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Sony VAIO VGN-CS230J/Q

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Sony VAIO VGN-CS230J/QNotebook: Sony VAIO VGN-CS230J/Q (Vaio VGN-CS Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 14.1 inch, , 1280x800 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.6kg
Price: 900 euro
Average Score: 40% - bad
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

Reviews for the Sony VAIO VGN-CS230J/Q

40% Sony VAIO VGN-CS230J/Q 14.1-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
May 23 2009 - Sony's VAIO CS series laptops have the advantage of being more portable over most of their competitors thanks to the use of the 14.1-inch LCD panel. While performance is quite strong in the CS230J models and it has a decent price around $1000, it is possible to get better equipped 15-inch laptops for roughly the same price. This makes the laptops only real selling point its portability and the Sony name.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/22/2009
Rating: Total score: 40%

Comment

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


P8600:

Fast but still not overpriced dual core CPU. For most games and multimedia applications sufficient and due to the 25W TDP even for smaller notebooks useable.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


14.1": 14 inch display size is a mixture between the small formats of subnotebooks and the 15 inch standard display. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.6 kg: This notebook is lighter than the average of all notebooks. It is too heavy for sub-notebooks. 14 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


Sony: Sony Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Japan. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video game consoles, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its name is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound. The company was founded 1946 with another name and renamed in 1958. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its five operating segments—electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music), financial services and other. Sony is a notebook manufacturer of medium size according international market shares.

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40%: This average evaluation is exceptionally bad. There exist hardly any laptops, which are rated so negative.


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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-06- 2 (Update: 2012-05-26)