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alaTest has collected and analyzed 103 reviews of Sony VAIO VGN-CS320J/W. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and screen. The portability and price also get good feedback. There are mixed opinions on the touchpad and durability, and the energy efficiency and usability get less positive views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO VGN-CS320J/W is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony VAIO VGN-CS320J/W

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 user reviews of Sony VAIO VGN-CS320J/W from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the design and portability. The reliability and price also get good opinions, whereas reviews are divided on the usability.

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59% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO VGN-CS320J/P 14.1-Inch Laptop - PinkSony VAIO VGN-CS320J/P 14.1-Inch Laptop - Pink

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Matt Smith (digitaltrends.com)

Sony Vaio C Series (15.5-inch) Review

 

Anyone looking for a stylish design, well-rounded performance, or a 1080p display will be attracted to the Sony Vaio C Series, but those who want portability and comfortable use under load will be repelled.

Sony has once again proved that Windows is not synonymous with boring. This laptop is visually appealing and, better yet, it doesn’t require that buyers sacrifice their left arm for the sake of looks. While the signature collection is extra, there are...

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: comp gal (newegg.com)

No complaints

 

Nice screen and better than avg battery life. This computer offers alot of bang for your buck

None yet it does everything Ive asked of it

Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Piece of Trash

 

None

Screen cracked under normal usage (The unit underwent NO physical damage) after 5 months. Now I have to send it back to Sony to see if they will cover it under warranty. My guess is they will not. This is the last Sony product I will ever buy. The...

Nov, 2012

Consumer review by: Sparky1478, (tigerdirect.com)

My First VAIO and Lovin It!

 

I was a long time ThinkPad User especially with a Contracting Business. But I find myself very fond of my New Vaio, it actually generates excitement when I turn it on. I know that sounds strange but when you find a laptop that is as pleasing to the...

Sep, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Great Laptop

 

If you can find this for less than $1000, I would purchase it immediately. You will not regret it

I bought this laptop when it was on sale for $850 on Newegg, which seemed like a steal, and it was. This laptop is great. The screen is excellent and video looks amazing. The battery life is very good. Everything works quickly and smoothly, with only a...

The trackpad sucks, but I don't like trackpads on laptops in general. Also, the price is now about $1100. Only 4GB of RAM, but I installed an additional 4GB for only $20 more

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

poor build quality

 

Runs well

Build quality is extremely poor

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: Moldy (newegg.com)

Perfect balance of power and portability!

 

If you want to upgrade the DVD drive, make sure to go for the extra slim internal drives. A normal sized laptop drive will not fit, as I found out. I got this baby for writing and some development work and it's definitely been a champ. The resolution...

EXCELLENT battery life, 5-7 hours on Stamina mode! Incredibly light at just over 3.5 pounds. The 1600x900 resolution is perfect for the 13" screen. The hinge is rock solid. The performance of a quad core that sips battery! And it's relatively easy to...

You have to use some of Sony's bloatware if you want the max battery life this machine can achieve. Also, Sony has a history of being terrible with keeping their drivers updated ; The screen definitely has a narrow optimal viewing angle. And the vents...

Jun, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Great Bang for your Buck

 

Great Performance. Good gaming laptop without the gaming price. Currently playing Diablo 3 without any issues. Game runs just fine on high graphics. Like the other poster I dropped another 4 gigs of Ram in for $20. The 7200 RPM HD is a plus. I was able...

Normal amount of bloatware installed on, but can be removed

Jun, 2012

Consumer review by: Eguys (newegg.com)

Great Laptop!

 

I agree with all the last poster said and pretty much everything else on the rest of the reviews. But I don't think its an ugly or unattractive laptop as some have hinted. I added 4 more gigs of ram for the heck of it because its so cheap. It was fast...

