First look: Sony VAIO CR35


This week I got a chance to look at the latest Sony VAIO series laptops recently launched in India.

One of my friends was looking for a laptop in the sub 50k range and we were very lucky to be probably one of first owners of CR35 in India.

I usually do not like Sony’s laptops. 2 reasons. First they do not have any offerings in the budget category. And second that their laptops are usually expensive. However, my notion changed after I looked at the new CR series.

Here is the configuration of CR35:

- Intel T8100 2.1 GHz Core 2 Duo
- 2 GB DDR2 RAM
- 200 GB HDD
- ATI Radeon 128 MB dedicated graphics
- 14.1” LCD screen
- DVD Superdrive
- Windows Vista Home Premium
- Apple type keyboard (not backlit though)

Some other features include:
- AV mode (no need to boot windows to watch DVDs or watch photos or listen to songs)
- Color choice
- The black one probably comes with a fingerprint reader

This model is available at a MRP of around 54k at all the Sony showrooms. You can also purchase this from some shops in Nehru Place for about 52.5k.

As is evident from the config above, this seems like a nice deal. You cannot get a similar config in any other brand for this price.

I used the laptop for a few hours and here is how I rate it (on a scale of 1 to 5. 1 being poor and 5 being excellent):

Performance: 3.5 (due to vista. Install XP and you are at atleast 4)
Value for money: 4.5
Features: 4
Build quality: 4.5

Overall: 4

UPDATE: Thanks to Siddhartha for pointing this out. The above configuration is better than the existing CR23 and CR26 models in the Sony VAIO range. People considering to buy those should go for CR35 as it is considerably cheaper.

NEW: Check out details about the latest Sony Vaio SR 13 series laptop on woikr .

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  1. #1 by Chirag Gupta on February 23, 2008 - 10:57 am

    Mama, Google top ranked search hai ye post!
    Try searching Sony CR35 :-)

  2. #2 by Anshuman Johri on February 23, 2008 - 12:02 pm

    Setu,

    I couldn’t more agree with you. I remember I was in two minds whether to buy it from UK or India. I thought that prices were the same and so my primary concern was whether such high-end config (2.0G – 200GB – 2GB) will be avalable in India. But I was surprised that Nehru Place offered me a config which is better than that available in the UK!

    And belive me the price is much much lesser too. A lower config in UK (having only 160GB HDD) is currently costing 70k Rs after currency conversion!
    Search VGN-CR31S/L at
    http://vaio.sony.co.uk
    or try clicking at:
    http://vaio.sony.co.uk/view/ShowProduct.action?product=VGN-CR31S%2FL&site=voe_en_GB_cons&category=VN+CR+Series

    So India is Shining after all! (atleast in Consumer Electronics Market :P)

    There is another intersting anecdote related to the story.
    Usually, when you visit a vendor and ask for a laptop, the person tells you about the configs. But this time, it was the other way round! Setu and I told the vendor to check about this new config which was launched the same day morning, and the vendor was surprised to know how aware people can be! :-)

    My ratings would be the same as given by Setu, and I would add one more:

    Looks: 4.5/5 :-)
    (The coolest notebook with respect to looks and style.
    PS: I am not comparing with Mac Air!!)

    The Vista continues to be a pain. Too slow compared to XP.
    Makes 2.1Ghz appear as 1.5 Ghz :-(
    I hope to switch to XP soon.

    To sum up, its a great machine. Go for it if it suits for your budget!

    Regards
    Anshuman

  3. #3 by Siddhartha Mahajan on February 23, 2008 - 6:38 pm

    hey…
    thank you so very much for posting this blog…really helped me out….
    i just saw the new CR35 series on the net. before sony came up with it, i was almost about to buy the CR23 series..
    your article really helped me decide because the sony website till hasn’t put up the rates..and knowing the sony prices i was quite skeptical bout going for this ones.
    so anyway..THANKS

  4. #4 by Chirag Gupta on February 23, 2008 - 10:57 am

    Mama, Google top ranked search hai ye post!
    Try searching Sony CR35 :-)

  5. #5 by Anshuman Johri on February 23, 2008 - 12:02 pm

    Setu,

    I couldn’t more agree with you. I remember I was in two minds whether to buy it from UK or India. I thought that prices were the same and so my primary concern was whether such high-end config (2.0G – 200GB – 2GB) will be avalable in India. But I was surprised that Nehru Place offered me a config which is better than that available in the UK!

