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Sony Vaio VGN-A397XP

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 reviews of Sony Vaio VGN-A397XP. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the image quality. The screen is also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the price and size.

performance, screen, image quality

battery, portability, size, price

On average, users rate this product 100/100 and experts rate this product 80/100.

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Expert review by : Stephen Patrick (



If you're in the market for a desktop replacement notebook, size isn't something you're too concerned about, what it needs is power. Step up Sony's latest desktop alternative in the form of the VAIO VGN-A397XP. One look at this machine and you know...

Big screen, high-specification

Big price, average 3D scores

With a battery life in the region of two hours when running Microsoft Office, you won't want to rely on this laptop to keep you working for long spells out in the garden. To be fair, it's not built with portability in mind, this VAIO is better suited...

Apr, 2005

Product Specifications


Audio system:16-bit CD-quality stereo sound
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery life (max):2.5


Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:17
Display Resolution:1920 x 1200


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon X600
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.128


Internal memory:0.5
Internal memory type:DDR-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:1


Networking features:Wired LAN, Wireless LAN, Modem
Networking speed:10/100/1000 Mbps Base-TX

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
Double Layer DVD read speed:2.4
DVD read speed:8
DVD-R speed:8
DVD-RW speed:4
DVD+R speed:8
DVD+RW speed:4

Other Features

Audio system:16-bit CD-quality stereo sound
Bundled hardware:Recovery CD\nAC adaptor\nLithium-ion battery\nPower Cord
Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Dimensions (WxDxH):16 x 11 x 1.66
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: Yes
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:Fax, V92
Special Features:Bluetooth 1.1
TV in port: No
Wake-on-LAN ready: No
Wake-on-Ring ready: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:Type II
CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:1x Docking Station port
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Processor cache:2
Processor cache type:L2
Processor frequency:2


Bundled software:Adobe PhotoShop Album SE\nAdobe PhotoShop Elements\nPictureGear Studio\nWinDVD for VAIO\nVAIO Edit Components\nAdobe Premiere Standard\nClick to DVD\nDVGatePlus (video/still capture)\nVAIO Zone\nSonicStage\nMoodLogic\nSonicStage Mastering Studio\nSony Notebook Set-up \nVAIO update\nMemory Stick Formatter\nGoogle Toolbar\nMy Info Centre\nHotKey Utility\nVAIO Power Management\nNorton Password Manager\nNorton Internet Security\nAdobe Acrobat Elements\nMicrosoft Works\nVAIO Media\nAcrobat Reader\nYahoo! Messenger and Yahoo! Personals


Compatible memory cards:MS PRO
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Host interface:SATA
Total Storage Capacity:80

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