San Diego – Sony today released the latest addition to its
all-in-one (AIO) PC line, the Vaio J Touch series.
The Vaio J has a larger screen than its predecessor, 21.5 inches,
with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080, and Sony has added touch capability, said
Brian Nolan, Sony’s product manager.
It is available for pre-order staring June 8 with shipments
expected in July. The starting price is $900.
Nolan said the AIO PC is becoming more of a mainstream product
and has a chance to replace the PC tower in many homes due to its small
footprint and strong multimedia capabilities. The latest version does not come
with a TV tuner; however, Nolan does not see that as a problem since most
consumers now view video on their PC off the Web, not from a traditional
broadcast location like cable.
The Vaio J has a Blu-ray option and three new software options
accessed through three new keyboard buttons labeled Vaio, Assist and Display
The Vaio button launches the PC directly to Sony’s Media Gallery.
This application allows the user to create up to 21 music channels based on
beat, tone, rhythm and other elements. It will also recommend little-used
content stored on the PC.
The Assist button launches the Vaio Care technical support
function, while the Display Off function disables the LCD without sending the
PC into hibernation.