    And belive me the price is much much lesser too. A lower config in UK (having only 160GB HDD) is currently costing 70k Rs after currency conversion!
    Search VGN-CR31S/L at
    http://vaio.sony.co.uk
    or try clicking at:
    http://vaio.sony.co.uk/view/ShowProduct.action?…

    So India is Shining after all! (atleast in Consumer Electronics Market :P)

    There is another intersting anecdote related to the story.
    Usually, when you visit a vendor and ask for a laptop, the person tells you about the configs. But this time, it was the other way round! Setu and I told the vendor to check about this new config which was launched the same day morning, and the vendor was surprised to know how aware people can be! :-)

    My ratings would be the same as given by Setu, and I would add one more:

    Looks: 4.5/5 :-)
    (The coolest notebook with respect to looks and style.
    PS: I am not comparing with Mac Air!!)

    The Vista continues to be a pain. Too slow compared to XP.
    Makes 2.1Ghz appear as 1.5 Ghz :-(
    I hope to switch to XP soon.

    To sum up, its a great machine. Go for it if it suits for your budget!

    Regards
    Anshuman

  6. #6 by Siddhartha Mahajan on February 23, 2008 - 6:38 pm

    hey…
    thank you so very much for posting this blog…really helped me out….
    i just saw the new CR35 series on the net. before sony came up with it, i was almost about to buy the CR23 series..
    your article really helped me decide because the sony website till hasn’t put up the rates..and knowing the sony prices i was quite skeptical bout going for this ones.
    so anyway..THANKS

  7. #7 by Bipinchandra on February 24, 2008 - 8:45 am

    Hi,
    Great info. I too was in two minds but this helps. I am going to use it even for heavy applications like Video Editing and graphics creation.
    Thanks!

  8. #8 by Siddhartha Mahajan on February 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

    hi..
    the price is out on the site. Its INR 54990..which is simply amazing because the CR23 was for this much like 2 days ago.
    Am definitely buying it now.

  9. #9 by Bipinchandra on February 24, 2008 - 8:45 am

    Hi,
    Great info. I too was in two minds but this helps. I am going to use it even for heavy applications like Video Editing and graphics creation.
    Thanks!

  10. #10 by vaio cr 35 on February 24, 2008 - 10:22 pm

    Could you plz comment on the durability? Though it is too early.. Actually i want to buy this but vaio cr series is said to be too delicate…

  11. #11 by Setu Garg on February 24, 2008 - 10:51 pm

    Anupam,

    As per my opinion, Sony’s laptops only look delicate. But their build quality is superb. I am not saying that it will tough and robust as the Panasonic Toughbook, but if you treat it like a normal laptop, it will last equally long.

    The only vulnerable thing which i noticed was the lid which is susceptible to scratches as it is very smooth. But it would not matter much as you rarely lay your laptop upside down.

    Hope this helps.

    P.S: Please read the labels before filling in the text boxes on the comments screen.

  12. #12 by Siddhartha Mahajan on February 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

    hi..
    the price is out on the site. Its INR 54990..which is simply amazing because the CR23 was for this much like 2 days ago.
    Am definitely buying it now.

  13. #13 by vaio cr 35 on February 24, 2008 - 10:22 pm

    Could you plz comment on the durability? Though it is too early.. Actually i want to buy this but vaio cr series is said to be too delicate…

  14. #14 by Setu Garg on February 24, 2008 - 10:51 pm

    Anupam,

    As per my opinion, Sony’s laptops only look delicate. But their build quality is superb. I am not saying that it will tough and robust as the Panasonic Toughbook, but if you treat it like a normal laptop, it will last equally long.

