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My old laptop was a Sony Vaio VGN I bought back in 2001, and it's slow these days but it's still a perfectly reliable machine. This is a testament to Sony's fantastic quality, so I had no hesitation about choosing a Vaio when I needed a new laptop. I purchased my Vaio NS from Tesco, for £499 in August 2009. I have no regrets at all, and I would recommend this laptop to anybody who needs a good little laptop for routine web and office tasks.
Advantages? It's a Sony, so it's lightweight and compact and looks beautiful. The brushed silver casing means it doesn't get too grubby and the LCD screen displays graphics beautifully. It's a joy to watch DVDs on. It's reliable, so I can leave it for days without shutting it down and there's no lag in the performance when I come back to it. It's got enough memory and processing speed to do most tasks -- browsing the web, Skype, word processing, watching movies online, editing images, etc. It's easy to set up, and within thirty minutes of getting it out of the box you're good to go. The battery life is pretty good, giving you over three hours on a power saving plan, with no noticable difference in the performance.
Disadvantages? It didn't come with much pre-loaded software, however I use Open Office anyway so that wasn't a problem for me. Also, if you're a gamer, the processing speed just isn't powerful enough and you will need a more high spec machine.
In conclusion, unless you want a high performance laptop for gaming or graphic design/editing work, you'll be satisfied with this lovely little laptop. It's pricier than models with similar specs, but it's reliable and functional so you really do get what you pay for.
You get what you pay - With this, a hell of a stylish laptop with good spec and a fantastic all rounder!
I paid around £499 for my NS11S a few months ago, I had ventured around Comet, PC World and Currys for a few hours and then popped back home to get browsing through the internet too see what other peoples experiences where with it, I was surprised how highly people spoke of this and also being a Sony you know you couldn't go wrong!
To start off with I just want to just highlight a few key specifications and what the benefits of having it inside the laptop can do for you...
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo processor T5800 -
It's clocked at 2 GHz but is however a dual core. This processor will handle most things with ease, I use it mainly for Microsoft Office and emailing, but I have also played some game's on it and the ran very well. This is a good mid range processor that will suit anybody that doesn't want to do anything overly strenuous such as movie editing which to be fair you will need either a stupidly priced laptop (£2000 +) or a decent desktop.
- Memory: 4GB DDR2 -
The laptop should come preinstalled with Microsoft Vista and that does recommend 2GB of RAM at the very least, this however has 4GB, meaning your laptop starts up fast from power off and loads programs speedily.
- HD Capacity: 320GB -
Much more than enough for any normal laptop user, this can hold thousands upon thousands of songs and pictures and hundreds of movies. If you ever do run out of space you need to A) get a life and B) buy a USB hard drive.
- Display: 15.4" 1280x800 -
A 15" display seems about the going size for laptops at the moment, the screen is big enough to work comfortably with and also small enough to be easily carried around.
- Graphics Card: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M -
Be under no illusion that this will play every game under the sun, newer games (released within the past 6 months) you will probably struggle with, anything else should work fine. Always however check the specs on the back of the game box in comparison to your laptop before purchase, as most stores do not accept them back once opened.
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium -
Nearly all laptops come with Vista. It's a complete myth about Vista being terrible, it's has some great updates recently and I've never had any issue loading a game, program or just generally using my laptop. Vista is easy to use for novices but has some great customisable options to appeal to the more experienced user.
Now as well as having those we also have a couple more points worth mentioning. It has a DVD writeable drive, this means you can play back and burn DVD's and CD's. It has a built in wireless adaptor, meaning you can connect to your internet connection at home or at most places nowadays with the "wi fi" sign without the use of a cable (if you have a wireless router!)
One SD card/Memory stick duo slot for putting in your memory card from your camera or camcorder to view back on the laptop directly (saves messing about with the camera's USB cable!) - 4 USB connections for hooking up any device with a USB output such as microphones, headsets, hard drives, usb memory sticks etc - Finally it also has a built in 1.3MP webcam for chatting online!
Also upon opening the box I was greeted with some nice software only available with a Sony laptop, VAIO Music Box, VAIO Movie Story, Click to Disc/Editor. These all are very useful and powerful programs and a bonus to get for nothing!
The laptop is a decent weight, no heavier than other brands I tested out, perfect for carrying around with you to college/university or work. With the screen being of a good size it also means you can use it at home as your main computer with no worries.
