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Sony Vaio VGN-NR Series

Sony Vaio VGN-NR38Z/SProcessor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5250, Intel Core 2 Duo T5450, Intel Core 2 Duo T5500, Intel Core 2 Duo T5750, Intel Core 2 Duo T8100, Intel Pentium Dual Core T2330, Intel Pentium Dual Core T2370, Intel Pentium Dual Core T2390
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100, NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
Display: 15.4 inch
Weight: 2.8kg, 2.9kg, 3kg
Price: 500, 600, 700, 800, 850, 900, 1000, 1100 euro
Average Score: 74.48% - average
Average of 29 scores (from 31 reviews)
price: 74%, performance: 64%, features: 64%, display: 75%
mobility: 73%, workmanship: 82%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 78%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-NR160E

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-NR160ENotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-NR160E
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5250
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 256 MB
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 3kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-NR (Series)

Average Score: 74.71% - average
Average of 7 scores (from 8 reviews)

 

77% Sony VAIO VGN-NR160E / T
Source: PC World English
Tepid performance and a somewhat dull screen are the flies in the ointment for this inexpensive all-purpose laptop. All in all, this is a nice unit for undemanding consumers who need to buy a portable companion to supplement a desktop PC without spending a lot of money.
(von 100): 77, Leistung 60, Ausstattung 73, Preis/Leistung sehr gut, Display mangelhaft, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/07/2008
Rating: Total score: 77% price: 90% performance: 60% features: 73% display: 50% mobility: 80%
70% Sony VAIO NR160E/T
Source: Digital Trends English
The NR series from Sony is a mixed bag. We don’t really expect tremendous performance from a notebook with this type of price tag, but this notebook is sluggish, needs more RAM, and also has more unnecessary software than any notebook we’ve ever reviewed. All these things lead us to one conclusion: this is a notebook for the family, not enthusiasts or business travelers. It’s not for anyone who does anything but surf the Net and email. For those types of basic tasks, however, it’s more than enough and looks good while doing it.
7 von 10, Preis/Leistung gut, Mobilität gut, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 40% mobility: 80%
70% Sony VAIO VGN-NR160E
Source: Laptop Mag English
The NR160 offers a stylish exterior, but average performance. Representing Sony in the budget notebook arena, the VAIO VGN-NR160E may not be as flashy as its more expensive VAIO siblings, but it's attractive nonetheless. You don't get a lot of extras with this system, and performance is merely average, but we love the big keyboard keys and spacious hard drive. The Sony VAIO VGN-NR160E falls somewhere in the middle in terms of performance, but its cool textured styling, decent battery life, and brilliant display make this notebook a pretty good value.
3.5 von 5, Leistung mäßig, Mobilität gut, Display gut, Preis/Leistung gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/17/2007
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 60% display: 80% mobility: 80%
70% Sony VAIO VGN-NR160
Source: PC Mag English
When buying a laptop these days, $800 can carry you a long way. You're guaranteed a dual-core processor, an ample hard drive, and a full version of Windows Vista. The Sony VAIO VGN-NR160 gives you that much for $830 (direct), along with a range of features that'll satisfy many general-purpose users. It's easy on the eyes, as it does a better job with its brown color scheme than, say, Microsoft's brown Zune media player. Still, you'll need to add an extra 1GB of RAM to handle Vista and all the bloatware Sony piles on.
This particular version of the NR160 is called Wenge brown for its color scheme, named after a tropical African timber. Sony added some textures that give it a synthetic, leathery look and feel—a very effective look. The textured surface extends all the way into the keyboard and palm rests area, which adds to the uniformity.
3.5 von 5, Preis/Leistung gut, Ausstattung gut, Leistung gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/16/2007
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80%
Sony VAIO NR Review
Source: Notebookreview.com English
The Sony VAIO NR is the latest family of stylish, colorful, consumer friendly notebooks from Sony. What makes the NR series genuinely unique for Sony is that the starting price is less than $800 ... making the NR the lowest-priced notebook the company has ever produced. You can configure a VAIO NR online at SonyStyle.com in a variety of colors or buy a stock configuration from various retailers.
The VAIO NR is available in three colors (brown, white, and silver) with a full range of Intel processors (from the 1.46GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor T2310 to the 1.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5450) starting at $799. The only screen offering is the 15.4" WXGA but the notebook can take up to 4GB of RAM. Built-in wireless 802.11 a/b/g is standard.
Leistung gut, Display mäßig, Verarbeitung gut, Emissionen sehr gut, Mobilität schlecht
User Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/08/2007
Rating: performance: 80% display: 60% mobility: 40% workmanship: 80% emissions: 90%
80% Sony VAIO VGN-NR160E/S Budget Laptop Computer System
Source: Comp Reviews English
Sony's new VAIO NR160 is a very surprising entry from a company that makes primarily expensive systems. On a whole, they did a very good job with this new system. While the exterior has a bit too much of a plastic feel that isn't as nice as some other budget systems or even Sony's other models, it does offer a solid computing experience for the price. The NR160 is based around the Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 dual core mobile processor. This provides it with a good level of performance without using too much power and is definitely a step up from older Intel or AMD's current mobile processors in terms of performance. It is matched up with a full gigabyte of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory that lets it run the Vista Home Premium operating system alright, but with some slowdown with multiple applications. The storage is one of the real bright spots on the Sony VAIO NR160. Most budget notebooks still feature a fairly small 80GB hard drive.
4 von 5, Verarbeitung mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/17/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% workmanship: 50%
66% Sony VAIO NR160E/W - Core 2 Duo T5250 1.5 GHz - 15.4" TFT
Source: CNet English
Sony's VAIO family of laptops has traditionally been known for its high style and high prices, making these sleek machines (second only to Apple in design chops) popular with upscale buyers. With the new NR series, Sony is making its first real stab at a lower-priced laptop. Starting at $829, the system is a decent value based on the components you get, but the Sony design aesthetic apparently doesn't translate well to cheaper parts. The 15-inch VAIO NR160 feels cheap and plasticky when compared to Sony's more expensive laptops, and even similarly priced mainstream systems from Dell, but at least the NR160 rigorously maintains Sony's traditionally thin profile. There's still much to like about this inexpensive VAIO, but Sony's penchant for weighing systems down with excessive bloatware and adware tips the scale away from a full-fledged recommendation.
(von 10): 6.6, Ausstattung 7, Leistung 7, Mobilität 7, Preis/Leistung mäßig
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/04/2007
Rating: Total score: 66% price: 60% performance: 70% features: 70% mobility: 70%
90% Sony VAIO VGN-NR160E
Source: Laptop Mag English
Sony makes a big splash with the one of the best notebooks you can buy for under $900.
"Sony" and "budget" are two words you typically don't find in the same sentence, but the company has taken the sub-$900 plunge with its new NR Series and surprised us with very good performance. At $829, the VGN-NR160E/S targets consumers who need Core 2 Duo power on a budget. Sony still has some notable issues with crapware, but there's a lot to like about this notebook. It has everything users need for everyday productivity and light multimedia use and offers plenty of style to boot. The NR Series comes in three colors: Granite, Wenge, and Silk. The 6.2-pound chassis is nicely textured on the lid and keyboard deck and has rounded edges and clean lines. Compared with the 5.4-pound Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (which the NR resembles, thanks to the white and silver color options), the VGN-NR160E/S seems a little bulky.
4.5 von 5, Leistung gut, Display gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/25/2007
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 80% display: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-NR11S/S