    The only vulnerable thing which i noticed was the lid which is susceptible to scratches as it is very smooth. But it would not matter much as you rarely lay your laptop upside down.

    Hope this helps.

    P.S: Please read the labels before filling in the text boxes on the comments screen.

  15. #15 by Brijesh on February 25, 2008 - 4:11 pm

    Setu, thats great i have also bought a sony vgn cr 35 gold model after reading your post. !!

    now setu, there is only one confusion about it..

    the total available capacity in c drive is 176 gb which i am getting.

    and i had asked the retailer to only install microsoft office 2003 and winamp and winzip and tally 9.

    and now all of a sudden my laptop shows free space of only 149 gb.

    can you please tell me,, what is your total capacity of cr 35 model in c drive.

    and how much is your free space available without installing any third party software ??

    you know setu, i have dialled atleast 100 calls to sony india for this matter, but they are not able to answer.

    so i want to compare with you bro !

    write back soon

  16. #16 by Setu Garg on February 25, 2008 - 4:26 pm

    Brijesh,

    The total free space on the hard disk depends on a lot of factors and not just the installed apps.

    If you have System Restore enabled, Windows reserves some percentage of your HDD for that. Recycle Bin by default takes up 10% of each drive.

    Likewise, there are many other factors which determine the free disk space. Also, per my experience, Windows Vista has the habit of eating up disk space unnecessarily. One solution to this problem might be to separate the partition for Windows installation. But these partitions are usually deleted in case you restore your system to factory state in the event of a crash.

    I would recommend waiting for some time and monitoring the disk space. In case the disk space is being eaten up continuously without any reason(s), I will suggest running a thorough virus/spyware scan. Paying a visit to the service center might also help.

    Thanks,
    Setu

  17. #17 by Brijesh on February 25, 2008 - 4:32 pm

    Setu, thanks for the info,

    But kindly let me know that while you purchased your laptop,, what is your hard disks total capacity. ?

    you can do this by going to the disk management tool ??

    please let me know your hard disk total capacity,.

    mine is 176 Gb, yours should be same too if we have the same model ?? isnt it ?

    write back soon :)

  18. #18 by Brijesh on February 25, 2008 - 4:34 pm

    setu, do you have a cell fone i would call you up and we can talk it on fone if you dont mind !!

  19. #19 by Setu Garg on February 25, 2008 - 4:35 pm

    Brijesh,

    You are right. The free space is close to 176 GB in the new laptop.

    Thanks,
    Setu

  20. #20 by Brijesh on February 25, 2008 - 4:52 pm

    ok Setu, thats great, we both are common here cos its the same laptop. we have 176 gb total capacity..

    now my other question is- the available space ??

    you know after just installing microsoft office 2003, winamp,winzip and tally,, my available space comes to 149 GB or close to 150 GB only.

    I dont know abt it. please tell me that what is your available space from 176 GB total capacity without installing any 3rd party softwares.

    because sony has preinstalled softwares also

  21. #21 by Setu Garg on February 25, 2008 - 4:57 pm

    Brijesh,

    I will appreciate if you consolidate your queries in a single comment.

    It is not usually a good practice to throw in a lot of comments.

    Thanks,
    Setu

  22. #22 by Brijesh on February 25, 2008 - 5:48 pm

    Ok Setu, let me consolidate it in a single comment.

    Here i go..

    Our total capacities are matching around 176 GB,, thats great..

    but, I would love to know the available free space also which you got while you purchased your lappy CR 35 ?

    I mean out of total 176 GB, windows Vista might have taken some space + pre installed softwares also might have taken some space… right ?

    So please let me know.. what is the free space available after the preinstalled softwares and vista installed on your lappy !!

    I know the total is 176 GB.

    But you know after just installing microsoft office 2003, winamp,winzip and tally,, my available space comes to 149 GB or close to 150 GB only.

    all the above are called 3rd party softwares. and just these 4 softwares cant take out 25 gb from my hard disk,

    so please let me know your available free space in your hard disk after calculating (subtracting) vista and all pre installed softwares of VAIO from the 176 GB.

