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alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 reviews of Sony VAIO VGN-AR88E. 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 are impressed by the reliability and image quality. The performance and design are also appreciated. Many are negative about the touchpad and battery, while reviews about the keyboard and size are mixed.

screen, design, performance, image quality, reliability

portability, battery, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO VGN-AR88E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Sony Vaio VGN-AR88E


great allround laptop

hdmi socket faulty ,cannot connect anything via hdmi

Jun, 2009

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Sony Vaio VGN-AR88E


very queit

May, 2009

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Sony Vaio VGN-AR88E


Screen size

Battery life

May, 2009

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Sony Vaio VGN-AR88E


Very good laptop, good design, and works well under pressure, i have at least 4/5 prgrams running together, the graphics card is very good.

Very heavy, the screen size makes it too large and it doesnt fit in any case i get, the laptop is way over weight. The black keypad makes it hard to use in low light.

May, 2009

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Sony Vaio VGN-AR88E


Reliable, functional, fast, great screen

Not very portable

May, 2009

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Sony Vaio VGN-AR88E


Beautiful 17 inch screen - great contrast and documents look awesome

It is heavy - but then this machine is designed to be more of a desktop replacement than a laptop

Apr, 2009

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Sony Vaio VGN-AR88E


Screen display, key board and overall design.

Battery life poor reducing the time it can be portable.

Apr, 2009

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Sony Vaio VGN-AR88E


fast quiet operation

battery life. gets hot very quickly

Mar, 2009

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Sony Vaio VGN-AR88E


Nice looking, easy to set up, particularly for technophobes like me. The screen very clear and sharp. Overall a very good laptop with hopefully Sony's reliability.

The only criticism I have is that the touchpad is very sensitive and I find myself unintentionally changeing screens. The sensitivity can be changed but I still find it sensitive, maybe because it's my first laptop I'm not used to it yet.

Mar, 2009

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Sony Vaio VGN-AR88E


Good clear screen which is what I wanted for photography.

Poor battery life.

Feb, 2009

Product Specifications


Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3


Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:17
Display Resolution:1440 x 900


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.125
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT


Pointing device:Touchpad


Internal memory:2
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:533
Memory layout:2 x 1
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 1


Bluetooth: No

Optical Drive

CD-R write speed:24
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:6
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:6
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM read speed:5
DVD-RAM write speed:5
DVD-RW read speed:8
DVD-RW write speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:6
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:8

Other Features

Graphics adapter family:NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: Yes
Modem Type:V.92
TV in port: No
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

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
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: Yes
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Bus type:FSB
Chipset:Intel PM965 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):14
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel PM965 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:291
Processing die size:143
Processor cache:1
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Merom
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.86
Processor front side bus:533
Processor lithography:65
Processor model:T2390
Processor operating modes:32-bit
Processor Series:Intel Pentium T2000 series for Mobile
Processor socket:Socket M (mPGA478MT)
Processor system type:Up
Processor threads:2
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:35153
Processor code:SLA4H
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


Cable lock slot:Kensington


Operating system installed:Windows Vista Home Premium


Card reader integrated: Yes
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Total Storage Capacity:250

Weight & Dimensions