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Sony's new K series of VAIO portable computers is a fine middle ground for those who can't afford the absolute fastest or smallest super-notebooks but don't want to be saddled with a bulky, sluggish bargain-basement offering either. This model, the VAIO PCG-K13, is the most attractively priced unit in the K series. Though very cost effective, it nevertheless retains many of the perks of its slightly more expensive brethren and is thusly a smart choice for school, home or light office duties.
Tastefully clad a two-tone paint scheme and reasonably diminutive at 7.3 pounds and slopes from 1.6 inches to 2.7 inches high when closed by 13 by 10.9 inches, the VAIO PCG-K13 is a stylish and comfortably portable unit. Surprisingly, this affordable system is driven by a high-end 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 processor and a capable alloent of 512 MB DDR SDRAM memory. The video card, an ATI Radeon IGP 345M, is certainly not the pinnacle of 3-D gaming or 3-D animation performance, though it does support dual displays for those times when two monitors are necessary. Furthermore, the unit's 15-inch XGA TFT display (1024 by 768 maximum resolution) features Sony's new Xbrite technology for superior brightness, contrast and viewing angles than many other notebook displays.
For your data storage needs, the VAIO PCG-K13 offers an adequate 40 GB hard disk and a DVD/CD-RW combo drive through which you can burn and play audio CDs, archive your data and watch your favorite DVD movies. DVD writing is not supported in this stock configuration.
The unit is equipped with a number of standard amenities, including an 86-key keyboard with electro-static touch pad, a Memory Stick PRO media slot for data transfers from external devices, one Type III or two Type I or Type II PC Card capability, and a pair of internal stereo speakers. Connectivity options include an IEEE 1394 FireWire port for fast interaction with external devices such as digital camcorders, three high-speed USB 2.0 ports for plug and play peripheral connections, a 56K modem for low-speed dial-up Internet and email, a high-speed RJ-45 LAN network connector, and integrated wireless LAN for cord-free network and e-communication access.
The impressive software bundle includes the Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition operating system, Microsoft's Works 7.0 productivity suite, Intuit's Quicken New User Edition financial center, and a wide range of Sony's own multimedia utilities. Estimated battery life is somewhat less than stellar at 1.0 to 2.5 hours per charge.
I've had this laptop for almost four years so I know it's fairly outdated now, however, I just wanted to lay out what I've experienced from Sony in general. Read morePublished on January 20, 2008 by A. Warner
This machine has been stable and durable. The screen is bright and crisp. Not a single pixel has died. A 2. Read morePublished on February 27, 2007 by Timothy Miller
Have used this thing for now two years, not as great as I thought it would be when I purchased it. Read more
I've had this laptop for about 6 months now and absolutely love it! I lug it with me to school and any wi fi spot in town and this computer has never given me any problems. Read morePublished on November 3, 2004 by Greatwood
I have been having intermittent wifi problems. Meaning the connection drops and does not reacquire. This is a known problem with the LAN-Express AS 802. Read morePublished on August 21, 2004 by Josh
I donot like this Note book.
1)It is too slow. It takes atleast 5 mins to open the hotmail page while using a 11Mbps wireless Lan.
2)The system hangs too often. Read more
It looks like Sony is really stretching for cash on this one. While it does boast a nice 2.8Ghz P4 Soket 478 FCPGA2 Northwood Processor at 533mhz FSB. Read morePublished on June 24, 2004 by Coby Owen
This machine is as good as it gets! From an aesthetics point-of-view, it is plain flat awesome. The XBRITE Screen gives you excellent contrast and clarity, making it a winner in... Read morePublished on June 7, 2004 by Amazon Customer
well, i would like to say that i brought this laptop after ~4 ms of continuous survey for a product that ranges from 1200-1400$.
1. system is very stable.
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