    I hope i am clear on it. Setu

    please write to me as soon as possible..

    All these sony guys are not answering me properly on fone cos they dont know the answer as well..

    so i wish to compare it with you

  23. #23 by Anshuman Johri on February 25, 2008 - 8:31 pm

    Sony CR35 comes with 176GB hard disk space, and I had around 150GB of free space when I received the laptop with pre-installed softwares. So the Vista and other pre-installed must have taken the 26GB space….

    Regards
    Anshuman

  24. #24 by Brijesh on February 25, 2008 - 4:11 pm

    Setu, thats great i have also bought a sony vgn cr 35 gold model after reading your post. !!

    now setu, there is only one confusion about it..

    the total available capacity in c drive is 176 gb which i am getting.

    and i had asked the retailer to only install microsoft office 2003 and winamp and winzip and tally 9.

    and now all of a sudden my laptop shows free space of only 149 gb.

    can you please tell me,, what is your total capacity of cr 35 model in c drive.

    and how much is your free space available without installing any third party software ??

    you know setu, i have dialled atleast 100 calls to sony india for this matter, but they are not able to answer.

    so i want to compare with you bro !

    write back soon

  25. #25 by Setu Garg on February 25, 2008 - 4:26 pm

    Brijesh,

    The total free space on the hard disk depends on a lot of factors and not just the installed apps.

    If you have System Restore enabled, Windows reserves some percentage of your HDD for that. Recycle Bin by default takes up 10% of each drive.

    Likewise, there are many other factors which determine the free disk space. Also, per my experience, Windows Vista has the habit of eating up disk space unnecessarily. One solution to this problem might be to separate the partition for Windows installation. But these partitions are usually deleted in case you restore your system to factory state in the event of a crash.

    I would recommend waiting for some time and monitoring the disk space. In case the disk space is being eaten up continuously without any reason(s), I will suggest running a thorough virus/spyware scan. Paying a visit to the service center might also help.

    Thanks,
    Setu

  26. #26 by Brijesh on February 25, 2008 - 4:32 pm

    Setu, thanks for the info,

    But kindly let me know that while you purchased your laptop,, what is your hard disks total capacity. ?

    you can do this by going to the disk management tool ??

    please let me know your hard disk total capacity,.

    mine is 176 Gb, yours should be same too if we have the same model ?? isnt it ?

    write back soon :)

  27. #27 by Brijesh on February 25, 2008 - 4:34 pm

    setu, do you have a cell fone i would call you up and we can talk it on fone if you dont mind !!

  28. #28 by Setu Garg on February 25, 2008 - 4:35 pm

    Brijesh,

    You are right. The free space is close to 176 GB in the new laptop.

    Thanks,
    Setu

  29. #29 by Brijesh on February 25, 2008 - 4:52 pm

    ok Setu, thats great, we both are common here cos its the same laptop. we have 176 gb total capacity..

    now my other question is- the available space ??

    you know after just installing microsoft office 2003, winamp,winzip and tally,, my available space comes to 149 GB or close to 150 GB only.

    I dont know abt it. please tell me that what is your available space from 176 GB total capacity without installing any 3rd party softwares.

    because sony has preinstalled softwares also

  30. #30 by Setu Garg on February 25, 2008 - 4:57 pm

    Brijesh,

    I will appreciate if you consolidate your queries in a single comment.

    It is not usually a good practice to throw in a lot of comments.

    Thanks,
    Setu

  31. #31 by Brijesh on February 25, 2008 - 5:48 pm

    Ok Setu, let me consolidate it in a single comment.

    Here i go..

    Our total capacities are matching around 176 GB,, thats great..

    but, I would love to know the available free space also which you got while you purchased your lappy CR 35 ?

    I mean out of total 176 GB, windows Vista might have taken some space + pre installed softwares also might have taken some space… right ?

    So please let me know.. what is the free space available after the preinstalled softwares and vista installed on your lappy !!

    I know the total is 176 GB.

