Product Type: Sony laptops
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Sony Vaio, Student Laptop
Sony Vaio CS11Z/R
Member Name: chris_lim
Sony Vaio CS11Z/R
Advantages: Excellent aftercare and build quality
Disadvantages: You pay for what you get
A common criticism of the Sony Vaio range is that they are often considered overpriced for the specifications that they offer. However, the idea is that when you buy a Sony Vaio, you are really paying a premium for the brand, and the securities that come with it.
One area that the Sony does not skimp on (unlike other laptops) is the build quality. The build quality really is exceptional with a solid hinge that does not feel as if it is going to break within a year of purchase. The specifications are solid, if not earth shattering. The inclusion of a NVIDIA graphics card is more of a token gesture given that it is not really strong enough to allow flowing gaming, although if you don't mind the odd shuddery moment, than this should prove sufficient.
The 14.1" TFT widescreen is really crisp and clean and comes with a glossy coating, which makes colours really vivid, although impossible to read outdoors. For normal office work, than the Vaio will prove more than adequate with the inclusion of a Core 2 Duo CPU, and the island style keyboard (as is often seen on the Macbooks) is comfortable to type on for long periods. As per normal laptops, the speakers are functional if nothing else. Battery life on Vaio's are exceptional, and will outperform most laptops of a similar spec.
Summary: A great laptop, if not ground breaking
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