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SONY VAIO VGN-NR21S/ S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 111 reviews of SONY VAIO VGN-NR21S/ S. 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 keyboard and usability. The design and performance are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the size and durability.

screen, performance, design, usability, keyboard

portability, durability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the SONY VAIO VGN-NR21S/ S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for SONY VAIO VGN-NR21S/ S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of SONY VAIO VGN-NR21S/ S from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the usability and price. The design and performance are also appreciated, but the size and durability get critical reviews.

screen, performance, design, price, usability

portability, durability, size

77% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO FW31E 16.4-inch Laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2Ghz, 4GB RAM, 400GB HDD, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470, Vista Home Premium)Sony VAIO FW31E 16.4-inch Laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2Ghz, 4GB RAM, 400GB HDD, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470, Vista Home Premium)

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Sony VAIO VGN-NR21Z/T 15.4in Notebook

 

Sony gives its entry level NR Series notebook the Penryn treatment and Andy sees if it's worth getting the chequebook out.

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Mike Jennings (itpro.co.uk)

Sony VAIO review: VGN-AW21XY/Q

 

Only an elite few machines soar above the £2,000 mark, and those that do need something special to justify the outlay. This Sony VAIO just about does it.

The RGB LED screen, Blu-ray writer and awesome specification result in the best all-round desktop replacement on the market.

May, 2009

Expert review by: Techworld (techworld.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-NR21M laptop review

 

The Sony Vaio VGN-NR21M is a stylish machine with decent performance, provided you're not looking for something to play games on. It's a bit big to carry around with you everywhere, but it makes good use of its additional size. Perhaps the most...

Feb, 2008

Consumer review by: John (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-AW21M

 

No breakdowns, speed of processing when using Office and lotus software for spread sheets and databases. The screen has a sharp image at all time, and it's HD capability is good. The Blue ray DVD read / Write drive is now very good.

Internal disk failed this year after four years. The original software for the Blue ray drive needed a lot of updating for it to work.

Aug, 2013

Consumer review by: John (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-AW21M

 

No breakdowns, speed of processing when using Office and lotus software for spread sheets and databases. The screen has a sharp image at all time, and it's HD capability is good. The Blue ray DVD read / Write drive is now very good

Internal disk failed this year after four years. The original software for the Blue ray drive needed a lot of updating for it to work

Jun, 2013

Consumer review by: Marcus (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-AW21M

 

options for different memory card slots

Color - I have a silver grey Notebook and I find that it scratches easily, perhaps sony could make Notebooks that are scrach resistant - Also choice of colors i.e white. Screen - The screen I have is glossy and I get alot of glare and reflection -...

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: Marcus (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-AW21M

 

options for different memory card slots

Color - I have a silver grey Notebook and I find that it scratches easily, perhaps sony could make Notebooks that are scrach resistant - Also choice of colors i.e white ; Screen - The screen I have is glossy and I get alot of glare and reflection -...

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Andrew (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-AW21S/B

 

Well at start prrformance was good, screen had great resolution, decent hard drive, good transfer rate

Laptop needed 9 repairs consisting of 3 new hard drive, 2 blu ray drives, new hinges and more. Might be a one off

May, 2011

Consumer review by: Shahed (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-AW21M

 

I bought this as a desktop replacement and it is a totally cool laptop.

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: norman (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-AW21S/B

 

excellent for blu ray burnig and storing lots of data for AVCHD and photographs

vaio is more trouble then it is worth

Nov, 2009
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / HD Audio / Intel HD
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Audio system full duplex: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery life (max):1.65 / 1.8 / 100 / 2.3 / 2.9 / 3 / 3.7 / 3.75
Battery recharge time:210 / 3.5

Camera

Front Camera:N
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Swivel webcam: Yes
Video capturing speed:30

Design

Color of product:Black / Pink / Silver / White

Disk Drive

Hard disk drive type:1 x 500 HDD + 1 x 64 SSD / 1 x 500 HDD + 2 x 64 SSD

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display Diagonal:15.4 / 18.4
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Matt

Energy Management

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25 / 0.512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 3430 / Intel GMA 4500M / Intel GMA X4500MHD / NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT / NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.128 / 1.320 / 1.51 / 1.77 / 2.28
On-board graphics adapter: No
On-board graphics adapter model: No

Hard Drive

Hard disk drive type:1 x 500 HDD + 1 x 64 SSD / 1 x 500 HDD + 2 x 64 SSD

Keyboard

Pointing device:Touchpad

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:667 / 800
Memory layout:1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Networking features:100 BASE-TX/10 BASE-T / 10Base-T/100Base-TX / Fast Ethernet, Wireless LAN, Bluetooth / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Networking Type:10Base-T/100Base-TX

Optical Drive

BD-R read speed:4
BD-R write speed:4
BD-RE read speed:2
BD-RE write speed:2
CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:24
CD write speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:16 / 24
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:5 / 6
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4 / 5 / 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
DVD-RW write speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:6
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:6 / 8