    But you know after just installing microsoft office 2003, winamp,winzip and tally,, my available space comes to 149 GB or close to 150 GB only.

    all the above are called 3rd party softwares. and just these 4 softwares cant take out 25 gb from my hard disk,

    so please let me know your available free space in your hard disk after calculating (subtracting) vista and all pre installed softwares of VAIO from the 176 GB.

    I hope i am clear on it. Setu

    please write to me as soon as possible..

    All these sony guys are not answering me properly on fone cos they dont know the answer as well..

    so i wish to compare it with you

  32. #32 by Anshuman Johri on February 25, 2008 - 8:31 pm

    Sony CR35 comes with 176GB hard disk space, and I had around 150GB of free space when I received the laptop with pre-installed softwares. So the Vista and other pre-installed must have taken the 26GB space….

    Regards
    Anshuman

  33. #33 by Brijesh on February 26, 2008 - 1:17 pm

    Exactly, thanks Anshuman, thank you very much.. I was shocked and afraid that i have got lesser space !!! But its the same in CR 35, so in all we get a space of 150 GB !! not more then that,, but its ok,

    Now i will tell you the exact partitions.

    Out of 200 GB – we get 186 GB by default (1024 MB=1GB) calculations.

    that means our hard disk total capacity is 186 GB.

    and then 9.94GB is utilised for the recovery partition.

    so in all total available hard disk space of C drive in the default stages is 176 GB.

    Now from 176 GB – Vista OS and preinstalled softwares — takes around 14.5 GB.

    which comes to 176-14 = 162 GB.

    and another 12 GB of space is utilised by an totally invisible source called the HARD DISK SOURCE FILE of INSTALLATION FOR VISTA OS.

    these guys dont provide the cd for source file of vista , but the source file for vista installation is already there in hard disk which is around 12 GB.

    so 162-12 = 150 GB,, the total free space in default conditions.

    I hope i am correct on it, please let me know if i am wrong Anshuman or anyone.

    PS- Please note the difference between VISTA OS and the source file for VISTA OS installation.

  34. #34 by Brijesh on February 26, 2008 - 1:17 pm

    Exactly, thanks Anshuman, thank you very much.. I was shocked and afraid that i have got lesser space !!! But its the same in CR 35, so in all we get a space of 150 GB !! not more then that,, but its ok,

    Now i will tell you the exact partitions.

    Out of 200 GB – we get 186 GB by default (1024 MB=1GB) calculations.

    that means our hard disk total capacity is 186 GB.

    and then 9.94GB is utilised for the recovery partition.

    so in all total available hard disk space of C drive in the default stages is 176 GB.

    Now from 176 GB – Vista OS and preinstalled softwares — takes around 14.5 GB.

    which comes to 176-14 = 162 GB.

    and another 12 GB of space is utilised by an totally invisible source called the HARD DISK SOURCE FILE of INSTALLATION FOR VISTA OS.

    these guys dont provide the cd for source file of vista , but the source file for vista installation is already there in hard disk which is around 12 GB.

    so 162-12 = 150 GB,, the total free space in default conditions.

    I hope i am correct on it, please let me know if i am wrong Anshuman or anyone.

    PS- Please note the difference between VISTA OS and the source file for VISTA OS installation.

  35. #35 by swaadhyay on March 2, 2008 - 9:07 pm

    You all are talking about vaio cr 35 model when you can get the fingerprint sensor at the same price in cr 36 model in black colour so if you not buying the laptop for colour go for cr 36.

  36. #36 by swaadhyay on March 2, 2008 - 9:07 pm

    You all are talking about vaio cr 35 model when you can get the fingerprint sensor at the same price in cr 36 model in black colour so if you not buying the laptop for colour go for cr 36.

