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Sony Vaio VGN-AR61

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AR61Notebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AR61 (Vaio VGN-AR Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5450
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 3.8kg
Price: 900 euro
Average Score: 77.75% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 60%, features: 80%, display: 86% mobility: 40%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-AR61

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%

Foreign Reviews

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%

Comment

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.

» 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.


T5450: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


17.1":

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.


3.8 kg:

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.

Sony reviews


77.75%: 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.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-03- 8 (Update: 2012-05-26)