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-NR11S/SNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-NR11S/S
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5250
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 2.8kg
Price: 850 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-NR (Series)

Average Score: 78.5% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)

 

87% Review Sony Vaio VGN-NR11S/S Notebook | Notebookcheck
Office bargain. Notebooks from Sony do not always have to cost a lot of money: this proves the new Sony Vaio NR11S. Specifically developed for the “light user” with low hardware demands. This laptop offers no more one needs as basic equipment, but in good quality. “Simple, sporty and clever” – Rarely an advertising slogan fits a notebook so well as it fits the Vaio NR11S/S.
67% Sony VAIO VGN-NR11Z/S
Source: PC Pro English
Sony's website proudly proclaims that the new NR series is "simple, casual and smart" and, for a budget laptop, we're pleased to say that it isn't far off the mark. The NR11Z is a good-looking machine; considering the price, extraordinarily so. Squint a bit, or just step back a metre, and the silver dimpled lid looks rather like machined aluminium, with the smoothly contoured edges making for a sleek first impression.A well-built budget notebook that's fast and relatively stylish, but there are some signs of compromise.
4 von 6, Verarbeitung gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/31/2008
Rating: Total score: 67% workmanship: 80%
80% Sony VAIO VGN-NR11S laptop review
Source: Pocket Lint English
Can Sony impress with its latest model? It's not hard to be impressed with Sony's notebook style, as the machines are as innovative as they are good looking. Except for the budget notebooks, which have tended to be a little too basic for our liking. However, the Sony VAIO VGN-NR11S has certainly changed this perspective, as it's a great all-round notebook for anyone looking for a mix of style and performance. In every day use, we found the Sony VAIO VGN-NR11S to be a highly pleasing machine to use. The screen is excellent; as is the keyboard and if you can live with the less than cutting-edge processor and graphics this is a great notebook for the home.
8 von 10, Display sehr gut, Mobilität sehr gut, Preis/Leistung mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/28/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 50% display: 90% mobility: 90%
Sony kann auch preiswert
Source: Notebook / Organizer / Handy - 1-2/08 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/12/2007
Rating: price: 80% performance: 60% display: 80%
80% Sony Vaio NR11S/S - Vaio für Einsteiger
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/15/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 50% features: 30% display: 50% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 70%
87% Test Sony Vaio NR11S/S Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/22/2007
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 71% display: 90% mobility: 81% workmanship: 88% ergonomy: 88% emissions: 87%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-NR11Z

