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Review of "Sony VAIO SR29XN/S"

published 24/05/2009 | ciaolife
Member since : 23/05/2009
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Pro Portable,Superb Perfomance and Nice Design.
Cons High Price Tag And Lack Of Blu-Ray Drive.
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"Sony VAIO SR29XN/S - Expensive - But Quality First,Cost Second."


I am a computer enthusiaist and a techie and currently am employed as a Software developer in Infotech Corporation.It has now been a month since when I visited the local sony showroom to find myself purchasing sony's slim and portable VAIO SR29XN/S.Although I left the shop being 700£ poorer but i did not mind this sudden economic change as I was carrying my future in my hands.The notebook is a bit expensive but I still made a buy as I wanted a slim,portable and powerful notebook that would be forming the elite class in bussiness or executive class of laptops.

This is where the notebook is the one of the best performer.It was designed while keeping the concept of portablity in mind and i would say that Sony has done an excellent job producing a notebook just 2 KG and with a 13.3 Inches Screen.

Sony has perfected in the designing scheme for this laptop producing the a masterpiece which one cannot endure without.It has been provided with a smooth,shiny and attractive mettalic finish and if you see the notebooks's top cover you would surely appreciate it.
The keyboard and the mouse panel both also look very attractive but looking at the price tag one would surely expect all these features to be present.

With 4GB DDR2 Ram and a super fast Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 with a clock of 2.26 Ghz , it produces excellent performance impressing anyone using it.
Once I got a virus in my notebook and I was unable to install an antivirus , at that time too this lappie produced excellent results and it appeared to me that there was no virus and I worked with this super fast laptop having a lot of viruses till one day I made a backup of my useful data and performed a HDD(Hard Disk Drive) Format.

Battery Life
I work on it for hours but with the AC power plugged in as the Batter Power can only make me work on it for about 3 Hours which is low for a laptop with such a high price tag.But if you don't stick to it for hours and just have to spend 2-3 Hours on it then it's works for you.

Optical Device
It is a really a drawback that this laptop does not have a blu-ray device which is nowadays common in most of the executive laptops with this price tag.Instead it has got a traditional DVD-RW drive that would work for you if you satisfied with the classic DVD storage.

Screen Size
It has got a 13.3 screen which works fine for me when performing simple computing tasks but it is pretty annoying when one has to see a movie on it or design something on it or do something similar.

Operating System
Exclusively designed for Windows Vista it gives superb performance even in Windows Seven which I have been using since last week.Although the bundled OS is Microsoft's Windows Vista Business , one could go for the all new Windows Seven and this notebook will give you the same performance as in Windows Vista.

Bundled Up Aplications
A lot of useful applications come bundled up with this notebook.It took me a lot of time to figure out the use of each application as there were many of them dotting the Desktop,the System Tray and the start menu.

The graphic solution provided is 'Intel GMA 4500MHD'.I checked it myself and found out that it 256 VRAM that pretty much does do the performance for gamers too.I played games like Crysis,GTA IV and Half Life On it and believe they worked superb and gave me really nice graphics.

Is It The Right Purchase ?
I would say that if you have the guts to spend that amount of money then just go for it and experience portability,perfomance,durablity and desgin in just one notebook.
I would quote by saying-'Quality First And Cost Second'.

I have been using it since a month now and have not experoenced even a small bit of problem with it except once i had a problem and was really provided real time support and technical help from Sony.Whether you are a businessmen or a gamer or just a computer enthsiast there is something in this notebook for everyone.

