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Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z/N

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 reviews of Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z/N. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and screen are on the whole positive. The usability and design also get good feedback. The battery and price get negative opinions.

performance, design, usability, screen, reliability

price, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z/N is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z/N from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Opinions about the design and durability are overall positive. The reliability and usability are also appreciated. Many are critical about the battery and price.

performance, usability, reliability, durability, design

price, battery

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO CR42S/P 14.1-inch Laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 2.1Ghz, 3GB RAM, 200GB HDD, Pink)Sony VAIO CR42S/P 14.1-inch Laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 2.1Ghz, 3GB RAM, 200GB HDD, Pink)

Jul, 2017

Consumer review by: Ameya (

Good investment of money


Brilliant laptop, works fast, nice looks, no heating at all,

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: Anonymous (

Sony VAIO CR42S/W Laptop - White


exellent, love this laptop, would reccommend to anyone.

Oct, 2009

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z


Its all good, theres nothing bad i can say about it all realy. Im a student so all its features make it handy whatever you need to do.

Nov, 2008

Consumer review by: Steven (

Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z


The SONY VGNCR42ZR T8300 is exactly what you would expect from a Sony the design is great the performance is great and if you have used other makes you will see why it costs a little more.

None as yet only time will tell.

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z


Beautiful design. Good spec. Great screen. Good multi-taaking performance.

Shorter battery life than expected. Heavy (but all laptops are!). Slowish start up - but is this Vista? (Am used to XP)

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: Sachin (

Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z


Beautiful laptop with excellent specs at a good price point.

Too much of bloatware comes bundled, but it's a minor niggle.

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: Bekki (

Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z


Very attractive, fast and light laptop

Battery rattles a little in the unit

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: Tim (

Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z


It works, it is reasonably light and flexible, has 3 USB ports, has S-Video out and the option to play DVDs without starting Windows. The hard drive is a decent size as is the memory. Screen is up to the excellent Sony Standard.

Probably unfair to blame the PC, I would be more likely to blame Vista, if the option had been available I would have gone for XP. Given the spec (4Gb Ram) and 2.4 Ghz processor I expected it to be significantly faster than my last Vaio Laptop which...

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z


Very neat and portable

Would like to have longer usage when on battery power as spare battery is very expensive. Also, would have expected at least the provision of a slip case in order to protect the ultra smart red top

Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z


Good definitions Great design User-friendly

Eventhough it's 4 Giga RAM, it's still take a little bit longer than I thought to start up

Sep, 2008

Product Specifications


Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.125

Optical Drive

DVD-R Double Layer read speed:8

Ports & interfaces

TV out port type:S-Video


Conflict Free processor: No
ECC supported by processor: No
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo T8000 series
Processor system type:Up
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Processor ARK ID:33099 / 33916
Processor package size:35