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I originally had a dell inspiron 1525 for over 2 years and I loved it, but unfortunately I started to have loads of problems with it. My brother had this VAIO laptop from uni, and as he had finished uni, he told me I could have it, as he never used it anymore (he has a PC he uses instead) I was very happy, although it was a year old already it was much better condition than my old dell.
The laptop came with the vista operating software and lots of sony software installed on it, which I actually don't mind. I think it looks nice, although not quite the same standard as some new laptops, it doesn't look cheap and looks quite stylish. The screen is a decent size, and I use it to watch DVDs on a lot, and I think the screen size is fine. The laptop runs very fast, and its only actually crashed once since I have had it. I find it is very reliable and perfect to do my uni work on, along with other things such as browsing the internet, facebook etc, but I don't really play on games etc. on it so I can't comment on that.
The memory on it is good, there is a lot of room for storage, I have put all my songs and some videos on there, and I have had no problems as of yet with the memory getting too full. I think for students, the amount of memory available is definately enough.
The laptop, like most, has wireless capabilities, which so far I have had no problems with (this is one of the things that went wrong with my dell) although I guess you can't really predict these things. There is a clear switch on the side to turn wireless on/off. There are also 4 USB slots, and jacks for headphones/microphone, and also an SD slot.
I really like the keyboard, the keys have a nice feel to them, it doesn't feel like those cheap plasticky keyboards you sometimes get. The touchpad is good and responsive. I actually didn't realise how bad the one on my dell had gotten till I got this laptop, it was always hard to use, and not at all responsive, whereas this one is great.
I would say the battery life isn't the best, it doesn't last as long as other people's laptops seem to, although my brother did have this for a year before he even gave it to me a few months ago, so it isn't like it is new. However, its good enough, as I only use it at home so when it runs out of battery I can just plug it back in again. Another problem with this laptop is there is no built in webcam, so I had to buy another. It isn't too big of a deal, as I bought one much better quality than a built in one probably would have been anyway, but I think it is a nice extra for laptops to have.
Overall, I would recommend this laptop especially for students as it is reliable and does not seem to have that many problems associated with it.
This computer was one of the first big purchases my wife and myself made after getting married. I remember begrudging the price tag at the time, but this has come down significantly for this model.
It is fine! We've no plans to replace it after two years of constant use.
The memory management seems excellent - we have stored scores of movies stored on it, as well as 100s of music tracks, as well as Office Professional and the various odds and ends that she (an avid games player) and me (a birdwatcher and general nature buff obsessed with lists of things) have tagged on.
We really have no complaints about performance. Aside from Vista's slow startup routine, programs are quick to load and we've had no damaging crashes.
The Internet is a big thing with us - on my wife's part to keep in touch with family abroad, and for me to manage finances online and keep up-to-date with various news sites. The wireless connection has always functioned flawlessly.
The widescreen is still performing excellently - no flaws or lost pixels, and the (adjustable) brightness and contrast is very good - I've seen much worse on newer models.
The construction remains sound - no loose or lost keys, and the screen hinge remains tight. A small port cover did fall off a few weeks ago, but that was helped by me dropping a mug on the thing.
The one gripe battery performance, initially upto 4 hours if I recall correctly, but now much poorer. I suspect this is due to us using the computer on mains power all the time, which I'm told is not good for battery health in the long term, but I see that replacement batteries are available for about twenty pounds new.
I have had this laptop (the M model) for 2 years now and am currently writing my review on it. When I started university in September 2008 my mum bought me this laptop from Argos for £479 to use with my studies. I have used my laptop every day since and never had any trouble with it. I use this laptop for uni work, playing DVDs, downloading music and movies, storing my pictures, making movies, and of course daily internet use. I have not yet ran out of memory on my laptop and I have roughly 1000 songs, 3000 pictures and about 20 movies stored on it and the memory is only 1/2 full. The laptop is always very quick to respond to any program I open or webpage I use. The wifi works consistently without problems. The screen is 15.4" and is very bright and clear, I watch movies on this laptop regularly and it is just as good as watching on a TV. The sound quality is good for a laptop, it is very clear and also very easy to adjust to different enhancements in Media Player.
The keyboard is very easy to type on and I have never had any problems with it breaking or buttons not functioning. The mousepad is very sensitive and easy to work with, as are the two click buttons. On the right hand side of the mouse pad there is a built in scroll bar which, if you are not used to it at first is a little bit hard to get used to, but after a while you don't notice it is there unless you are purposely using it. There is an SD slot on the front of the laptop so it is very easy to import photos, music and videos. There are also 4 USB ports, so again it is easy to use digital cameras, printers or other memory sticks/USB media with the laptop. There is no built in webcam, which I feel would make the laptop even better.
When I got the laptop the battery life was great, on a full charge it would last about 3 hours even with full usage. However, now that I have had the laptop for 2 years the battery quality has greatly deteriorated. On a full charge the battery will barely last 15 minutes, even with little usage. So now when I am using my laptop it has to be constantly plugged in to use. This is the only fault I have noticed in my 2 years of using this laptop.
Overall I would say this is a high quality laptop, I have been pleastantly surprised by its performance throughout the time I have owned it but the battery life lets it down.
Although looking slightly dated compared to some of its rivals there is no argument that build quality is impressive. My fellow Uni friends have had incredible amounts of problems with Dells, HP, and Samsungs whilst the Sony Vaios are still up and running. Compared to the others the screen i believe to be its main advantage as it is just so clear and bright. What i also like about the Sony is that the keyboard has a certain feel about it that you just dont get with any other brands. Also i have seen this laptop advertised for £300 which is an absolute bargain for something which will last years. My friends have also had problems with the touchpad and as a result are now using a mouse to move the cursor wheras the touchpad o the Sony is still as sensitive as ever. The sound that comes from the built in speakers however is slightly tinny but does the job well there are additional speakers you can buy which will sort this. The battery life on this model is slightly poor and i have to keep it charging most of the time.
The Sony Vaio VGN-NR32S is a solid dependable yet stylish choice. The NR series is the entry level Vaio but you still get a lot for your money. The 2gig of RAM and 200gig hardrive are pretty standard for the money; but the dedicated graphics card makes videos and 3D work run much smoother.
The look and feel of the vaio is one of quality. The distinctive embossed finish looks and feels great but does need more cleaning than most laptops. The screen is fantastically clear thanks to the X-black screen technology. The sound and brightness is easily altered through the Quick Sony function keys. The touchpad is responsive but the buttons below are a bit loose and sometimes unresponsive. The only other annoying feature is the Sony preloaded bloatware; however it is standard for all Vaio laptops.
The NR32S is a budget Vaio but still fantastic compared to the others on the market for this price. Although not the same specifications as those in the same price bracket; the quality and style is hard to resist.
I bought this laptop after lots of researching about 6 months ago. I chose it over other competitors mainly due to the Sony VAIO brand aswell as the relatively cheap price of £400 for a Sony product.
Overall, I have been very pleased with the laptop. It has a fast operating speed and rarely crashes. The screen is also a good size and is more than adequate for watching films and videos.
One of the best features I think is the keyboard which is very well set out with responsive, easy to type with keys.
The only problems I have encountered with the laptop is that the two mouse click buttons sometimes do not work and require a really firm push for anything to happen. This is quite annoying when I need to drag and drop files as the file cannot be selected. However this problem seems to come and go, and double-tapping the mouse scroll area can be used as an alternative.
The other annoying feature is the amount of pre-loaded Sony software which can take up valuable memory. However this can be easily uninstalled.
Overall, a good looking and functional laptop with decent features.