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CPU and Memory:
AMD Phenom II X4 quad core N930.
2GHz processor speed.
3GB DDR3 RAM memory.
320GB SATA hard drive.

Display features:
15.6in display.
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels.

DVD optical drives:
Dual layer.

Graphics:
ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics card with 256MB memory.

Interfaces and connectivity:
Multi-Media Card (MMC) compatible.
4 USB ports.
1 HDMI port.
B/g/n wireless/WiFi enabled.

Multi-media features:
1.3MP built-in webcam.
Built-in mic.

Operating system and software:
Microsoft Windows 7 Premium.

+ Norton Internet Security!
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#1
laptop is nothing special, but consider you get a quad core and office 2010, its not a bad deal...hot!
#2
The Microsoft Office you get is Home and Student 2010 which sells for about £70 if you look around. Consists of Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

Many PCs now come with MS Office 2010 Starter which is free and consists of cut down versions of Word and Excel.

Edited By: guilbert53 on Oct 13, 2010 15:37: add
#3
any PCs now come with MS Office 2010 Starter which is free and consists of cut down versions of Word and Excel
.
I used to have one on my old laptop only 60 days of full work and after i could only print documents (no editing)

This one comes with a proper boxed MS Office full version - worth 99 punds
#4
Anyone know how these processors compare to the i3 / i5 range?
#5
crosswski
any PCs now come with MS Office 2010 Starter which is free and consists of cut down versions of Word and Excel
.I used to have one on my old laptop only 60 days of full work and after i could only print documents (no editing) This one comes with a proper boxed MS Office full version - worth 99 punds

Not the same thing.

MS Office Starter 2010 is new. It is NOT time limited and will run for as long as you want it to.

It is a FREE cut down version of Word and Excel.

Review here

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/software/358585/microsoft-office-starter-2010

Edited By: guilbert53 on Oct 13, 2010 15:51: add
#6
Did not know about this but it's an excellent idea!

"If you buy a new PC or laptop from this summer onwards, chances are it will include Office Starter 2010. We feared the worst when we first heard the news, imagining a version so cut down it would be frustrating to use, but the reality is much better. The starter “suite” comprises only Word Starter and Excel Starter, but they’re both surprisingly fully featured." (PcPro)
#7
williamt1688
laptop is nothing special, but consider you get a quad core and office 2010, its not a bad deal...hot!

The X4 N930 is faster than an i3-330m or even an i3-350 in many tests and the HD 4250 slightly better than the GMA graphics - You can pick up similarly specc'd i3 machines around £400 so this is an OK deal if you think the extra power and Office 2010 is worth £99.

Edited By: wombat6025 on Oct 13, 2010 16:40: Corrected.
#8
Nad_84
Anyone know how these processors compare to the i3 / i5 range?

Edit: Sorry this was wrong "Slower than the slowest i3" - The AMD is faster than the i3 in many / most tests


Edited By: wombat6025 on Oct 13, 2010 16:41: Corrected
#9
loopie
Did not know about this but it's an excellent idea!"If you buy a new PC or laptop from this summer onwards, chances are it will include Office Starter 2010. We feared the worst when we first heard the news, imagining a version so cut down it would be frustrating to use, but the reality is much better. The starter “suite” comprises only Word Starter and Excel Starter, but they’re both surprisingly fully featured." (PcPro)

This is also a nice feature on MS Office Starter 2010, you can copy the code to a USB stick, then plug it into ANY PC that does not have Word or Excel installed, and then open a Word or Excel file.

As the PC Pro review says:

"Rather surprisingly, you can even take Office Starter with you on your travels – why Microsoft has opted to offer this feature with its most basic edition but not with the full version is beyond us. However, it’s true.

Head to File | Help in either Word Starter or Excel Starter and you’ll see an option that says “Take Office With You”. Press this and, providing you’ve inserted a suitably large USB flash drive into a port (it requires around 400MB of space), all the vital files will be transferred to the drive. You then just plug the drive into another PC and follow the prompts to use Word or Excel.





