First Look: Sony Vaio VGN-CS24

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Sony India launched its CS series of laptop in India some time back. The CS series has been doing pretty well in the US and Sony has added a lot of laptops to this range in India. Today we look at the VGN-CS24.

Configuration:

Microprocessor Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T6400 (2 GHz)
Memory 3 GB DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Max Up to 4 GB
Video Graphics Mobile Intel GMA 4500 MHD
Battery Life 2.5 hours
Hard Drive 250GB Serial ATA 5400 rpm
Multimedia Drive Built-in DVD±RW/±R, DL/RAM Drive
Display 14.1’’ Wide (WXGA:1280 x 800) TFT Color Display
Operating System Windows Vista Home Basic
Network Card 100 MBPS
Wireless Connectivity IEEE 802.11b/g Draft n
Weight 2.6 Kg (including the supplied battery)
Built-in Camera Yes

The laptop is targeted at students and home users. Clocking at 2 GHz with an ample amount of RAM, this laptop should be able to handle our daily surfing and multimedia tasks with ease. Students should be able to work seamlessly on MS Office and their school projects. The 250 GB HDD should be sufficient for those photos and media. Need more? get a portable USB hard drive.

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This is not a high end machine, however, the good amount of RAM and a sound processor should be enough to run heavy applications like Adobe Photoshop, Flash etc. it will also be able to do your seldom video compression tasks. I wouldn’t count on this as a serious gaming machine, owing to the standard graphics, however, you should be able to play most games at medium or low settings. Although, Counter Strike, AOE etc. should run pretty smoothly on this.

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A screen resolution of1280 x 800 should be enough for document editing, playing games and watching movies. The isolated (Macbook type) keyboard makes typing easier and faster. The wireless card supports “802.11 Draft n” networks which means that it will be compatible with the upcoming high speed wireless networks (802.11n).

The only downside is the bundled Windows Vista Home Basic OS. We would recommend installing Windows XP to leverage the full potential of the hardware.

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With a decent battery life of 2.5 hours, this is a good choice for students and home users with casual multimedia needs. The laptop is available in 3 colors – Jet Black, Blazing Red & Noble Brown. The MRP is INR 49,990, but you can get this for approx INR 46k at most retail outlets and probably for even lesser at Nehru Place.

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  1. Mehul says:

    I am a huge fan of Vaios (probably second best after Macs). I have one right now, and they are very durable. The config looks pretty ok. With 3gb of RAM, vista should be tolerable too. Sony should start including the blu ray drive with these..

  2. juvin says:

    hi

    its really good one

    i have a black one

    red will be sexy but lacks professional look

    only two "bads" i felt

    1 : cant use vista

    2 : vista runs too slow (curse to microsoft)

  3. Yaacob Alias says:

    I would like to buy laptop Vaio Noble Browm VGN-CS26G, wireless mouse VGP-BMs55 (Brown) & notebook bag VGP-CKC3 (Brown)

    Pls contact me thru email if u all could find it.

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