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Sony VAIO NS30 E/S / Pentium Dual Core T4200 2.0GHz / 3GB / 250GB / DVD-SM / 15.4 inch / Vista Home Premium / Laptop / Notebook / Silver

Manufacturer: Sony

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  Excellent Build Quality, Great Performance

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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.

At this price it is great but go to quidco dot com and get further discount through Play.com's link there!

  An excellent quality budget laptop

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I purchased this to replace a 4 year old Packard Bell laptop with a 1.3GHz Celeron processor.

It's worth noting that the processor suplied with this Sony is in fact a 2.0GHz Pentium, and NOT a 2.1GHz Pentium as stated by Play.com. Not a huge difference in performance between the two, I'm sure, but a slight discrepancy nonetheless.

Anyway, what's it like?

The first thing you'll notice is the build quality - it's excellent. This looks and feels like an expensive laptop. The textured surface area at the back of the screen and around the keyboard look very nice indeed, and I'm sure will help to hide any knocks and scratches that the laptop may pick up in the future, keeping it looking as good as new.

The screen image is bright, and extremely clear. DVD playback is very good quality, too.

The sound, considering the small speakers, is decent. As with most laptops, don't expect too much in the way of bass, but for most applicatons, they should be more than adequate.

With the exception of the ethernet and modem ports, which are around the back, all other connections are located on the sides and front, including 2 USB 2.0 ports on either side - very useful.

Note that there is no bluetooth facility, and no HDMI socket on this model.

After the first boot (which always takes a little while as Windows does its stuff), I was pleasantly surprised to see that there wasn't the usual huge amount of pre-installed rubbish to remove.

There were some pre-installed programs, of course, including McAfee, the Google Toolbar and Google Desktop, and a few others, but this was very easy to remove in a few minutes.

There is an 'AV Mode' button above the keyboard which brings up an 'XMB style' scrolling menu to quickly launch music, video and internet software, and so on. I've not found much use for it so far, but it's a nice addition, and you could always disable it if you wish.

Another nice inclusion is the wireless 'on/off' switch located at the front of the laptop, which, as you would imagine, allows you to quickly turn the laptop's wireless facility on or off.

Battery life is good, I got well over 3 hours on the first charge, and was using my wireless connection during all that time.

Performance-wise, the machine seems very competent. Full-screen streaming internet videos don't seem to suffer from any framerate problems, and I've not encountered any situations where things have slowed down. It handles the pre-installed Windows Home Premium with ease.

Conclusion: If you're after a laptop capable of 3D gaming, then look elsewhere, but if you're a casual user who wants a good quality machine for surfing the internet, e-maling, watching movies, editing images, and so on, then I would highly recommend the Sony Vaio NS30.

For the price (£449.99 at the time of writing), 5 stars.

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  Sleek, operates well so far..

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I haven't used it much yet but seems to run smoothly, looks really good; I recommend it =)

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