To Much bloatwear as usual

May, 2012

Consumer review by: THGYBBR (sony.com)

Slightly disappointed

 

this computer looks like a great deal given the specs (RAM, Processor, HDD), but after using it a couple of days, there is a few annoyances that makes me wonder if i should just return it.

light weight for its size; nice keyboard; fast shipping; quick web access feature

touchpad sensitivity issues; screen very glare-prone; display color not brillian

May, 2012

Product Specifications

Sony VAIO CS series is designed to turn heads with a piano coating finish inside and out. Mid-size display offers a sensible compromise between mobility and screen performance. Quickly access movies, photos and music using convenient AV buttons on the front of the laptop, audio visual control is at your fingertips.

Audio

Audio system:HD / HD @ S-FORCE Front Surround 3D & Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD Dolby Home Theater / HDA / Intel HD Audio Dolby Home Theater Technology v3 / Intel High Definition Audio / Intel High Definition Audio / Dolby Home Theater v3 / Intel High Definition Audio / Dolby Home Theater v4
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Battery Capacity:3500 / 4000 / 4400 / 5000 / 5300 / 6
Battery life (max):13 / 14 / 3.5 / 4.5 / 4400 / 5 / 5.5 / 5.66 / 6 / 6.25 / 6.3 / 7 / 7.25 / 7.5 / 7.6 / 8 / 8.75 / 9
Battery performance:3500 / 4000 / 4400 / 5000 / 5300 / 6
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Run Time (Up To):4hour(s)/5hour(s)/6hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Rear camera:N

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Blue / Brown / Green / Orange / Pink / Red / Silver / White
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:9.6in
Height:1.6in
Weight:5.7lbs
Width:13.2in

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display Diagonal:11.6 / 13 / 13.1 / 13.3 / 14 / 14.1 / 15.5 / 16.4
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1366 x 768 / 1600 x 900 / 1920 x 1080
Full HD: No
HD type:Full HD / HD+ / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:14.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):35.8cm
Max Resolution:1200 x 800/1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512 / 1024
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6330M / AMD Radeon HD 6470M / AMD Radeon HD 6630M / Intel 4500MHD / No / NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.75
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1150 / 1200 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:AMD Radeon HD 4000 / AMD Radeon HD 6000 / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 4250 / AMD Radeon HD 6310 / Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / No

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:VGN-CS320J/P/VGN-CS320J/Q/VGN-CS320J/R/VGN-CS320J/W
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VAIO / Sony VAIO CS Series

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard key pitch:0.752
Keyboard key stroke:0.0787
Keyboard language:English
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:103 / 82 / 83 / 86
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:800MHz

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 6 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Miscellaneous

Color:Cosmopolitan pink/Dove white/Glossy black/Sangria red

Modem

Type: None

Networking

3G: No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, BT
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
WWAN: No

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Drive

BD-R read speed:4
BD-RE read speed:4
BD-ROM read speed:4
CD read speed:24
CD write speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:16 / 24
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:10
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:6 / 8
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4 / 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:6 / 8
DVD-RW write speed:4 / 6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:6 / 8
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4 / 6
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:6 / 8
DVD+RW write speed:4 / 8
Labelflash: No
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-Ray ROM / DVD Super Multi / DVD-RW / DVD±RW / No

Optical Storage

Type:DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Other Features

Audio system:HD / HD @ S-FORCE Front Surround 3D & Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD Dolby Home Theater / HDA / Intel HD Audio Dolby Home Theater Technology v3 / Intel High Definition Audio / Intel High Definition Audio / Dolby Home Theater v3 / Intel High Definition Audio / Dolby Home Theater v4
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Display:LCD / LED
Ethernet interface type:Fast, Gigabit / Gigabit
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:AMD / AMD, Intel / Intel / Intel, NVIDIA
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HD-Ready: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Indication light: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Internal modem: No
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Plug and Play: Yes
Power Requirements:100 - 240V
Power supply type:AC/DC
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2 / 3 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel GM45 Express
Clock Speed:2.1GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10.5 / 21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:N / Y
L2 cache:2
L3 cache:2
Manufacturer:Intel
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel GM45 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8 / 1x8, 2x16, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:B950 / E-450 / I3-2310M / I3-2330M / I3-2350M / I5-2410M / I5-2430M / I5-2450M / I5-2540M / i7-2620M / I7-2640M / I7-2670QM / P560 / T6500
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3 / 3.1 / 3.3 / 3.4 / 3.5
Processor cache:1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / AMD E / AMD Turion II Dual Core / Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel Core i5-2xxx / Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core
Processor frequency:1.65 / 2.1 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8
Processor front side bus:1333 / 800
Processor lithography:32 / 45
Processor Manufacturer:AMD / Intel
Processor model:B950 / E-450 / I3-2310M / I3-2330M / I3-2350M / I5-2410M / I5-2430M / I5-2450M / I5-2540M / i7-2620M / I7-2640M / I7-2670QM / P560 / T6500
Processor Number:T6500
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Pentium B900 series for Mobile
Processor socket:BGA1023 / PGA988 / Socket 988 / Socket P
Processor threads:2 / 4 / 8
Stepping:D2 / J1 / R0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:100 / 100 C / 85 / 85C ; 100C
Type:Core 2 Duo