Edited By: guilbert53 on Oct 13, 2010 15:59: add
#10
Does it only come free on a new PC or can you download for free from Microsoft?
#11
..Slower than the slowest i3 - that is unless you can easily clock them...


not necessarily, with processes that stress all the four cores it's faster than i3
#12
crosswski
..Slower than the slowest i3 - that is unless you can easily clock them...
not necessarily, with processes that stress all the four cores it's faster than i3

You're right - I looked at notebookcheck and it's detailled results show the opposite to it's table ranking - in most tests the N930 is faster than the i3-350 even.

CPU benchmark shows a bigger difference in the N930s favor - sorry about that; I'll not be so ready to trust notebookcheck's rankings in future...

Edited By: wombat6025 on Oct 13, 2010 16:46: spelting etc.
#13
loopie
Does it only come free on a new PC or can you download for free from Microsoft?

No it only comes preinstalled.

You cant download it from anywhere (as far as I know)
#14
Not knowing much about laptops, is this http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/sony-vaio-vpcec2soe-wi-06559696-pdt.html worth £300 more, is the proccesor much better and thew graphics. I know the difference in price will be mainly due to the branding and the Blu-ray player, but is it £300 more laptop or just over priced?
suspended#15
Got one of these and sent in back after 3 days... Too slow
#16
BowerzZ
Got one of these and sent in back after 3 days... Too slow


The 5553 comes with quite a range of processors. I'm guessing you bought a low spec one as a Quad Core is nowhere near slow for most tasks.
#17
shawty1984
Not knowing much about laptops, is this http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/sony-vaio-vpcec2soe-wi-06559696-pdt.html worth £300 more, is the proccesor much better and thew graphics. I know the difference in price will be mainly due to the branding and the Blu-ray player, but is it £300 more laptop or just over priced?


Well the processor is better, the graphics are significantly better, the blu ray drive is better than than the dvd writer, plus it has double the ram, and a bigger/higher res screen. If you want to play games and watch blu ray movies I'd say yes, but it's up to you whether you think it is worth the extra dough. Also you don't get office free so you'd have to factor that into the cost if you need to purchase it.
#18
_Mazza_
shawty1984
Not knowing much about laptops, is thishttp://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/sony-vaio-vpcec2soe-wi-06559696-pdt.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/sony-vaio-vpcec2soe-wi-06559696-pdt.html worth £300 more, is the proccesor much better and thew graphics. I know the difference in price will be mainly due to the branding and the Blu-ray player, but is it £300 more laptop or just over priced?
Well the processor is better, the graphics are significantly better, the blu ray drive is better than than the dvd writer, plus it has double the ram, and a bigger/higher res screen. If you want to play games and watch blu ray movies I'd say yes, but it's up to you whether you think it is worth the extra dough. Also you don't get office free so you'd have to factor that into the cost if you need to purchase it.

What Mazza has said is correct; but have you seen this deal? http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/acer-as7741-laptop-with-intel-core-/776616/#post9582607

It has the same Graphics and screen and 64-bit windows but only an i3-330m processor, 3Gb ram and no Blu-Ray; however it is only £422. If blu-ray and brand aren't that important to you it looks a good deal.

Personally if I was paying the price of the Sony I'd want a better processor and graphics and Full HD screen - but then you probably couldn't buy a Sony at that price...


