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I never used to like the idea of laptops instead of desktops a few years back, but the modern Sony Vaio did, admittedly, switch my opinion. It's my first personal laptop and it is a useful PC.
The screen itself is 16.4" and has a 1080p, LCD display. This means any games, DVDS or HD DVDs (not Blu Rays sadly) can be seen in full High Def, and the picture quality really is as good as small Sony televisions. The laptop itself is fairly lightweight, and despite this does seem fairly sturdy; not too sturdy however, slight knocks can shut down the entire system unexplicably but the laptop always recovers.
This VAIO comes with some programmes already on it such as VAIO MusicBox for .mp3s, a basic video editing programme called VAIO Movie Story and others for things such as file restoration. Although not advanced, these features are good to start with on your laptop. It comes with a Motion Eye webcam which is pretty clear and has a great Visual Effects add-on that lets you adjust the colour, sharpness and erm....darkness of how you're seen on cam.
Of course, the laptop is wireless and can be turned on or off by the flick of a switch at the front, which rarely gets turned off accidentally and leaves you checking cables. I find the computer easy to deal with regarding connection problems, and the wireless switch is genuinely useful. Three USB slots are present, unlike some other brand models which still only have one; Also available are the expected speaker/mic/headphone holes and a HDMI and non HDMI cable slot. Internal speakers are included, and the audio is surprisingly crystal clear for a laptop; they run across the length of the entire laptop and can be fairly loud, apparently the system is called Dolby Room Sound.
Battery life is an iota above average these days, around two hours although you can charge it pretty quickly. Hibernate mode is a great feature enabling you to save battery life but not lose anything or close any windows on your laptop; this happens also if you close your laptop in a hurry which is a nice little bonus.
They keyboard can actually take some getting used to and is more similar to a Desktop or USB qwerty, with the letter keys being slightly raised; the spacing is further than on most keyboards but this doesn't take long to get accustomed to and you'll probably prefer it before long.
In honesty, my VAIO has crashed a fair few times like all my other PCs.... but this one on the other hand has recovered well each time, even after the (ex) blue screen of death's numerous appearances. My laptop is a little slower than it used to be, and the keyboard does acquire dirt fairly easy due to the design but at the price of around £700 it is worth a buy. The laptop does run well and has a large capacity of 285 GB, however you may be able to get newer models for about the same price which will play your Blu Rays, crash less and make ice for you.
I won't pretend the following means anything to me, but if you understand computer-geek language I hope this helps some:
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T4200 @ 2 GHz, T6500 @ 2.10 GHz, P7350 @ 2 GHz, P8700 @ 2.53 GHz, P8800 @ 2.66 GHz, T9600 @ 2.80 GHz or T9900 @ 3.06 GHz
Memory: 2, 3, 4, 6, or 8 GB of DDR2 SDRAM @ 800 MHz
Hard Drive: 160, 250, 320, 400, or 500 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive @ 5400 RPM, 320 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive @ 7,200 RPM, 128 GB Solid State Drive
Optical Disc Drive: CD/DVD reader/writer, Blu-ray Disc reader, or Blu-ray Disc reader/writer
Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 w/512 MB of vRAM, or ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 w/1 GB of vRAM
Display: 16.4" XBRITE-ECO w/1600×900 resolution, or 16.4" HiColor-FullHD w/1920×1080 resolution, or 16.4" XBRITE-FullHD w/1920×1080 resolution
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