  37. #37 by niven on March 5, 2008 - 5:04 pm

    hey wat abt the battery life???do they give us a 6cell battery???plannin to get it in a couple of days…help

  38. #38 by niven on March 5, 2008 - 5:04 pm

    hey wat abt the battery life???do they give us a 6cell battery???plannin to get it in a couple of days…help

  39. #39 by Siddhartha on March 7, 2008 - 7:46 pm

    hey….i got the laptop like 2 weeks back…nd heres my opinion
    the laptop simply rocks….the preinstalled softwares (though many) are quite gud..
    as far as looks are concerned..it is SEXY (got the indigo blue model)..till now i havent got a single scratch…nd yes i wouldn’t say that its high maintenance…the keyboard is really good….

    whn i got the laptop i had 176 GB free sapce…so i suppose the softwares nd recovery partition must have taken tht…..
    nd the fingerprint sensor one isnt tht god cuz a)fingerprint sensors arent really that gud nd create probs later b)it is available in matted black colour which is simply ugly to look at…go fr the colours!!

  40. #40 by Siddhartha on March 7, 2008 - 7:46 pm

    hey….i got the laptop like 2 weeks back…nd heres my opinion
    the laptop simply rocks….the preinstalled softwares (though many) are quite gud..
    as far as looks are concerned..it is SEXY (got the indigo blue model)..till now i havent got a single scratch…nd yes i wouldn’t say that its high maintenance…the keyboard is really good….

    whn i got the laptop i had 176 GB free sapce…so i suppose the softwares nd recovery partition must have taken tht…..
    nd the fingerprint sensor one isnt tht god cuz a)fingerprint sensors arent really that gud nd create probs later b)it is available in matted black colour which is simply ugly to look at…go fr the colours!!

  41. #41 by Zed on March 9, 2008 - 2:57 pm

    Hello Setu,

    I would like to have your opinion on how CR35 fairs against the Dell XPS 1530. I had decided on the Dell, mainly coz of it’s good reputation. I just saw CR 35 yesterday, and I am in two minds. I am looking for a laptop with good performance, decent price and sleek looks exactly in the same order of preference.

  42. #42 by Zed on March 9, 2008 - 2:57 pm

    Hello Setu,

    I would like to have your opinion on how CR35 fairs against the Dell XPS 1530. I had decided on the Dell, mainly coz of it’s good reputation. I just saw CR 35 yesterday, and I am in two minds. I am looking for a laptop with good performance, decent price and sleek looks exactly in the same order of preference.

  43. #43 by Mak on March 10, 2008 - 2:28 pm

    hi,
    @Setu: If u are looking for good graphics card, then go for Dell XPS 1530, where u can select NVIDIA geforce 8400GT, which is much better in comparison to ATI raedon. It would cost arnd 56K, but in vaio u get a lil better processor, and more HDD space at same cost. Vaio looks better…
    Hope this helps

  44. #44 by Mak on March 10, 2008 - 2:28 pm

    hi,
    @Setu: If u are looking for good graphics card, then go for Dell XPS 1530, where u can select NVIDIA geforce 8400GT, which is much better in comparison to ATI raedon. It would cost arnd 56K, but in vaio u get a lil better processor, and more HDD space at same cost. Vaio looks better…
    Hope this helps

  45. #45 by Mukul on March 11, 2008 - 12:13 pm

    Hi folks,

    Can you please tell me how to partition my drive. I have Sony vaio CR35G + windows vista. How can i see the recovery drive (if it exists).

    Mukul

  46. #46 by Mukul on March 11, 2008 - 12:13 pm

    Hi folks,

    Can you please tell me how to partition my drive. I have Sony vaio CR35G + windows vista. How can i see the recovery drive (if it exists).

    Mukul

  47. #47 by Setu Garg on March 12, 2008 - 7:38 am

    @Mukul,

    You can use any partition manager to partition your hard drive. I have used Paragon partition manager with Windows Vista and it works fine. It can partition your drive without loosing your data.

    However, in case you recover your laptop using the recovery drive or DVDs, all partitions are reset. Check with your laptop support guys if this is the case.

    The recovery drive is the 2nd partition in your computer. Usually D: in new laptops. There is nothing much to see in that as it stores the software factory image of your laptop. When you recover your laptop, this image is picked from the recovery partition and applied to the user partition (C:). This recovers your laptop to the factory state. It is recommended that you create DVDs for recovery. There is a software installed on your laptop to create those.

