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The Vaio VGN-BX51VN - Jolly good!
Sony Vaio BX51VN
Member Name: philissimo
Sony Vaio BX51VN
Advantages: Quick, reliable, attractive
Disadvantages: Costly, somewhat temperamental
The Sony Vaio VGN-BX51VN - undoubtedly an amazing laptop.
Cosmetically, the laptop looks superb, with it's neat, angular looks and the organised location of buttons, switches and various holes. Conveniently, it has 3 USB ports on the right-hand side as opposed to, say, Dell Desktops, which have only 2 (placed irritatingly close together). This particular Vaio has in-built readers for SD cards and MagicGate cards, making transferring files and pictures particularly easy. Similarly, the Vaio allows the user a variety of ways to navigate on-screen with 2 sets of mouse-style buttons, a touch-sensitive tablet area, as well as a small, almost velcro-feel bump in the middle of the keyboard which is sensitive to the direction you press it in, moving the cursor with it.
Inside, the laptop works perfectly in comparison to many other laptops. In the space of a year, this particular Vaio has crashed only a handful of times. Similarly, programs run seamlessly and unfalteringly, making the Vaio a ridiculously easy-to-use, stress-free piece of equipment. I have discovered, however, that occasionally (and I do mean only occasionally) the keyboard decides to skip letters pressed, leaving half-written words.
The screen image is wonderfully clear and bright, making the Vaio the perfect laptop to use to watch films, catch-up television and music videos. The sound quality is perfectly acceptable, if a little tinny when on the loudest setting.
The basic programs already pre-installed on the laptop are, conformingly, undeniably good. The Camera Capture Tool, which links to the in-built webcam, is a fun little application, allowing little films and photos to be taken and adjusted to a certain degree. One fault I find rather inexcusable, however, is the reliability of the webcam. In my experience, the webcam works only 50% of the time, forcing me to restart the laptop to gain access to what should be a simple, accessible accessory.
With regards to battery-life, the Vaio is fairly efficient. Several hours can be squeezed out of it if you're willing to compromise on turning the backlight right down, and the charger is not massive so it can be easily transported with the laptop.
Overall, a brilliant piece of technology with few, minor drawbacks! In comparison to other laptops, you certainly get what you pay for.
Summary: Brilliant laptop - certainly worth every penny
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