... Suggestions from friends were eventually narrowed down to 2 brands - Toshiba (advantage - I was familiar with the brand) and Sony. Guess what...One look at the Sony Vaio series and I was 'lusting' for it!
Given my budget, my choices narrowed down to the VGN-FE28B and the FE-31H. The price ... Read review
Touchpad and Sony's after-sales service reputation
"...Guess what...One look at the Sony Vaio series and I was 'lusting' for it!
Given my budget, my choices narrowed down to the VGN-FE28B and the FE-31H. The price differential between the two was approximately £200. While my first choice was the FE-31H, the cheapest online seller (that I could find) was out of stock and thus I was left with the FE-28B.
At first glance:
CPU: Core Duo, T2300 (1.66GHz)
Graphics: GeForce Go 7400
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
"As with most sony laptops, the screen is very nice and bright....one of the best of any laptop manufacturer. Looks nice, very easy to set up and use and has been reliable after using it daily for the past 10 months. Good connectivity with multi memory card reader and three USB ports, relatively fast, able to smoothly handle several programmes at a time, and a decent graphics card for the odd game and watching movies. fairly light and durable chassis ..."
Ciao members have rated this review on average: helpful
"...with all of the latest Sony programs these are easy to use. Because of the Centrino Duo technology it is very easy to run programs simultaneously. There are some disadvantages, the inbuilt speakers are not great and therefore playing music is not ideal. The graphics are not great but they are good enough for most games. The fan in the computer is not great either, the computer does get quite hot. Unfortunately the manufactures warranty only lasts ..."
Ciao members have rated this review on average: somewhat helpful
2 x memory ( 0 free ) ¦ 1 x PC Card ( 1 free ) ¦ 1 x ExpressCard/34 ( 1 free )
1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 4 PIN FireWire ¦ 1 x docking / port replicator ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11 ¦ 1 x network - RJ-45 ¦ 3 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x display / video - S-video output - 4 PIN mini-DIN ¦ 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
Microsoft Office 2003 Student and Teacher Edition (Trial), Microsoft Works 8.0, WinDVD for VAIO 5.0, Sony SonicStage Mastering Studio 2.1, Adobe Acrobat Elements 7.0, Adobe Acrobat Reader 7, Roxio DigitalMedia SE 7, Sony Click to DVD 2.5, Sony DVgate Plus 2.2, Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0, Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0, VAIO Edit Components 6.0, VAIO Recovery Utility 2.6, Norton Ghost 10 (Trial), Skype 2.0, Norton Internet Security 2006, Sony SonicStage 3.4, Google Software Pack