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:39311 / 50072 / 52220 / 52224 / 52231 / 53434 / 53438 / 53450 / 53452 / 53464 / 53470 / 55627
Processor code:SLGF4 / SR02S / SR03R / SR041 / SR046 / SR04J / SR04S / SR04W / SR04Z / SR0DN
Processor package size:31 / 37.5 / 37.5x37.5 (rPGA988B); 31 x 24 (BGA1023)
Supported instruction sets:AVX / SSE4.x
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

RAM

Installed Size:4GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Password protection:BIOS, HDD, User
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, User
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Software

Bundled software:Microsoft Office Starter with reduced-functionality versions of Word and Excel7, VAIO Care, Media Gallery, PMB - VAIO Edition / Microsoft Office Starter, VAIO Care, Media Gallery, PMB - VAIO Edition / Microsoft Office Starter, VAIO Care, Media Gallery, PMB - VAIO, Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.0, \nACID Music Studio 8.0, Sound Forge Audio Studio 10.0 / Microsoft Office Starter\nVAIO Care, Media Gallery, PMB - VAIO Edition
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows Vista Home Premium
Trial software:Norton Internet Security 2012 / Norton Internet Security 2012 30-Day / Norton Internet Security 2012 30-Day Trial / Norton Internet Security 2012 30-Day Trial Offer

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MS Duo, MS PRO, SD / Memory Stick (MS), MS Duo, SD / Memory Stick (MS), SD / MS Duo, SD / MS PRO, SD / SD / SD, SDHC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:500 / 640 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:2
Solid-state drive capacity:128
Storage media:HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 320 / 500 / 640 / 750

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable/Standard

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:320GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 4500MHD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.1 / 10.7 / 7.99 / 8.27 / 8.82 / 8.84 / 8.86 / 9 / 9.26 / 9.4 / 9.41 / 9.61 / 9.78 / 9.88
Depth (imperial):10.1 / 10.7 / 7.99 / 8.27 / 8.84 / 9.26 / 9.4 / 9.78 / 9.88
Height:0.92 / 0.921 / 0.95 / 0.97 / 1
Height (front):0.66 / 0.917 / 0.92 / 0.99 / 1.1 / 1.14 / 1.24 / 1.26 / 1.3
Height (front) (imperial):0.66 / 0.92 / 0.99 / 1.1 / 1.14 / 1.24 / 1.26 / 1.31
Height (imperial):0.92 / 0.95 / 0.97
Height (rear):0.98 / 1.25 / 1.27 / 1.36 / 1.39 / 1.43 / 1.45 / 1.47 / 1.56 / 1.57 / 1.69
Height (rear) (imperial):0.98 / 1.25 / 1.27 / 1.36 / 1.43 / 1.45 / 1.47 / 1.56 / 1.7
Weight:2.58 / 3.24 / 3.66 / 3.79 / 4 / 4.41 / 4.81 / 5.07 / 5.4 / 5.69 / 5.91 / 5.97 / 6.31 / 6.86
Width:11.4 / 13 / 13.2 / 13.4 / 13.6 / 14.6 / 14.8 / 15 / 15.7
Width (imperial):11.4 / 13 / 13.4 / 13.6 / 14.6 / 14.8 / 15 / 15.7