with other media applications - doesn't allow users to save playlists or library contents in iTunes when running.

The Sony VAIO VGC-JS290J is a series of all-in-one desktop computer released in early 2009. All variations are aesthetic only; the essential features remain the same across all models. These PCs feature a 20.1” LCD screen, an Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 at 2.80 GHz, 4GB of DDR2 memory and a 500GB serial ATA hard drive, making it suitable for general use.

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They include an integrated Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS graphics card, two 3-watt stereo speakers and also support 5.1 high definition surround sound. These desktops also have a Blu-ray Disc writer, Stereo A2DP Bluetooth connectivity, 802.11 b/g/n networking, a multimedia card reader (Memory Stick/SD) and Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition. Users with multimedia devices will appreciate the 5 USB ports and 1 iLINK firewire connection. A slim-profile USB keyboard and optical mouse are also included. Those who use a computer for basic tasks and perform light multimedia work should find the Sony VGC-JS290Js more than acceptable.

Features

  • 20.1” LCD display (1680 x 1050)
  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core processor E7400 @2.80GHz
  • 4GB DDR2 RAM
  • Integrated Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS graphics card
  • 500GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive
  • Blu-ray Disc reader/writer (DVD read/write)
  • 10/100/1000Base-T network interface
  • Wireless-LAN 802.11 b/g/n
  • Integrated 5.1 channel sound
  • Multimedia card reader
  • Includes slim-profile keyboard and optical mouse
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit
  • Inputs/Outputs: 5 x USB, 1 x FireWire, microphone, headphone, audio-in
  • Dimensions & weight: 9.2"(W) x 16.1"(H) x 6.18"(D); 18.7 pounds

Model variations

  • JS290J/Q: Matte Black
  • JS290J/S: Silver

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Pros
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    Built-in card reader is very convenient - provides a leg-up on competitors including the Apple iMac

  • 1

    Blu-Ray drive runs very smoothly - plays back content at full-resolution with minimal jogging and operations noise

  • 1

    Screen is bright and sharp - provides excellent visual display for a non-HD monitor

  • 1

    Integrated mic, webcam and speaker components are all of sufficient quality - improves music listening and videoconferencing applications

Cons
  • 1

    Boot-up time is remarkably slow - users should be prepared to wait several minutes to launch Windows and 30-45 seconds for each individual application

  • 1

    Includes a large amount of pre-installed bloatware - significantly affects operation speeds and overall user experience

  • 1

    Sony Media Player application may cause interference with other media applications - doesn't allow users to save playlists or library contents in iTunes when running

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ephraim
ephraim: #sony_vaio_vgc_js290j I want to take out he hard drive, but can't take off the back panel. any help spec sheets? Dec 20, 11
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