Product Type: Sony laptops
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Ideal for the student/teacher or average home user
Sony Vaio NR21J/S
Member Name: aaronphil
Sony Vaio NR21J/S
Advantages: Original WXGA screen, great design
Disadvantages: Too many worthless programs
After purchasing this laptop back in March 2008 for college I have been utterly surprised by this product. First off its a Vaio which in my opinion always have been overpriced and lacking in features. Second I was slightly disappointed that Sony decided to put so much rubbish onto the laptop in the first place.
Lets really start off with looks - I love the laptop's shape and feel and think it is a marvel to enjoy aesthetically, the curved edges and rough case make it seem alot friendlier to use and do impress people when taking it around with you.
Features/Spec - After a year the technology has moved on so fast that my laptop is already out of date and you can get laptops for £400 with more RAM, better CPU and some with inbuilt Blueray. I was impressed with the spec at the time and it runs Vista with little trouble.
Programs installed - as with most laptop it came pre installed with the same manufacture rubbish you expect and most of it was utterly pointless and useless, for one it had Norton 360 which is about as much use a chocolate teaspoon. Another annoyance was the 60 day trial of Microsoft Office 2007 which takes ages to sort out and much easier to install from the CD you purchased for the licence key. The music software is also an utterly pointless program that wants to take ages to search for newly added tracks every time you import some using WMP or iTunes. Vaio smart network also seems to do nothing and if you try to set up a network it fails and you end up doing it the Windows way which is quicker and works.
Battery - the battery life does seem a bit too short and extra one cost as much as the product itself but 2hrs is fine for quick presentations without power and you should be able to watch a film on it (not tried). The supplied power pack gets a bit hot and the power input is now wobbly and so does not fair too good on this.
Overall a great laptop for the student or average home user but not so good for games or graphic design. More experienced users would not even consider this laptop as its specs and overall performance do not match up to expectations of the user.
If you plan to use this for watching films, word processing and presentations then this is the ideal laptop for you but if you want something more 'beefy' look elsewere
Summary: A must for non-technical users but useless for business or graphics intensive workiing
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