Product Type: Sony laptops
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A budget sony VAIO
Sony Vaio NR38E/S
Member Name: Juliet101
Sony Vaio NR38E/S
Advantages: Its a VAIO, cheapest vaio, screen size and quality, weight, durable
Disadvantages: Ugly exterior, sony support poor, not the best
Sony Vaio N series
My Sony Vaio has been with me for 3 years now and is the first major purchase I made when I got my first job. Recently due to my carelessness the powerjack has broken and so it no longer charges but otherwise it still works perfectly. I am as yet contemplating fixing it or getting a new one. The laptop isn't in the best condition but it does function (if given power) quite well.
I am pretty sure that all of the N series laptops are discontinued and they are replaced by the E series. The N series was the affordable/budget laptops from Sony and the E series replaces it.
The features of the laptop are really basic. It comes with a 160GB hard drive which is rather poor by today's standard as I am sure 300GB is the standard for even a budget laptop. I do find that sometimes there is not enough had drive space but this is because I store a lot of movies on my laptop. I find that I have to regularly clear my hard drive otherwise I would not be able to store any other applications or documents.
It comes with a 2GB RAM and the processor is intel dual which isn't the fastest processor around but it does the job. The processor speed is good enough for my needs which is internet, word processing and movies/films. I don't use the laptop for anything else so it does fulfil its purpose.
There is no webcam (but this is not essential, but as most laptops have one, even the cheapest ones it is a bit of a letdown). This is definitely not a power machine and it cannot be used as a desktop replacement. I have not personally found the computer to be slow as I only use it for the internet, word processing and watching movies. It is not HD and I can't tell the difference between HD and a normal screen anyway as they seem the same to me. It is just a really basic laptop that is ideal for students and those who have the same needs as I do.
I bought the laptop for £549 and I think for the specification it is not worth the high price. When I bought it I did know that there were cheaper laptops than the VAIO and the same specification. But I was determined to get a Sony Vaio as I had wanted one since I was 16. In hindsight it was a bad idea. The Sony range of laptops are expensive compared to other laptops with the same specification and so in a way they are priced like apple laptops. My vanity took over and I wanted to be seen with an expensive(ish) Sony Vaio. I would not buy another sony vaio simply because the service I received was terrible although maybe I should have pushed them to replace my hard drive under the warranty.
The one massive positive about the laptop is that even though I have on numerous occasions managed to damage it, it still works very well. There is cosmetic damage, but as I am the owner I knew this was bound to happen. I have dropped the laptop so many times and from a great distance yet there is not a single scratch or dent on the screen and the quality is the same as when it was new. It has fallen down the stair and still survived! The screen is TFT which I am pretty sure is superior to LCD as LCD has liquid crystals and if it breaks then the screen is cracked. I don't know how TFT works but I have read that it is superior and I am very lucky that my screen is not LCD otherwise my laptop would not have survived a day let alone 3 years. The screen is glossy and if I clean it, it becomes static and it just attracts dust again so it is really annoying. The screen size is 15.3 inches but it looks 17 inches to me. It is a perfect size for watching films. Big enough to watch films but smaller enough to be portable.
The keyboard is a standard QWERTY keyboard with the speakers just above it. The mouse broke within 6 months and the left side doesn't click, although when I bought it was quite stiff and it didn't work very well. I just use tap the cursor to get things to open instead of clicking on them so I am used to it now.
The battery life is rather poor as it lasts a maximum of 3 hours on full power and on the lowest brightness setting. But VAIO's do have a reputation of having a low battery life. It weighs about 3kg which is the aveage weight for a laptop but it does feel heavy. It does fit into my handbag which is really good as I don't have to carry 2 bags around which increases the likelihood of me loosing it.
Overall this is an expensive laptop considering what you get but the TFT screen has saved me money. On the other had Sony's refusal to change my faulty hard drive did cost money. I wanted a sony vaio and so I got the cheapest because the other (better) models are far too expensive for a student and they have features that I would not necessarily use. As this model is replaced by the E series and costs the same it may be worth a look as the N series is discontinued.
Summary: My Sony Vaio
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