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SONY Vaio VGN-NR38E 1.8 dual core, 2gb ram, 160gb hard drive £399.00

£399.00 @ Testing
* Screen size: 15 inches * Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core * Memory (RAM): 2048 MB * Storage (hard drive): 160 GB * Operating system: Windows Vista Home Premium
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* Screen size: 15 inches
* Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core
* Memory (RAM): 2048 MB
* Storage (hard drive): 160 GB
* Operating system: Windows Vista Home Premium
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#1
Seems like a good deal, although the 1.8Ghz processor looks on the skimpy side for £399. What are other people's thoughts? I'm not too much of an expert on laptops and what is good value...
#2
The CPU is a tad on the skimpy side, but Vaios are quality laptops, and usually quite small and aesthetically good looking. So I'd say this is a hot deal.
#3
Yes its an old processor bus with 533 Mhz speed.
#4
It's an old laptop, hence the old 1.8GHz processor, although for most uses (i.e. non-intensive) you won't notice a difference and it is still dual core. This isn't a gaming laptop anyway as it only has integrated graphics.
#5
massmail666
Woo hoooo nearly 70 and going to be on the homepage!


... or not. :whistling:
#6
Hmm, £399 for a normal laptop lacking in graphics and CPU power... I'm not quite sure if this can be considered a hot deal, although I don't doubt that it is cheap for a Vaio.
banned#7
not 15.4 widescreen
#8
Poor spec in my opinion.

Pentium Dual Core - Poor DC processor. C2D is 40% faster and more efficient.

2gb RAM, pretty minimum now. Most are coming with 3GB or 4GB.

Paying more for the name.
#9
Average spec for the price. You're really paying for the Sony name.

It does look very attractive, though.
#10
You are paying for the name... would rather spend 400 quid on a dell and get loads more...
#11
Wambozee
not 15.4 widescreen


If it really is 15" - then that would be an advantage IMO - I'm sick of seeing only widescreen laptops available these days. If all you want to do is play DVDs then fine - but for me laptops are required to do real work eg spreadsheets etc. And widescreen is **** for real work!

Unfortunately I think you'll find it is a widescreen 15.4" display - Comet are known for errors in their descriptions
#12
Another £50 gets you a core 2 Sony
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/235267/sony-vaio-n38z-notebook-intel-core-
It's marked as expired but still available and if you go through the second link SVP you can save on postage.
#13
Costco is doing a sony vaio starting 15-09-2008 for 446.49 including vat:

VGN-NR38S/S

intel core 2 duo T5750 Processor 2.0 Ghz
2048 MB RAM
250 GB hard drive
15.4 TFT
128 MB dedicated graphics
Vista Home Premium
2 year warranty
#14
glad i got out of this world of spec battles when i bought a mac.

oh how i'm gonna get ribbed for saying that, but had to be done.
suspended#15
Cheaper than TescoDirect ................
#16
poor cpu
#17
To heavy lives on its name :whistling:
#18
mikecool
glad i got out of this world of spec battles when i bought a mac.

oh how i'm gonna get ribbed for saying that, but had to be done.


And how you paid the premium for it.
#19
If you look at the Q1/Q208 Intel roadmap you'll see the 2390 (SLA4H) is not old at all - in fact quite the contrary, it's reasonably new albeit it's a 65nm production. Sure there is more powerful chips but it's simply a budget dual-core processor produced for the OEM's (hence why it has no retail part code) and has a smaller shared L2 cache and fewer power management features than Core 2 Duo. Pentium Dual-Core isn't considered part of the Centrino platform but it doesn't mean it's a bad processor.

For this as a deal - I'd say there are very likey better deals to be had than this. As has been said - paying for the brand.
#20
Ohhhhh sony Vaio ur sooo braw
HOT
#21
massmail666
intresting how do u know this? also how do i buy from costco?

thanks for the tip

It's in our little passport of savings book we just got from Costco , massmail666....shows what deals they're gonna have for the next few months and that vaio is £50 off ....You have to pay to shop at Costco, so if you're not already a member, see if you have a friend who is. We got our membership as a gift, so I couldnt even tell you how much it costs to join
#23
massmail666
and build quality

In my experience the build quality is much less than that of HP and Dell.
#24
Adamo
In my experience the build quality is much less than that of HP and Dell.
Agree with you as there is an element of truth in that albeit it is model and ODM dependent for the most part.

Might surprise you to know that, with no exceptions, no HP employee ever touches any HP laptop during manufacturing. They are designed by HP, then ODM'd by the Compals and Quantas and Hon Hais of the world, then either shipped to channel distribution or sent for final assembly in Eastern Europe etc before channel distribution.

Most Tier 1s are identical in that process.
#25
Stephen, I just love these titbits of insider information you give us from time to time.

Cheers.
Paul.
#27
Thank you for share the deal.

But I do not think this is hot deal.

The laptop comes with Shared graphics which means for office and home (WEB) only. not for game at all. It will shared the memory with system and not good performance.

Only DVD drive NOT DVD REWRITABLE.
NO RJ45 SOKECT NO LAN

and only 2 houres bettery life. at least 2.5 houres bettery life.
1 Like #28
PaulPoole
Stephen, I just love these titbits of insider information you give us from time to time.

