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Sony VAIO VGN-N230E/W Budget Notebook PC

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Sony VAIO VGN-N230 Notebook

Sony VAIO VGN-N230 Notebook

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The Bottom Line

Sony has long been producing high end notebooks which makes the VAIO VGN-N230E/W a pleasent surprise. It is their first low cost notebook and it provides a solid computing experience for its price range.
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  • A Low Cost Notebook From Sony
  • Very Distincitve Look


  • Older 32-Bit Processor
  • White Case Difficult To Keep Clean


  • Intel Core Duo T2250 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 1GB PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory
  • 100GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) LCD and Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11a/b/g Wireless
  • Two USB 2.0, One FireWire (iLink), ExpressCard/34 and 3-in-1 Card Reader
  • 14.4" x 10.5" x 1.6" @ 6.5 lbs.
  • Vista Business, MS Works 8.5, Click to DVD, VAIO Suite, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Sony VAIO VGN-N230E/W Budget Notebook PC

4/11/07 – At first look, one might mistake the new Sony VAIO VGN-N230E/W notebook for an Apple MacBook. Both systems are styled entirely around a white case and keyboard layout. This does give it a very unique look, but it also means that it is fairly difficult to keep clean. The white keyboard especially tends to show dirt and grim over time.

The surprisingly part of the VGN-N230 is the specifications. Since Sony in the past has had a cost associated with their product name, the systems tend to be a bit more expensive or have slightly less features. The VGN-N230 breaks away from this by actually providing a system that is on par with other budget notebook computers.

One of the few minor technical gripes one might have with the VGN-N230 is the processor. It uses the tried and tested Intel Core Duo T2250 dual core mobile processor. This is a solid performance processor, but it is based on the older 32-bit processor core rather than the newer Core 2 design that supports the 64-bit software. This isn't so much of a surprise though as most PCs are still coming installed with the 32-bit version of Vista.

Storage is good at 100GB with a high 5400rpm spin rate that gives it good performance. The DVD burner supports the standard speeds and even includes support for dual layer media, not a typical item found in low cost notebooks.

It's almost hard to believe, but Sony actually pulled off producing a budget notebook, something I didn't expect them to do with their large emphasis on high cost portable computers.

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