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  • retireduser published 01/06/2009
    Quality review. ^_^
  • wigglylittleworm published 24/05/2009
    your english makes the review difficult to understand in places
  • Claiiiree published 24/05/2009
    It just seems an overpriced option to me
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Product Information : Sony VAIO SR29XN/S

Manufacturer's product description

Lightweight and easy to handle at just over 4 pounds (with a standard battery) with a 13.3" LED backlit display, the VAIO SR series notebook is crafted for mobility. From its durable magnesium alloy form factor to its spacious keyboard that makes for convenient typing, this PC is built to travel... comfortably. The VAIO SR series notebook with switch mode is the perfect option for those who need to do it all on one computer. Switch mode enables you to tailor your notebook to the scenarios in which you use your PC - such as work, home and entertainment. A set of buttons above the keyboard lets you set and toggle between three distinct usage "personalities", complete with unique wallpaper and a series of customized shortcuts. Backed by unprecedented processing power, expanded wireless connectivity, enhanced multimedia support and greater efficiency, Intel Centrino 2 Processor technology delivers the robust performance you require, whether you're running heavy applications, closing deals on the road or editing images for a presentation during a long flight.

Product Details

Product Description: Sony VAIO SR Series VGN-SR29XN/S - 13.3" - Core 2 Duo P8400 - Vista Business - 4 GB RAM - 250 GB HDD

Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: Vista Business

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 / 2.26 GHz / 3 MB Cache

Memory: 4 GB DDR2

Storage: 250 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Optical Drive: DVD SuperMulti DL

Display: 13.3" LED backlight X-black 1280 x 800 / WXGA

Graphics: Intel GMA 4500MHD

Networking: 802.11a/b/g/n (draft), Bluetooth 2.1 EDR , 10/100 Ethernet , fax / modem

Battery: Up to 3.7 hours

Security: Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip , fingerprint reader

Colour: Silver

Dimensions (WxDxH): 31.5 cm x 23.4 cm x 3.4 cm

Weight: 2 kg

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess Licence Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Localisation: English / United Kingdom

Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty



Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Business

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 / 2.26 GHz

Number of Cores: Dual-Core

Cache: L2 - 3 MB

64-bit Computing: Yes

Front Side Bus: 1066 MHz

Chipset: Mobile Intel GM45 Express

Platform Technology: Intel Centrino 2

Features: Enhanced SpeedStep technology


RAM: 4 GB ( 2 x 2 GB )

Max RAM Supported: 4 GB

Technology: DDR2 SDRAM

Speed: 800 MHz

Slots Qty: 2

Empty Slots:


Main Storage: 250 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s

Optical Drive: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - fixed

Read Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)

Write Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD±R DL)

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)


Type: 13.3"

LCD Backlight Technology: LED backlight

Resolution: 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )

Widescreen: Yes

Features: X-black

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: Intel GMA 4500MHD

Memory Allocation Technology: Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0

Total Available Graphics Memory: 1340 MB

Camera: Integrated webcam

Resolution (MP): 1.3 Megapixel

Resolution: 1280 x 1024

Sound: Stereo speakers , microphone

Compliant Standards: Microsoft WSS 1.0/2.0, DirectSound3D, High Definition Audio


Type: Keyboard, touchpad


Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n (draft), Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Network Interface: 10/100 Ethernet


Protocols & Specifications: ITU V.90, ITU V.92


Technology: Lithium Ion

Run Time: Up to 3.7 hours

Connections & Expansion

Slots: 2 x memory ( 0 free ) ¦ 1 x ExpressCard/34 ( 1 free )

Interfaces: 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 4 PIN FireWire ¦ 2 x USB 2.0 - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 ¦ 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11 ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x docking / port replicator

Memory Card Reader: Yes ( SD Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo )


Software Included: VAIO Recovery Utility, Skype, Google Picasa, McAfee Internet Security Suite (Trial), Google Software Pack, WinDVD for VAIO 8.0, Microsoft Windows Media Player 11, Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0, Adobe Reader 8.1, Roxio Easy Media Creator 10

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess Licence Kit (MLK) to activate the software.


Colour: Silver

Security: Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip , fingerprint reader

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)

Localization: English / United Kingdom

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 31.5 cm

Depth: 23.4 cm

Height: 3.4 cm

Weight: 2 kg

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 2 years warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 2 years


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