Cheers.
Paul.

:thumbsup::thumbsup: You'll like this then. This is the big five with their overall ODM share and who they make for so hopefully people get my point when the "build quality" argument comes in and they realise it's the same people/factories doing the "build quality". Particularly so since, of course, HP., Dell, Apple, Acer, Lenovo et al don't make Intel/AMD CPUs, chipsets, memory, graphics chips, hard drives, operating systems etc.

Ah the wonderful world of volume hardware manufacturing.

1 Quanta 31% HP, Dell, Apple, Acer, Lenovo
2 Compal 24% HP, Dell, Acer, Toshiba, Lenovo
3 Wistron 16% Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, FSC
4 Inventec 11% HP, Toshiba, FSC, Acer
5 Pegatron 8% Asustek, Toshiba, Dell

And it's even more surprising for TFT monitors by the way ;-)... where LG rules the roost
#29
stephenc
:thumbsup::thumbsup: You'll like this then. This is the big five with their overall ODM share and who they make for so hopefully people get my point when the "build quality" argument comes in and they realise it's the same people/factories doing the "build quality". Particularly so since, of course, HP., Dell, Apple, Acer, Lenovo et al don't make Intel/AMD CPUs, chipsets, memory, graphics chips, hard drives, operating systems etc.

Ah the wonderful world of volume hardware manufacturing.

1 Quanta 31% HP, Dell, Apple, Acer, Lenovo
2 Compal 24% HP, Dell, Acer, Toshiba, Lenovo
3 Wistron 16% Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, FSC
4 Inventec 11% HP, Toshiba, FSC, Acer
5 Pegatron 8% Asustek, Toshiba, Dell

And it's even more surprising for TFT monitors by the way ;-)... where LG rules the roost


i think you need some rep for that mate, where does sony come into in this list?
#30
winkingw
Thank you for share the deal.

But I do not think this is hot deal.

The laptop comes with Shared graphics which means for office and home (WEB) only. not for game at all. It will shared the memory with system and not good performance.

Only DVD drive NOT DVD REWRITABLE.
NO RJ45 SOKECT NO LAN

and only 2 houres bettery life. at least 2.5 houres bettery life.

:oops:You might wanna go back and check the specs again. Its a dual layer DVDRW and of course it has a ethernet port???

Re onboard graphics - Sure it does have them but if you want if for office and web work and basic gaming (not crysis, COD4 or Bioshock etc) then it will be okay. specifically it not being a gaming laptop is no reason to make it not a deal.
#31
Which is better - this one or the NR32 from Play.com? Thanks to all
#32
Sagor
i think you need some rep for that mate, where does sony come into in this list?
It's a bit of a country thing. Japan/China based notebook brands, rather than the Taiwan ones, like your NECs, Tosh, Sonys, Fujitsu etc still maintain some in-house notebook manufacturing. It's range and model dependant though so hard to say for this specific NR/38 version. I understand that it's Hon-Hai (Foxconn to the man in the street) who do the low end stuff for them now they've decided to keep doing ODM/OEM work and not to merge with Qaunta and they (Hon Hai) have just bought $17m worth of manufacturing kit from Sony Manufacturing)

Sony monitors are mainly CPT (Chunghwa)
#33
epwaxman
Which is better - this one or the NR32 from Play.com? Thanks to all

Hi - Both models are identical from within the NR range with only three minor differences.

NR32 has slighlty slower processor (1.73 against 1.86) and MemoryStick Duo Slot but has bigger hard drive (200 versus 160).

NR38 has slighlty faster processor (1.86 against 1.73) and MemoryStick Pro Duo Slot but has smaller hard drive (160 versus 200).

If you want a faster processor buy the 38
If you want the extra 40gb storage buy the 32
#34
weiran
It's an old laptop, hence the old 1.8GHz processor..


I wouldn't say this is an old laptop as Sony still sell this model on their website.
#35
Wambozee
not 15.4 widescreen


obviously the screen is 15.4"
#36
bilbob
You are paying for the name... would rather spend 400 quid on a dell and get loads more...


Dell over Sony? lol
#37
hey, i just got one of these this morning, it has a amazing graphics card, decent screen size, i might get the processor updates and the memory too, i know it is a notebook but the memory isnt right for me, the trackpad is amazing haha. using it makes life easyer aswell, it has alot of shortcuts and easy settings, i am a big fan of vista so that is good, decent ram, might get it updates to 4gig before i put it onto a 2terrabyte server im going to make, i might have to update the procesor before i do that aswell haha,
anyway, it is a amazing laptop and for the price it is freeking brilliant
#38
Adamo;2874436
In my experience the build quality is much less than that of HP and Dell.


Oh please dont buy a HP - the amount of rubbish that comes installed on those things, you need to format the whole thing and reinstall windows, or ay the very least run PC Decrapifier. Why to some manufacturers insist on loading their hardware with all those rubbish trials, as soon as you boot the thing all those services and nonsense running in the background slow the shiny new machine to a drivelling mush. [/rant]

Built quality wise, Sonys are better designed, but that said youd be better paying a bit more for a better spec IMHO.

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