Sony :: PC Makers Strut Their Core I7 Laptops

Sep 24, 2009

I would hope that Sony will consider a refresh with both the new Core I7 mobile cpu and a higher end video card. The competition is already lining up with just these items.

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Dell :: About Up-coming Arrandale (Core I3/i5) Laptops?

Jan 6, 2010

I want something like this:

(These are the must-haves)
15" chassis class
Core i5 CPU
1920x1200 or 1920x1080 resolution
8GB of ram
Preferably an SSD, but I can wiggle on this one
Upgraded battery
Don't care too much about graphics, and since the i3/i5's have a built in video I'd go with that, it looks to be fast enough for me.

Budget is about $1500-2000

Right now there is the Alienware m15x with the mobile core i7, but I don't REALLY need a quadcore, or the faster graphics, or the power consumption of either. I am hoping that there is an inspiron or Studio coming out (tomorrow?!) that can be made to meet my above specs... Anyone have any info?

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Sony :: S And SR Laptops

Mar 31, 2010

so it looks like the SR has been discontinued and there is a Best Buy exclusive called the S. Is the S or another similar model going to be available through the Sony site and if so when? I called them in January and they said the S would be available shortly but I've only seen it through best buy. I ask because I'd like to custom order the specs through sony and also get a different color.

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Sony :: Laptops That Are Dockable

Nov 10, 2009

I currently work work with an HP laptop that connects to a docking station. I have used several Dell machines that work this way as well. I would like to find a Sony laptop that has a dedicated video card (256Mb to 512MB) that I can connect to two monitors via docking station at home.

Ive done some searching and cant seem to find what models have docking capabilities and which don't.

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Sony :: Does The Vaio F Laptops Have A Second Hard Drive Bay?

Jan 16, 2010

so does the Vaio F have a second bay? I'd really like to throw in a SSD to boost the boot time

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Sony :: Remapping AV MODE Button On Laptops

Mar 11, 2010

I want to change the fuction for the AV MODE button on my sony laptop. Right now it doesn't do anything

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Sony :: Laptops' 'Silent Mode' SR590

Jan 2, 2010

I recently purchased a Sony SR590, and while I love it, I'm personally VERY susceptible to fan noise.. thus I find problems with being able to hear the fan run constantly. The fan seems to turn on, as soon as I open skype and windows media player...

I recently discovered Sony's 'silent mode' function.. and it seems to cut the fan noise level down. What's the difference between performance mode and silent mode? Do you suppose it's alright for me to keep on silent mode, for my state of sanity (literally)?

From time to time, I run Lightroom CS2, which seems to be my most CPU intensive program... otherwise I usually just have a few internet tabs open, windows media player, and a few chat windows.

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Sony :: Why It Disabled Intel VT In VAIO Laptops

Aug 15, 2009

Sony VAIO product manager, Xavier Lauwaert, addressed the issue on the Windows Partner blog. His post [answers] to a specific comment about the lack of VT capability provides an astonishing explanation and fix roadmap:

It's great that Sony are "looking forward to leveraging [Windows 7] on their platforms." However some of their recent laptops are unable to leverage all the features of Windows 7.

Sony's decision to disable Virtualization Technology on the Intel chips on their high-end notebooks makes little sense when you consider that these machines are targeted at business consumers. It was also annoying to find this out _after_ I had bought the machine, since none of the pre-sales literature mentioned it.

Even more so when you realise that Windows 7 will include a virtual Windows XP installation to provide backwards compatibility. This will run with impaired performance on any Sony laptop where VT has been disabled. I would be interested to know what the Windows 7 team think about Sony crippling their customer’s ability to use their carefully constructed backwards compatibility feature?..........

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Sony :: Affected Vaio Nvidia Laptops Temp

Aug 24, 2009

my fz38m since march 08 and the average gpu temp using gpuz is 58 deg C.

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Sony :: How To Enable Virtualization VT-X On VAIO Z Laptops Finally

Jan 23, 2009

I have bought a Vaio VGN-Z21XN/B laptop. I have installed Windows Server 2008 64-bit on it, but I would like to inform me how to enable Virtualization.

Has anyone tried enabling Virtualization on Z series?

UPDATE- 19th July

How to enable VT-X on a Z laptop
see discussion from post 7# on
Use at your own risk

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Sony :: Are Bags With Magnetic Flaps Dangerous For Laptops

Apr 14, 2010

I just bought a Targus bag for my Sony Vaio, and one of the features of the bag is a magnetic flap that closes. Inside the bag has pockets where I store my portable harddrive. The magnetic button is right above my harddrive, so I'm a little concerned if this is going to be a problem or not.

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Sony :: Are Laptops Purchased In Japan Compatible With US Voltage

Mar 9, 2010

Are Sony laptops purchased in Japan compatible with US voltage?

If not, is it possible to buy one that works in America? Also, does anyone know how sales tax in Japan works?