Edited By: wombat6025 on Oct 13, 2010 20:00: spelting etc.
#19
wombat6025
_Mazza_
shawty1984
Not knowing much about laptops, is thishttp://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/sony-vaio-vpcec2soe-wi-06559696-pdt.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/sony-vaio-vpcec2soe-wi-06559696-pdt.html worth £300 more, is the proccesor much better and thew graphics. I know the difference in price will be mainly due to the branding and the Blu-ray player, but is it £300 more laptop or just over priced?
Well the processor is better, the graphics are significantly better, the blu ray drive is better than than the dvd writer, plus it has double the ram, and a bigger/higher res screen. If you want to play games and watch blu ray movies I'd say yes, but it's up to you whether you think it is worth the extra dough. Also you don't get office free so you'd have to factor that into the cost if you need to purchase it.
What Mazza has said is correct; but have you seen this deal? http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/acer-as7741-laptop-with-intel-core-/776616/#post9582607It has the same Graphics and screen and 64-bit windows but only an i3-330m processor, 3Gb ram and no Blu-Ray; however it is only £422. If blu-ray and brand aren't that important to you it looks a good deal.Personally if I was paying the price of the Sony I'd want a better processor and graphics and Full HD screen - but then you probably couldn't buy a Sony at that price...

Cheers to Mazza and yourself. I understand what you mean by wanting better specs for the price (all though they are not bad specs?) But is Sony Vaio as a brand much better than others out there?
#20
sony vaio is overprice brand, sony has no experience with manufacturing laptop as compaq/hp, ibm/lenovo or toshiba however sony laptops are very good looking - ideal for girls:)
#21
shawty1984

Cheers to Mazza and yourself. I understand what you mean by wanting better specs for the price (all though they are not bad specs?) But is Sony Vaio as a brand much better than others out there?


Much better than Acer. I had my new £460 Vaio FW series with my old Acer 5xxx gemstone laptop side by side, you can tell immediately from the screen quality, the plastics, the keyboard that the sony trumps the acer. Both models were released around the same time.
#22
this deal, the cpu seems great but the rest of the specs lets this machine down
#23
i bought an acer aspire 5740 with I3 processor for £470 from tesco direct and £12 cashback from quidco also double tesco points, so it was cheaper for me than the one above.
#24
Good machine. Rubbish x768 resolution screen.
#25
"sony has no experience with manufacturing laptop"

Surely not right?

My ancient VIAO was the only laptop available under £1,000 many years ago.
#26
jackhandy
"sony has no experience with manufacturing laptop"

Surely not right?

My ancient VIAO was the only laptop available under £1,000 many years ago.


the quote is out of the context

I said: "sony has no experience as compaq, ibm, toshiba" which is IMHO right, as far as I remember sony has entered PC market in late nineties
#27
crosswski
I said: "sony has no experience as compaq, ibm, toshiba" which is IMHO right, as far as I remember sony has entered PC market in late nineties


So what? Apple entered mobile phone market in the late 00s.
#28
z00h
crosswski
I said: "sony has no experience as compaq, ibm, toshiba" which is IMHO right, as far as I remember sony has entered PC market in late nineties


So what? Apple entered mobile phone market in the late 00s.


apple has begun touchscreen smart phone era so we may call him the pioneer, as you know iphone is not only a mobile so you can't really compare iphone 3gs with nokia 3210 and recent iphone4 antena problem proves that apple don't have mobile phones experience however I agree that experience/long presence on the market is not the only key to success
#29
AMO1980
Good machine. Rubbish x768 resolution screen.


nothing wrong with the resolution, or are you a hurr durr hd junkie imbecile?
#30
Think what he was trying to say is,

They aren't very good brands for numerous reasons, Sony's main reason overheating! I would buy a samsung/dell machine with the same spec anyday.
#31
Back to this laptop, you can get a upgraded version of this laptop which imo is better value with a dedicated graphics card (plays crysis on low settings at an average of 56fps - RADEON HD 5470) plus a extra gig of ram for an extra £50.

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/acer-5553g-black-06282363-pdt.html?srcid=867&xtor=AL-50

i have this laptop and i must say i am impressed as of far, played mass effect on high settings, fifa 11 on high settings, counter strike source on high settings and of course games like counter strike run easily. Blu ray 1080p films run fine on Media Player Classic with all the right codecs!

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