Sony Vaio Laptop – 15/Jan/08

I feel sad that I’ve finally replaced my old PC which my dad gave me as a 21st birthday present. It was just too sluggish, even for browsing the web.

I bought a widescreen Sony Vaio. It’s interesting to compare the specs because it shows how much technology has advanced in the last 7 years:

  Mesh (Elite P4) Sony (VGN-AR51E)
Date April 2001 Jan 2008
Price £1750 £700
Size Desktop Tower – 20kg Widescreen laptop – 3.9kg
CPU Intel 1.4GHz Pentium 4 Intel 2GHz Core2 Duo T7250
RAM 128MB (RDRAM PC800) 2GB (DDR2 SDRAM, PC2-5300)
Hard Disk 20GB 7200rpm 200GB 4200rpm
Video Card 32MB NVIDIA GeForce2 MX200 128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
Optical Drive 16 speed DVD ROM 24 speed DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM
Screen 21″ CRT 17″ LCD
Other Zip drive, floppy drive Card reader, Wi-Fi a/b/g, built-in webcam

Kix also bought a Sony. She chose one quite a lot smaller and lighter so it wouldn’t be uncomfortable on her lap (VGN-FZ21S). It only weights 2.8Kg’s but she has a smaller screen (15.4″ instead of 17″). Hers has a Blu-ray drive, bluetooth, Wireless N, faster HDD, extra 0.2GHz CPU and a extra 128MB of Video memory.

Old PC:

New Laptop:

I was very impressed at how well Ubuntu 7.10 runs on the laptop. The webcam, memory card reader, headphone jack and hibernation doesn’t work but the wireless, battery indicator and everything else works fine.

One response to “Sony Vaio Laptop – 15/Jan/08”

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