“ Sony VAIO GRX416SP - P4-M 1.8 GHz - RAM 512 MB - HDD 40 GB - CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo - Mobility Radeon 7500 - Win XP Pro - 16.1" TFT 1600 x 1200 ( UXGA ) „
A snappy little title to be sure, the Sony Vaio PCG GRX416SP can be had for £1,645 at dabs.com according to the very nice Kelkoo site, although when you check out the Dabs site itself the product isn't to be found. It is a laptop recommended for the business user, although at the price represents a decent enough bargain for even the enthusiastic hobbyist. It has a Intel Pentium 4-M 1.8 GHz processor and comes with 512 MB (DDR SDRAM) internal RAM memory. Just in terms of other anorak-ist stuff before we kick off in real earnest, here's the info I got from another computer sales site (Dealtime): Display - 16.1 in. TFT active matrix Operating system -Microsoft Windows XP Professional Display size - 16.1 in, TFT active matrix, at a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 40 Gb hard disk Contains CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive Many of the Sony Vaio models contain a pretty neat little trick where the laptop itself can be disconnected from a base unit, to make it even lighter and more portable than usual, but unfortunately this particular version isn't one of those, which is a shame, because that's certainly an advantage. Having said that, however, the PCG GRX416SP is a reasonable brute, and a good option if you want an alternative to a bulky old desktop machine. This particular model benefits from a powerful P4 processor with a first class TFT display, making it a good bet for viewing DVD's, which often suffer on a laptop, I'm afraid. And as you get a combination CD and DVD drive you will certainly wnat to take advantage of that little feature.
84;he keyboard is first class, which is usually the case with the Sony laptop range although I find the jog dial facility a real pain, although it's each to his own, I guess. Chips and accessories are well-specced and well up to the mark, it certainly won't let you down. Connections are extensive, allowing you to add in plenty of accessories and other goodies, this is a truly wonderful machine. Apparently it was originally about £2,400 which certainly would be pushing things a bit too much, but at the price you may be able to get at Dabs it would be bargain. There are, doubtless, hundreds of other laptops which are better value and the Sony Vaio range has many beauties. A cursory review of Sony's own site (http://products.sony.co.uk) offers the following selection: PCG GRT996ZP - Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz, 16" display, 1GB memory, 80GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW - £2,598.99 PCG GRT916Z - Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz, 16" display, 512MB memory, 60GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW - £1,899.00 PCG GRT996VP - 16" TFT screen, and DVD +/-RW drive - £1,799.00 PCG GRT916V - Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz, 16" display, 512MB memory, 60GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW - £1,599.00 PCG FR415B - Intel Celeron 2.8GHz, 15" display, 512MB memory, 40GB Hard Drive, CDRW / DVD-ROM - £899.00 Now, I could go on for ages and ages and ages, but if you are interested I'd advise you to go and check things out for yourself. The GR
;X416SP is a nice model, stylish and well designed with a very decent spec. Sony make damned good PC's which offer good facilities, although you need to watch out if you need a spare. My power lead unit blew up on my laptop and it cost a cool fifty notes to get a replacement, which took an absolute age to come through.
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