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    Hi, i'm not particularly pc minded so wondered if someone could have a look at this and tell me if its a good deal for £549, thanks in advance.

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    Operating System:
    Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
    Architecture:
    Chipset: Mobile Intel 945GM Express Chipset
    CPU Section:
    Microprocessor Full Name: Intel Core Duo Processor T2250, Supports Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
    Microprocessor Manufacturer: Intel
    Microprocessor Speed (GHz): 1.73
    Number of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache (KB): 2048
    Frontside Bus (MHz): 533
    Memory:
    Memory Speed (MHz): 533
    Memory Type: DDR2 SDRAM (2x512MB)
    Max. Memory (MB): 2048
    Memory Size (MB): 1024
    Hard Disk Drive:
    Hard Drive Capacity (GB): 120
    Hard Drive Type: Serial ATA
    Hard Drive speed (rpm): 5400
    Optical Drive:
    Optical Drive Type: DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM
    Optical Drive Fitting: Built-in
    Optical Drive Speed Read: CD x24, CD-R x24, CD-RW x24, DVD x8, DVD-R DL x6, DVD-R x8, DVD-RW x6, DVD+R DL x6, DVD+R x8, DVD+RW x8, DVD-RAM x5
    Optical Drive Speed Write: CD-R x24, CD-RW x16, DVD-R DL x4, DVD-R x8, DVD-RW x6, DVD+R DL x4, DVD+R x8, DVD+RW x8 , DVD-RAM x5
    Display:
    Display Type: X-black LCD
    Diagonal Size: 15.4"
    Resolution Format: 1280 x 800
    Resolution Type: WXGA
    Graphics:
    Graphic Card Full Name: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
    Producer: Intel
    Interfaces:
    4 Pin i.LINK (IEEE1394), 400 Mbps: 1
    DC in: 1
    Memory Stick Slot: 1
    Memory Stick Slot Type: Memory Stick Std / Duo, Memory Stick PRO Std / Duo, high speed data transfer
    SD Card Slot: 1
    Audio out: 1
    Audio out Type: Stereo Headphones/Speakers Jack
    Microphone Jack: 1
    RJ-11 Direct Port (Modem): 1
    RJ-45 Direct Port (Network): 1
    USB Speed: High/Full/Low
    USB Ports: 2
    VGA Connector for Monitor: 1
    Express Card Slot: 1
    Express Card Type: 34mm
    Battery:
    Battery Type: Lithium-Ion battery (VGP-BPS2A/S)
    Connectivity:
    Built-in Modem: V92/V.90
    Integrated Wireless LAN: Yes
    Wireless LAN Max. Date Rate (Mbps): 54
    Wireless LAN Range (m): max. 100
    Wireless LAN Type: 802.11b/g
    Ethernet network: 100 BASE-TX/10 BASE-T
    Multimedia
    Intel High Definition Audio compatible: Yes
    Built-in Stereo Speakers: Yes
    3D Surround:Yes
    Windows Sound System Compatible: Yes
    Features:
    Special Buttons: Power button, Wireless switch, Short-cut Keys (S1 & S2) , Mute, Volume Control
    Auto Resolution: Plug and Display
    Kensington Lock: Yes
    Software:
    Audio: SonicStageCP 4.2
    Video & TV: DVgate Plus 2.3, WinDVD 8.0 for VAIO
    Photo: Google Picasa
    CD-DVD Burning: Easy Media creator 9, Click to DVD 2.6
    Office Application: Adobe Reader 8.0, Microsoft Works 8.5, Microsoft Office 2003 STT (Try & Buy)
    Security & Other: Norton Internet Security 2007 (with 90 days free virus update),), VAIO Recovery Utility 2.6 - HDD recovery (hidden partition), Skype, Google software package
    Dimensions:
    Depth Main Unit (mm): 264.5
    Height Main Unit (min - max in mm): 29-38.9
    Width Main Unit (mm): 364
    Weight with Supplied Battery and Supplied Drive (kg): 3
    Supplied Accessories:
    AC Adaptor: Yes
    Battery: Yes
    Power Cord: Yes

    6 Comments

    I've heard bad things about sony laptops: terrible support, overheating issues (remember the sony battery problem) and expensive hardware. If I were you I'd go for ]this dell for £411 (downgrade the support), it's near enough the same specs, plus you can upgrade as you like and still save a lot of money (I'd recommend upgrading the graphics card):

    BASE Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core T2080 Processor (1.73GHz,533MHz,1MB L2 c … BASE Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core T2080 Processor (1.73GHz,533MHz,1MB L2 cache)OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista™ Business - EnglishHARDWARE SUPPORT Collect & Return, 1 Year Service onlyLCD 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) DisplayMEMORY 1024MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x512] HARD DRIVE 120GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard DriveGRAPHICS CARD Intel® Media Accelerator 950 Graphics Up to 256MB shared graphics memoryOPTICAL DRIVE Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including softwarePRIMARY BATTERY 6 cell Lithium-Ion Battery (53 Whr)AccessoriesWIRELESS CONNECTIVITY Dell™ Wireless 1390 802.11b/g Mini-PCI Card (for Dual-Core Processors)



    There's also ]this one, which costs £539 and is much better than the sony you mentioned:


    BASE Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5300 Processor (1.73GHz,533MHz,2MB L2 ca … BASE Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5300 Processor (1.73GHz,533MHz,2MB L2 cache)OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium - EnglishHARDWARE SUPPORT Collect & Return, 1 Year Service onlyLCD 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) DisplayMEMORY 1024MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x512] HARD DRIVE 120GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard DriveGRAPHICS CARD 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 7300 TurboCache™OPTICAL DRIVE Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including softwarePRIMARY BATTERY 6 cell Lithium-Ion Battery (53 Whr)WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini-PCI Card (for Core 2 Duo Processors)

    It's OK..but has the old dual core CPU not a Core 2...keep you're eyes on here tomorrow for the new Dell deals..maybe something for you.

    Not a bad price for a Sony, they do tend to be more expensive. They also tend to be smaller lighter and prettier. So whether you want a Sony or not depends on if they are qualities you prize in a Laptop, if yes then it's a good deal otherwise you will get a better specification for the same price elsewhere.

    sk1 is kinda right and kinda wrong about Sony. Sony did have massive problems with batteries which overwhelmed their support and caused many problems including overheating. However all the suspect batteries have been recalled so this is no longer an issue. Despite that particular problem Sony are generally regarded as being pretty good support wise and are market leaders for laptop batteries. They actually make batteries for many other laptop brands including Dell, so to say Sony's had an overheating issue then suggest Dells are better is nonsense.

    My personal preference for laptop brands are as follows:

    If you want a top quality laptop you should be looking at: Toshiba, Sony, Asus, Fujitsu, Rock etc.

    If you want a good value laptop you should be looking at: Acer, MSI, Evesham, Mesh, Dell etc.

    Also currychops is spot on, the newer processors are better, but they'll cost you a few £ more.

    Hope that helps

    Original Poster

    thanks a lot for all the responses, been a big help

    What about HP im thinking of getting the 6330 off the hp.co.uk site...any advice appreciated

    Used to sell HP's when I worked for Dixons group, they're not particularly great and aimed at your average PC World punter who generally doesn't know any better. They do make good printers however.

    For that sort of money I'd rather have one of these: ]http//ww…asp well worth it for the extra years warranty, let alone the better processor, DirectX10 graphics chip etc.
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