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Your Questions About Sony Vaio Laptop Reviews

Mary asks…

Are Sony Vaio laptops good?

I like the laptop a lot and my last laptop which was a HP broke after 3 years. I know that these laptops are usually quite expensive but I’ve been saving for a while but I’m not really sure about the laptops themselves because I’ve seen some other questions about this laptop and some are bad and some are good so I was wondering whether or not to get it.

steve answers:

You can read annual surveys:



and see reports


and check reviews of particular models by googling the model.
You can look up CPU power



and graphics performance if interested on that:



You consider a brand at a price point. Just as comparing a $30,000 automobile with a $20,000 one is not a fair comparison, you need to consider a price point or small price range to see what is available.

Sony, at a price point, tends to have good keyboards and LCDs. They used to have very good audio, and reviews might show that. They have a good software package included in most of their laptops. The quality record now is “variable”. There are people that swear by and praise the laptops, and those they swear at the laptops and call them total junk. In general, at a price point, the CPU and graphics processor will be a little lower.

I group laptops in two tiers.
Lenovo Ideapads and Thinkpads, HP Envy and Elitebooks, Samsung and Asus over $450, Toshiba business lines, Dell XPS Latitude and Precision, and the higher priced Sony tend to belong in the upper half.

Lenovo Essentials, HP Pavilion, HP-Compaq, Acer/Gateway, just about any laptop under $350, Toshiba Satellite, Dell Inspiron
all belong in the lower half

Anything else takes more research for a model record.

Paul asks…

Is Sony Vaio generally a good laptop?

Is it? Or tell me whats a good computer for sims 3. N stuff.

steve answers:

The Sony VAIO N series is a bit of a new page in the playbook for Sony. The VAIO N is a 15.4” widescreen notebook that can actually be called a budget level notebook, in the past we haven’t seen Sony go after cost conscious customers. The VAIO N is squarely targeted at consumers that want a stylish and suitably powerful laptop just for around the home. This review will investigate whether that goal is achieved.

Mandy asks…

Which laptop should i get, a sony vaio or a dell xps?

im looking to spend between $1000-1600

steve answers:

I would go with Dell.

At that price range, Sony tends to be way more overpriced for what they put inside of it. All you’re usually getting is a name and a fancy case. Sony sells some laptop with the some setting at $1000, but Dell might offer a similar/better setting for a few hundred dollars cheaper.

On that point, both are reliable names, but Dell has the advantage in terms of selection and price. You have many more options to customize your Dell and select warranty options in comparison to those offered by Sony. Plus, they have a great support website that is better tuned for the PC user than Sony’s.

However, if you really have your eyes set on a Sony, be sure to compare prices and check reviews to make sure you’ll be satisfied with the product and attracted by the price.

Ruth asks…

plz give me a review of sony vaio nr17g?

steve answers:

Visit the following links for better /good review




Ken asks…

Which is better? Sony – VAIO Laptop VGN-CS215J/W or HP TouchSmart tx2-1020us?

I’m buying a laptop and I can’t decide within this two.

steve answers:

There is really no BEST laptop brand as manufacturers all have produced “Gold” and “Lemons” in their time.

Most answers will tell you to buy “THIS” or “THAT” brand because it is the best, just remember that it is the best for THEM not for you.

Most people will tell you of a best “brand” but their actual answer is based on the MODEL they have not the entire brand and you should not judge a company by ONE model as they make hundreds of them.

This being said, here is how to do more precise research to find the best one for YOU:

The first step is to get information on the laptops that you are interested in and, as a second step, to search online at web stores (like Amazon or similar) or at retail shops (BestBuy, staples or similar) for the best deals on the ones you would really like to have based on your search.

This way, you get the best working laptops at the best prices.

As laptop specs change often, it is good to get non-vendor/non-partisan/non-groupie information so you should do some checking on these review/guide sites to help fine tune your search.

At each site, start by checking those two models and then compare them with others (and against each other) by choosing different options using boxes and drop down menus to customize the search and get what you want in your laptop ( there is even a way on some of those sites to look by inputting the price you are willing to pay to minimize the impact on your wallet ).

Your time will not be wasted (after all, you get all this from the comfort of your home) and you should find something to your liking and budget.