  48. #48 by Sumit on March 12, 2008 - 4:00 pm

    hey Guyz please help me out I’m really confused from past few days between HP Pavailion Notbook dv6767tx (http://fastrackcomputing.net/shop/product_info.php/products_id/2122) and Sony Vaio CR35G, I need Notebook for graphic purpose to play heavy presentations, which one you people suggest to buy between these two and Setu please let me know about the after sale service of Sony please.

  49. #49 by Setu Garg on March 12, 2008 - 7:38 am

    @Mukul,

    You can use any partition manager to partition your hard drive. I have used Paragon partition manager with Windows Vista and it works fine. It can partition your drive without loosing your data.

    However, in case you recover your laptop using the recovery drive or DVDs, all partitions are reset. Check with your laptop support guys if this is the case.

    The recovery drive is the 2nd partition in your computer. Usually D: in new laptops. There is nothing much to see in that as it stores the software factory image of your laptop. When you recover your laptop, this image is picked from the recovery partition and applied to the user partition (C:). This recovers your laptop to the factory state. It is recommended that you create DVDs for recovery. There is a software installed on your laptop to create those.

  50. #50 by Setu Garg on March 13, 2008 - 12:43 am

    @sumit,

    dv6767tx is indeed a promising laptop with more memory and better graphics card than CR35.

    The pros over CR35:
    - More RAM
    - 250 GB HDD
    - 256 MB NVIDIA graphics card

    The cons:
    - 3 GB RAM probably means no dual channel support. Lower performance
    - 15.4” screen. Some people may not notice a difference, but its a downer for me. I just think that 14.1” is perfect. 13.3” is good too
    - 1.83 GHz inferior processor. Low performance
    - expensive
    - standard looks

    As you can see, CR35 is a perfect combination of style & performance. It might have a little less memory, but still is high on the performance front. Plus it looks great and is cheaper.

    Sony service centers might not be as prevalent as HP’s, but I guess Sony’s service is good. Hadn’t had a change to go to a service center yet!

  51. #51 by Sumit on March 12, 2008 - 4:00 pm

    hey Guyz please help me out I’m really confused from past few days between HP Pavailion Notbook dv6767tx (http://fastrackcomputing.net/shop/product_info….) and Sony Vaio CR35G, I need Notebook for graphic purpose to play heavy presentations, which one you people suggest to buy between these two and Setu please let me know about the after sale service of Sony please.

  52. #52 by Setu Garg on March 13, 2008 - 12:43 am

    @sumit,

    dv6767tx is indeed a promising laptop with more memory and better graphics card than CR35.

    The pros over CR35:
    - More RAM
    - 250 GB HDD
    - 256 MB NVIDIA graphics card

    The cons:
    - 3 GB RAM probably means no dual channel support. Lower performance
    - 15.4” screen. Some people may not notice a difference, but its a downer for me. I just think that 14.1” is perfect. 13.3” is good too
    - 1.83 GHz inferior processor. Low performance
    - expensive
    - standard looks

    As you can see, CR35 is a perfect combination of style & performance. It might have a little less memory, but still is high on the performance front. Plus it looks great and is cheaper.

    Sony service centers might not be as prevalent as HP’s, but I guess Sony’s service is good. Hadn’t had a change to go to a service center yet!

  53. #53 by prabhu on March 14, 2008 - 12:04 am

    hi, is it possible to install xp on CR35 ? if yes where do i get XP drivers ? and also is it possible to install turbo c in windows vista ? if yes then how ?

  54. #54 by krishna on March 14, 2008 - 10:24 am

    hi, i have got a dilemma
    i m getting dell inspiron 1420
    2.1 ghz,3mb cache
    2 gb ram
    160gb hd (7200 rpm)
    nvidia 128 mb graphics card

    @ 53000 INR

    while in sony cr36
    200 gb (5400 rpm)
    ATI graphics card 128mb
    remaining are same..

    @ 55000 INR

    kindly suggest me which one ll be better..
    i heard dell has some problem ,and service is not good..

    which one has better battery life..

