Sony VAIO VGN-S4M Review - Sony VAIO S4M Review


On the right hand side you’ll find the power socket and a flap hiding two USB 2.0 ports and a four-pin FireWire port. At the left there’s a Type II PC Card slot, a D-SUB port, headphone and mic sockets. There’s another flap, this time hiding a modem socket and a network port for the integrated 10/100 Ethernet adapter.

Inside the spec is more than adequate for a slim and light notebook. There’s a 1.6GHz Pentium M CPU backed up by 512MB of memory and a 60GB hard disk. There’s an nVidia GeForce 6200 TurboCache graphics chipset, which can allocate up to 128MB of system memory for graphics duty. You’re not going to be able to play the latest 3D games at native resolution, but to be honest, that’s not what it’s built for.

What the S4M is built for is working on the move and in this respect it does pretty well. Running Mobile Mark 2005 turned in some good numbers, with a battery life while running Windows applications of three hours flat, and over two hours when playing back a DVD movie.

When it comes to application performance the S4N out strips its sibling, the T2XP, but that’s hardly surprising. The T2XP is equipped with an ultra-low voltage 1.2GHz Pentium M chip, which is no match for the 1.6GHz CPU in the S4N. However, when it comes to battery life, the T2XP’s choice of processor shows it’s worth, turning in a time of over five and a half hours – although this was using the older Mobile Mark 2002.

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