- Great price considering to the brand
- Very well built
- Stylish (good for kids or adults)
- Powerful enough for most users
- Good battery life, around 2 1/2 hours on full power
- Some laptops offer same spec at lower price
- New games don't work so well
Overall the pros defiantly outweigh the cons. The comment about other brands being cheaper is true, however remember that this has a fantastic build quality and is a Sony; you will get your monies worth in the long run whilst cheaper brands break easier over time. The gaming point is always a sticking one for laptops, if you like to keep up to date with the newest games and this is what you mainly being using the laptop for, don't buy a laptop! - You can get a desktop much cheaper for what you need!
Overall I recommend this completely, I haven't looked back since!
The new Sony Vaio NS11S/S is a high quality and fast laptop with a very generous amount of RAM and a very nice processor for its price.
At only £500-£550 the Sony Vaio is definitely no the most expensive laptop you can get - but you do get a lot for the price. With the Intel Core 2 Due T5800 you will get a large amount of processing power. It is very rare for a £500 laptop to have a T5xxx laptop, let alone the lightning fast T5800.
With 4Gb of RAM you will be able to run all the latest applications. The hard drive is nice and big for all your videos and file.
The only letdown is the low quality onboard graphics card - a proper ATI or nVidia card would have been much appreciated - but what can you expect for only £500?
Overall the Viao NS11S/S is a top quality laptop - espcially for the small price tag of only £500.
wow....good products from sony, design and interesting with a good speed is also boosted because of the proccessor from Intel (Core 2 Duo T5800 / 2 GHz centrino) with ram 4 gb and many more fiture in it. make it a dream all those laptops, with the price which I fiture expensive but with the offer in Sony Vaio, I think it appropriate. With the sony vaio ns1, Sony has brought together superior design values and quality to create a notebook that is well balanced and accessible for casual everyday users. sony vaio ns1 is easy to use, attractive to look at and features technologies that people want and use. Sony Vaio is able to support and meet all my needs will be a laptop. speed, a good design and very light and simple. so ...this product can be your choice if you want to buy a laptop with more features and spec quality. highly recommeded
Sony has a standard to maintain regarding laptops. To be honest, Vaio series is just outstanding due to their stylish look, user satisfaction and high specification.
Their is no short-comings in this laptop specification. This Sony got 4 GB of ram is more than enough. It is more than sufficient to run windows VISTA on your laptop while multitasking as well in full speed.
But, what makes me wonder, the processor is not up to the standard regarding high ram. One thing we have to consider before buying laptop is, what processor speed and the cache memory, the more you cache memory you have, the more multitasking is possible for you. I think Core2 duo E7200 is better option , because it has more cache memory and also higher rotating speed.
High cache memory allows the user enjoy high speed computing. I just love this VAIO series. They are remarkably slim and light weight equipped with tons of useful features. The keyboard of this laptop is very well spaced and good for fast typing. There not so much excess button as well. The touch pad responses very quickly. It comes with dvd writer as optical drive, allows you to watch DVD as well as burn them. There is also very powerful graphics card Radeon HD 3470 comes with this laptop. The screen is 15.4'' wide screen with really high resolution, helps the user to enjoy high quality video.
But, alas unlike dell, you just cant build you laptop with Sony. You can chose different model ,which only other option. Stylish white look relatively cheap price and high spec, all in all an almost perfect gaming laptop in your hand with reasonable price.
This laptop was bought in April 2008 for its ultra-light weight and long battery life. I chose Sony as they have an excellent reputation although they are more expensive than other makes of laptop. Having always had ACER laptops i was a little aprehensive about using this at first but i shouldnt have worrie.
You can get 9 hours charge if you set up the battery to do so, but will lose performance and much of the 9 hours is if its not used very often i.e. sat idle. As a teacher it always has to be plugged in as i use it with the smartboard. No problems setting up wireless either at home or school. Super looking laptop and as always sony are the best.
Apart from a few teething problems with the software and printer i needed to install, I have been very pleased and it fits so easily into my bag or work. The lead is long enough to fit across most rooms which is brilliant for me. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a sony laptop with a range of technical capabilities.
Overall: would buy again but shop around to get the best price.
A very impressive Laptop, works at a good speed, with good internet connection and a sturdy disk drive. The Vista system works well within the laptop, however the scope is their for any other operating system as for example, mine is running dual booted with ubuntu. The battery can last for up to 4 hours on power saving mode. The Memory space is of a large size meaning that it can store a large amount of work as well as enough power to work on running a small amount of games, as long as they are not a specialist game designed for a gaming computer. However the keyboard is of poor quality and a few of my keys have fallen off without intention from just general wear and tear. The Screen is of a good enough size to watch movies and other video, and the sound is of a great quality for a laptop, generally a great laptop, but possibly not the best value for the money.