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Acer :: Dual Core SU2300 Benchmarks Vs Single Core SU3500 - 1410

Nov 3, 2009

I bought the Acer 1410 with the single core SU3500 Core 2 Solo CPU. It looks like Acer decided to release them with the SU2300 now, which is dual core at 1.2GHz (compared with 1.4GHz of SU3500).

Does anyone have any benchmarks comparing the two, and/or if they have a solid understanding how much better it would perform compared with the SU3500? I also see that the single core AS1410 with Celeron M @ 1.3GHz sells at the same price as the dual core.

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Acer :: Upgraded Core Solo T1350 To Core 2 Duo T7200 On Aspire 5570 Guide

Jan 23, 2009

(UPDATES: DIY Bluetooth module guide added below)

upgrading my Aspire 5570 notebook more than a year ago. This time, I’m feeling lucky to share some of my experiences about how I finally upgraded my CPU from a Core Solo T1350Core 2 Duo T7200.

Again, thanks to everybody here in Notebookreview forum especially adinu, hoggie, Mack1982, TehSuigi, krazyphire and bigozone for their insights and knowledge that helps me a lot throughout the whole process. So, let’s get started!


Please refer to these post before you start. It'll save you a lot of time and trouble later on.
Upgraded Acer 3680 Celeron CPU to a T5300!
Aspire 5315 CPU Step-by-Step Upgrade Guide

What you’ll need :Your new CPU (make sure it's compatible with your system ie; socket, FSB)Latest BIOS from Acer (upgraded to 1.3505 or latest)A good thermal paste (I would recommend Tuniq TX-2 or Arctic Silver 5 as well)Basic tools (screwdrivers, forceps, kitchen paper)Body static discharger (I would definitely recommend this as a precaution)Some alcohol, ear buds, sand paper grid 600,1200 & 2000 (optional for heat sink lapping)Lastly TIME and PATIENCE (you’ll be needing these a lot definitely!)When you’re ready, lets get our hands dirty.

How to disassemble your notebook?
I found out a very good video tutorial on how to disassemble my Aspire notebook on YouTube. So please take your time to view it and follow step by step as shown to help you to go through the process.

Lapping your heat sink (optional)
Although it’s not necessary, but I would recommend this process as another way to improve heat dissipation on your newly installed CPU. Refer to this page for detailed instructions.

The simple process:Clean your heat sink from old thermal paste residues with alcohol or equivalent of it using ear buds and kitchen papers.Apply a 600-grid sandpaper to smoothen the heat sink surface which comes into contact with your CPU.Repeat the process again with a 1200-gid sand paper until you’re satisfied.Finally, finish up by applying a 2000-grid sand paper to give you an almost mirror-finished surface. Wipe clean any dirt and residues left.....................................

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HP/Compaq :: HP Dv8t Quad Core I7 OrProbook 4720s Core I5

May 1, 2010

I will be buying a new laptop to replace my Acer Aspire 5738G.

I am considering HP Dv8t Quad Core i7 or HP Probook 4720s.

I am a web developer and I some time use my laptop continuously for 2-3 days.

choosing between these 2 laptops, which one will be better for me?

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HP/Compaq :: HDX 16dual Core Or The HDX 18quad Core For Video

Mar 2, 2009

I want to upgrade my old laptop to something nice, and am torn between to systems.

An HDX 16 with:

2.40 Ghz dual core duo ( P8600 chip )
6 gigs of ram


An HXD 18 with
2.0 Ghz QUAD core ( QX9000 chip )
4 gigs of ram

both systems have the same video card ( Nvidia with 512megs of ram ) 500 gig hard drive.

What would be the faster machine for doing video ? and what would be the overall faster machine ?

I realize that not all applications will take advantage of a quad-core chip like the QX900, so this is why I"m asking. if the dual-core P8600 chip @ 2.40 Ghz in the HP HDX 16 with that 6 gigs of ram will actually be faster overall than the quad core would be, and perhaps even be faster at rendering video ?

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Sony :: Core I7

Oct 23, 2009

Will Sony release any Core i7 laptops?

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Dell :: Core Duo 2700 Or A Core Duo 2 7400

Nov 26, 2007

i have an 7200 in my 9400. i will do an performance upgrade... wich cpu is better for that: the 2700 oder the 7400..

the 2700 has 2.33 ghz but only 2 meg cache.. the 7400 has 2.16 ghz but 4 meg chache...

or should i keep my 7200....

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Sony :: Core I7 Vaios

Jan 18, 2009

Really looking forward to those. I think that's when I'll upgrade my SZ680. I was really not happy with it until I installed Windows 7. Now, it's good enough until the Core i7's come out.

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Sony :: CW Core I5 Benchmarked

Jan 23, 2010



32 Million Digits- 38.08s average

VT is disabled by default, but is an option in BIOS.

