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Sony Vaio C Series 14" SandyBridge (Gen2) Core i5-2410M 2.30GHz 4GB 320GB USB 3.0 Radeon HD 6470M Windows 7 Premium HDMI Laptop £584.99 @ BestBuy
Sony Vaio C Series 14" SandyBridge (Gen2) Core i5-2410M 2.30GHz 4GB 320GB USB 3.0 Radeon HD 6470M Windows 7 Premium HDMI Laptop £584.99 @ BestBuy

Sony Vaio C Series 14" SandyBridge (Gen2) Core i5-2410M 2.30GHz 4GB 320GB USB 3.0 Radeon HD 6470M Windows 7 Premium HDMI Laptop £584.99 @ BestBuy

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Ladies & Gentlemen

Here we have Sony's new range of 14" C Series Laptops based on the new recently released Core i5 2nd Gen CPUs. Available in 5 different colours (Black, Orange, White, Green and Pink)

Showing on the website @ £649.00, however using code LAPTOP10 you can get this down to £584.99.

There's a further 8% quidco (around £39.00) to be had as well which brings it down to £545.99 if quidco tracks.

Not a bad price at all for a laptop that brings you a core i5 processor that supports turbo boost up to 2.9ghz, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB HDD, Built in dedicated graphics card, USB 3.0 support, HDMI, and a 1.3M built in webcam.

As usual comes in typical sonystyle funky colours. ( I chose to go for the white one myself!)

FREE DELIVERY included too (next working day)

Not a bad deal I reckon.

Specs taken from Saveonlaptops website.

Processor Intel® Core™ i5-2410M Dual Core (2.3GHz, Intel Sandy Bridge Architecture, 3MB Cache, Intel Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz)
Screen 14" (Sony Vaio Display, LED Backlit, 1366x768 HD Resolution)
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
RAM 4GB (DDR3 1333MHZ)
Hard Drive 320GB
Optical Drive DVD Rewriter (Records DVDs 8x & CDs 24x & Dual Layer Super Multi)
Graphics Dedicated (AMD Radeon HD 6470M with 512MB Dedicated RAM)
Wireless LAN Wireless (802.11b/g/n Wireless)
Network Card 10/100/1000 Gigabit Fast Ethernet
Integrated Webcam Integrated Webcam with Microphone
Card Reader 2-in-1 card reader ( SD, MS )
USB Ports 3x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 Port
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR included
Speakers Integrated Stereo Speakers
VGA Port 1 External VGA Port
Kensington Lock Kensington lock slot
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
HDMI 1x HDMI Port
Battery Life 3-4 Hours (up to 4 hours with power management)
Weight 2-3 Kg (This Model 2.39 Kg)

I'm not certain about the warranty period, sony themselves are offering 2 years warranty on their website, I've seen 2 years on a few other sites, however some are saying 1 year. Will clarify once I receive it.

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good deal, just a shame you can't customise it for the higher res screen. so tempted

Original Poster

centaurandrew

good deal, just a shame you can't customise it for the higher res screen. … good deal, just a shame you can't customise it for the higher res screen. so tempted



Yea I know. I was tempted to order it from Sony directly but price jumps up way too much and you don't get quidco with it either (according to t & c's of sony cashback)

But for this price, hopefully a 2 year warranty and spec I can live without the extra resolution

Quidco tracked as well



Nice find. The graphics are still decent but not much better than the Nvidia 9600m GT laptop I got nearly two years ago:
videocardbenchmark.net/hig…tml

Rest of the specs are nice, more memory than most people will use, DDR3 as you expect these days, decent battery life for a desktop replacement, nice resolution for the screen size. Two year warranty is nothing to spit at, and it's good to see 64bit Windows built in (my laptop only came with 32bit, despite 4gb RAM which doesn't make much sense, so had to grab a 64bit disc).
Edited by: "RJK3" 26th May 2011

not as good as an ithing (_;)

Flombard

not as good as an ithing (_;)



No jokes in this thread please

Original Poster

Flombard

not as good as an ithing (_;)



Cheaper, faster and better specifications than an "ithing".
Also doesn't come with Steve Jobs holding the reigns to it either!

Each to their own anyway

randyg

Yea I know. I was tempted to order it from Sony directly but price jumps … Yea I know. I was tempted to order it from Sony directly but price jumps up way too much and you don't get quidco with it either (according to t & c's of sony cashback)But for this price, hopefully a 2 year warranty and spec I can live without the extra resolution :)Quidco tracked as well




What colour did you go for?

Original Poster

I went for the white one. It took me the better part of an hour to decide lol. I actually ordered the green one first and the ended up cancelling it afterwards.

Worth noting, don't expect to see USB 3.0 in standard macbooks till NEXT year.

Edit:

Macbook pro's still dont have USB 3.0. So it looks like it might be awhile yet for apple to catch up - funny though, it takes the same amount of space as usb 2.0, and is backwards compatible.
Edited by: "DarrylJohn" 26th May 2011

Flombard

not as good as an ithing (_;)




I do think this was a joke guys!

