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Sony VAIO AR230G NotebookVGN-AR230G Review

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Watch movies and play games in vivid color on the premiere entertainment notebook PC. With robust computing performance and outstanding graphics, the VGN-AR230G is the ultimate notebook PC for the A/V enthusiast.
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T5600 (1.83 GHz)1
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2

Product Description

Packed with power, the VAIO® VGN-AR230G is the ultimate notebook PC for the A/V enthusiast. Enhance your entertainment and gaming experience with the luxuriously designed VGN-AR230G notebook. Super-fast ATA hard drives, DDR2 memory, Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 7400 graphics deliver robust computing performance and blazing game play. View your DVDs and photos in true-to-life color on the stunning 17" WXGA widescreen display5. The VAIO® AR Notebook is a “Windows Vista™ Premium Ready” PC238.


Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T5600 (1.83GHz1 , 2MB L2 Cache)

Operating System
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2

Front Side Bus Speed

Intel® 945PM

Integrated Wireless LAN
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (802.11a/b/g)4

17” WXGA5 (1440×900) with XBRITE™ technology

Hard Drive
200GB4 4200rpm Serial ATA Hard Drive

1GB PC2-4200 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (512MB x 2)

NVDIA® GeForce® Go 7400 – 64MB + TurboCache™ supporting up to 256MB Video RAM

Graphics Interface
VGA out w/ Smart Display Sensor, HDMI™ out and S-Video out

Optical Drive
DVD+R Double Layer/DVD±RW Drive2
DVD+R DL Write: 4x max.
DVD+R Write: 8x max.
DVD+RW Write: 8x max.
DVD-R Write: 8x max.
DVD-RW Write: 6x max.
CD-R Write: 24x max.
CD-RW Write: 16x max.
CD Read: 24x max.
DVD Read: 8x max.
DVD-RAM Write: 5x max.
DVD-R DL Write: 4x max.
DVD-RAM Read: 5x max.

Integrated V.92/V.90 Modem with (RJ-11)

Fast Ethernet 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX (RJ-45)

Sound System – Sony® Sound Reality™ – Audio Enhancer

Audio Interface
Microphone jack, Headphone jack

Multimedia Card Reader
Supports optional Memory Stick® and Memory Stick DUO™ media with MagicGate® functionality and Secure Digital Media (SD)
One PCMCIA – Type II/Type I card slot with CardBus support
One ExpressCard™ /54 Slot

Other Interfaces
i.LINK® connector(IEEE 1394)35 (1 4pin), 3 USB 2.0 ports, port replicator connector

Pointing Device
Electro-Static touch pad

QWERTY, 86 keys with 2.5mm stroke and 19.05mm pitch

Action Buttons
S1, S2, AV Mode, Volume, Mute, Eject, Play/Pause/Stop, Wireless LAN On/Off, FF, Rewind

Power Requirements

Standard Battery (VGP-BPS2B)

Estimated Battery Life
Standard Battery: 1.5-2.0 hours13

Built-in camera and microphone


Supplied Accessories
Standard Lithium-ion Battery (VGP-BPS2B)
AC Adapter (VGP-AC19V15)
Power Cord

Optional Accessories
Multi-Function Docking Station (VGP-PRFE1)
Universal Carrying Case (VGP-AMB1)
CD-RW Drive Bay Unit (VGP-CRWBX1)
80GB HDD Drive Bay Unit (VGP-UHBX08A)

8.4lbs. (weight is approximate and may vary)

16.4"(W) x 1.32"(H) x 11.8"(D)

Sony Original Software
Click to DVD® – DVD Creation
Sonic Stage Mastering Studio™ – Audio Mastering and Remastering
SonicStage® – Digital Music
DVgate™ Plus – Digital Video
VAIO Media™ – Network File Sharing
Image Converter – PSP™ Transfer
60-Minute Trial Version of Wheel of Fortune®
60-Minute Trial Version of Jeopardy®
60-Minute Trial of the DaVinci Code and Bewitched Games

Supplied Software
Microsoft® Works 8.5
60-Day Trial Version of Microsoft® Office17160-Day Trial Version of Microsoft Digital Image Starter Edition 2006
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 4.0
Adobe® Premiere Elements 2.0
InterVideo® WinDVD®
Roxio® DigitalMedia SE
Intuit Quicken® 2006 New User Edition (Previous Quicken users may require additional upgrade)
DISCover My Games

Anti-Virus and Recovery Software
Norton® Internet Security 60-Day Subscription – Norton AntiVirus®, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton Privacy Control, Norton Antispam® and Norton Parental Control
TrendMicro™ Anti-Spyware 30-Day Trial
Iolo® System Mechanic 30-Day Trial
VAIO® Recovery Wizard
VAIO® Update
VAIO® Support Central
VAIO® Security Center

Internet Services
AOL Online™ 180-Day Trial – New Users Only






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