The keyboard and mouse are wireless and so make for a nice clean desktop. I seem to get pretty good battery life out of both although it’s easy to get to bed and leave the mouse switched on all night!! To be honest i think Sony have made these wireless more to complement the cool design of the PCV-V1 rather than for any practical reasons. A remote control is included which can be used to launch and operate the various multimedia functions remotely which to me is awesome for home use.
It comes with a 2xUSB, firmware, Ethernet adapter which are located on the left hand side of the machine. This is really nice as it saves you time and stress finding the ports at the back. There is a CD/DVD player/burner and the power switch to the left side. The power switch glows a cool green or yellow depending on if the machine is on or in standby. It looks great in the dark and is a nice touch.
The memory, speed and processing power of the machine are all very impressive and for your average user (using a few hours per day for leisure/work purposes) should be more than enough. Although I occasionally dabble with the photo, music and TV functions, I mainly use the PCV-V1 for web-browsing and working at the office when i cannot make it into the office. The machine is excellent for web-browsing and when hooked up to Broadband it gives a really good web experience. The PCV-V1 unfortunately does not come with built-in wireless networking capabilities which is not too good and hope they work on it. I would really recommend this as the portability of the machine combined with wireless broadband means you can literally get up, lift the unit to another room of the office or house, or even outside in the sun, and start surfing there.
I have heard others say that the PCV-V1 is not a good machine for serious gaming or graphic-design-type activities and i would probably agree with that. If 3D gaming is your bag you would probably be better off with a more customizable machine with a mega-meaty graphics card. That said, this machine will support your average game or simulation ok - it just hasn’t been designed with powerhouse-graphics in mind.
With the invention of laptops, tablets etc- i find that anyone using a desktop PC will think that's it's rubbish or pale in comparison- so i am going to review this as a stand alone product- rather than comparing it to what is in the market today.
Visually is doesn't look outdated- it's black and silver steel and looks really smart.
It also includes along with the desktop unit:
wireless mouse- you will need batteries
intergrated 15 inch LCD monitor/tower
A remote control
The keyboard is quite large and it's easy to type on- i have large fingers so i need something spacious!
This desktop could be confused for a laptop because of it's smart design and wireless qualities- it also comes with a DVD and sound speakers. The monitor screen can be moved up and down. This comes with a media centre- where you can write CD's, share photos/videos/music etc.
You have to be pretty close to the monitor to see and type- the screen is not going to be as clear and as crisp as modern day machines.
The computer is a little bit slow for PC Gaming or Downloading things on the internet.
You are looking at around the 900 pound mark for this product nowdays- which might seem quite expensive but what you are paying for is a full system. It is a matter of preference of what you like- if you like a whole unit pehpas for a home office this would be a good choice.
A dubble WOW!! I am also one of the few happy owners of this fantastic machine. And totaly agree with the also happy Mr. Meissastar. I purchased the Sony VAIO PCV-V1 in 2004 for 1899,00 Euro's, and still in good condition. Sony Rules...
wow! i love this computer and it's the one i'm using right now to write this review!
This is a review written by a computer layman, so not much techie stuff!
Well, for a start it's a very sexy little machine...all black with brushed steel.
The main components are:
wireless keyboard with removable cover
wireless mouse(2 AA batteries)
intergrated 15 inch LCD monitor/tower
This computer is like a cross between and laptop and a normal pc, the main thing is not having to worry about where to put the tower.
So what else? there is just so much...
lots of interfaces(places to stick wires!), DVD-RW drive,intel pentium processor 4, 3W+3W speakers(really nice sound quality too), lots of software for music,photos,mediasharing,video/tv,office,etc.
The monitor screen can be tilted up/down and sideways, which can make viewing easier. And the DVD/CD is on the right side of the monitor.
The other great thing is that you can use this computer as a tv with additional function of pausing live tv through the Giga Pocket!(though you also have to recored at the same time).Plus it's only built for normal tv, not digital.
I particulary like the music function of the media centre, the speakers have a great clear tone and can be very loud! Plus there are very funky graphics on the Windows media player which are very atmospheric. Also the CD rewriter is pretty fast, only takes about 5 minutes in all to copy a CD.
What don't i like? well the main problem is how close you have to be to the monitor when you're using the keyboard..so if i'm too far away i lose letters!! same goes for the mouse. Also, i have some trouble with the SonicStage software(music) and end up having to use the windows media player instead.
The other thing i have read is that it's not good for pc gaming, but personally that's not something i use it for.
Bar those two quibbles, this is a lovely and stylish computer.
The cost of this media centre has also dropped from approx £1400 to around the £900 mark now. So it does cost more than the avereage home PC, but makes up for that in style and substance.