Sony India recently launched the Vaio VGN SR 13 laptop in India. Sony is marketing it as “Excellence in mobility. Perfection in Performance” laptops. Here is a first look:
|Microprocessor||Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor P8400 (2.26 GHz)|
|Memory||2 GB (2 x 1024 MB)|
|Memory Max||Up to 4 GB|
|Video Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3470|
|Dedicated Video Memory||128MB|
|Hard Drive||250GB Serial ATA 5400 rpm|
|Multimedia Drive||Built-in DVD±RW/±R, DL/RAM Drive, DVD+R,DVD-R,
DVD+RW,DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, CD-ROM,CD-R, CD-RW
|Display||13.3 (33.8 cm) Wide (WXGA:1280 x 800) TFT Colour Display
(Clear Bright LCD: White LED) )
|Fax/Modem||V.92 and V.90 compliant|
|Network Card||100 MBPS|
|Wireless Connectivity||IEEE 802.11b/g Draft n|
|PC Card Slot||ExpressCard ™/34 x1|
|Built-in Camera||Effective Pixels: 1280 x 1024|
|Weight||1.93 Kg (including the supplied battery)|
|Battery Life||3 hours|
Weighing at 1.93 kgs, we cannot call this laptop an “ultra portable”. However, looking at other components, this does come under the category of “portable beast”. Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor P8400 is currently one of the fastest mobile processors available. Clubbed with an ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3470, this laptop will have enough juice to run processor and graphics hungry applications like Photoshop, Flash, CAD etc.
This is not a serious gaming machine. However, the configuration is good enough to play most new games at medium display settings. 250 GB of hard disk should provide enough space for your movies and songs. The laptop has Windows Vista Business preloaded and also features a fingerprint sensor for added security. The laptop has cylindrical design at the hinges and has an isolated (Macbook type) keyboard. There is also an in built 1 megapixel web cam.
The best part about this laptop is its screen size. The screen is neither too small nor too big. It is just perfect for a portable laptop. 13.3″ is the new 14.1″, thanks to Apple Macbook. And at a resolution of1280 x 800, it will be great for document editing, playing games and watching movies. Also, the wireless card supports “802.11 Draft n” networks. This means that it will be compatible with the upcoming high speed wireless networks (802.11n).
The 3 hour battery life seems to be low for a laptop in this category. Especially with a 13.3” screen and not so light weight. A battery life of 3.5 to 4 hours would have been good.
The laptop is available in 3 colors Black, Silver and Pink. The MRP of the laptop is 74990 INR. You can get it for approx 73k at shops in Nehru place. At this price, it is targeted at business professionals who are frequently on the move and need a portable powerhouse.
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