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Just got this laptop for $299 - good deal?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Idontplaynice, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. Idontplaynice

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    It's a Sony VGN-NR498E.

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 2.0 Ghz
    HD: 250 GB
    RAM: 3.0 GB
    OS: Windows Vista Home Premium (which I will change to Windows 7)
    Screen: 15.4"
    Case: Textured silver

    Found it at a pawn shop. Had it since yesterday. So far, no problems.

    Anyone have this laptop? What do you think of it? Thanks.

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  2. IndyGunFreak

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    I'd say that's a pretty darn good deal, even w/ Vista.

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  3. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

    :agree:

    Plenty of HD space to put in a Linux partition for a dual boot system (hey, I'm just saying ;)
     
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  4. AmericanGunWorks

    AmericanGunWorks In IL HELP ME

    If you bought it used I'd strongly suggest wiping the HD completley and starting over on software installation, who knows what kinda stuff they had on there such as root kits and virus'
     
  5. Idontplaynice

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    Yeah I agree.
     
  6. LinuxKnight

    LinuxKnight Edge Of Reality

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    Yep agreed good deal.

    Also +1 on reformat- on a used machine, its best to "nuke it from orbit", aka wipe it clean and reinstall fresh. Also this way it isn't bogged down with all the shareware and add on crap that most (all) manufacturers load up on those. A clean install of Win7 will run circles around a bogged down install of Vista any day.

    Then you can also setup for dual boot with Linux, since you are reinstalling anyway... :)
    Or even tri-boot if you are into that kinda thing (not sure how well a Sony would do as a "hackintosh" running Mac OSX).

    So yeah that hardware sounds quite beefy enough to handle Win7 and a good Linux distro such as Ubuntu or Fedora. I would say at least give a good live Linux CD a spin just to see it in action.

    Post back and let us know how it goes.
     
  7. Idontplaynice

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    Do you think I should upgrade to Windows 7 or stick to its native Windows Vista Home Premium, which is not all that bad.

    Any potential driver conflicts with 7?

    Thanks.
     
  8. IndyGunFreak

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  9. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

    If it works fine, just leave it, unless you don't mind dropping the $$$ on it.
    Personal preference/decision.

    For what I'd use it for (2nd laptop) I'd just leave Vista on it.
    For primary laptop, I'd put Windows 7 on it (64 bit if I could) if it wasn't too much $$$.

    jmho
     
  10. Idontplaynice

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    That's what I'm thinking. I have another laptop that has Windows 7 on it already.

    The Windows Vista Home Premium is 32-bit.
     
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  12. njl

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    Sounds like a great deal. A lot of netbooks sell for more than that.

    As for 32 vs 64 bit, with 3gb RAM, there's no reason to do 64-bit, and good reasons not to.
     
  13. Idontplaynice

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    Update on the Sony VAIO:

    This is my first Sony, as so far, I have been using HP and Dell laptops. Although HP and Dell hasn't given me any problems before, I am equally pleased with the VAIO.

    Performance-wise, it runs smoothly, quietly, and rather cool. The T5750 CPU is a mid-range processor that is fine for basic laptop functions such as web-surfing, word processing, speadsheets, and playing movies on DVDs. It has a max-battery power setting that will dim the screen and tax the CPU to 100% on some standard apps, but I usally set it to high-performance mode (less battery time). The only thing I wish it had was a dedicated graphics card instead of integrated chipset graphics. So, this Sony won't play games. But, I'm not a gamer.

    What I really like, is the ventilation port is on the side of the laptop, not on the bottom. This helps when I actually put the laptop on my lap, or on a soft surface.

    The chicklet keyboard took some getting used to, but overall I got to like it after some use. The keys were a little spongy. I prefer a harder clickety-clack feel, but oh well, after using it a while it's not so bad.

    I also like the VAIO's slimness. It approaches the Macbooks in looks with its textured silver outer shell and overall thickness. I also like the lack of splashy graphics that is on some consumer laptops.

    So far, it runs Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit smoothly. No crashes or sluggishness.

    Overall, this notebook has been thoughtfully designed. The quality is there.