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I've had this laptop for about 6 months now and i've not been dissapointed.
I'm a big fan of Sony Vaios despite their usually hefty price tag. The styling of this laptop is great, perhaps trying to copy some of the success of the Mac but still managing to retain a distinctiveness of its own. The general design is simple, it doesnt have loads of shortcut keys, which i find annoying, so it keeps the keyboard area pretty free of clutter and simple.
The keyboard is excellent for typing, the keys are soft and spaced slightly further apart than normal laptop keyboards, making it feel a bit more like you're typing on a proper keyboard.
As with any Sony laptop you get an excellent picture quality on the screen, i frequently watch films on it and have been impressed with the clarity. The sound isnt bad either considering the size of the speakers - its not brilliant but its pretty decent for a laptop.
My laptop is running Windows 7 and its always run perfectly, i'm not a gamer so the 2.2Ghz processor and 4GB ram are more than adequate for the browsing/multimedia tasks i throw at it.
The Sony Vaio NW Series has made my studies and internet browsing alot more fun. Recently brought as a christmas present it has been the best present I have ever had.
It handles Windows 7 extremely easily and the vaio task bar offers a quick and efficent way to access your most used programmes and internet sites.
Though i would suggest the keyboard and mousepad be one to get used to. It can all feel abit too cramped at times. As a student I find this laptop perfect, not only is it great to look at it provides me with fast programme uploads and when I get a little distracted the laptop proves games to be of no problem. The screen size is adaquate and only seems small when watching TV. The quality of the screen is incredabile, its even better than my own HD TV, its clarity is perfect.
Its battery life is great and allows me to be able to take it into university all day without having to worry about it running out.
As with all laptops the sound can be described as 'tin like'. But with the help if some speakers all is ok. I would strongly recommend this product to my family and friends.
The Sony Vaio NW20SF/S is a truly spectacular laptop. The specifications are magnificent and allow you play high spec games and run demanding software, all with a large 15.5" screen.
the Core 2 Duo processor clocked at 2.2 GHz is remarkably fast, and more than capable to deal with most PC games. I found it could run games like Age of Empires 3 and similarly specced games with ease. I was also able to run some pretty demanding map editing software without any slowdown or freezing. I wouldn't recommend over clocking the processor, however as it overheats very easily.
The 4GB of RAM (random access memory) is more than enough to run multiple applications at once. It is high speed (800 MHz clock) and is DDR2 meaning it'll be very reliable. Windows 7 requires around half a gigabyte and when I'm running a game, an instant messenger and some graphics software I still have 1.5GB free. ReadyBoost is available if you feel you need extra memory, though I doubt you will.
Windows 7 works exceptionally well and benefits from the improved task bar or 'dock' at the bottom. It requires a mere 512MB to run and runs like a dream, unlike its predecessor Windows Vista.
The NW20SF/S comes complete with an internal 320GB HDD. This should be plenty for most people; however you can buy external storage if you feel it isn't big enough.
---Keyboard & Touchpad---
The keyboard is a little cramped for my liking, and doesn't fill the complete width of the system. Despite this, it's still pretty easy to use and this is only really a problem when typing for extended periods. The touchpad is very tactile and responsive, no problems here.
The widescreen 15.5" TFT monitor is more than large enough and like all Sony Vaios the screen as a certain glow to it. I love the glossy look of it and Sony have really out done themselves here.
The Wireless card quickly finds your local area network and does its job well. The graphics card supplied is integrated and also works well without overheating. The webcam supplied is very poor (0.3 megapixels) and the resolution is only 640x480, not really worth using unless you have to as the quality is pretty poor.
Overall the Vaio NW20SF/S is a very capable laptop from Sony. The major pitfall is the price - £600+ is quite a lot of money. For a Vaio packed with features that price isn't that high of an ask though, and you do get quite a lot for your money, including solid build quality. I was very impressed by this laptop and I think it's well deserved a 9/10 (5 stars)
The Sony Vaio NW 20SF is very easy to use, looks appealing and has been very durable in the past few months that I have been using one. The keyboard has a number of one touch keys and provides good navigation. The screen is 15.5inch and for a relatively portable lap top the battery life of around 3.5 hours is good considering the device weighs 2.7 kilograms.
The hard drive at 320GB provides the user with ample storage space and the device is also equipped with 4GB of memory which can easily be upgraded to 8GB should it be needed. I found that the laptop worked fairly quickly but if you filled most of the hard drive and played video games that the memory upgrade would probably be a good idea.
The web cam is not particularly great, offering 0.3Mega Pixels however it is sufficient for chat on programs such as MSN messenger.
