Sony Vaio VGN-AR Series

Sony Vaio VGN-AR71JProcessor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5450, Intel Core 2 Duo T7100, Intel Core 2 Duo T7200, Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, Intel Core 2 Duo T7300, Intel Core 2 Duo T7700, Intel Core 2 Duo T8100, Intel Core 2 Duo T8300, Intel Core 2 Duo T9300, Intel Core Duo T2400, Intel Core Duo T2500, Intel Pentium Dual Core T2370
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT, NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600
Display: 17.0 inch, 17.1 inch
Weight: 3.8kg, 3.9kg, 4.1kg
Price: 900, 1100, 1200, 1650, 2200, 2300 euro
Average Score: 79.33% - good
Average of 27 scores (from 39 reviews)
price: 58%, performance: 76%, features: 81%, display: 80%
mobility: 51%, workmanship: 82%, ergonomy: 75%, emissions: 81%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AR190G

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AR190GNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR190G
Processor: Intel Core Duo T2500
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 200 MB
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, pixels
Weight: 4.1kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 76.33% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

79% The Qosmio G35-AV650 and VAIO VGN-AR190G offer HD DVD and Blu-ray, respectively.
Source: PC World English
The first notebooks supporting the next generation of optical media are here, fueling the battle between the two high-definition DVD formats. Sony's $3499 VAIO VGN-AR190G comes with a Blu-ray Disc burner, while Toshiba's $3000 Qosmio G35-AV650 offers an HD DVD drive. Both of these units permit you to watch stunning high-definition movies on their own screens or on a connected HDTV, but we preferred Toshiba's G35-AV650 for its lower price, better ergonomics, and smoother movie-viewing experience. This pricey notebook has a vast screen; plus, its Blu-ray burner lets you write to high-capacity discs and play Blu-ray movies.
umfangreicher Erfahrungsbericht eines Benutzers; online abrufbar

79 von 100
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/25/2006
Rating: Total score: 79%
70% Sony VAIO VGN-AR190G
Source: PC Mag English
The high-definition media struggles are heating up with Sony's launch of its VAIO VGN-AR190G ($3,499.99 direct) laptop. The world's first Blu-ray–equipped laptop, the new VAIO is Sony's answer to Toshiba's HD DVD laptop, the Qosmio G35-AV650. Both laptops are extremely capable Media Center laptops. Both can play HD content, though only the Sony can record it. And both laptops are plagued by the same issues—stuttering playback (it's the software) and a shortage of content. That said, for early adopters looking for the next hot thing—or anyone who is willing to pay a lot to take HD on the road—the AR190G is a sure thing.
eher kurz gehaltener Test; online abrufbar

3.5 von 5, Preis/Leistung teuer, Akkulaufzeit schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/26/2006
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 50%
80% Sony's revamped multimedia flagship is the first notebook to boast Blu-ray disc technology.
Source: Laptop Mag English
Not only is Sony's new VAIO VGN-AR190G Digital Studio the first notebook to feature Blu-ray technology, it's also one of the best equipped multimedia notebooks around. Of course, treating yourself to the latest technology comes at a cost; in this case, you'll pay a whopping $3,499 for the privilege. The 1.3-inch-thick VGN-AR190G is visually stunning in more ways than one. Its sleek-looking glossy black exterior is offset by a silver VAIO logo with matching silver trim and port covers, but it's the 17-inch widescreen display that really catches the eye.
ausführlicher Test mit Geräteaufbau und Testwerten und Bildern; online abrufbar

4 von 5, Preis/Leistung sehr teuer, Leistung zufriedenstellend, Display positiv, Akkulaufzeit schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/16/2006
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% performance: 75% display: 90%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AR11M

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AR11MNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR11M
Processor: Intel Core Duo T2400
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 128 MB
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels
Weight: 3.8kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 98% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

98% Testbericht Sony Vaio AR11M
Source: Notebookforum.at German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/13/2006
Rating: Total score: 98% display: 95% workmanship: 95%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AR21S

