Sony VAIO CR
The Sony VAIO CR is the latest introduction in the collection of sleek, colorful, user-friendly notebooks. The model particularly aims the college students as its potential buyer.
- The laptop boasts of a glossy 14.1-inch screen WXGA (1280 x 800) with XBRITE-ECO.
- It is painted in dove white color.
- The processor is the high-performing 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 with 120 GB hard drive (SATA, 5400RPM)
- It has a 1GB RAM (PC5300, 667 MHz, DDR2 SDRAM, 2 x 512 MB) and 4GB max memory
- The optical drive is a DVD+-R Double layer / DVD+-RW Drive
- The laptop is fitted with three USB 2.0 ports , one MemoryStick Pro reader, one SD card reader, one FireWire 400 port, one ExpressCard 34, one S-Video, one VGA, headphone / line-out, microphone-in, modem, 10/100 Ethernet. Other ports and switches are like the battery, DC power jack, and the modem port, access to the memory slots, the battery lock and release switches etc.
- For proper connectivity it is equipped with wireless: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
- The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 (965 Express chipset with up to 358MB of shared RAM) provides excellent gaming opportunities.
- The Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium is installed in it
- Laptop dimensions are 13.2” x 1.67” x 9.8” weighing 5.5 pounds
A wide range of available colors, polished metallic body makes it look very attractive. The lid has an elegant glossy texture with the VAIO logo embossed on it. In spite of the plastic built of the CR it is very sturdy with thick plastic and metal interior reinforcement for proper support. Some flex is found in the lid though.
The display provides some brilliant color and contrast with bright features, even backlighting etc. Horizontal viewing angles are fit enough to make the screen ideal for two or more people to watch a video. But vertical viewing angles are not so impressive.
The keyboard is incorporated with some unique features. The keys are flat, cushioned properly, responding to light touch. The keyboard feels solid with zero flex.
The touchpad is large and comes with an easy-to-use and responsive surface. The mouse buttons are likewise decently sized, but have quite a shallow feedback with noisy click making usage uncomfortable.
It also comprises of dedicated media buttons right at the front beneath the touchpad buttons. On inserting a DVD, these controls make the CR work like a DVD player. An “AV Mode” along the top of the keyboard quicklauch button allows activation of the media player functions without loading Windows. Next to this key, a mute button, web camera “capture” button, volume down and up, and display backlight on/off are present.
The stereo sound via speakers located on the left side and right sides of the keyboard provide some amazing listening experience as well. Temperature while using also remains quite comfortable due to the large copper heat sink.