Forerunners of the color portable PCS, the Vaio C series C are regularly updated by Sony. Here therefore the CR590 with glossy champagne gold finish.
Look and feel
The CR590 looks similar to the preceding generation. A superb refined design combined with a perfect finish. The plastic used look and feel nice and a wide steel chassis comes to refine and strengthen the laptop. The dimensions are in the norm with a wide screen of 14.1 inches, measurements of 13.2″(W) x 0.83-1.51″(H) x 9.8″(D) for 5.5 pounds (with standard battery). This laptop is light enough to be carried around everywhere while displaying a good size screen.
The CR590 adopts a processor of new generation. The Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T8300 display an honorable 2.4 GHz with 3 MB L2 Cache. While the processor is situated rather in mid level for speed, it does not prevent it to attain an excellent level of performance. It surpasses the T7700 that constituted the former summit of range of the processors Intel Core 2 Duetsfor calculation and multimedia. The Sony CR590 comes with 3 Go of RAM and has a hard disc offering a comfortable 320GB capacity built by Hitachi that attains decent transfer speed. This unity has a classical DVD burner.
Expansions slots include One Memory Stick Duo™ media slot with MagicGate® functionality and one ExpressCard® /34 slot One Secure Digital (SD™ memory card) media slot to take advantage of most of the current formats.
The 14.1 inches screen (uses a flagstone X black) offers a crisp 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. The overall offer is of impressive quality, a habit with Sony. Two output video s-video and VGA reply combine to answer all your video/presentation needs.
Connections: The antique taken Ethernet 100 Mbits contrast with the double presence of the Bluetooth 2,0 and wi-fl 802,11 a/b/g/n. With three USB and the Firewire, this Vaio is rather complete. Many buttons of short cut towards multimedia functionalities.
Hardware: A built-in 1.3 megapixel camera and a microphone are there for your Skype and other messengers needs…
Battery: We estimate the autonomy of this laptop to be about almost 2 hours. If using your laptop unplugged is high on your list, upgrade to the 12 cells battery and it should boost the autonomy to 3.5 to 4 hours. The large capacity battery is sold at $249 currently.
Price and final opinion
This machine seduces by his exemplary finishing and his very successful look. It is a good mix of speed, capacity, connections capability and portability. The CR590 is marketed has around $1,150 A good price for a laptop that commands attention.
• Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T8300 2.40GHz
• RAM: 3GB (Max 4GB)
• Hard Drive: 320GB
• Screen Size: 14.1″ with a resolution of 1280 x 800
• Graphics: Intel® GM965 Express Chipset
• Reader: DVD burner double layer
• Outputs: 3 USB, 1 Firewire, 1 Expresscard, 1 VGA, 1 S video, 1 SPDIF
• Wireless: Bluetooth 2.0 Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n
• Dimensions: 13.2″(W) x 0.83-1.51″(H) x 9.8″(D)
• Weight: 5.49 pounds (with standard battery)
• Price: Around $1,150