Other Features

Audio system:HD Audio / Intel HD
Battery Type:VGP-BPS13/B / VGP-BPS13A/B / VGP-BPS13B
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Display:LCD
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: Yes
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:V.90/V.92 / V.92/V.90 / V92/V.90
TV in port:No / Yes
Type:PC
Warranty:2
Webcamera description:1280x1024 (SXGA)
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/b/g/n / 802.11 b/g/n / 802.11a/b/g Draft n / 802.11a/b/g/Draft n / 802.11b/g/Draft n / 802.11b/g/Draft-N / 802.11b/g/n / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n (draft)

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

Performance

TV tuner type:DVB-T

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
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 / 2
I/O ports:1 x RF in
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N / Y
TV out port:No / S-Video
TV-out:N / Y
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3 / 4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240

Processor

Bus type:FSB
Chipset:Intel GL40 Express / Intel PM45 Express / Intel PM965 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10 / 11 / 13 / 9
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel GL40 Express / Intel PM45 Express / Intel PM965 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:291 / 410
Processing die size:107 / 143
Processor:P8600 / T3400 / T5450 / T6400 / T9550 / T9800
Processor cache:1 / 2 / 3 / 6
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Merom / Penryn
Processor core voltage (AC):1.075 - 1.175
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel Pentium Mobile / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.663 / 2 / 2.16 / 2.4 / 2.66 / 2.93
Processor front side bus:1066 / 667 / 800
Processor lithography:45 / 65
Processor model:P8600 / T3400 / T5450 / T6400 / T9550 / T9800
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo P8000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T5000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T6000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T9000 series / Intel Pentium T3000 series for Mobile
Processor socket:Socket 478 / Socket 479
Processor technology:Intel Centrino 2
Processor threads:2
Stepping:C0 / E0 / M0 / R0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25 / 35
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: 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 / Yes
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 / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
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:30787 / 35568 / 35583 / 37005 / 37130 / 40479
Processor code:SL3BV / SLB3P / SLGE4 / SLGES / SLGJ4
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Password protection:BIOS
Password protection type:BIOS

Software

Bundled software:VAIO Music Box, My VAIO, VAIO Content Importer / Exporter, WinDVD 8 for VAIO, VAIO Movie Story, Picture Motion Browser, Easy Media Creator 9, Click to Disc/Editor, Adobe Reader 8.1 / VAIO Music Box, VAIO Recovery Utility, Skype, Google Picasa, Microsoft Works 8.5, Google Software Pack, Roxio Easy Media Creator 9, WinDVD for VAIO 8.0, Microsoft Windows Media Player 11, Adobe Reader 8.1, VAIO Content Importer / Exporter, VAIO Movie Story, Sony Click to Disc, Microsoft Office Small Business 2007 / VAIO Music Box, Windows Media Player 11, Me&MyVAIO, VAIO Content Importer/Exporter, WinDVD 8 for VAIO, VAIO Movie Story, Picture Motion Browser, VAIO Movie Story, Easy Media Creator 10, Click to Disc/Editor, Adobe Reader 8.1, VAIO Recovery Utility / VAIO Music Box, Windows Media Player 11, SonicStage Mastering Studio 2.5, VAIO Content Importer / Exporter, WinDVD BD 8 for VAIO, DivX Player & Converter, VAIO Movie Story, Google Picasa, VAIO Movie Story, Adobe Photoshop Elements 6, Easy Media Creator 10, Adobe Reader 8.1, VAIO Recovery Utility 2.6 / VAIO Music Box, \nWindows Media Player 11, \nSonicStage Mastering Studio 2.5\nMe&MyVAIO, \nVAIO Content Importer / Exporter, \nWinDVD BD 8 for VAIO, \nVAIO Movie Story\nPhotoAdobe Photoshop Lightroom 2, Adobe Photoshop Elements 6, \nGoogle Picasa, \nVAIO Movie Story\nEasy Media Creator 10, \nClick to Disc/Editor\nAdobe Reader 8.1, \nMicrosoft Office Trial 2007\nMcAfee Internet Security Suite,\nVAIO Recovery Utility 2.6 - HDD recovery, Google software package / VAIO Music Box, \nWindows Media Player 11\nMe&MyVAIO, \nVAIO Content Importer / Exporter, \nWinDVD 8 para VAIO, \nVAIO Movie Story\nPicture Motion Browser, \nVAIO Movie Story\nEasy Media Creator 10, \nClick to Disc/Editor\nAdobe Reader 8.1, \nMicrosoft Office Ready 2007\nMcAfee Internet Security Suite
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system installed:Windows Vista Home Premium / Windows Vista Ultimate
Trial software:Microsoft Office 2007, McAfee Internet Security Suite / Microsoft Office Ready 2007, McAfee Internet Security Suite / Microsoft Office Trial 2007,\nMcAfee Internet Security Suite / Norton 360

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:CF, MS Duo, MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, SD / MS Duo, MS Pro, MS Pro Duo, SD / MS Duo, MS PRO, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:4200 / 5400
Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:4200 / 5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2 / 3
Solid-state drive capacity:128
Total Storage Capacity:250 / 500 / 564 / 628

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.6 / 11.4
Height:1.24 / 1.45
Height (front):1.24 / 1.45
Height (rear):1.49 / 1.5 / 1.56
Weight:6.39 / 8.38 / 8.6 / 8.71
Width:14.2 / 17.2