Sony Vaio VGN-CS21S reviews and prices: 14.1" Laptop computer

78 customer reviews

+ This laptop scores high on design. - It scores poorly on battery life.

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8.2 out of 10 based on 78 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-CS21S with Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 320GB Storage on Windows Vista Home Premium. DVD drive, 2.83 hours of battery See full product description

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Debby, London Business user

Score 2.0/10
Good points:
Looks nice, integrated webcam works well
Bad points:
Loud noisy intermittant fan noise. My screen has become defective.
Overall rating 2.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 6.0
Performance 5.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Dec 2009

Linda, Fraserburgh General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great style, love the quality of the screen, has a really good graphics card, very quiet
Bad points:
The mouse buttons are really loud to click
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Mar 2011

Jill, Alton General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
It has a good manufacturer, and is a good design. I love the colour.
Bad points:
None really.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Mar 2010

Confirmed purchaser General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
IT LOOKS GREAT IS LIGHT WHICH MAKES IT EASY FOR TRAVEL
Bad points:
DID NEED TO HAVE IT FIXED VERY EARLY ON
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 Apr 2010

p, Canterbury Often on the move

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Preferred white but had to compromise on pink (white sold out everywhere; quick replacement after burglary). Loved the white flat-key keyboard design. Aesthetically, top marks!
Bad points:
Battery life under 3hrs. Very noisy fan after 6 months, after one year kept overheating. Replaced rubbish fan (medium competence required) = Solved...quiet operation! However, another problem had arisen in the meantime: flickering line at bottom of screen. Maybe graphics card issue? Never solved. Both fan and flickering screen issues apparently experienced by many other owners (Internet search). SonyVaio media centre functionality a mystery to me. Never actually used it; keyboard volume controls ceased working after 2 years (maybe a priorities issue from another media application).
Overall rating 5.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 4.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Feb 2013

sheela, haverfordwest General home user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
design, portable,value for money
Bad points:
battery life only 2.5 hours even fully charged. I was told pre purchase it was 4 hours when fully charged.
quite heavy
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Apr 2010

Christopher, Truro Often on the move

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
A good looking ,easy to use item that does just what it says which is just what I want. It's a very good companion to my Vaio VGN-AR21S which I find is super
Bad points:
I am still wondering if the Windows 7 is that much better than my Windows Media Center ?
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Sep 2009

This Sony Vaio VGN-CS21S is reviewed on Expert Reviews

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 T6400
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2
Number of USB ports 3
Connections Wireless
Connections Bluetooth
Connections Firewire
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Card reader Multi Card Reader
Battery life (Hours) 2.83
Weight (kg) 2.6
Graphics card brand nVidia
Graphics card model number GeForce 9300M GS
Graphics card memory (Megabytes) 256
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 2009-02-17

Also known as: Sony VAIO CS21S/W, Sony VAIO CS21S/P, Sony VAIO CS21S/R, SONY VGNCS21SW, SONY VGNCS21SP, SONY VGNCS21SR, SONY VGNCS21ST, SONY VGNCS21SV, Sony VAIO CS21S-V, Sony VAIO CS21S-W, Sony VAIO VGN-CS21S/V, Sony VAIO CS21SV, Sony VAIO CS21ST, Sony VAIO CS21SR, Sony VAIO CS21SP, Sony Vaio CS21S/V, Sony VAIO VGN-CS21S/W

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.

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.

Ultimate 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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