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AR21SNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR21S
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7200
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 128 MB
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1920x1200 pixels
Weight: 3.8kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 83.2% - good
Average of 5 scores (from 8 reviews)

 

80% Sony VAIO VGN-AR21S laptop Review
Source: Pocket Lint English
Sony may be best known for its ultraportable notebooks but it isn’t afraid to take a few chances at the other end of the scale, as this 3.8kg desktop replacement can attest to. If you must have a desktop replacement with all the latest bells and whistles in place, and have the money to support your demands, this is a great notebook. True, you’re not interested in its portability, as that’s rather limited, but everything else you want from a high-end notebook is here – enjoy!
eher kurz gehaltener Test; online abrufbar

8 von 10, Preis/Leistung mangelhaft, Leistung sehr gut, Akkulaufzeit zufriedenstellend
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/20/2006
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 50% performance: 90%
90% Dicke aber stylisch - Sony Vaio VGN-AR21S / AR31S
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/03/2007
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 40% performance: 75% features: 70% display: 50% mobility: 50%
82% Edel-Notebooks
Source: PC Professionell German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/05/2007
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 81% features: 87% ergonomy: 91%
Notebooks im Test
Source: PC Games Hardware German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/20/2007
performance: 90%
Sony VAIO AR-21S
Source: AON.at German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/02/2007
Rating: price: 50% performance: 80% features: 90% display: 80% ergonomy: 60%
Sony VGN-AR21S
Source: c't German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/20/2007
Rating: performance: 80% features: 90% display: 70% ergonomy: 70%
84% Sony VAIO VGN-AR21S
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/05/2007
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 81%
80% Erstes Notebook mit Blu-Ray-Brenner
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/20/2006
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 72% features: 91% display: 82% mobility: 50% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 84%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AR590E

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AR590ENotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR590E
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7300
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 512 MB
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1920x1200 pixels
Weight: 3.8kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AR590E (Model)

Average Score: 75% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

70% Sony VAIO VGN-AR590E
Source: PC Mag English
When I think of a laptop that encompasses all things media, the first thing that naturally comes to mind is a media center—the granddaddy of all laptops. Grand in the sense that it carries many of the media capabilities found in a home theater, topped off with the processing power of a desktop. The Sony VAIO VGN-AR590E ($3,299 direct) is no stranger to the media-center motif. After all, it is the first laptop to feature a Blu-ray high-definition disc drive. Its latest venture involves putting in the latest processing parts from Intel to complement the Blu-ray burner. Interestingly enough, Sony also throws in an external ATI Digital Cable tuner that's supposed to bring a cable set-top box experience to your PC, but that feature proved very problematic in our testing. If you're looking for the best Blu-ray experience on a laptop, the Sony VAIO VGN-AR590E is your ticket to HD bliss.
3.5 von 5, Display sehr gut, Preis/Leistung schlecht, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/06/2007
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 40% display: 90% mobility: 80%
80% Sony VAIO VGN-AR590E
Source: Laptop Mag English
Sony's latest big-screen multimedia machine is a high-def delight that justifies its high price with smooth Blu-ray playback, a bundled CableCard-ready TV tuner, and enough oomph for gamers.
When it comes to entertainment, only a few notebooks can touch the VAIO VGN-AR590E, Sony's latest all-in-one high-def dynamo. Featuring Intel's speedy Next Generation Centrino processor, a powerful Nvidia graphics card, a massive 320GB hard drive for storing gobs of photos, music, and video, plus an integrated Blu-ray drive that writes as well as reads, the VGN-AR590E is a worthy desktop replacement for multimedia mavens willing to make the $3,299 splurge.  At 8.4 pounds, this system is a bit heavy but easy to move from room to room. We recommend you place this VAIO where it can be seen when guests drop by. The VGN-AR590E is a model of minimalist elegance, sporting a glossy, piano-black finish highlighted by silver trim.
4 von 5, Leistung sehr gut, Display sehr gut, Preis/Leistung mäßig
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/11/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 90% display: 90%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AR41L