Overall I found this laptop to be rather good value for money and I am of the opinion that Vaio's generally are some of the best laptops on the market.
i recentle bought one of these for surfing in front of the tv. i have to say it is absolutely the best laptop i've owned. its very fast and very reliable, i have windows 7 on mine and it manages to run this to perfection. the startup is fast also and it comes with some nifty little features like the vaio quick bar at the top of the desktop. this laptop just looks great also, i have to admit it was one of the deciding factors of puchasing this, it was mainly the colour and the desgin of the keyboard.
if i had to say one bad thing about it, it would be with the mouse pad. its not smooth like most laptops, it has a bumpy sort of texture to it, nothing too big, it does sometime get annoying but i'm finding now after enough use i'm very used to it.
i would say for people that have never had a laptop this is a great starter, if you're experience with computers and you need something extra then this is also good. for gamers i wouls say there are better out there but gamers would know this. this is a great buy
Having one of these myself I fully understand the pros and cons of the Sony Vaio.
It has everything your average user could want, the 4GB of RAM allows you to run pretty much any program under the sun, from the most basic word processors to the top notch games. This though isn't as large as the RAM can get on a Sony Vaio laptop, but it is all that is necessary as it would be such a struggle to find a program which required more RAM.
Other plus points include the use of windows 7 and the 320GB hard drive. Ok lets be fair here to other laptops, windows 7 should be coming pre installed anyway nowadays, and 320GB isn't a large amount of memory, but on the plus side these are both enough for most people. Of course if you plan on downloading loads of games and movies etc and hate the windows 7 operating system these can been seen as negative points. But you can make you own decision on those ones, though personally I love the new windows 7 (beats vista any day).
Battery life... ok not that great. Says it'll last 2 and a half hours on a normal battery and struggles to get in one and a half. Needs constant charging and if you get it I strongly recommend getting a spare battery... or two.
Finally the size. Neither tiny nor massive. It is big, I'll give it that, but once you get to 15.5 inches in size it isn't example the nippiest thing to get around and is more like a desktop. Therefore you might as well get a bigger screen with a better resolution and just help yourself out. But this falls slap bang in the middle of movable desktop and walk around notebook.
So don't get this particular one and make your mind up with what you want or what you will use more. Personally I like a big screen so I got a larger version of this product, but in the end bigger or smaller is all up to you.
A Sony Vaio, at a decent price for once, Sony laptops tend to be priced around the brand name and not the spec which is unfortunate, but this laptop is different. At £556 on Amazon, it would be a great Christmas laptop, birthday, or whatever, it's just lovely.
Laptops can be very similar at this price range, anything above a core 2 Duo (quad core) is going to cost a lot more. This laptop is packing an Intel core 2 duo T6600 running at 2.2ghz with 2mb cache which is perfect. In short, you have a very fast, energy efficient processor. The combination of this and the 4gb of ram goes surprisingly well. It's straight out of the box with windows 7 home premium installed (so no upgrades!!) which is great. Windows 7 definitely works faster than Windows Vista, and the spec really pulls it off. Seven is responsive and looks good, even with the integrated graphics. Did I mention that it's also 64 bit? You will have access to the full 4gb of memory with double the bandwidth than regular laptops and so better performance for most applications. The large 320gb is fine for pretty much all users - I use a 250gb, and its sitting at 80gb usage. The 320gb will hold about 80,000 songs so I wouldn't worry! Setup is easy as always, just make sure you make recovery disks and remove any free software that came with it that you don't want. This software comes with most laptops and is easy to remove.
Not all software will run on a 64bit machine. This doesn't mean that nothing will, but it might confuse the odd program. Applications don't have to support a 64bit operating system to work, either. My 64bit machine runs all of my 30+ programs including those not designed to run on 64 bit systems, so I very much doubt the average user will have programs that aren't compatible. Don't let 64 bit put you off - no matter what any salesman tells you.
It's a nice looking laptop, as always for Sony, with a nice widescreen that wields a 1366 x 768 resolution... very nice. It runs for about 3 hours on a full charge. There's an HDMI out port, webcam, 3 usb ports, SD card slot, some decent speakers and a firewire port! There's also wireless connectivity up to N draft (fastest available) for using your laptop far away from your router.
This laptop is nice to look at, with a nice screen that doesn't melt your retinas - in a good way. It's comfortable to use, fast and great for almost anything you throw at it. For the average user, it's a good price with a great spec that runs Windows 7 quickly and efficiently. It really is nice to use - i hate slow computers, and this isn't one of them. You would be lucky to get a better specification for the money. The only disadvantage is the lack of a dedicated graphics card. This will only be an issue for people trying to play games or for photo-shopping. There's no upgrading from Vista to Windows 7, so it works straigh out of the box - prefect for Christmas. Im sure you won't regret this purchase.