Sony Vaio VGN-AR11S
Sony Vaio VGN-AR11S

Sony Vaio VGN-AR11S


Sony Vaio VGN-AR11SNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR11S
Processor: Intel Core Duo T2500
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 256 MB
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1920x1200 pixels
Weight: 3.8kg
Price: euro
Average Score: 77.5% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 6 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 92%, features: - %, display: 88% mobility: 60%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 85%, emissions: 80%

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-AR11S

67% Sony VAIO VGN-AR11S Blu-ray Notebook
Source: Trusted Reviews English
It would be easy to think of the AR11S solely as the first notebook available with a Blu-ray drive, but that really would be selling it short. What you've actually got here is a superb Media Center PC, with all the components to allow it to be the centre of your high-definition entertainment setup. Yes it's pretty expensive, but you really are getting not just cutting edge, but potentially future proof technology here - once Blu-ray movies start to appear, the AR11S will add another very impressive string to its bow. But the jewel in the crown of the AR11S is the HDCP enabled HDMI port, meaning that non only will you be able to watch Blu-ray movies on the excellent 17in internal screen, but you'll also be able to watch them on your high definition TV in the living room. This really is how Windows Media Center is supposed to be!
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4 von 6
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/17/2006
Rating: Total score: 67%
67% Sony VAIO VGN-AR11S
Source: PC Pro English
With HD DVD finally making its debut last month in Toshiba's Qosmio G30, we didn't have to wait too long to see Blu-ray hit back. This month sees Sony introduce both the VAIO RC-204 PC and the VAIO VGN-AR11S - the first notebook to include the next-generation format drive. While the industry is still split, it's the high-end consumers that are initially being targeted, with both the Qosmio and AR11S being flagship products. An impressive showcase for the first Blu-ray drive in a notebook, but the price is very high.
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4 von 6
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/15/2006
Rating: Total score: 67%
90% Sony Vaio VGN-AR11S Blu-ray laptop Review
Source: Pocket Lint English
We’ve never been too shy about our admiration for Sony notebooks. True, there are cheaper machines out there but when you want something that looks like nothing else on the market and just happens to have multimedia on mind, it’s hard to beat a VAIO notebook. Take the AR11S for instance, from the minute you clap your eyes on its hard not to be impressed. Sure, it weighs in at 3.8kg, but the black and chrome finish is designed to go head-to-head with Toshiba’s Qosmio, the only other notebook in this price bracket/luxury media centre market, and we think Sony has done a great job.
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9 von 10, Preis/Leistung nicht billig
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/12/2006
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 60%

Foreign Reviews

Neue Dimensionen
Source: Notebook / Organizer / Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/15/2006
86% Sony Vaio VGN-AR11S
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/11/2006
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 92% display: 88% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 85% emissions: 80%
Scharfe Filmdose - Sonys erstes Blu-ray-Notebook
Source: c't German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/24/2006


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.

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 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)

T2500: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

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.

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.

Sony reviews

77.5%: 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.

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

» HP Pavilion dv9341eu
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Turion 64 X2 TL-56
» HP Pavilion dv9033cl
Core Duo T2300
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Core 2 Duo T7300
» HP Pavilion dv9000
Core 2 Duo T7400
» HP Pavilion dv9274eu
Turion 64 X2 TL-56
» HP Pavilion dv9000z
Turion 64 X2 TL-64
» Sony Vaio VGN-AR31S
Core 2 Duo T7200
» Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Xa1526
Turion 64 X2 TL-60
» Sony Vaio VGN-AR21S
Core 2 Duo T7200
» HP Pavilion dv9088ea
Core 2 Duo T5600
» Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Xi1526
Core 2 Duo T5500
» Sony Vaio VGN-AR11M
Core Duo T2400
» HP Pavilion dv9000t
Core 2 Duo T7400
» Asus A7Tc
Turion 64 X2 TL-52

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Toshiba Satellite P200-10T
Core 2 Duo T5500, 3.3 kg
» Toshiba Satellite P200-144
Core 2 Duo T7200, 3.2 kg
» Toshiba Satellite P100-102
Core Duo T2400, 3.2 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio G30-145
Core Duo T2600, 4.8 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio G30-10E
Core 2 Duo T7400, 4.6 kg
» Toshiba Satellite P200
Core 2 Duo T5500, 3.3 kg
» Toshiba Satellite Pro P100-216
Core 2 Duo T5500, 3.2 kg
» Toshiba Satellite Pro P100
Core 2 Duo T7200, 3.2 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV650
Core Duo T2500, 4.7 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV660
Core 2 Duo T7200, 4.7 kg
» Samsung M55 Pro
Core 2 Duo T7200, 3 kg
» MSI Megabook L735
Turion 64 X2 TL-52, 3.1 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio G30-205
Core 2 Duo T7200, 4.8 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum (Update: 2013-01-15)