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AR41LNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR41L
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7100
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT 128 MB
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels
Weight: 3.8kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AR41L (Model)

Average Score: 69% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

Sony - Vaio VGN-AR41L review
Source: IT Reviews English
Sony's VGN-AR41L is one of the desktop replacement Vaio laptops and, although it's an imposing size (and, for that matter, weight; 4.6kg with the power brick), it seems to lack the style you get with smaller notebooks in the Vaio line-up. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, the VGN-AR41L isn't going to win any performance awards but it will do all the usual mundane office jobs without any problems.
This is a well-rounded desktop replacement laptop with a good list of features and reasonable performance. However, the placement of the trackpad and mouse buttons in relation to the keyboard is a real source of annoyance, as neither of these is properly accessible while you type.
Ausstattung gut, Leistung zufriedenstellend
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/19/2007
Rating: performance: 70% features: 80%
69% Im Test: Sechs Santa-Rosa-Notebooks
Source: Com! - 10/07 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/24/2007
Rating: Total score: 69% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 80% ergonomy: 50%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AR51MNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7250
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT 256MB MB
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels
Weight: 3.9kg
Price: 1650 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 83.5% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

87% Review Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M Notebook | Notebookcheck
Sony and graphics… Besides a number of fine, small notebooks with LED display and elegant carbon fiber cases, Sony also offers at least one interesting series in the fields of desktop replacement notebooks, the AR models. Though big, these are aesthetically pleasing and score points especially by their bright display. Regarding video performance, Sony forges ahead anyway for a long time.
80% Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M laptop PC
Source: PC Advisor English
The Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M is a good performer that can even turn its hand to gaming. You won't get much more than an hour out of the battery, but given its size and weight you're unlikely to be using it on the move much anyway. The inclusion of a Blu-ray drive is a bonus, but it's a shame the resolution support doesn't allow you to make the most of it.
(von 5): 4, Verarbeitung 4, Ausstattung 4, Preis/Leistung 4
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/24/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
Blu-Ray
Source: e-media - 22/07 German
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 11/30/2007
Rating: display: 90%
87% Test Sony Vaio AR51M Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/08/2007
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 89% display: 95% mobility: 56% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 88% emissions: 81%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AR630E

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AR630ENotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR630E
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7250
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT 512 MB
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1920x1200 pixels
Weight: 3.8kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AR630E (Model)

 

4 Hot Multimedia Notebooks Reviewed
Source: Tom's Guide English
The Sony really impressed us with its combination of features and functions, including its Blu-ray player, and its reasonable price. That is, except for the god-awful control buttons built into the front edge of the keyboard deck. If you buy one of these puppies, spring for and use a wireless mouse and disable the touchpad and its controls. We like the Logitech V450 Laser Cordless mouse because it lets you tuck the USB 2.4 GHz wireless dongle inside the housing when it's not in use (and that action also turns the mouse off, conserving battery life enormously). You can get one for around $40 without too much shopping around. Do so if you glom onto the Sony VAIO VGN-AR630E.
Preis/Leistung gut, Ausstattung gut
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/08/2007
Rating: price: 80% features: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AR51J

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AR51JNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR51J
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7250
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT 256MB MB
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels
Weight: 3.9kg
Price: 1650 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AR51J (Model)

Average Score: 76.25% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)

 

72% Sony VAIO VGN-AR51J
Source: PC Go German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/29/2008
Rating: Total score: 72% features: 80% display: 80% workmanship: 80%
Sony VAIO VGN-AR51J
Source: PC Magazin - 2/08 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/04/2008
Rating: features: 80% display: 80% workmanship: 80%
75% Sony Vaio VGN-AR51J
Source: Connect - 12/07 German
Comparison, , Short, Date: 11/29/2007
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 93% features: 85% mobility: 64% ergonomy: 58%
70% Sony Vaio VGN-AR51J
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/11/2007
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 40% features: 50% display: 30% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 80%
88% Sony VAIO VGN-AR51J
Source: PC Actual Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/12/2008
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AR51E

