The Bottom Line
- Very Good Display
- Very Comfortable Keyboard
- Expensive For Relative Performance
- Too Many Resident Apps Load
- Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
- 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 13.3" WXGA (1280x800) Wide LCD With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Fast Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Two USB 2.0, FireWire, ExpressCard/34, Memory Stick Slot, SD Card Slot, Fingerprint Scanner
- 12.4" x 9.2" x 1.3" @ 4.1 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium, Works, VAIO Suite, Live OneCare
Guide Review - Sony VAIO VGN-SR390 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Mar 20 2009- Sony's VAIO SR390 laptop can be configured in a wide variety of configurations. For this review, I'm looking at the low cost configuration that makes it one of the most affordable of Sony's ultraportable laptops at just above $1000.
In order to keep the costs down, Sony offer the VAIO SR390 with an Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400. Combined with this is a 2GB DDR2 memory configuration. While this keeps the costs down significantly for a Sony laptop, it also limits the performance greatly. This isn't going to be a powerhouse system. The big problem is that Sony has a large number of resident applications from their included software that tend to slow the system down, particularly when it is booted up.
The display is probably one of the better features on the VAIO SR390. The 13.3-inch screen uses a glossy coating but actually does not produce an excessive amount of glare or reflections typical of such style screens. This combined with the LED backlighting provides the screen with some very strong colors and viewing angles for a laptop in this price range.
Sony's VAIO SR390 does keep the keyboard designed developed by them but made popular by Apple. The keys are individually spaced to provide a solid and comfortable feel that makes it very easy to type on over extended periods of time.
The big problem with the VAIO SR390 is its cost. While it is relatively affordable for a Sony laptop, there are offerings from other brands that offer a similar level of features that cost less or provide even more features and performance for the same price. This makes the Sony really only a strong choice for those looking for a system with a very strong display or just have to own a Sony laptop.