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Sony Vaio VPCJ21L0E review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £835
inc VAT

Sony's Vaio VPCJ21L0E looks good, but it's very expensive for its limited power and range of features


2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M, 4GB RAM, 22in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

It’s smaller than the displays on most of the all-in-one PCs we’ve seen and its low position and wide bezel make it even feel smaller than that of Apple’s 21.5in iMac, which has the same sized display and a more elegant chassis. The VPCJ21L0E is around £150 cheaper than an iMac, but it’s not as powerful. With a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M mobile processor and 4GB of memory, it achieved an overall score of just 55 in our benchmark test. Its performance is good enough for most desktop users – you’ll easily be able to browse multiple web pages or run photo-editing software – but it’s not an ideal choice for fast results from processor-intensive tasks such as video encoding.

Sony Vaio VPCJ21L0E Side

Its graphics performance wasn’t particularly good either. The integrated graphics capabilities of the Core i5 processor aren’t up to serious 3D gaming, although we finally managed to get Dirt 3 running at a decent frame rate of 31fps once we turned all its quality settings down to low and disabled anti-aliasing.

This extremely basic PC has few other features beyond a memory card reader and 3.5mm mic and headphone ports. You’ll probably want to make use of those, as the integrated speaker sounds fuzzy and muffled, with a harsh edge to high notes. If the VPCJ21L0E was £300 cheaper, it’d be a very reasonable buy for a student or bedroom PC, particularly if space was at a premium. However, at this price, you can do much better by buying the powerful and versatile Asus ET2410INTS.

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Basic Specifications

Rating **
Processor Intel Core i5-2410M
Processor external bus 100MHz (DMI)
Processor multiplier x23
Processor clock speed 2.3GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 4
Memory type PC3-10666
Maximum memory 8GB
Motherboard Sony Vaio


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/2
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n

Internal Expansion

Case all-in-one
PCI-E x1 slots (free) N/A
PCI-E x16 slots (free) N/A
Free memory slots 0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Seagate ST31000528AS
Interface SATA2
Total storage capacity 1,000GB


Graphics card(s) Intel GMA 3000
Graphics/video ports none


Sound Realtek HD Audio
Sound outputs 3.5mm stereo line out, 3.5mm mic in
Speakers integrated

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards SD, SDHC, SDXC
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 22 in
Screen model integrated
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs none

Other Hardware

Keyboard Sony VGP-WKB11
Mouse Sony VGP-WMS30


Software included ArcSoft Family Paint, ArcSoft Webcam Suite, Sony PlayStation Tools, Sony Vaio Touch Portal
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £835

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