Sony Vaio VGN-CS31Z/Q reviews and prices: 14.1" Laptop computer

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+ This laptop has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on battery life.

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7.4 out of 10 based on 29 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-CS31Z/Q with Intel Core 2 Duo T6500 2.1 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 320GB Storage on Windows Vista Home Premium. DVD writer, 3.5 hours of battery See full product description

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Michael , Lewes, East Sussex Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
It works. Reasonably light. In power save mode the battery lasts longer than I do (approx 3 hours). In performance mode it is fast. Windows 7 upgrade did not require a clean install. Clear display, but don't like the 16x9 profile, prefer 4x3
Bad points:
No sure about the shiny case. The screen profile is too wide screen. I want height as well as width, my main work on it is programming, watching videos is a very very low priority.

The wireless connection was not very good, but I am not sure if this was Vista, or conflict with Blue Tooth. In my home office, now with Windows 7, all seems OK. Fan can be noisey
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Sep 2009

Martin, Scotland Business user

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Decent battery life (depends on settings), Looks the part with good clean and clear design of the computer shell, as well as a responsive keyboard. LCD display is certainly one of the best i have seen (14.1 in) on any make of computer. Plenty of USB ports and connectivity to other forms of media. Ideal for my type of usage. Value for money was o.k but it was bought in an end of line sale !! Overall an above average piece of kit with some nice features but i imagine most people might want a bit more.
Bad points:
Wouldn't have paid full price for this as it was a bit expensive. The webcam is a bit lame. The lack of supplied software backup discs was a disappointment although they are pretty easy to create. And the size of screen may put off some gamers and dvd enthusiasts.
Overall rating 7.0
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: 18 Apr 2010

Confirmed purchaser Music, gaming or video fan

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
fast, low crash rate, good graphics,easy to use, effective touch pad, plays blue-rays so is good for films, plenty of memory, fast processor so is good for gaming, multiple usb ports, SD card port
Bad points:
has a very very noisy fan witch can be annoying during gaming or playing music, no button to deactivate touch pad, no mouse ports only usb so if you have a really nice mouse but it has a conventional mouse connection you will have to buy a usb adapter for it if you want to use it. unfortunately no XD card slot.
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Jan 2010

andrew, stoke on trent General home user

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
Blue ray dvd drive. Good screen.
Bad points:
No hdmi connector.
Overall rating 6.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 5.0
Size and weight 5.0
Performance 6.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 Apr 2011

Peter, Cottingham General home user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Compact size, performance, look and feel.
Bad points:
None to date!
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Nov 2009

Charles, Westward Ho General home user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Positive and easy to use touch pad keyboard. Goods performance.
Bad points:
Quite heavy. Short battery life.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Oct 2009

Confirmed purchaser General home user

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
Fan is making funny noises, the touch pad is erratic
Overall rating 5.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 5.0
Performance 5.0
Value for money 4.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Nov 2009

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 T6500
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.1
Number of USB ports 3
Connections Firewire
Connections Bluetooth
Connections Wireless
Built-in disc drive Blu-ray drive
Built-in disc drive DVD writer
Card reader Multi Card Reader
Battery life (Hours) 3.5
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 2009-07-14


Laptop Buyers Guide  

Manufacturer's Description

6 luxury colours…
with matching accessories.

Designed to turn heads in a choice of 6 glittering bold colours with a piano coating finish inside and out.

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.

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.

*on selected models only.

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