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Sony VAIO VGN-AR520E Digital Studio Notebook

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 reviews of Sony VAIO VGN-AR520E Digital Studio Notebook. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and keyboard. The size and performance are also appreciated. The reliability and usability get mixed views, and many are less positive about the price and portability.

screen, performance, size, keyboard, design

portability, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO VGN-AR520E Digital Studio Notebook is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 user reviews of Sony VAIO VGN-AR520E Digital Studio Notebook from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Reviews about the keyboard and design are generally positive. The performance and screen also get good views. There are some mixed comments about the reliability and size. Many are less positive about the price and portability.

screen, performance, design, keyboard

usability, portability, price

64% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO VGN-AR520E 17-inch Laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7100, 2 GB RAM, 200 GB Hard Drive, Vista Premium)Sony VAIO VGN-AR520E 17-inch Laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7100, 2 GB RAM, 200 GB Hard Drive, Vista Premium)

Jun, 2018

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Great Purchase


I love the payment plan of course, but this unit is by far a great laptop. Super fast, back-lit and packed with SONY's cool software

Jun, 2013

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Simply the best!!


My friends, and family, are green with envy, because of my new purchase of the top of the line SONY VAIO! I told them to check out the quality products and great deals at Shop NBC, and they can make someone else green with envy!

May, 2013

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Love My Vaio


I love this notebook computer. It is larger than my last vaio and took some getting use to, but it has a larger keyboard and better features and graphics. I love everything about it and the wider screen is great for watching movies and videos.

Jun, 2011

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great deal


Comes with all the bells and whistles. Very easy to learn how to use special features. Love the big keyboard. This is a notebook with all the great features of a desktop. I am very happy with my purchase,

Apr, 2011

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Very friendly computer!


Great computer at a very reasonable price with alot of extras. What a value!

Mar, 2011

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Good product


I love my new computer. I have just started to use in the last few days but I love. While I am still learning the features everything is right in the computer. This is my second Vaio and it willl never disappoint you. Also, Sony has always been my...

Mar, 2011

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Quality & Reasonable Price


The sony vaio surprise me with its quality and price. It's

Mar, 2011

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I still have not figured out all the gadgets on this laptop, but everything that I have seen so far is amazing. It has great speed, the screen is huge, and it has alot of stuff that comes with it, The keyboard is not the traditional keys on a desktop.

Mar, 2011

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so so happy


clearly a wonderful computer i have ever seen i am so happy with its worth

Mar, 2011

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Sony VAIO 17.3" Pentium Dual Core DREAM!


I have never been so happy with a purchase. It was delivered in just the right amount of time and has been everything I hoped for and more!!! Such a deal!!

Mar, 2011

Product Specifications

Just glance at the spacious 17" widescreen display and stunning XBRITE-ECO LCD technology and you'll know that this notebook means business. This beautifully designed multimedia powerhouse features embedded A/V controls for one-touch access to your entertainment and a built-in camera and microphone so you can video chat with friends, family and co-workers. Backed by Intel Centrino Duo processor technology and featuring an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, this highly capable notebook has the power to do what you want, when you want it.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


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

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm
Max Resolution:1440 x 900
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VAIO AR Digital Studio

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:800MHz




Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.90 / ITU V.92/ITU V.90 / ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.8GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:T7100
Type:Core 2 Duo


Installed Size:2GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:200GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino Duo

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT