Sony VAIO VGN-CR13G/W

Sony VAIO VGN-CR13G/W
  • Sony VAIO VGN-CR13G/W
  • Sony VAIO VGN-CR13G/W
  • Sony VAIO VGN-CR13G/W
  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5

Pros

  • Stylish gloss-white design, built-in webcam, reasonable specifications, multimedia buttons

Cons

  • Poor viewing angle of display, graphics card is not capable of supporting latest games

Bottom Line

The VAIO VGN-CR13G is a reasonably solid, if unspectacular, notebook that features a lovely design and reasonable specifications. A decent choice if you are after an all-purpose machine.

Would you buy this?

A stylish all-purpose notebook that is ideal for a number of uses, the Sony VAIO VGN-CR13GW is a solid, if not outstanding, machine that counts integrated AV buttons and a Motion Eye webcam among its features.

The VGN-CR13GW has a 14.1in screen with a 1280x800 resolution. Although the glossy display is bright and clear, its poor viewing angle means that a few people crowding around to watch a DVD movie will be disappointed. Further, the screen is glossy so if you're working in an office environment, fluorescent lights reflecting off the display can become annoying.

At the heart of this notebook is an Intel Core 2 Duo T1700 CPU running at 1.8GHz, 1GB of DDR2 RAM (upgradeable to 2GB) and a Serial ATA 100GB hard drive. There is also a built-in DVD burner; along with the dedicated media controls and a built-in webcam, its clear Sony is pushing this notebook as a home multimedia solution. Overall, these specifications aren't outstanding, but suit the target market of this notebook.

We encoded 53 minutes of WAV files to 192Kbps MP3 files to test the system's performance. The encoding time of 2min 33sec is fair, but not outstanding -- it's a decent score considering the specifications. The results conclude that the CR13GW is a fair solution for a number of basic uses, including browsing the Internet, e-mailing, editing Office documents and performing multimedia tasks.

The VAIO includes an ATI Mobility Radeon x2300 graphics card which produced a reasonable score of 7980 in our 3DMark2001 benchmark. It is fine to play some older games, but newer titles won't be able to run on this machine.

For connectivity, three USB 2.0 ports join an ExpressCard slot, one gigabit Ethernet port and a 56Kbps modem port, in addition to a FireWire 400 port. Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 are also offered. Continuing the multimedia theme, a VGA port is available to output presentations to a larger screen or projector, while there is an S-Video-out port as well. A media card reader supporting MagicGate, MS/MS-Pro and SD cards rounds out the options.

Aesthetically, the VAIO is extremely stylish and our review unit's glossy white finish felt remarkably Apple-esque. The gloss white lid features a silver VAIO logo etched into the top and the relatively flat, silver keyboard is comfortable to use. The large touchpad felt responsive and the clear buttons blended well into the design of the unit.

We tested the battery life by looping a DVD until the notebook has no charge left. The DVD loop test is considered a worst-case scenario, as it utilises the optical drive and speakers, as well as the screen, CPU and other core components. The VAIO lasted 1hr 46min before the battery died, which is a little below average. Keep in mind though that all our tests were run using maximum performance battery profiles. Longer battery life can be achieved by selecting a number of other power profiles through the Windows Vista control panel.

Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?