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Sony VAIO VGN-NS10L/S review

£561.83 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Sony

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

With its textured silver finish, minimalist silver and black interior and its stylised square keys, the Sony VAIO VGN-NS10L/S laptop is aesthetically pleasing. But how does it work out in the Test Centre?

With its textured silver finish, minimalist silver and black interior and its stylised square keys, the Sony VAIO VGN-NS10L/S laptop is aesthetically pleasing.

The build quality is very good, especially for a laptop with such a modest price tag. The Sony VAIO VGN-NS10L/S has a solid lid and its chassis has a reassuring weight around the edges, without bumping up the machine's overall weight into the realms of weight-lifting equipment.

Often, with minimalist styling comes a minimalist feature set, but that's not the case with the Sony VAIO VGN-NS10L/S. There's no TV-out or HDMI output, but you get pretty much everything else you could want from a laptop, including four USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire port, all mounted on the sides for easy access.

You also get a generous 250GB hard drive, a draft-n Wi-Fi adaptor, a dual-layer DVD burner and Secure Digital card and MemoryStick slots. The usual network port and 56K modem are also provided round the back of the Sony VAIO VGN-NS10L/S.

Surprisingly, the Sony VAIO VGN-NS10L/S's stylised keyboard stands up well to a good typing session too, and you get a decent key-press under your fingers. Meanwhile, the screen is also among the best laptops on test this month, with a bright display and vibrant colours.

At this point, however, you've probably seen this laptop's lowly score of 61 in WorldBench 6 and decided that you can get a faster laptop for your money, but ignore the scores opposite; the Sony VAIO VGN-NS10L/S only got such a low score because Sony sent us a slightly dodgy review sample.

Our test Sony VAIO VGN-NS10L/S came with a meagre single-core Celeron 575 and 2GB of RAM, but the model on sale features a 2GHz Pentium dual-core T3200 and 3GB of RAM. This should mean its performance is solid, but it won't be as quick as Intel Core 2-based laptops.

Unfortunately, the battery life from the 3600mAh battery isn't going to improve with the new spec, and the Sony VAIO VGN-NS10L/S' battery lifespan of 171 minutes is the lowest of all the laptops on test this month. However, at just shy of three hours, you'll still get a reasonable amount of time away from the mains.

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Sony Vaio VGN NS10L/S reviews verified by Reevoo

Sony Vaio VGN NS10L/SScores 8.7 out of 10 based on 452 reviews
2GHz Intel Pentium dual-core T3200
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
250GB hard drive
15.4in (1,280 x 800) display
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M
dual-layer DVD burner
4x USB 2.0
1.3Mp webcam
SD and MemoryStick card slots
34mm Express Card slot
56K modem
3600mAh battery
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Sony VAIO VGN-NS10L/S is a well featured and well built laptop for just £421 that's a pleasure to use. However, if you're looking for raw speed and longer battery life you'll be better served by the Medion or the Samsung.

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