Sony VAIO S5VP Review - Sony VAIO S5VP Review


Right at the front of the wrist rest you’ll find an array of indicator lights as well as a hardware switch for the integrated 802.11b/g WiFi adapter. There‘s also integrated Bluetooth in case you want to get online using your mobile phone. Bluetooth also gives you the option of transferring data to and from your mobile phone as well as synchronising it with Outlook.

Despite it’s svelte construction, the S5VP has some pretty beefy specs under the hood. Sitting in the driver’s seat is an Intel Pentium M CPU running at 2.13GHz, while 1GB of memory rides shotgun. Taking care of storage is a 120GB hard disk, which should be capacious enough for even the most greedy user. If you did find yourself running out of disk space, you could easily backup data to the integrated DVD writer – this drive will burn DVD+R/RW DVD+R DL, DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW media. Graphics power comes via an nVidia GeForce GO 6400 – not a chipset that I’ve come across before, but as you’d expect, performance seemed to be somewhere between a GO 6200 and 6600.

Looking around the chassis, the right side is populated by the power socket and a plastic flap – the flap hides two USB 2.0 ports and a four-pin FireWire port. The front is dominated by the DVD writer although there is a MemoryStick slot next to it. Putting the optical drive at the front of the chassis certainly makes access easier when you’re using the notebook on an aeroplane, but it makes this more tricky when it’s on your lap.

On the left side you’ll find a single Type II PC Card slot. Another regular feature on Sony notebooks is the hinged flap that covers the PC Card slot – the removable spacers that many notebook manufacturers populate their PC Card slots with have a tendency to disappear when you’ve got a device in the slot. Next to the PC Card slot is a D-SUB port for connecting to an external monitor, as well as headphone and microphone sockets. Finally there’s another plastic flap, this one hiding the modem socket and the network port for the integrated 10/100 Ethernet adapter.

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