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Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M laptop PC

£1,199 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Sony

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Sony has had to make few compromises, so the Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M will suit many users.

The Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M is the sort of laptop you can quickly pack away at the end of the day (it's light enough to carry from room to room), but it's powerful enough to be used in place of a desktop PC.

Sony has had to make few compromises, so the Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M will suit many users.

The Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M features a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 processor and a generous 2GB of RAM, which combined to notch up a healthy WorldBench 6 real-world speed score of 77.

The nVidia GeForce 8400M GT graphics chip also proved no slouch, allowing the Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M to achieve an impressive 22 frames per second (fps) in our graphics test – very high for a laptop. Battery life was less impressive at just 82 minutes. However, as the Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M weighs nearly 4kg it's likely to be plugged in to the mains for most of its working life.

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The Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M's superb 17in glossy display is capable of producing vivid colours although, as with other models, this is fairly reflective as a result. Unfortunately the resolution tops out at a maximum of 1,440x900 pixels.

Sony has included a Blu-ray drive, but you won't be able to view HD discs at their full 1,080p resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels unless you hook the Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M up to an HDTV via the high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) port.

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Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M Expert Verdict »
Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M Scores 8.6 out of 10 based on 16 reviews
2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, SpeedStep
3 USB ports, 1 FireWire port, Ethernet
2GB DDR2 RAM
416x300x34mm
802.11a/b/g/draft n, Bluetooth
17in, 1,440x900 screen
nVidia GeForce 8400M GT, 256MB
flash memory drive
2x8x8x8x2.4x4x5x (Blu-ray/DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-RW/+RW/-RAM), 24x8x8x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW)
Windows Vista Home Premium
320GB hard drive (2x160GB)
3.9kg
SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro
InterVideo WinDVD Blu-ray, Norton Internet Security, Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Sony Vaio VGN-AR51M is a good performer that can even turn its hand to gaming. You won't get much more than an hour out of the battery, but given its size and weight you're unlikely to be using it on the move much anyway. The inclusion of a Blu-ray drive is a bonus, but it's a shame the resolution support doesn't allow you to make the most of it.

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