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Sony :: Undervolting Core I7 On Z11

May 8, 2010

First things first: The new Z is the best laptop I've owned so far. End of story. Had MBP, MBA, AW m15x and several Dells, but nothing like this.

Im not a big fan of hardware overclocking/undervolting (anymore). (Referring to the "Insyde hacking" thread.)

Ok, with that in mind; how do I software undervolt the mobile core i7 processor?

Tried good old RMClock, which doesn't work. (It hasn't been updated for years, so I didn't expect it to).

CPUgenie... didn't work.

Crystal CPUID.. didn't work.

Now I'm out of own ideas, started searching. The only thing related to my "problem" (which actually isn't a problem, I'm just a big fan of undervolting and want it that way), is this thread:

ThrottleStop thread here on NBR.
Downloaded it, tried it... doesn't work. I don't get access to the voltages.

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Sony :: Z Series Core 2 Duo Vs I7

Mar 8, 2010

I have Core 2 Duo with speed P9800 2.9Ghz Speed.

I have a plan to change my laptop to the new Z series with i7 620M @ 2.66Mhz with speed up to 3Ghz.

Will it be any obvious speed improvement?

Anyone know the any link on the website which have information of their benchmark?

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Sony :: Dual Core CPU

May 24, 2010

i want to buy a HD PVR but my laptop doesnt meet the system requirements needed, all i want to do is record it on my laptop and than transfer the files to my desktop pc so no editing or any other software will be needed on my laptop

heres the laptop i own

[url] (it sais SP2 on it but im going to install SP3 which is needed for the HD PVR to work aswell)

and heres the HD PVR system requirements

Hauppauge Computer Works Ltd : HD PVR

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Sony :: Vaio CW With Core I5

Jan 21, 2010

I just cancelled an order with Dell for a Studio 1747 (it was taking too long - 2 months from order date, and yet they charged my credit card the day after I placed the order, which I wasn't pleased about), so this lead me to searching for another laptop and I came accross the subject of the post.

I quite liked the look of the first CW (Core 2, compact with a decent GPU), but wanted a newer architecture machine with a higher res panel (for dev work), but on cancellation I started searching around and found this on Sony's site (UK):


Under configurable models. It defaults to the i3, with GeForce G310, 2Gb RAM and 1366x768 panel but you can spec it up with:

i5 520
1600x900 Panel (this option also boosts the graphics to a GT330 512Mb)
Along with the usual RAM and HDD upgrades.

I'd prefer a quad core (I actually use it in both dev and day to day work) and full HD (but that's just not realistic for a screen this size - this is the first time I've seen anything this high res on a 14" screen); but this is just too tempting in a small package (no more broken back on the train lugging my Dell XPS M1710!!!), with a pretty decent spec, and I'd figure the performance is going to be rather good anyhow. I'm looking at this config which is showing up as £849 and strikes me as pretty good value:

Your configuration

Processor: Intel® CoreTM i5 Processor
Operating system: Windows® 7 Home Premium
Finishes: Red
Hard drive: 320 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm)..........

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Sony :: New Z Model With Intel Core I5 CPU

Jan 2, 2010

Here it is the new Z (no pics yet):

Sony Vaio VPC-Z11X9E/B features:

* 13,1 inch 1600x900 resolution
* 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5
* 4 GB RAM
* 128 GB Solid State Drive
* Windows 7 Home Premium
* GT 330M GPU + Intel HD Graphics
* DVD burner
* Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
* 0.3 megapixel webcam


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Sony :: The Comparison Of The New Z11 And MacBook Pro Core I7

Apr 21, 2010

The review of Laptop Magazine has comparison of the new MacBook Pro Core i7 and Sony Z11. It sounds like that the new MBP wins Sony Z11 in many places except the hard disk drive performance. Engadget published one also.

The link of the articles are:



What do you think?

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Sony :: Prepping Core I7 Models Yet?

Sep 23, 2009

Since Intel has released it's latest mobile CPU's, can we expect any new Sony models?


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Sony :: Vaio Z Core I7 Without Mobile Broadband

May 10, 2010

I was all set to order my CTO Z with Core i7 on sonystyle but it seems that it won't allow me to select the Core i7 unless I also add the $100 Verizon mobile broadband. This seems quite odd as I don't have any interest in the mobile broadband but do want the faster processor. Any way to get around this? I don't want any of the pre-configured models as there are other things I want to tweak.

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Sony :: VAIO Z11 I5-520m (HDD) Different Core Temps

May 17, 2010

I have always a difference of about 5º C between two cores. See attachment. Tested with HWmonitor & Realtemp.

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Dell :: Intel Core 2 Duo T Vs. Core 2 Duo SU?

Nov 10, 2009

Which one is the latest and fastest between intel core 2 duo T series and core 2 duo SU series processors?

Dell's inspiron 14z comes with intel core 2 duo SU processor options ....

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