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AR51ENotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR51E
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7250
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT 256MB MB
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels
Weight: 3.9kg
Price: 1100 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AR51E (Model)

 

Testbericht Sony Vaio AR51E.G4
Source: Notebookforum.at German DE→EN
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/28/2007
Rating: display: 80% workmanship: 50% emissions: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AR730E

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AR730ENotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR730E
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T8100
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels
Weight: 4.1kg
Price: 1200 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AR730E (Model)

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Sony VAIO VGN-AR730E/B Desktop Replacement Notebook
Source: Comp Reviews English
Sony's updated VAIO VGN-AR730E desktop replacement notebook is a good general purpose system. While it certainly isn't the most powerful system available on the market, it has decent base components for just about any task. Those looking at using the system for PC gaming would want to consider other alternatives though.
4 von 5, Display mangelhaft, Leistung schlecht, Mobilität mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/17/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 40% display: 50% mobility: 50%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AR61

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AR61Notebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR61
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5450
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels
Weight: 3.8kg
Price: 900 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AR61 (Model)

Average Score: 77.75% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)

 

70% Sony VAIO VGN-AR61E notebook review
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Sony VAIO VGN-AR61E proves that there is more to making a good multimedia machine than simply matching a big screen with plenty of software. While the build quality is good, the keyboard is something of a mixed blessing. However, we were disappointed with the specification – it is fine if you’re looking for a budget option but it won’t meet the needs of anyone looking to run high-end tasks.
7 von 10, Display gut, Verarbeitung gut, Mobilität mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/04/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% display: 80% mobility: 50% workmanship: 80%
70% Sony VAIO VGN-AR61E
Source: Techradar English
An affordable multimedia offering from Sony. Sony’s VAIO AR-series laptops have long been associated with multimedia use, thanks to big, vibrant screens, feature-packed specifications and cutting edge technology. The VAIO VGN-AR61E (£650 inc. VAT) is an entry-level machine, however, and can’t rival the others here when it comes to cutting-edge features. It has a 17-inch display, which is colourful and bright, but lacking in sharpness. Its resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels is quite low among compared to the competition. Screen quality is bright, but you can’t watch high-definition content at full resolution. In a bid to keep costs down, the Sony uses an nVidia GeForce 8400M GT graphics card. It’s one of the cheaper options, but it still provides adequate performance for most uses, with only the very latest games causing the system to slow.
3.5 von 5, Preis gut, Verarbeitung gut, Ergonomie gut, Display sehr gut, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 40% display: 90% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 80%
91% Tragbares Heimkino
Source: SFT - 5/08 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/30/2008
Rating: Total score: 91% features: 80% display: 95% mobility: 40%
80% Sony Vaio AR61: Blu-ray-Notebook im Exklusivtest
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/05/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 30%
Mobiele thuisbioscoop
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/08/2008
Rating: display: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AR51SU

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AR51SUNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR51SU
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7700
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1920x1200 pixels
Weight: 3.9kg
Price: 2200 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AR51SU (Model)

 

Multimedia total
Source: Notebook / Organizer / Handy - 3-4/08 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/22/2008
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 40%
Sony Vaio VGN-AR51SU
Source: PC World Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/02/2008
performance: 90%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AR61

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AR61Notebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR61
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T8300
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1920x1200 pixels
Weight: 3.9kg
Price: 2300 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AR61 (Model)

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

Sony VAIO VGN-AR61ZU Blu-Ray Laptop
Source: Bios Magazine English

It may be a laptop, but the VGN-AR61ZU (416x299x33mm, 3.9kg) has all the power necessary to edit personal HD video content - before burning your clips onto BD-R/-RE/-ROM/DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM for safekeeping. Whether you are editing in HD or enjoying an HD movie, the massive 17-inch WUXGA (1920x1200) widescreen display gives you every last pixel of 1080p Full HD in brilliant colour with X-black LCD screen enhancement and super-bright double lamp illumination.

