Sony Vaio VGN-AR590E
SpecificationsNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR590E (Vaio VGN-AR Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7300
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 512 MB
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1920x1200 pixels, glossy: yes
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-AR590E
Source: PC Mag
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%
Source: Laptop Mag
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%
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.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics 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.
T7300: 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.
This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
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.
75%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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