Sony Vaio VGN-BZ21V/N reviews and prices: 15.4" Laptop computer

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This laptop is a good all rounder.

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7.9 out of 10 based on 8 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-BZ21V/N with Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 400GB Storage on Windows Vista Business. DVD writer, 2.5 hours of battery See full product description

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Paul, Durham

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Looks and peformance
Bad points:
THe absolutely awful noise that the fan makes! This must be a design fault and is very off putting.
Overall rating 5.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 6.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 6.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Sep 2009

Dean, essex

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
I like sony productes, in the main. nice layout - good build.
Bad points:
screen could be clearer / sharper.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Sep 2009

Dan, Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Solid construction (feels a lot more sturdy than laptops built for home users, yet is light for its size), good keyboard (nice feel and sane layout), great screen.

One of the main reasons I chose this laptop was the XP downgrade option, and Sony provide XP drivers for almost all of the hardware (except the fingerprint sensor which I don't use anyway).

I have installed Kubuntu Linux on this laptop and have had no trouble getting Linux drivers to work with the hardware.
Bad points:
The main reason that I wouldn't recommend this product is that the fan noise is insanely loud. I used to work as a tech support in a rainforest in Central America and we would install heavy-duty fans in everything, but I never came across anything as loud as this. It's really distracting.

Minor annoyances: the USB ports are poorly placed for either a right-handed or left-handed mouse user, as they are all exactly where you'd place a mouse if pushed for space; the keyboard ought to have Page Up and Page Down keys considering there is so much space available and how integral they are to most interfaces these days; if you are planning to downgrade from Vista to XP (which will give you better performance and a less nagging interface) then be aware that the process is arduous and will take many hours -- this could be made a lot easier by providing better CDs with the product, although I imagine this is a Microsoft licensing issue.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Oct 2009

Gnana, Naples Music, gaming or video fan

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I love my vaio so much, it s really good, and it works so well, it has very good options like system recovery, even windows software reinstall options, restoring files or folders, speech recognition, important thing is security, nothing can substitute this option in BZ series in particular, esply fingerprint recognition..,user friendly..,etc etc etc on the whole it is classsssss,
Bad points:
i dnt find any notable bad points abt my vaio, one thing is tat i couldnt update the vaio update 3 option, it says some thing like model number doent find in the sever.., may be i dnt know how to do, otherwise it s good.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Jul 2009

Confirmed purchaser Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
good design, not too heavy, quite good processing power
Bad points:
sometimes is a bit slow to move on, on the internet
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Mar 2010

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 15.4
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1280 x 720 (WXGA)
Operating system Windows Vista Business
RAM (Gigabytes) 4
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 400
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core 2 Duo
Processor number P8700
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.53
Number of USB ports 3
Connections Firewire
Connections Bluetooth
Connections Wireless
Built-in disc drive DVD writer
Card reader Multi Card Reader
Battery life (Hours) 2.5
Weight (kg) 2.7
Graphics card brand Intel
Graphics card model number GMA 4500MHD
Type of hard drive Hard Disk Drive
Chipset brand Intel
Remote control No
Aspect ratio 16:9
Width in cm 36.2
Depth in cm 26.7
Release date 2009-06-01

Also known as: Sony VAIO BZ21V/N, Vaio BZ21VN, Sony BZ21VN, Sony VGN-BZ21VN

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