Sony VAIO VGN-NS20E/S - 15.4in Laptop - Application Performance

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



Our Score:


Performance isn't up to a Core 2 Duo at similar clock speeds, but still adequate for everyday tasks.


June 17, 2009, 8:16 am

Why is it you have to buy a more premium laptop so you aren't lumbered with a blobby, big boned, fisher price device?? They must deliberately make these low end models less attractive than the other ones. I'm sure they could sleek up these products.


June 17, 2009, 1:20 pm


Obvious answer - they want you to pay more to get more.


June 17, 2009, 2:00 pm

There are certainly ways they could sleek it up a bit but not very much without adding to the cost.


June 17, 2009, 2:32 pm


To be honest, most of us in the office rather liked the design. It's not sleek, but doesn't feel particularly chunky, and is FAR more rugged than most - how good is that glossy designer laptop going to look after three months' use with scratches and fingerprints all over it?


June 17, 2009, 3:45 pm

Ive got the VGN-NS11J/S of this series, i got it for £600 with a 2 year warrenty from john lewis and I love it. Granted however since i bought it more powerful laptops have come out for the price but hay thats just technology going out of date fast as usual.

Dave 13

June 18, 2009, 3:52 pm

I never really liked Sony's budget models, my advice is to get the cheapest version of their premium line you can get.

Back in December I got my dad an FW11E for £580. The best thing is I picked it up in Argos, LOL.

Nicholas Phan

June 19, 2009, 7:57 am

The NS sounds great! But looks like it just got replaced by the NW. The NW looks and sounds fantastic! And has great value too!


June 20, 2009, 10:31 pm

Do Sony still fill their machines with buggy bloatware and inappropriate software? The last Sony portable I owned (some years back) even had SQL Server running on it, grabbing 5% CPU now and again. Why? Who knows, but took days to dig it all out and remove it.

Paul N

January 26, 2010, 12:34 am

I have had one of these for nearly a year and agree with the above review, but am now experiencing one annoying fault -- the L key is malfunctioning. It has to be hit hard to produce a character.

The strange thing is that this seems ony to happen in Internet Explorer and Outlook -- not, for example, in NotePad. I suspect therefore that it's a software problem connected with processing time, as opposed to a poor quality key.


February 24, 2010, 2:43 pm

hi i went onto my vaio recovery centre and did a factory restore but now its saying "windows couls not complete the installation. to install windows on this computer restart the installation" so i clicked ok and it does the same thing over and over again. i also have vaio recovery discs which i bought a while ago but i can use them as i cant see anything on my laptop screen as its broke so ive been connecting it to a monitor. can someone please help me on what to do thanks x


April 11, 2014, 10:13 pm

I brought my one 5 years ago and it's still going - not as well anymore but I've had serious use out of it and it's been brilliant. Trying to decide what to go for next as a lot of the latest laptops look plasticy - I really like the silver bevel finish on the NS. I'll definately be sticking with Sony though as this was really reliable and no issues in the first 3-4 years I've owned it.

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