Expensive but powerful HD laptop


Preis schlecht, Leistung gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/16/2008
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80%
80% Sony Vaio VGN-AR61ZU review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Sony Vaio VGN-AR61ZU is a very competent desktop-replacement laptop with impressive performance and good entertainment capabilities. Provided you're not planning on moving it too far and you can afford the high asking price it shouldn't disappoint.
(von 5): 4, Preis 3.5, Verarbeitung 4.5, Ausstattung 4.5, Leistung gut
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/28/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
80% Sony VAIO VGN-AR61ZU - Entertainment Notebook
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Despite the chassis being close to three years old, the VAIO VGN-AR61ZU is probably still the best looking, Full HD multimedia notebook on the market. You're also getting a very solid specification with strong performance, making it an ideal replacement for your big, ugly desktop machine. With a digital TV tuner and a Blu-ray drive built-in, you've got your entertainment needs pretty much sewn up. On the down side, the screen isn't quite as good as it could be, with backlight bleed at the bottom and top edges, while black levels could also be better. Also, the woefully disappointing internal speakers are a real issue with machines like Toshiba's Qosmio and the Acer Aspire Gemstone Blue have great internal sound to complement their visual performance. But even with these issues and the annoying placement of the touchpad buttons, the VGN-AR61ZU has a lot to offer the user who wants everything in one box.
(von 10): 8, Ausstattung 8, Leistung 9
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/04/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% features: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AR71ZU

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AR71ZUNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR71ZU
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9300
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1920x1200 pixels
Weight: 3.9kg
Price: 2300 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AR71ZU (Model)

 

Full-HD-Notebooks von Acer, Asus und Sony
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
User Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/08/2008
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 40%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AR71J

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AR71JNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR71J
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core T2370
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
Display: 17.0 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels
Weight: 3.8kg
Price: 900 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AR71J (Model)

Average Score: 70% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

70% Sony VAIO VGN-AR71J review
Source: Techradar English
The Sony AR Series has been in existence for two years, but has been constantly evolving to include the latest features for the entry-level desktop replacement market. The latest iteration is the Sony VAIO VGN-AR71J (£599 inc. VAT), which is a hulking 3.9kg laptop dominated by its 17-inch Super-TFT screen. The Sony VAIO VGN-AR71J is a solid and well-built machine, but the base design is starting to show its age.
3.5 von 5, Display gut, Verarbeitung gut, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/17/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 40% display: 80% workmanship: 80%

 

Comment

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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Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600: The NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 is a middle class video card of the 7000 series and suited for games of the year 2006. The performance is very similar to ATI X1600 / X1700. Compared to the desktop 7600 it is clearly slower.

NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT: The NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT is the DirectX 10 capable successor of the GeForce Go 7600 GT GPU for laptops. Depending on the used graphic memory and the clock speed,  the performance is between the 7600 GT and 7900 GS video card.

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

NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT: NVidia GeForce 8400M GT is the DirectX 10 capable successor of the GeForce Go 7400 for laptops and technologically a slower 8600M GS video card. Not suited for DX 10 games in high details.

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


Intel Core Duo: Double Core processor with a very good relation of performance to current consumption. The 2 MB L2 Cache are used together by the double. The maximum capacity of 31 watts is only 4 watts more than with the Pentium M (predecessor). Both cores are lowered automatically and independently of each other by speed steps down to 1 GHz. In addition it now supports also SSE3 instructions. At least it is just as fast as a equivalent Pentium M. With applications, which were designed for multi-processors, the performance can be nearly twice as fast as with the Pentium M (e.g. CineBench around 86% fast)

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.

T7200: Mid-range (at the time of annoucement) dual core processor based on the Merom core.

T7300: Mid-range (at the time of annoucement) dual core processor based on the Merom core. 

