Excerpt: Some first impressions of the Roland Juno G. It is very light, a lot lighter than the Fantom S. Most of the casing is plastic, except for the top metal panel, which folds over the back. Besides the plastic, the external power supply cuts some of the weight; at least it's not a wall wart. The Juno G is about as long as the Fantom S/X, but not nearly as wide. Lots of buttons and controls on the surface, so there's little empty space anywhere on the synth.
Summary: Roland aren't making such claims, but I'd call the Juno G a synth, sequencer, audio recorder, drum machine and a sampler (near as dammit). With no superfluous features bolted on and nothing carelessly implemented, any corners cut are the ones you'd probably expect anyway.
Pros: Versatile, expandable workstation., Can function as a basic sampler, with up to 516MB of memory., Packed with a wealth of patches and MIDI-based drum loops.
Cons: The usual cons for an affordable workstation: no aftertouch, external power supply, no MIDI Thru or digital I/O.
Excerpt: Roland’s original Juno series of synthesizers was instrumental in defining the sound of pop and electro in the 80s, and enjoyed something of a renaissance in the early 90s with acid house and techno. You can still find original Junos online, but they’re not cheap and are few and far between. The recent Juno-D marked a return for the Juno name, although in reality it was more of a workstation than a synth.