Sony Vaio VGN-NS30E/S
SpecificationsNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-NS30E/S (Vaio VGN-NS Series)
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core T4200
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 700 euro
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-NS30E/S
A good specification on offer for the money, but little here to excite. The VAIO VGN-NS30E/S is a comfortable, well-equipped and well-made laptop. Although the design is beginning to look a little old, it will still appeal to some users. If you need a good balance between battery life and performance, it's worth a look, but it's otherwise bettered by the Asus M51a and Acer Aspire 5410T.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/13/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: PC Pro
Put the Sony side by side with the likes of HP's stylish dv-series laptops, and it looks its age. Finished in silver, the VGN-NS30E/S wants to look like an aluminium-framed beauty. Step closer, however, and it becomes clear that this is just another budget laptop, finished in cunningly textured plastic. A dependable budget laptop, but a bit of a porker - and it isn't the most stylish either
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/05/2009
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 83% performance: 67%
Source: Trusted Reviews
Our primary impression when unpacking Sony's VGN-NS30E/S 15.4in Laptop was one of déjà vu: on the outside it's completely identical to the Sony VAIO VGN-NS20E/S we reviewed a few weeks ago. Sony's VAIO VGN-NS30E/S might have class-leading battery life for its form factor, but with the physically-identical NS20E not far behind there's little reason to spend the extra £100 it demands until it comes down in price to match. If battery life is not that important, meanwhile, there are many more feature-rich offerings available at this price point.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/15/2009
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 50% performance: 70% features: 50%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M: The graphics core of the Intel GL40 and GS40 chipset features a slower clocked GMA 4500MHD (400 versus 533 MHz). Because of the slower core speed, full Blu-Ray Logo support is not given and the gaming performance is a bit worse.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
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.
Entry class dual core CPU with 1 MB level 2 cache and no virtualization technology. Compared to the Core 2 Duo line, some power saving mechanism are deactivated.
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15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» 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.
59%: Such a bad rating is rare. There exist hardly any notebooks, which are rated worse.
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