Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M
SpecificationsNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M (Vaio VGN-AR Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7250
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT 256MB MB
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 1650 euro
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M
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.
Source: PC Advisor
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%
Source: e-media - 22/07
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 11/30/2007
Rating: display: 90%
Source: Notebookcheck 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%
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.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
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.
T7250: Mid-range (at the time of annoucement) dual core processor based on the Merom core. » 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.
3.9 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.
84.67%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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