Our review unit was a preproduction model, and differs slightly from the final shipping version. While we had a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6400, the final version has a slightly faster 2.1GHz T6500. The difference in real-world terms would be minor. The T6400 and T6500 processors are decent for mainstream needs, and while the Vaio NW160J performed slightly under its competitors in our benchmark tests, with a discrete 512MB graphics card, the NW160J can be used reasonably well for gaming. Our Unreal Tournament 3 test generated 40 frames per second when running at a resolution of 1,280x720 pixels, which is more than sufficient. You could certainly play many mainstream games on this machine with minimal difficulty.
However, the Dell Studio 1440-022B, the HP Pavilion dv4-1465dx, and the Toshiba Satellite A505-S6960 models we compared the Vaio against are also several hundred dollars cheaper on average. Are the extra graphics memory and Blu-ray drive worth it? Since the Blu-ray worked so well and the laptop was very comfortable to use, we'd say yes, but only if you're very interested in playing Blu-ray movies on your laptop.
|Sony Vaio NW160J|
|Raw (annual kWh)||51.41|
|Energy Star compliant||Yes|
|Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh)||$5.84|
The included battery delivered 3 hours and 15 minutes in our video playback test. Other laptops in our comparison test performed better, but at over 180 minutes, that's not a bad performance for the Vaio, either. Home usage under normal use Web browsing and work conditions should produce better results.
Sony includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system. Vaio support is accessible through a 24-7 phone line (but it's not a free call) and a well-laid-out Web site, with an online knowledge base and driver downloads.
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Sony Vaio NW160J
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6400; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570; 400GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm
Toshiba Satellite A505-S6960
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6500; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Western Digital 5,400rpm
HP Pavilion dv4-1465dx
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6500; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Toshiba 5,400rpm
Dell Studio 1440-022B
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6500; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 1066MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9400M G; 320GB Toshiba 5,400rpm