Sony VAIO NW VGN-NW150J Notebook Review

October 12, 2009

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One of the NW Series' hipper features is the inclusion of DeviceVM's Splashtop, which enables you to hop on the Internet without having to boot Windows or even spin up the hard drive. Splashtop is a rudimentary operating system, based on Linux, that launches from the computer's BIOS. Once we'd configured the system to access our wireless network, we were surfing the Internet within 20 seconds of pushing the Web button above the keyboard.


This version of Splashtop can't access your hard drive, but you can download and store files on a device plugged into any of the NW's three USB ports. Sony ships this machine with the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium and was offering a free Windows 7 upgrade at press time.

Sony VAIO NW VGN-NW150J Notebook Specs :

Hardware
Camera

Built-in MOTION EYE® camera and microphone
Keyboard

QWERTY, 86 keys with 2.0mm stroke and 19.05mm pitch

Audio
Sound System

Intel® High Definition Audio

Power
Battery Type

Standard Capacity Lithium-ion Battery (VGP-BPS13/B)
Estimated Battery Life

Up to 5.5 hours8 Standard Capacity Battery Up to 8.0 hours8 Large Capacity Battery
Power Requirements

95W + 10%

Display
Resolution

1366 x 768
Screen Size

15.5"4
Technology

WXGA
XBRITE-ECO™ Technology

Yes

General
Action Buttons

Mute, WLAN on / off, Display Off, Instant Web
Computer Type

Notebook
Pointing Device

Electro-static touch pad
Type of Use

Portable

Environmental Information
ENERGY STAR®

5.0
ROHS®

Compliant

Memory
Installed

4GB PC2-6400 (2GBx2)
Maximum

8GB
Type/Speed

DDR2/800MHz

Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.)

14.6"(W) x 1.2"(H) x 9.8"(D)5,6
Weight (Approx.)

6.0 lbs5 (with standard capacity battery)

Service and Warranty Information
International Service

1 year international service plan available. Registration required. See www.sony.com/IRSP for details.
Limited Warranty Term

1 year limited warranty9. See actual warranty for details.
Online and Email Support

Support available from http://www.esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO
Telephone Support

1 year toll-free technical telephone assistance, available 24/710

Graphics
Chipset

Intel® GM45 Express Chipset
Max. External Display Resolution via HDMI™

1920 x 1080
Max. External Resolution via VGA

2048 x 1536
Processor

Mobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD with Intel® Clear Video Technology Total Available Graphics Memory of 1750MB (max.)13

Expansion Slots
Multimedia Card Reader

One Memory Stick PRO™ (Standard/Duo) media slot with MagicGate® functionality One ExpressCard® / 34 media slot One Secure Digital (SD memory card) media slot

Software
Anti-Virus Software

Norton Internet Security™ 2009 30-Day Trial Offer15
Operating System

Genuine Microsoft® Windows Vista® Home Premium 64-bit12
Supplied Software

Microsoft® Works SE 9.0 w/ 60-Day Trial Version of Microsoft® Office Home and Student 200714
The VAIO® Software Experience

VAIO® Startup Assistant VAIO® Care
VAIO® Multimedia Suite

VAIO® Startup Assistant Click to Disc Editor - Import, Edit, Burn VAIO® Movie Story - Simple Movie Creation VAIO® MusicBox - Music by Mood VAIO® Media plus - Multimedia Streaming Software *Please access VAIO® Help and Support from your PC for a complete list of software applications and trials.

Wireless/Networking
Ethernet Protocol

10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T (Gigabit)
Ethernet Speed

Fast Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wi-Fi

Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN (802.11a/b/g/n)3

Hard Drive
Capacity

320GB2
Speed

5400rpm
Type

Serial ATA

Inputs and Outputs
DC-In

1
Ethernet Connection(s)

1
HDMI Output

117
Microphone Input

1
USB Port(s)

3 (2.0 compliant)
VGA Output(s)

1
i.LINK Connection

1 (4pin) i.LINK® connector (IEEE 1394)7

Optical Drive
BD-R DL Read

2x max
BD-R Read

4x max
BD-RE DL Read

2x max
BD-RE Read

2x max
BD-ROM Read

4x max
Blu-ray Disc Support

Read Only16(BD-ROM)
CD Support

Read / Write (CD/-R/-RW)
DVD Support

Read / Write (DVD±R/±RW/±R DL/-RAM)

Processor
Front Side Bus Speed

800MHz
L2 Cache

2MB
Speed

2.10GHz1
Technology

Intel Centrino® processor technology
Type

Intel Core™ 2 Duo Processor T6500

source : i4u

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