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Sony VAIO CR Series Review

A quick to the point Sony VAIO CR Series laptop review. 


VAIO CR Series Laptop Review

sony vaio CR series laptop picturesThe Sony VAIO CR series laptops are a stylish consumer tailored offering from Sony.  Available in multiple color options including a sweet looking cosmopolitan pink the VAIO CR will allow you to make a bold fashion statement.  Putting styling aside the Sony the VAIO CR is also a very functional laptop to boot.

The VAIO CR is a very capable notebook and we feel it will make a great companion for a wide range of individuals, especially many college students who are looking for a hip but functional mobile machine.  

Honestly Sony really has made the VAIO CR very consumer friendly by not only packing it with the cool exterior color options but also a very functional set of features.

So first and foremost the Sony VAIO CR series laptops are definitely packed with great style and a generous set of features.  Putting the VAIO CR series through a weeks worth of common tasks including word processing, Internet browsing, CD burning, and even MP3 encoding it performed very well thanks in part to a powerful Intel Core 2 processor.


VAIO CR Series - Graphics Optional?
Of course while the Sony VAIO CR is a great all around laptop, like every great thing it does have its fair share of shortcomings. 

On the top of our list is definitely the missing dedicated graphics card.  We feel this is going to be a problem for many users, especially anyone who likes to play the occasional game.

There are simply other laptops out there within the same price range that are more powerful because they include dedicated graphics cards. So price is obviously our other bother even though a price premium is typical with Sony.

Of course if the missing dedicated graphics card isn't an issue with your line of work, you are still going to be getting very powerful and functional laptop.  The Intel Core 2 Duo processors are simply amazing and the VAIO CR gets great battery life, especially with a larger capacity battery.

We must say in the end that the VAIO CR is definitely worth checking out during your laptop quest, especially if you are a student looking for a great looking and functional laptop computer for school, work, and play.



VAIO CR Series - Features at a Glance

Sony Vaio CR Series: VGN-CR4000

  • Processor:  Up to a 2.6GHz Intel� Core™ 2 Duo Processor 
  • Screen:  14.1" LCD with XBRITE-ECO (Glossy)
  • Graphics:  Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 with up to 358MB of shared memory
  • Memory:  Up to 4GB 
  • Optical drive:  DVD�R DL / DVD�RW / DVD-RAM Drive
  • Hard Drive:  Up to a 250GB hard drive at 5400rpm
  • Wireless LAN:  802.11a/b/g/n (Wi-Fi)
  • Bluetooth:  Integrated Bluetooth Technology
  • Battery:  Up to 2.0-4.0 hours using standard battery, 3.5-7.5 using large capacity battery
  • Expansion Ports: Three USB 2.0, one FireWire 400 port, one ExpressCard 34, one VGA, one S-Video,  one MemoryStick Pro reader, one SD card reader, headphone/line-out, microphone, 10/100 Ethernet, modem 
  • Color Options:  Available in Indigo Blue, Sangria Red, Cosmopolitan Pink, Champagne Gold, Dove White, and Crocodile Brown
  • Camera:  Built-in 1.3 megapixel camera and microphone
  • Buttons:  Play/Pause, Stop, FF, Rewind, AV Mode, Mute, Volume-+, Capture and Display off
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista 
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • Dimensions:  13.2" x 1.67" x 9.8"

Pre-Configured CR Laptops Offered by Sony:

  • VGN-CR490EBL
  • VGN-CR490EBR
  • VGN-CR490EBP
  • VGN-CR490EBN
  • VGN-CR490EBW
  • VGN-CR490EBT
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