The Bottom Line
- Support For Draft-n High Speed Wireless
- Stylish Design
- Lower Grade Intel Processor
- Fairly Expensive For Components
- Intel Pentium Dual Core T2390 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 2GB PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory
- 200GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) Wide LCD Display
- Intel GMA X3100 Integrated Graphics
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless
- Four USB 2.0, FireWire, ExpressCard/34, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 14.2" x 10.6" x 1.5" @ 6.3 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium, Works 9, VAIO Suite, Microsoft OneCare
Guide Review - Sony VAIO VGN-NR460E/L 15.4-inch Budget Laptop
10/9/08 - While most companies have decided to move to the Intel Core 2 Duo processors for their budget laptops, Sony has elected to use an older Intel Pentium Dual Core T2390 processor in the VAIO VGN-NR460E/L. This has several disadvantages to it including a slower overall performance and the limitation of only being able to use 32-bit software. Performance isn't helped by the use of slower PC2-4200 DDR2 memory compared to the PC2-5300 DDR2 used by other systems. The result is a system that is noticeably slower than the competition.
One area Sony makes up for the performance is with improved wireless networking. The system comes equipped with a 802.11n draft standard compatible Wi-Fi controller. This allows the system to utilize the new high speed Wi-Fi networks or use the existing 802.11a/b/g networks as well. On the downside, Sony still only includes a 10/100 Ethernet controller rather than a faster gigabit version. That will have little impact on most consumers though.
Storage pretty much is average for the budget PC market. Previous Sony VAIO NR models tended to have larger than average hard drives. The 200GB 5400rpm SATA model falls in the middle of the spectrum of hard drive capacities found in the $750 price range. A dual layer DVD burner handles all playback and recording of CDs and DVDs.
The case design pretty much remains unchanged in the VAIO NR series. It uses a single color plastic design that gives it a very uniform look. The keyboard is of the newer spaced design that is actually quite comfortable to use for extended periods of time. The hinge design is also one of the most solid of the budget laptops on the market.