Stop 01 here: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/?tag=hdr;snav
Stop 02 here: http://www.pcworld.com/products/computers/laptops.html
Stop 03 here: http://review.zdnet.com/filter/laptops?categoryId=3121
Stop 04 here: http://www.notebookreview.com/

Good luck on your research.

P.S.: By the way, I own a Dell ;) but it’s an older model (2002) on the way out soon (to be replaced by a still unknown brand as I will be doing research).

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Your Questions About Tablets Computer Art

Charles asks…

What is a tablet (Art wise)?

Computer and art wise. I’ve just heard of them…I looked them up and when I saw them they looked really sophisticated and cool. It’d be great if I could have some information on them.

steve answers:

It’s basically another peripheral like a mouse. The tablet itself being square, has points on it that corresponds to points on the screen, when you press the pen to it, it’s like a mouse click, and when you draw, you’re basically pressing and dragging the pen around to click the mouse like you would while drawing with a real pen. You can get tablets big or small, it doesn’t matter. The cursor will still show up on the screen where it is on your tablet.

I own both a tablet and a tablet pc (I’m on it now) Tablet PC’s you can draw directly on the laptop screen. Also, if you invest in any tablet, make sure it’s wacom penabled. They are basically the leading manufacturer of tablets and they have drivers that enable pressure sensitivity and more penlike usage.

Jenny asks…

My computer will not allow me to open art programs (Photoshop, SAI, MSPaint, etc) or install my tablet? Help!?

Ive been like trying to download my art programs onto my computer and whenever I try to use the installer it will go ‘unable to install please click quit’. It’s only happening with these art programs and also with my tablet installer. My tablet is an intuos4 and it had been working yesterday :(

Please help! My computer is a Windows 7 btw :)

steve answers:

Try to find an antivirus to solve the problem i think and im sure its a virus problem or its preferable to reserve your data on a cd or usb and format the computer :)

Lisa asks…

Getting better at art on computer?

Well I bought myself a Wacom tablet to start drawing on the computer with Photoshop.Using the tablet is so different! Any tip/ tutorials, HELP! XD

steve answers:

Http://www.drawsum.com – inspiration and practise in one.

Sandra asks…

Which one is Better? (ART TABLETS)?

I would Like to Know which Tablet is better, the Intuos5 –> http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/45066-pth-450/k0-c is more expensive but smaller, and the Fun Pen and Touch –> http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/43733-cth-670/k0-c is cheaper and bigger in size. I just want to know why, as in what features does the Intuos5 have that the Fun pen and touch doesnt . :D

steve answers:

Fun pen and touch

Sandy asks…

If I wanted to draw art on the computer would I need to use a…?

WACOM Bamboo Pen Graphics Tablet? Is that the best one to use.


steve answers:

Yeah, the bamboo pen tablet is a great tablet for starting out. I’ve had a wacom tablet for years and have never had any problems with it. You can draw with a mouse but the tablet has a lot of advantages like pen pressure to control line thickness or brush opacity. Drawing with a mouse can also really hurt your wrist… :(

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Your Questions About Toshiba Mini Netbook

Donald asks…

is a netbook right for me?

all i need it for is to store and record music with portability and WEB surfing. are netbooks right for me?
160 gigs?

steve answers:

Acer AO532h-2588 10.1-Inch Onyx Blue Netbook – Up to 8 Hours of Battery Life


HP Mini 210-1010NR 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 4.25 Hours of Battery Life


HP Mini 210-1084NR 10.1-Inch Blue Netbook – 9.75 Hours of Battery Life


Toshiba Mini NB255-N245 10.1-Inch Black Onyx Netbook (8 Hour Battery Life)


Asus Eee PC 1001P-MU17-BK 10.1-Inch Intel Atom Netbook Computer (Black)


ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-EU1X-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 4 Hour Battery Life





Thomas asks…

Best NetBook (Mini Laptop) out there?

steve answers:

It depends on what features you want and how much you want to spend. Personally, in the 10″ netbook category, I think the Toshiba netbooks are the best in terms of overall quality and features, but they are pricier than most. Also, the Samsung, Acer Aspire One and MSI Wind models are all pretty good. I’d put Dell and HP Minis a notch or two below. A lot of people like the various Asus models, but personally I don’t like their keyboards at all. I bought an Acer early this year (2010) and am pretty happy with it.