T7100: Entry level to mid-range (at the time of annoucement) dual core processor based on the Merom core.

T7250: Mid-range (at the time of annoucement) dual core processor based on the Merom core.

T8100: Former mid-range Core 2 Duo based on the Penryn core that features FSB800 and VT-x virtualization functions.

T7700: Fastest Merom based Core 2 Duo with 35 Watt. The later Penryn Core 2 Duo are a bit faster at the same clock speed.

T8300: The Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 was at the time of announcement a fast dual-core CPU for laptops with 3 MB level 2 cache.

T9300:

The T9300 is a fast middle class dual core CPU for laptops and similar to the T9400 but with a lower FSB.

Intel Pentium Dual Core: The return of the name Pentium, though it is a Yonah core. In fact, it is a double Core processor with a very good relation of performance to current consumption.

T2370:

Entry level dual-core processor based on the Merom core (and therefore with 64 Bit support). 


17.0: Meanwhile the 17 inch display size is a more frequently offered standard format for desktop-replacements. The DTR-laptops can't be carried easily, need much energy but on the other side texts can be read easily and high resolutions are no problem. DTR mainly are intended for stationary usage on desks, where the weight and the energy need are unimportant.

17.1: Meanwhile the 17 inch display size is a more frequently offered standard format for desktop-replacements. The DTR-laptops can't be carried easily, need much energy but on the other side texts can be read easily and high resolutions are no problem. DTR mainly are intended for stationary usage on desks, where the weight and the energy need are unimportant.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


3.8 kg:

This laptop is heavy below average, compared with the average of notebooks. Therefore especially desktop replacements fit in this class of weight.

4.1 kg:


79.33%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Similar Notebooks from a different Manufacturer

Notebooks from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi5
Core 2 Duo T8300
» LG R700
Core 2 Duo T8300
» Toshiba Satellite X200-219
Core 2 Duo T7500
» Sony Vaio VGN-AR61ZU
Core 2 Duo T8300
» Maxdata Belinea o.book 5
Core 2 Duo T7500
» Sony Vaio VGN-AR51SU
Core 2 Duo T7700
» Dell Vostro 1700
Core 2 Duo T7100
» Toshiba Qosmio G45
Core 2 Duo T7300
» Sony Vaio VGN-AR590E
Core 2 Duo T7300
» MSI Megabook GX700
Core 2 Duo T7500
» Dell Inspiron 1720
Core 2 Duo T7100
» HP Pavilion dv9500t
Core 2 Duo T7300

Laptops with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi4
Core 2 Duo T8100, 4.5 kg
» Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi3
Core 2 Duo T7500, 4.5 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio G40-11L
Core 2 Duo T7300, 4.4 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio G40-10E
Core 2 Duo T7300, 4.4 kg
» Asus G2S
Core 2 Duo T7500, 4.4 kg

Notebooks with the same GPU

» HP Pavilion dv5t
Core 2 Duo T9400, 15.4", 2.8 kg
» Acer Aspire 6920G-594G32Bn
Core 2 Duo T5900, 16.0", 3.5 kg
» Apple Macbook Pro 17“ 2008-12
Core 2 Duo T9300, 17.0", 3.1 kg
» Zepto Znote 3415W
Core 2 Duo T9500, 15.4", 2.9 kg
» Packard Bell EasyNote MB89
Core 2 Duo T7500, 15.4", 2.8 kg
» Dell XPS M1530
Core 2 Duo T7250, 15.4", 2.63 kg
» Asus Lamborghini VX2S
Core 2 Duo T7500, 15.4", 2.6 kg
» MSI Megabook GX600
Core 2 Duo T9300, 15.4", 2.71 kg
» Acer Aspire 9920G
Core 2 Duo T7300, 20.1", 6.9 kg
» Asus C90S
Core 2 Duo (Desktop) E6600, 15.4", 3.16 kg
» Dell Vostro 1500
Core 2 Duo T7300, 15.4", 3.3 kg

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-08-12 (Update: 2012-05-26)