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-NR11ZNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-NR11Z
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5250
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 2.8kg
Price: 900 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-NR (Series)
 Vaio VGN-NR11Z (Model)

Average Score: 79.67% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

80% Sony Vaio NR11 Z laptop PC
Source: PC Advisor English
The Sony Vaio NR11 Z is a portable, functional notebook, available in silver or brown. The silver Sony Vaio NR11 Z looks striking and, for a budget notebook costing just £649, offers great performance in most areas. The brown version is similar, but it's, well, brown. If you want an affordable and attractive laptop that doesn’t cut back on performance, you won't go far wrong with the Sony Vaio NR11 Z. With the exception of a low gaming framerate score and a slightly washed out display, we like the usability, design and specifications of the Sony Vaio NR11 Z. It's well priced and has potential as both an everyday and multimedia machine.
(von 5): 4, Verarbeitung 4, Ausstattung 3.5, Preis/Leistung 4
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/28/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% features: 70% workmanship: 80%
79% Sparbücher
Source: Connect German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/10/2008
Rating: Total score: 79% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
80% Sony Vaio VGN-NR11Z/S
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/07/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-NR21S

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-NR21SNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-NR21S
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5500
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 2.8kg
Price: 1000 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-NR (Series)
 Vaio VGN-NR21S (Model)

Average Score: 70% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

Schick, vielseitig und bezahlbar
Source: Notebook / Organizer / Handy - 7-8 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/23/2008
Rating: price: 80% performance: 50% display: 80%
70% Sony Vaio NR21S/T
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/14/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 40% features: 30% display: 50% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 70%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-NR21M

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-NR21MNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-NR21M
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5450
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 2.9kg
Price: 800 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-NR (Series)
 Vaio VGN-NR21M (Model)

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

 

80% Sony Vaio VGN-NR21M laptop review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Sony Vaio VGN-NR21M is a stylish machine with decent performance, provided you're not looking for something to play games on. It's a bit big to carry around with you everywhere, but it makes good use of its additional size. Perhaps the most surprising thing about it, however, is its £650 price tag which is very reasonable for what you get.
(von 5): 4, Verarbeitung 4, Ausstattung 3.5, Preis/Leistung 4
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/20/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% features: 70% workmanship: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-NR21Z

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-NR21ZNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-NR21Z
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T8100
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 2.9kg
Price: 1100 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-NR (Series)
 Vaio VGN-NR21Z (Model)

Average Score: 76.67% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

80% Sony VAIO VGN-NR21Z/T
Source: Techradar English
Sony's VAIO range has traditionally comprised high-end laptops with equally high price points. This is no longer the case, with several affordable models now available, one of which is Sony's VAIO VGN-NR21Z/T (£699 inc. VAT). It has a 15.4-inch Super-TFT display. Movies and photographs looked great, helped by vivid colours. It's large enough to consider using the Sony as a replacement for your desktop PC, yet it retains an element of portability, further aided by a battery life of just over three hours.
4 von 5, Display gut, Ausstattung mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/17/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% features: 50% display: 80%
80% Sony VAIO VGN-NR21Z/T notebook review
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Sony VAIO VGN-NR21Z/T is a great machine for anyone looking for a powerful notebook to replace your desktop PC. Sure, it lacks decent graphics and digital connections but for the asking price you get a great keyboard, screen and specification in return.
8 von 10, Preis gut, Ausstattung gut, Leistung mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/02/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 50% features: 80%
70% Sony VAIO VGN-NR21Z/T 15.4in Notebook
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Laptops have become something of a commodity item. While Asus has been re-defining the market with the Eee PC, it's easy to forget it has been possible to get hold of very cheap notebooks (albeit not as small) for quite a while now. Hell, there have even been some free notebook deals floating around and a quick look at our own shopping section shows a large number of notebooks available for less than £300. Of course, these are all very basic machines but spend a little more and you're still looking at a dual-core CPU, while upwards of £500 should offer up some very decent notebooks.
(von 10): 7, Ausstattung 6, Leistung 7
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 70% features: 60%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-NR240E