It must have been, I compared the macbook pro to this and even at HUKD prices it was £829.99 for similar spec.

Original Poster

On a side note one could always run Mac OSx in a virtual machine on this if they really need that OS..

Plenty of ram/cpu to do the job. Virtualbox or VMWare should work. Don't hold me to that though lol.

DarrylJohn

Macbook pro's still dont have USB 3.0. So it looks like it might be … Macbook pro's still dont have USB 3.0. So it looks like it might be awhile yet for apple to catch up - funny though, it takes the same amount of space as usb 2.0, and is backwards compatible.


USB 3.0 currently requires more space as it is not yet integrated into the main system chipset so you have to add a separate USB 3.0 controller chip.
With Apple being very focussed on small form factors it does limit what they can do in some situations. Although in this case maybe they felt Thunderbolt is what they want to push so they will wait until next year for USB 3.0 by which time it will be integrated into the system chipsets so they then get it for free; both space and price wise.

I can't understand how poor in general bestbuys laptop prices are. Their gaming laptop deals int he states are legendary. Here, you get the usual rip off britain.

sorry to hijack the thread but before i post my own can someone confirm Dell i5-2500 3.3ghz, Windows 7 professional 64bit SP1, 23" wide LED monitor 1920x1080, 4gb ram, 1tb HD, 1gb ati hd 5440 graphics for £360 delivered is a good deal?

Edited by: "Shimmasok" 26th May 2011

Shimmasok

sorry to hijack the thread but before i post my own can someone confirm … sorry to hijack the thread but before i post my own can someone confirm Dell i5-2500 3.3ghz, Windows 7 professional 64bit SP1, 23" wide LED monitor 1920x1080, 4gb ram, 1tb HD for £360 delivered is a good deal?


Absolutely. Don't forget the £30 Quidco as well.
Edited by: "Agharta" 26th May 2011

Original Poster

Shimmasok

sorry to hijack the thread but before i post my own can someone confirm … sorry to hijack the thread but before i post my own can someone confirm Dell i5-2500 3.3ghz, Windows 7 professional 64bit SP1, 23" wide LED monitor 1920x1080, 4gb ram, 1tb HD, 1gb ati hd 5440 graphics for £360 delivered is a good deal?



Doesn't sound too bad tbh especially with the LED Monitor and the dedicated graphics card

Shimmasok

sorry to hijack the thread but before i post my own can someone confirm … sorry to hijack the thread but before i post my own can someone confirm Dell i5-2500 3.3ghz, Windows 7 professional 64bit SP1, 23" wide LED monitor 1920x1080, 4gb ram, 1tb HD, 1gb ati hd 5440 graphics for £360 delivered is a good deal?



I'd say it's a cracking buy! Post it up...

The screen on this laptop is shocking. As are the speakers. Sony have messed up with it I think. Resolution is fine for a 14" screen. But it's brightness is poor.

good price, but i would want something with HDMI out to have blueray too

And Sony have not made the CB model available in Europe...grrr!

RJK3

Nice find. The graphics are still decent but not much better than the … Nice find. The graphics are still decent but not much better than the Nvidia 9600m GT laptop I got nearly two years ago:http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.htmlRest of the specs are nice, more memory than most people will use, DDR3 as you expect these days, decent battery life for a desktop replacement, nice resolution for the screen size. Two year warranty is nothing to spit at, and it's good to see 64bit Windows built in (my laptop only came with 32bit, despite 4gb RAM which doesn't make much sense, so had to grab a 64bit disc).


nice resolution for the screen size? it literally couldn't be worse

pKaTz

good price, but i would want something with HDMI out to have blueray too


I think a huge amount of people want hdmi out nowadays, but only a small number want blu-ray, especially when a blu-ray drive would bump up the price by around £40 and having hdmi out shouldn't really make much of a difference.

Agharta

Absolutely. Don't forget the £30 Quidco as well.


That deal has already expired which isn’t a surprise as it was clearly a misprice.
I managed to order 2 for my parents using the £30 off voucher so got it even cheaper and went via TCB for an extra 10% excluding VAT.
Just hope they honour it as it’s a much better deal than the other systems I was getting for my parents.

looks like a great deal! nice work OP for finding this. HOT!

MIDURIX

nice resolution for the screen size? it literally couldn't be worse



its a 14" screen, full HD would be out the window, it would only be able to go upto 1680x1050 at that size, but even then it would be pretty small. It is a good priced laptop to be fair.

MIDURIX

nice resolution for the screen size? it literally couldn't be worse



Untrue. IMO 1366x768 would be a good resolution for that size, will look quite sharp. Some 14" laptops have lower resolution (1280x720/1280x800), others can be 1440 X 900 which might make everything too small.