You should decide what you want in these categories: operating system (Windows 7 Starter or Windows XP), type and size of hard disk (spinning disk or SSD, and what capacity), matte or glossy screen (the Samsung has a nice matte screen), keyboard style (“island” keys or “regular” keys), & battery power (you can get anything from a 3-4 hour battery to a 9 hour battery). Also, try the keyboard and the touchpad to see how you like the different ones.

Betty asks…

Whats the best netbook?

I am trying to decide what the best netbook is for me. So far i have the Toshiba NB 205, and the Samsung N120. Are these good choices? If not what is? If they are good choices then which one is better?
I am trying to decide what the best netbook is for me. So far i want the Toshiba NB 205, and the Samsung N120. Are these good choices? If not what is? If they are good choices then which one is better?
oops! just read the second one i made a mistake.

steve answers:

Hmmm.i would get a dell mini 10

Donna asks…

The best CHEAP netbook?

Things I need:
1 (most important) FAST!
2 good looking & small
3 runs windows 7 but xp is okay
4 MUST be bought in a shop not online – parents rules ;(

steve answers:

You’re not going to get a netbook that is fast. They are all slow because they are made to be portable and lightweight. You are best going for a 13-14 inch notebook. The cheapest ones are around £450. Check out all the big brands: hp, dell, toshiba etc.

If you’re looking for cheap then check out dell mini: http://www1.euro.dell.com/uk/en/home/Laptops/laptop-inspiron-10/pd.aspx?refid=laptop-inspiron-10&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1&~ck=mn&ST=dell%20mini%2010&dgc=ST&cid=41141&lid=1069630&acd=124047440120569 It is quite fast for netbooks.

Check out the page below for information on buying a laptop: http://askbobrankin.com/buying_a_laptop.html

Charles asks…

College Student Dell Mini Question! Start school next week!?

Hey, I’m a colleg student about to start school next week and I am thinking about buying one of those mini laptops. I will be writing alot, school papers and my own book. I need to know if it has a cd/dvd drive to save my work, also could I do itunes stuff on it also? I have an Inspiron 1420, but it was too heavy in my backpack along with my books. If the Mini is not for me, then can someone suggest another small laptop, possibly from Dell (I’m in Austin) that I could buy for no more than $400? Thanks!

steve answers:

The Mini Netbook lap tops do not have internal CD/DVD drives and more. You would have to buy a external CD/DVD drive.
Buy a full featured lap top:
1st choice: http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/home.to
2nd. Choice: http://dell.com

I use Toshiba Satellite lap tops.

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Your Questions About Ati Mobility Radeon Hd 4250

Ruth asks…

would Spore or M2TW run on AMD Athlon™ II X2 processor with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics?

will spore or medieval 2 total war run on this if so how well AMD Athlon™ II X2 processor with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics?

steve answers:

Yes spore will run. Hell it runs fine on an intel atom n270 with intel gma 945 graphics.

Sharon asks…

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 driver for my eMachines G640?

I just got an eMachines G640 laptop for Christmas, and I would like to get the latest driver for my ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics card. I can’t seem to find the proper driver for my laptop, so could you please help? Thank you. :)

steve answers:

Get it from ATI;


Choose the one that is compatible with the operating system on your G640.

Helen asks…

Can I Play Dirt 3 on ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250?

My config is
Win 7 64 bit home premium
500GB Hard Disk
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250.
Sony Vaio VPCEE3WFX laptop

steve answers:

You can play but u will need to lower graphics. Set visual details to low and resolution to 800X600 or 1024X768

Richard asks…

will an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 play fallout 3 and oblivion well with a 2.6 ghz processor?

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics card
AMD Phenom II (2.6 GHz) processor
Fallout 3 requires about 2.4 GHz processor
Oblivion requires 2.0 GHz processor

steve answers:

On low settings yes because that graphics card is very weak and your cpu maybe weak as well, but it looks pretty decent if it is a ii and has 2.6.

Sandra asks…

ATI Radeon X1800 or ATI mobility radeon 4250 HD?

which one is better? I am going to buy a laptop and i was wondering which one was good

steve answers:

Radeon 4250 HD 100%

aslo go to this website


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Your Questions About Netbook Hp Mini 110

Mark asks…

Questions about HSPA?