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-NR240ENotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-NR240E
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core T2330
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 2.9kg
Price: 700 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-NR (Series)

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

 

80% Sony VAIO VGN-NR240E/W Budget Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Sony has come a long ways in producing lower cost notebook systems. The VAIO VGN-NR240E/W is still one of the more expensive budget notebooks available on the market but it does provide more storage space than the competition and in a very stylish case design. It is too bad that Sony cut a few corners in order to reduce the price otherwise this would definitely be one of the best on the market.
4 von 5, Preis mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/14/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 50%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-NR310E

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-NR310ENotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-NR310E
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core T2370
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 2.9kg
Price: 500 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-NR (Series)

Average Score: 60% - poor
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

60% Sony VAIO VGN-NR310E
Source: Laptop Mag English
For $599, the VGN-NR310E is an attractive but not very powerful notebook. What you get is a machine for surfing the Web, storing and viewing pictures, and working on office tasks. It can handle DVDs and streaming online video, but not as well as other budget systems we’ve seen. If you’re willing to drop a little more dough, we suggest the beautiful $799 Gateway T-6828, which offers 3GB of RAM, longer battery life, and better performance.
3 von 5, Display gut, Leistung mäßig
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/06/2008
Rating: Total score: 60% performance: 60% display: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-NR430E/L

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-NR430E/LNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-NR430E/L
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core T2390
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 2.9kg
Price: 500 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-NR (Series)

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

 

70% Sony Vaio NR430E/L
Source: CNet English
When we made our sweep of back-to-school laptops this summer, we were surprised to see a Sony Vaio among the entry-level models. (Perhaps Sony's declining laptop market share has encouraged the company to compete at the low end of the price scale.) Only last year did we see our first Vaio limbo lower than the $1,000 mark when Sony introduced the Vaio NR line, and now the retail-only Sony Vaio NR430 E/L takes the Vaio down to the lowest end of the laptop price scale. The entry-level Sony Vaio NR430 strikes all the right notes--decent performance, pleasing design, great keyboard and display--to form an excellent 15-inch laptop for students (and home users in general) on tight budgets.
7 on 10, Leistung gut, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/14/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 80% mobility: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-NR498E

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-NR498ENotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-NR498E
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5750
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 2.8kg
Price: 700 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-NR (Series)

Average Score: 61% - poor
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

61% Sony VAIO NR498E (silver)
Source: CNet English
It lacks some standard mainstream laptop features, including an integrated Webcam and multimedia control buttons, but the Sony Vaio VGN-NR498 holds some appeal thanks to its decent performance, good battery life, and excellent keyboard. Still, there's a cheaper version of this Vaio laptop we like better.
6.1 von 10, Leistung gut, Mobilität gut, Emissionen schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/29/2008
Rating: Total score: 61% performance: 80% mobility: 80% emissions: 40%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-NR31J/S

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-NR31J/SNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-NR31J/S
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core T2390
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 2.9kg
Price: 800 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-NR (Series)
 Vaio VGN-NR31J/S (Model)

Average Score: 65% - average
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

70% Sony VAIO VGN-NR31J/S
Source: Techradar English
The Sony VAIO VGN-NR31J/S is something of a mixed bag. We liked the build quality and style of the machine, which is great. We even like the screen and use of a dedicated graphics card. However, overall performance is lacking and the rather awkward keyboard makes it less than an ideal choice.
3.5 von 5, Verarbeitung gut, Leistung mäßig, Display sehr gut, Ausstattung mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/29/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 60% display: 90% workmanship: 80%
60% Sony VAIO VGN-NR31J/S notebook review
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Sony VAIO VGN-NR31J/S is a good-looking notebook that certainly makes an impression. We were hoping that it would make a cost-effective desktop alternative. Sadly, we found it too under-powered for most needs but what was worse was the sluggish and poorly responding keyboard.
6 von 10, Display gut, Leistung mäßig
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/11/2008
Rating: Total score: 60% performance: 60%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-NR460E/L

