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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Sony VAIO VGN-CR220E/R Review

The Sony VAIO VGN-CR220E/R is a member of Sony's CR series which means it has a 14 inch screen. A lot of you may be confused by how Sony names their VAIO models. For one, I've noticed at the Sony Style stores that their VAIO CR series now has CR290xx models but I think the difference between the Sony VAIO models in the CR series lies mainly on the colors and the processors.


The Sony VAIO VGN-CR220E/R has an Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 processor which means it runs at 2GHz speed, 14.1 inch wide screen, 2GB DDR II memory, 200 GB Serial ATA hard drive, 5.5 pounds, DVD RW optical disk drive, Intel GMA X3100 graphics card, built-in memory card reader, built-in camera, modem, WiFi, Ethernet, ExpressCard slot, and Windows Vista Home Premium.


What I like about the Sony VAIO VGN-CR220E/R as well as other Sony VAIO notebooks is that the screen is very bright and clear thanks to Sony's XBRITE technology, it has a 1280 x 800 resolution which is good for watching DVDs. The A/V controls also lets you watch your DVD movies without having to boot up the operating system so it's like having a portable DVD player with you. This is perfect for those entertainment fanatics. The hard disk on the Sony VAIO VGN-CR220E/R is also considerably very large. At 200GB, it's larger than most laptops in the same price range. The 2GHz processor and 2GB memory would let you do a lot of tasks on this machine plus, the processor doesn't get too hot after extended use.


Even though the 2 GHz processor and 2GB memory on the Sony VAIO VGN-CR220E/R would allow you to multi-task and do a variety of tasks on the go, gaming isn't one of them. Sure, casual games maybe but the Intel GMA X3100 Graphics card won't let you enjoy the graphics on your favorite high end PC games plus it's a shared only memory so it could slow your system performance. There's no finger print reader on the Sony VAIO VGN-Cr220E/R but I really don't consider that as a must-have. Also, there's no integrated Bluetooth but Bluetooth dongle comes cheap nowadays.


The SONY VAIO VGN-CR220E/R is the perfect laptop for those looking for performance and portability. The 200GB hard disk drive, brand name, and color is enough to pay for a little premium over other competitors.

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1 comment:

Mike said...

I have the cr220e and like it very much. I'm an IT consultant and am pleased with battery life, performance, price. A good move and I'm a bit of an picky technical consumer. Screen's nice.

I actually recommend this. This may not be the best review, but I do believe it's my first, I like the notebook that much.