Sony is definitely the largest manufacturer of business class notebooks and netbooks worldwide and it has banked upon the brand name Vaio for ages. This very review is being typed on a Sony Vaio notebook if you are interested to know that! Sony also got the idea of entering the all in one computers market recently and has released a really good VAIO that bears the product ID VGC-LV180J. We got our hands on one of these brand new babies and boy oh boy, we love it!
While the processor class is not that impressive, which is an antiquated and antediluvian Intel Core 2 Duo E8400; a remnant of a bygone era, the speed thrilled us. The 3.0 GHz central processing unit is by all means a tough competitor to the new and modern processing units such as the Intel Core i5 or i7. Video bus is integrated on to the processing platform itself and though there is no need for an alternate, Sony has went beyond its way to pump in an nVIDIDA GeFore 9300M GS for better video and graphical performance.
The RAM is a respectable 4 GB one. This is what is standard on most VAIO notebooks and it looks like Sony has tried to extend the same into AIOCs as well. Nice try, Sony but AIOCs require faster and more capacious RAMs than any other computing machinery as they also have to incorporate smooth and flawless touch interfaces on top of everything else. For a phone, the processor is not that taxed with processes but with a PC it’s a different thing; and for an AIOC, its much more complicated. It’s a PC put together with the interface of a phone. We hope you get where we are getting at.
Sony has chosen to put in a 600 GB memory slot with the help of a hard disk, which is assumed to be SATA class of disk drives. This one can be expanded by use of an expandable memory storage device such as external hard drive or something else. The Optical Drive that is used to read discs such as DVDs, CDs, etc. is of BD class, in the computer under scrutiny.
Though we are impressed by the device when looked at an overall perspective, we are severely disillusioned when it comes to the limited number of expansion slots. For example, there are no PCI Express X16 or X1 slots.
Ethernet (10 / 100 / 1000 Mbps leased line) drivers are included in the computer for internet access through a LAN port and wireless is also enabled on the device for using in presence of wireless hotspots. FireWire port is present for creating interface connections and additionally about 5 USB ports are provided (2 in the front and 2 in the rear).
The 24″ screen is amazing and offers intuitive touch responses. We have nothing to complain here as Sony is one of the finest examples when it comes to display technology. The device, however, runs on the archaic Windows Vista Home Premium OS.