I had this laptop to replace the NR32S which was suffering alot under the strain of Microsoft's fail of the century, otherwise known as Microsoft Windows Vista.
So when I first acquired the NS30 E/S I was left hoping with my fingers crossed that there would be a significant speed improvement, and I was not disappointed.
I should first point out that I acquired this laptop back in July 2009 and it ran Vista without any slowdown until Decmeber 2009, where upon I recieved my free Windows 7 Upgrade disc (20 P&P). But since Windows 7 this laptop has really began to come into it's own. The performance has simply increased since Vista has been upgraded to a superior operating system which if you purchase this laptop before January 31st 2010, you too can recieve for just the P&P price.
The design of the laptop is virtually identical to the NR32, and it still has the Sony Duo Card slot on the front, which is great if like me you also have an older Playstation 3 which has the same Duo Slot. This made transferring my editted video over to the Playstation 3 and testing in 1080p on the HDTV for quality issue extremely easy. Duo cards are also compatible with some Sony Digital Camera's and Camcorders.
There is also an SD Card slot, which again, helped me to no end with my own Digital Camera and Camcorder. No additional USB device with trailing wires! That is more valuable than it seems, if not for only purely asthetic reasons.
The 3GB supplied in the machine is more than capable of punching through the requirements of todays Operating Systems, and with a Dual Core Processor, I have found running several programs at once, one of which is usually quite demanding... Pinnacle Studio 14 Ultimate... the machine is still very fast. I can run Nero Vision, another video editttor, side by side with Pinnacle and both are operable to a good level.
The screen quality is fantastic, it is a shiny surface and so sun reflection can be a problem outside, but given shade it handles the outside light very well and the screen content is visible at midday. Which brings me onto the next point...
Wireless performance, in a word, very good. This laptop comes equipped a Wireless N wifi adaptor, which if you have the right Wireless Router should give you no problems with accessing the internet outside in your garden, regardless of the size of that said garden. Just be aware of the technical abilities of the router, some N routers are not as powerful as others, but all N Routers should, if placed by the outer wall, have an exceptionally large range and support the WPA-2 encryption to keep you safe... just like this laptop, which also supports WPA-2.
Battery is life actually very good for the hardware it carrying, I can get about 2 hours out of the system when power settings are at "High Performance" and playing a game called X3: Reunion. Please see via google as to a representation of the strain that game would have on a battary powered system. For other uses such as internet and email, sometimes 3 hours is possible.
I have noticed one problem, but I do not know if it is me, the laptop or Microsoft that is the cause. The text cursor when writing things seems to jump about the page, and the lines of text you write get messed up. This could be me sliding across the mouse pad or the OS which a patch could fix though.
I can let you know that the hardware feels very sturdy. It doesn't feel like it will break in your hands, and even gives you a sense of confidence that if it fell on the floor it would last longer than another laptop. Although nobody would recommend dropping laptops anyway.
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