I've got a 12" netbook with 1366x768 which works quite well, as you'll be closer to it than on a desktop machine, and by comparison many 15.6" laptops have the same resolution.

centaurandrew

I do think this was a joke guys!It must have been, I compared the macbook … I do think this was a joke guys!It must have been, I compared the macbook pro to this and even at HUKD prices it was £829.99 for similar spec.



1. Oh dear some people take this Apple thing so seriously.
2. Yes, but it would have a small i in front of it- that has to be worth a few hundred quid. I'm rebranding as iflombard
Edited by: "Flombard" 26th May 2011

Bought this the other day from Sony Style for 599. I got the green one

If anyone is going to try to hackintosh it i installed Snow Leopard after some fiddling but had trouble with the wifi and ethernet drivers so couldn't get them to work oO

Original Poster

Shino

Bought this the other day from Sony Style for 599. I got the green one Bought this the other day from Sony Style for 599. I got the green one If anyone is going to try to hackintosh it i installed Snow Leopard after some fiddling but had trouble with the wifi and ethernet drivers so couldn't get them to work oO



How did you manage to get it that cheap direct from sony? Was it a promo code or customised version?

randyg

How did you manage to get it that cheap direct from sony? Was it a promo … How did you manage to get it that cheap direct from sony? Was it a promo code or customised version?




Direct from sony, either visit the store all the prices should be 599.99 or go on the site

sony.co.uk/pro…ies

Select your store and all prices should show crossed out "£749.99" and "£599.99 * Incl Vat" next to it

Shino

Direct from sony, either visit the store all the prices should be 599.99 … Direct from sony, either visit the store all the prices should be 599.99 or go on the site http://www.sony.co.uk/product/vn-c-seriesSelect your store and all prices should show crossed out "£749.99" and "£599.99 * Incl Vat" next to it



price comes to £654.99 (UK) not £599

I bought a Vaio E series with a high res screen, the thing was very difficult to use, the writing was way too small. I am surprised about the uptake of this model, I found it terrible when I bought mine.

Original Poster

aircanman

I bought a Vaio E series with a high res screen, the thing was very … I bought a Vaio E series with a high res screen, the thing was very difficult to use, the writing was way too small. I am surprised about the uptake of this model, I found it terrible when I bought mine.



This is a different range and the screens are different I believe. This one is a LED backlit one which is better. For a screen this size 1366x768 is perfect, any bigger and it would be too small i reckon.

Could any one provide a legitimate reason not to get this?

Currently weighing it up and can't really find any cons for the price.

I will buy if recommended.

randyg

This is a different range and the screens are different I believe. This … This is a different range and the screens are different I believe. This one is a LED backlit one which is better. For a screen this size 1366x768 is perfect, any bigger and it would be too small i reckon.



I know the E series is different, I was explaining the resolution differences for people saying they wanted a higher res screen.

This laptop screen is no where near as good as it needs to be, very dull and the colour is poor. Plus if you want to use it for music, again it is poor because the speakers are BAD!

Original Poster

Are you referring to the C Series or the E series?

I know the E series is different, I was explaining the resolution … I know the E series is different, I was explaining the resolution differences for people saying they wanted a higher res screen. This laptop screen is no where near as good as it needs to be, very dull and the colour is poor. Plus if you want to use it for music, again it is poor because the speakers are BAD!


hazeyhaze2

price comes to £654.99 (UK) not £599



They probably have different offers at each store, try Manchester Sony Center (M4 3AQ)
Heres some proof if you dont believe me
http://i55.tinypic.com/4gpcx.png
http://i51.tinypic.com/2yp0q6f.jpg
http://i56.tinypic.com/30c7hmu.jpg

RJK3

Untrue. IMO 1366x768 would be a good resolution for that size, will look … Untrue. IMO 1366x768 would be a good resolution for that size, will look quite sharp. Some 14" laptops have lower resolution (1280x720/1280x800), others can be 1440 X 900 which might make everything too small.I've got a 12" netbook with 1366x768 which works quite well, as you'll be closer to it than on a desktop machine, and by comparison many 15.6" laptops have the same resolution.


ok, so I should have said that it is almost couldn't be worse 1366 x 768 is pretty much the same as 1280 x 800 when you times it out. My point is that it is not a "nice" resolution for the size as originally stated it that is the absolute bog standard res.

MIDURIX

ok, so I should have said that it is almost couldn't be worse 1366 x 768 … ok, so I should have said that it is almost couldn't be worse 1366 x 768 is pretty much the same as 1280 x 800 when you times it out. My point is that it is not a "nice" resolution for the size as originally stated it that is the absolute bog standard res.


when they say its nice for the size, you should read it as the size is nice for the resolution.
then there can be worse

Original Poster

Loso

Could any one provide a legitimate reason not to get this?Currently … Could any one provide a legitimate reason not to get this?Currently weighing it up and can't really find any cons for the price.I will buy if recommended.



Buy It! Mines arriving tomorrow
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