Notebooks priced under $1000 are always the top selling category. When you can find a Sony Vaio that is priced under $1000 you’re looking at one that stores have a hard time keeping in stock. This is the case with the Sony VAIO VGN-NR385E/W. This notebook is one of Sony’s lower priced offerings and I’ve gotten my hands on this notebook. I’m going to let you know how it performs and who should consider grabbing one of these up, but first I’ll start with a few of the basics.
Processor: 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5550
Storage Space: 200 GB hard drive
RAM: 2GB RAM (expandable up to a 4GB maximum)
Optical Drive: A CD R/RW with an integrated dual-layer DVD +/- drive
Video Accelerator: Intel X3100 video card (using up to 358 MB of shared system RAM)
Dimensions: 14.2″ x 10.6″ x 1.5″ weighing 6.2lbs
This notebook is a great blend of style, performance and mobility. It isn’t super light at 6lbs but it is certainly something that won’t be too taxing as you carry it around. It also has plenty of memory with 200 GB of hard drive space and the 2GB of RAM ensure that Vista will run at its optimum speed. This Sony has a great display (which is a trademark of Sony’s) and doesn’t wash out with direct sunlight.
The Intel processor is average, and will lag with a large amount of multitasking. It is fine for general computing but it will likely disappoint the multimedia professionals. Pair this with the weak graphics card and you can count out playing too many high end games as well.
Integrated Wireless (to connect to wireless LANs)
1 Ethernet port (to connect to wired networks)
4 2.0 USB ports (to connect to peripherals like digital cameras, printers, and iPods)
1 FireWire port (normally used to connect to digital camcorders and other PC’s)
1 VGA video output (a typical monitor connection)
1 ExpressCard port ( a port to add peripherals like a cellular modem)
A memory stick / SD car slot (to directly insert a solid state memory card from compatible mobile devices)
1 Audio out / 1 mic in
This notebook has everything it should for its price range. It comes in just under $850. This notebook would make most notebook users happy. It would be a great buy for the college kid going to school or even the high school kid trying to save space in their bedroom. It offers plenty of mobility with the performance you can expect from a Sony (given the price paid). Ultimately though, as always, you’re paying a premium for the name Sony. With a little shopping around I would imagine you could find something comparable for a little less dough, so keep your eyes open.