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-NR460E/LNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-NR460E/L
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core T2390
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Display: 15.4 inch, , 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 2.9kg
Price: 600 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-NR (Series)

Average Score: 60% - poor
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

60% Sony VAIO VGN-NR460E/L 15.4-inch Budget Laptop
Source: Comp Reviews English
Sony's VAIO NR460E/W is one of the few laptops that the company sells for under $750. For this price, you get a fairly substandard system in terms of performance but one that has a large amount of style. This will probably be the most dertmining factor of whether an individual will purchase it over another budget laptop computer.
3 von 5, Leistung schlecht, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/09/2008
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 40% performance: 40%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-NR485E/W

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-NR485E/WNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-NR485E/W
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5750
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 2.8kg
Price: 700 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-NR (Series)

Average Score: 79% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

79% Sony VGN-NR485
Source: PC World English
If keeping to a budget is your top concern, these are small concessions to make. A solid performer with all the most important connections, loads of storage, and an eye-catching dark-blue finish, the Sony VGN-NR485 is a sweet little deal for the under-$1000 crowd.
(von 100): 79, Preis sehr gut, Leistung 67, Ausstattung 70, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/30/2008
Rating: Total score: 79% price: 90% performance: 67% features: 70% mobility: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-NR38Z/S

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-NR38Z/SNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-NR38Z/S
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5750
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 2.9kg
Price: 800 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-NR (Series)

Average Score: 77% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

77% Die Kleinen sind da
Source: Stiftung Warentest - 12/08 German
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 87% display: 81% mobility: 71% workmanship: 93% ergonomy: 85% emissions: 84%

 

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These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on a Mobile Intel 965GM chipset. It is the successor of GMA 950 and features a fully programmable pipeline (supports Aero Glass fully and DirectX 10 with newest drivers). The peformance of the X3100 is clearly better than the GMA 950, still demanding modern games won't run fluently.

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 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.

T5500:

Slow clocked dual core processor based on the Merom-2M core without virtualization functions.

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

T5750:

Entry level dual core processor based on the Merom core without Virtualization support and a low maximum temperature.

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). 

T2390: Entry level dual-core processor based on the Merom core (and therefore with 64 Bit support). 


15.4: 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. Nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.

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


2.8 kg:

This weight is average for notebooks. Therefore the numerous mass of laptops with 15 inch display fits in this class of weight.

3 kg:


74.48%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not 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

» Sony Vaio VGN-NR38Z/S
Core 2 Duo T5750
» Sony Vaio VGN-NR31J/S
Pentium Dual Core T2390
» Sony Vaio VGN-NR21S
Core 2 Duo T5500
» Sony Vaio VGN-FZ280E
Core 2 Duo T7250
» Sony Vaio VGN-FZ11M
Core 2 Duo T7100
» Sony Vaio VGN-FZ21M
Core 2 Duo T7250
» Sony Vaio VGN-FZ21E
Core 2 Duo T7250
» Sony Vaio VGN-FZ18G
Core 2 Duo T7500
» Sony Vaio VGN-FZ18M
Core 2 Duo T7100
» Sony Vaio VGN-FZ180
Core 2 Duo T7300
» Sony Vaio VGN-FZ11Z
Core 2 Duo T7300
» Sony Vaio VGN-FZ11L
Core 2 Duo T7100

Devices with the same GPU

» Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 14
Core i5 4210U, 14.0", 1.9 kg
» Acer Aspire V3-572G-70TA
Core i7 4510U, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AR71J
Pentium Dual Core T2370, 17.0", 3.8 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AR830E
Core 2 Duo T8300, 17.1", 3.8 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AR61
Core 2 Duo T5450, 17.1", 3.8 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AR730E
Core 2 Duo T8100, 17.1", 4.1 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AR51E
Core 2 Duo T7250, 17.1", 3.9 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AR51J
Core 2 Duo T7250, 17.1", 3.9 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AR630E
Core 2 Duo T7250, 17.1", 3.8 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M
Core 2 Duo T7250, 17.1", 3.9 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AR41L
Core 2 Duo T7100, 17.1", 3.8 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

» Medion E6239T
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Pentium N3510
» Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch 2011-10
Radeon HD 6750M, Core i7 2675QM
» Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch 2011-02 (MC721LL/A)
Radeon HD 6490M, Core i7 2635QM

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