Sony Vaio Laptop

Category: Laptops - Date: January 31, 2006

Sony Vaio Laptop

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Sony Vaio Laptop Review Introduction

The VAIO notebook has a thin, lightweight body that makes it simple to carry around from one place to the next. Sometimes the best mobile solution is one that just makes it easier to transport. The energy efficient Sony VAIO notebook stuns the competition with long-lasting battery power.

Sony Vaio Laptop Design

It’s small and light (4.4lbs), but it stands out due to its cool purplish-grey case color. It’s a uniquely shaped notebook, almost square in dimensions. All of the input and output ports lie on the right and left sides of this notebook, there are no ports whatsoever on the back. The 11.1-inch display with a 1,024 x 768 native resolution on the VAIO is bright and text is crisp and easy to read.

Sony Vaio Laptop Features

Sony VAIO’s long list of available specs (some fixed, some configurable) speaks to everyone from speed fiends to budget hounds. You can buy the system with a Pentium M, Pentium 4-M, or mobile Celeron processor rated anywhere from 1.2GHz to 2.4GHz. Main DDR SDRAM memory runs at a fast 333MHz and comes in increments ranging from 256MB to 2GB. Hard drives measure 40GB, 60GB, or 80GB, but all offer the same 4,200 rpm speed. Two secondary storage drives are available: a DVD/CD-RW combo or a DVD-RW.

Sony Vaio Laptop Performance

Sony VAIOs are stylish and powerful with good battery life. The hard drive for this machine is the rather slow standard of 4,200rpm speed, the advantage of a slower drive is of course longer battery life though. All V505 notebooks come
with a standard 11.1 inch XGA display, ATI 9200 32MB graphics card and if you order internal wireless it will be the Intel Pro/wireless 802.11b/g mini-PCI card.

What’s included in the package

The Sony VAIO comes with various music, photo, and video applications. Highlights include several Sony apps, such as DVGate Plus, for importing video from a digital video (DV) camera, then editing and saving the streams to your system or to a disc; PictureGear Studio, for arranging pictures in online photo albums, on digital postcards, and more; and SonicStage, for splicing together music clips. For more cash, Sony will preinstall Adobe Photoshop and Premiere.
You can choose either Windows XP Home or XP Professional as the operating system, and office suite options include Microsoft Office Small Business and Standard Editions, as well as the pared-down Works 7.0 minisuite.


The VAIO is a nice notebook in that it’s light, stylish and offers excellent performance. It comes with many of the input and output ports you’ll need. A great screen and decent graphics performance for such a small notebook are big pluses.

2 Responses to “Sony Vaio Laptop”

  1. janissan Says:

    Sony Viao’s are my fav. always a big fan of all sony products. This computer has awesome and useful programs and is plenty fast. Simply love it!

  2. Joe Wieczorek Says:

    I purchased this laptop a few years ago and I believe it could be much faster then it goes. The battery dies very quickly as well!!