Hi, I got a few questions to ask:
1. If my Netbook is HSPA-Enabled, does that mean I do not require a USB modem?
2. Is my Netbook, a HP Mini 110-1117TU HSPA enabled? (There is a SD-MS/Pro-MMC.XD slot)
3.How do I use it then, if I have a SIM Card for the broadband?

steve answers:

1) If your netbook is HSPA-Enabled, that means you can connect to the mobile data service without a USB Modem.

2) Sorry, but your netbook isn’t 3G (HSPA) enabled,(not from what I can see) and a that slot for SD etc, is for camera memory cards, not sim cards, so it wouldn’t work.

3) If your device is HSPA Enabled, there would be a SIM card slot, usually underneath the battery (you would have to remove the battery to check this),
If you are running windows 7 or 8, having a sim card inside the computer (with the drivers installed) would have ’3G Connection’ appear in the connect to a network list, from what I know.

Steven asks…

Netbook graphics under-performing?


I have a HP Mini 110-4100 Netbook running Windows 7 Professional (32 bit Service Pack 1). It has a 1.60 GHz Intel Atom processor and 2GB of RAM. It also has Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3600 series with approx. 762 mb memory (according to dxdiag.exe).

The problem is that I’m often pressed for graphics performance and I think my netbook is under performing. Flash games run very choppy and normal/offline games hardly work at all. Now I want to know, is it usual for a netbook of these specs to perform like this with graphics intensive software or might there be a problem.

Thanks in advance.

steve answers:

I say its normal. Every netbook I’ve ever used has ran like complete crap in the graphics department. They are really only build to handle browsing the internet and taking some notes. They wern’t meant to play games, especially not graphicly intense games. The ones I’ve used were choppy even scrolling down web pages. You could try updating your disply drivers, but don’t expect much improvement.

Donald asks…

Need help about buying a new 10 inches notebook pc?

Hi i’m looking for a new notebook pc should have a 10 inches screen. I’m a java programmer and I’ll be using netbeans or eclipse IDE. also my budget is 15000. if anyone can help me in this….thanks!!!

steve answers:

Lookout for HP Mini 110 Series 110-2733TU Netbook – Rs.15086 (Online Price)
Intel Atom Dual Core N570 1.66GHz
Windows 7 Starter
0.3MP Camera
Bluetooth and Wi-fi
3 x USB 2.0
6 cell battery

Carol asks…

How can i fix my HP Mini?

I have a HP Mini ( http://www.google.ie/imgres?num=10&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1280&bih=677&tbs=ic:specific,isc:pink&tbm=isch&tbnid=GFxj3sIVV__vaM:&imgrefurl=http://walyou.com/hp-mini-110-netbook/&docid=l3BaWk7vJ1-lmM&imgurl=http://www.walyou.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/hp-110-mini-netbook-pink.jpg&w=500&h=497&ei=fjIIUO72B9KIhQf_v6XMAw&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=511&sig=103845268584134955121&page=1&tbnh=126&tbnw=127&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:139&tx=67&ty=42 ) and i got it about this time last year. but it only lasted about 7 Months and i barley used it for the first 2 months. I loved it but one day out of no where it stopped working !! it turns on and it goes to this “splashtop” page and then when i click “go to windows” the screen goes black and i cant do anything !!! even if i try to turn it off it doesnt work !! what should i do ? if i cant fix it myself i will take it to be fixed but i would like to try to fix it myself first !!
please help !

steve answers:


The first thing to do is to re-boot and before the windows logo appears press F8 as that will then give you more options.

If that comes up select safe mode and see if that works.

If it does then something is loading when windows fully loads that is causing a problem.

Raise another question or amend this one if you can get that far.


Sharon asks…

Has anyone ever tried running The Sims 3 on a HP Mini?

So I got a HP Mini 110 with 1 gb of ram and it runs the Sims 2 fine, some lagging here and there of course but it can run it the same on best quality no problem. I havent tried installing The Sims 3 until I know for sure its not going to be a waste of money, I’ve seen videos on youtube but they have 2 gb of ram on the netbooks. Does it work on a HP Mini 110 with 1gb of ram? On low quality? Will it give me an error message saying my computer is not compatible? PS: I know my computer isn’t really compatible

steve answers:

It doesn’t run on my 1GB HP Mini

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