Before I start, let me make this clear: I'm by no means a PC expert. I know my way around them, but I'm not able to tell you how RAM works, or what a GH is without first reading about it. This shouldn't deter you, though. Not everyone who buys a PC wants to read about hard data.
I own this computer. In fact, I'm using it right now to write this review. Spooky? Not really. But what is spooky is that I've owned it for such a long time and it's still running as smooth as when I bought it. It's my understanding that computers tend to deteriorate after several years of use, but this thing is a juggernaut.
When it was new it played every game available. Sure it wasn't cheap so this was to be expected, but it's certainly not a gaming rig either. At the time, pound for pound, this thing was awesome.
You may not have liked all the Sony software junk it came with, but that's to be expected with most PC's bought from a chain store.
Around the time of CoD 4, it stopped playing games. I could have purchased the graphics card upgrades and whatnot, but I didn't see the point. I bought a PS3 instead.
You see, what this thing did and still does well despite all of the quad-core processors of today, is run several things at once. I could be streaming video, running a virus check, reading a web-page and listening to music and the thing barely flinches. Like a faithful dog, it plows on through the hard times and the good.
Perhaps this isn't a "buyers" review. Think of this as a recommendation. If you can get your hands on one of these... at today's prices... you'll have a friend for life. And I mean life. I don't see this thing breaking any time soon.
The Sony Vaio PCV-RS402
Well what can I say? How about its beautiful!
Ok right the details on it, these are the bits I dont really understand but anyway, sorry if they are a bit basic, I wasnt sure how much to include! I dont wish to put you to sleep!
*Intel Pentium 4 processor
*CPU speed 2.8GHz
*Hard disk- 120GB
*Inbuilt modem/DVD player and CD-RW
This beautiful looking desktop computer has an Intel Pentium 4 processor, its CPU speed is 2.8GHz, compared to my old one is really fast!
The Sony Vaio PCV-RS402 comes with 512MB worth of memory, this I was told you can upgrade, and the hard disk has a capacity of 120GB which considering I take stacks of digital photographs at large sizes I am not making a dent in it yet, but I guess it all depends on what you are putting on your computer.
It has an inbuilt modem which is lovely and quiet, unless you have your speakers on you will not hear it; (bliss for Budgie owners I will tell you J) The top speed of the modem is 56Kbps which may not be any good for Broad Band users? This Im not entirely sure of, so dont quote me.
Then on the tower you have your Disk drives I believe I have a DVD+/-RW/CD-RW and a DVD-ROM, plus your standard 3.5 floppy disk drive, so I can watch DVDs and back up my photographs and documents with ease. Also on the front of the tower is a special compartment with some nice features inside J well they were a bonus for me! Compact Flash Card Slot, ideal for my digital camera, I can just remove the card from the camera and slot it straight into the tower . Bliss! No more cables. Also there is a Memory Stick Pro Slot, a Smart Media Card Slot, an I-Link Port and 3, yes 3! USB ports. All of which I havent had the pleasure of using yet.
Installed on the Vaio is The Windows XP home edition, which if Im honest I really didnt want, but after a few hours of play and a tutorial I got used to.
Then you get your extras, these include a keyboard, speakers, mouse and power cable. Personally I dont really rate the speakers much, they dont like to be turned up over half way or they distort the sound slightly, if you like base then I recommend you upgrade, and your mouse is just your standard 2 buttons with a wheel in the centre type thing.
So thats all the technical bits I can tell you without going and finding a web site on it *wonders if I should of looked up a link?*
So what do I think of this beauty of a computer? I think I died and went to heaven! It is a beautiful looking thing, sexy curves on the top of the tower adds an interesting touch and it has the name in bright blue neon across the front, which I like, yes it looks good Although as I found out when moving it is rather heavy!
The flat screen monitor (which came with mine) looks stunning in a matt silvery-ish finish with a black edge to it, very much like a frame to a picture, and the screen is anti reflective, I think it is a liquid crystal. This is great to look at as you get no glare and minimal reflection but unfortunately it marks easily, not permanent ones (are 5year old child finger prints permanent?) Im just a little apprehensive about cleaning it, as it does the squidgy coloured thing when touched even gently. When looking at the screen straight on and in the centre the colour change is minimal but if you slouch and look from the top or bottom of the screen the colours are darker slightly which wouldnt matter in every day life but if you are using it to look at photographs or draw with, it should be noted.
I find the Sony Vaio PCV-RS402 to be quick, quiet and easy to use, it looks stylish for all you people who like their toys to look good. As of yet I havent found anything I really dont like, yes the speakers could be better but maybe I shouldnt play my music so loud eh?
Price, Im afraid I cannot tell you how much this one cost exactly as I was lucky enough to receive it as a gift! I do know that it was under £1000. if I do a quick search price varies between £699 and £1,199 depending on where you go, plus that could be with or without the monitor, but the shop where mine came from no longer stocks it. Weird