Sony Vaio VGN-CS11S reviews and prices: 14.1" Laptop computer

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+ This laptop scores high on design. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 29 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-CS11S with Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 320GB Storage on Windows Vista Home Premium. DVD drive, 2.1 hours of battery See full product description

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Courteney, Nailsea, Bristol.

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The laptop is stunning, especially with the piano gloss finish. I have a red one, it really does stand out. The spaces between the keys also mean that it is difficult to slip and hit the wrong button. This comes in very handy. This laptop is fast, whilst at the same time being surprisingly quiet. The screen size is more than adequate, and nice and bright. I cannot fault this laptop: it's quick, reliable, quiet, and bursting with additional features like built in web cam and SD card reader. I would advise you to buy a laptop case as the gloss finish may scratch. This is a great laptop for on the move because it is lightweight but does not compromise on performance.
Bad points:
None that i have come across so far.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 25 Feb 2009

Simon, London looking for female gsoh

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
It's a good bit of kit with great spec and lots of possiblities. very happy overall. a few niggles about the software and hardware but you won't be unhappy for money.
It's fantastic for casual gaming which was the reason i went for this
Works very well with non MS browsers (only)
Bad points:
trade descriptions it's a 280Gb HD not 320 Gb
Sony bloatware. you lose 40Gb of disk space with meaningless or time limited software
some of the buttons don't work and there is nothing in the very sparse guide to explain it but if you know what you want it for you won't have a problem
The Microsoft installation of office (time limited) is so slow and basic it's virtually unusable. download openoffice or stay with works
biggest problem is the bluetooth which connects fine but if you go out of range you have to connect it all up over again and it conflicts with other devices such as phone
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 23 Feb 2009

Confirmed purchaser Vaio Fan

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
It is a lovely looking little laptop with a really brilliant keyboard and some fun extras - i.e. the lights that come on when you stroke it... and if you want, when you play music.

Also, the USB ports are well positioned.
Bad points:
The thing that makes it so attractive is also one of the downsides... the lovely shiny casing shows every single fingerprint and smear imaginable. Prepare to do a lot of buffing to keep that lovely sheen...

There is no HDMI output which seems odd seeing as it houses a great Blu-Ray player so your viewing options
are limited to the laptop.

By far the worst thing for me was the fan noise - it's not all that loud but it seems to come on all the time, pretty much every 10 seconds regardless of whether or not you're working on it at the time (it would also do a little soft chirp at the end of each whirr...).

I have to say my friend and olleague loves hers and hasn't been at all put off by the fingerprints, lack of HDMI or even the fan... but it was the fan that was the deal breaker for me...

I returned my CS to the store and bought the Sony Vaio FW21E instead...
Overall rating 6.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 6.0
Value for money 8.0
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Feb 2009

Mark, Hitchin

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Great value for money - the colour is very catching - my 15 year old daughter loves it!
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Feb 2009

Lydia, Banbridge Accountancy services offered!

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Great looks and spec combined at an affordable price.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Feb 2009

Confirmed purchaser Mr VK

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
It's Sony!!! Everything around me is Sony. I do rely on Sony for more than 20 years.
Bad points:
Need an excellent protection from burglars.
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 12 Feb 2009

Wayne, Hull

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Keyboard very comfortable and easy to use
Looks stylish
Easy to use wireless connections
Bad points:
Finger marks show easily
poor battery life
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Apr 2009

This Sony Vaio VGN-CS11S is reviewed on PC Advisor

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 14.1
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1280 x 720 (WXGA)
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
RAM (Gigabytes) 4
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 320
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core 2 Duo
Processor number P8400
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.26
Number of USB ports 3
Connections Firewire
Connections Bluetooth
Connections Wireless
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Card reader Multi Card Reader
Battery life (Hours) 2.1
Weight (kg) 2.6
Graphics card brand nVidia
Graphics card model number 9300MGS
Graphics card memory (Megabytes) 128
Type of hard drive Hard Disk Drive
Chipset brand Intel
Chipset series 45PM
Remote control No
Aspect ratio 16:10
Width in cm 33.58
Depth in cm 24.5
Release date 39764

Also known as: Sony VAIO CS11S/P, Sony VAIO CS11S/Q, Sony VGNCS11SW, Sony CS11SP, Sony CS11SQ, SONY VGNCS11SP

Laptop Buyers Guide  

Manufacturer's Description

Four luxury colours
with matching accessories.

Designed to turn heads in a choice of four glittering bold colours with a piano coating finish inside and out. Choose from Sexy Red, Pure White, Youthful Pink or Black.

Complete the look with a wide range of specially designed accessories including colour coordinated cases and bags, mice and mousemats.

Isolation keyboard
Stylish isolation keyboard precisely designed for exceptional typing pleasure.

Crystal clear 14.1 widescreen display
Mid-size display offers a sensible compromise between mobility and screen performance. Sharp contrast and bright pictures with Sony X-black LCD technology.

Blu-ray Disc Combo Drive for HD entertainment
Watch thrilling High Definition movies with integrated Blu-ray Disc Combo Drive featuring future proof read’ capability*.

Built-in MOTION EYE camera
Instant video chat with friends and family using the 1.3 mega pixels built-in MOTION EYE camera and microphone. With Picture Capture, you can even take a picture of yourself, personalise it with special effects and share it instantly with friends.

Sensor Touch AV controls
Quickly access movies, photos and music using convenient AV buttons on the front of the laptop. Audio visual control at your fingertips.

Powerful multimedia computing
Work faster and play longer at home or on the move with latest Intel Centrino 2 Processor technology. Up to 4GB of DDR2 SDRAM* memory for rapid file access and easy multi-tasking.

Large data storage with up to 320GB* hard disc drive for storing a vast amount of AV entertainment.

Cutting edge NVIDIA graphics
High performance NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS graphics card with 256MB* VRAM for watching DVDs and playing games

Advanced wireless communications
Up-to-the-minute 802.11a/b/g/n (Draft-n) wireless LAN offers fastest possible connection speeds and widest reception range. Easily communicate cable-free with a range of devices via Bluetooth. 802.11b/g for Russian models.

ltimate connectivity
A wide range of ports and sockets including S-video, i.LINK, VGA, Express Card, Memory Stick and USB ensures excellent connectivity.

Fully equipped with VAIO entertainment software
Enjoy and create your own multimedia content with VAIO entertainment software :

  • VAIO Movie Story : Create amazing home videos with three easy steps.
  • Click to Disc : Burn and edit your own discs.
  • VAIO Media Plus: Connect to your home network and enjoy digital content stored inside your VAIO.
  • VAIO Music Box: Play your favourite music according to your mood using the 12 tone analyser engine.

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