Sony VAIO NR review: Sony VAIO NR

With a 1.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 CPU and 1GB of RAM, the TR160 isn't as fast as the current crop of T7000-series laptops on the market but is perfectly acceptable for less than $1,000. For $899, you can configure a comparable Dell Inspiron 1520 (except the Dell defaults to a massive 320GB hard drive). It was considerably slower than its more expensive cousin, the 15-inch VAIO FZ180, which more than doubles the price, but adds a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 and a second gigabyte of RAM. For casual multitasking, such as playing media files while Web surfing and working on office documents, we suffered some stuttering and slowdown, but that improved somewhat after we cleaned out some of the bloatware running in the background.

The NR160 ran for 2 hours, 30 minutes on our DVD battery drain test, using the included lithium ion battery. That isn't especially impressive, but falls with acceptable parameters and was half an hour better than the Sony's FZ180. Our DVD battery drain test is especially grueling, so you can expect longer life from casual Web surfing and office use.

Sony includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system, which included on-site service. Upgrading to a three-year plan will cost an extra $199. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line and an online support Web site, which helpfully gives you a custom page of links to manuals and drivers for your specific model.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony VAIO NR160
1,549 
Averatec 2371
1,650 

Adobe Photoshop CS2 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony VAIO NR160
758 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony VAIO NR160
288 

DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Sony VAIO NR160
150 

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Windows Vista Business; 1.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5500; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 224MB Mobile Intel 945GM/GU Express Chipset; 120GB Seagate Momentus 5,400rpm


Windows Vista Home Premium; 1.6GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-52; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 667MHz; 64MB Nvidia GeForce Go 6100; 120GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm


Windows Vista Ultimate; 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB Nvidia GeForce Go 7300; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Sony VAIO NR160
Windows Vista Home Premium; 1.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5250; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Intel Mobile Express 965GM; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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    • Release date Oct 1, 2007
    • Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
    • Installed Size 2 GB
    • Color silk white
    • Weight 6.2 lbs
    • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - fixed
    • Graphics Processor Intel GMA X3100
    • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 / 1.83 GHz