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Sony VAIO R505

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 reviews of Sony VAIO R505. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the usability and size. The design and performance also get good feedback. Comments about the screen and price are different, and many are negative about the energy efficiency and battery.

portability, performance, design, size, usability

reliability, keyboard, battery, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO R505 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony VAIO R505


alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Sony VAIO R505 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the usability and size. The design and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive views about the energy efficiency and reliability. Comments about the screen and price are mixed.

portability, performance, design, size, usability

reliability, energy

74% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO R505 SuperSlim Pro Notebook (1-GHz Pentium III, 256 MB RAM, 30 GB hard drive)Sony VAIO R505 SuperSlim Pro Notebook (1-GHz Pentium III, 256 MB RAM, 30 GB hard drive)

Apr, 2018

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Sony R505dl, very well thought out real world laptop


I am a heavy laptop user, meaning I use my laptop for presentations to clients, presentations to groups of people and for managing my office affairs. I use my laptop, at home, at the office and in my car. It is with me whenever I am working. It is for...

size, screen, weight, docking, dvd

sorry, can't think of any... it doesn't do dishes?

Apr, 2003

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Great little notebook


I was looking for a lightweight, portable, fully featured notebook.

Lots of features, lightweight, acceptable battery life, good looking.

Keyboard is a bit small.

Oct, 2002

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Style, Elegance and Power


I purchased this notebook from bestbuy and I am very happy with it. I have had it for the past month and I have no beefs or complaints whatsoever.

Light weight, portable, powerful

Expensive, loud fan,

Oct, 2002

Consumer review (

The Sony VAIO R505DL Super Slim Pro Notebook!


The Sony VAIO R505DL is one of the sleekest in small designs that I have used so far and it is loaded with lots of software, hardware and add-ons if needed.

A very nice looking Notebook with a lot of features!

They should have included the Double-Capacity Battery.

Aug, 2002

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Size Matters!


The Sony R505 contains all the features that you could possibly need in a small package. The R505DL comes with the supplied CDRW and built in built in floppy. Pro's you can just carry the laptop unit with you, thus making it very light weight and...

Size, power, design

keyboard, fan noise, battery fit is poor

Jul, 2002

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Finally, my wife got one.


My wife and I plan to publish images from an upcoming trip. We needed a laptop to store digital images. While we were doing this, we wanted a laptop adequate for other tasks as well. Both of us wanted a laptop, not a scaled down desk top. The Sony...

Very compact, attractive, slim and light. Powerful with bright screen.

There is perceptible motor noise. I could grow smaller finger tips.

Apr, 2002

Product Specifications

The new VAIO R505 SuperSlim Pro notebook redefines the world of notebook computing. With its striking new design and enhanced functionality, the R505 provides plenty of performance and versatility seldom seen in notebooks - until now. Most notable in the R505 is thin, sleek, and light package. With museum-quality look, it is extremely thin and easy to carry, so you'll have plenty of space left in your carrying case. It features a bright and crisp XGA TFT display, fast Intel processors and large hard drive making it one of the fastest and lightest notebooks available today. And with its optional SlimDock docking station, you can convert it into an all-in-one, three drive notebook that's as versatile and functional as you want it to be. Since the R505 comes standard with a new high-capacity battery, you can work or play for hours without interruption. Whether you're traveling or at your desk, the R505 SuperSlim Pro notebook provides you the versatility and performance you desire in a package you'll be proud to carry.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):3.5hour(s)/4.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:12.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: No

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Model:PCG-R505DL/PCG-R505DSK/PCG-R505GC SuperSlim Pro/PCG-R505GCK SuperSlim Pro/PCG-R505GCP SuperSlim Pro/PCG-R505GLK SuperSlim Pro
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VAIO

Input Device

Type:Jog Dial / Keyboard / Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:133MHz


Color:Metallic gray


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.90
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo
Write Speed:16x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 2000/Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Microsoft Windows XP Professional


Clock Speed:1.13GHz/1.2GHz/1GHz
Type:Pentium III/Pentium III-M


Installed Size:256MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:384MB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type:3.5" 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5 1.44 MB floppy

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:30GB/40GB/60GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Recommended Use:Corporate business / Small business

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel Extreme Graphics