  55. #55 by prabhu on March 14, 2008 - 12:04 am

    hi, is it possible to install xp on CR35 ? if yes where do i get XP drivers ? and also is it possible to install turbo c in windows vista ? if yes then how ?

  56. #56 by Sumit on March 14, 2008 - 10:35 am

    Hey thanks buddy I’ve decided to buy Vaio CR35 and planning to buy right today, but please let me know last thing some Games which support 256 MB min. graphics card, will those games be playable smoothly on CR-35?

    Thanks
    Sumit

  57. #57 by Mak on March 14, 2008 - 11:30 am

    @Krishna
    Performance wise Nvidia is better compared to ATI Raedon. But as far as CR35 is concerned you can get that as low as 52750, depends how u negotiates.

  58. #58 by krishna on March 14, 2008 - 10:24 am

    hi, i have got a dilemma
    i m getting dell inspiron 1420
    2.1 ghz,3mb cache
    2 gb ram
    160gb hd (7200 rpm)
    nvidia 128 mb graphics card

    @ 53000 INR

    while in sony cr36
    200 gb (5400 rpm)
    ATI graphics card 128mb
    remaining are same..

    @ 55000 INR

    kindly suggest me which one ll be better..
    i heard dell has some problem ,and service is not good..

    which one has better battery life..

  59. #59 by Sumit on March 14, 2008 - 10:35 am

    Hey thanks buddy I’ve decided to buy Vaio CR35 and planning to buy right today, but please let me know last thing some Games which support 256 MB min. graphics card, will those games be playable smoothly on CR-35?

    Thanks
    Sumit

  60. #60 by Mak on March 14, 2008 - 11:30 am

    @Krishna
    Performance wise Nvidia is better compared to ATI Raedon. But as far as CR35 is concerned you can get that as low as 52750, depends how u negotiates.

  61. #61 by krishna on March 15, 2008 - 1:06 am

    can any one please specify merits and demerits of dell and sony vaio..

  62. #62 by krishna on March 15, 2008 - 1:16 am

    i heard that if i install XP ,some of the applications ,like web cam , av mode etc does not work properly.. what do you say..

  63. #63 by krishna on March 15, 2008 - 1:06 am

    can any one please specify merits and demerits of dell and sony vaio..

  64. #64 by krishna on March 15, 2008 - 1:16 am

    i heard that if i install XP ,some of the applications ,like web cam , av mode etc does not work properly.. what do you say..

  65. #65 by prem on March 15, 2008 - 10:53 pm

    hi, can v run all the xp applications on vista ? someone said that by changing settings option v can use vista as xp. if u knw that setting thn pls let me knw

  66. #66 by prem on March 15, 2008 - 10:53 pm

    hi, can v run all the xp applications on vista ? someone said that by changing settings option v can use vista as xp. if u knw that setting thn pls let me knw

  67. #67 by anil on March 16, 2008 - 9:24 pm

    dear setu!
    after reading your matters and suggestions,I strongly decieded to buy a sony vaio notebook vgn cr35,but it has ati graphics card and i want to replaced by a nvidia
    geoforce 8600GT.Please tell me is it possible at the time of purchasing the note book atsony shops and how much i pay additional for it and what will be the total cost of the notebook

  68. #68 by anil on March 16, 2008 - 9:24 pm

    dear setu!
    after reading your matters and suggestions,I strongly decieded to buy a sony vaio notebook vgn cr35,but it has ati graphics card and i want to replaced by a nvidia
    geoforce 8600GT.Please tell me is it possible at the time of purchasing the note book atsony shops and how much i pay additional for it and what will be the total cost of the notebook

  69. #69 by Gaurav Gupta on March 17, 2008 - 3:18 pm

    dear setu!
    Congrats on the tremendous google traffic you are getting on searches for Sony Vaio CR35.

    Comparing Dell XPS 1530 and Sony CR35, I see the following:

    Pro’s for Sony:
    1. Trusted name
    2. 3 yr extendable warranty
    3. Oomph factor (it’s a VAIO after all)
    4. Plenty of after sales service
    5. Stylish looks
    6. Business laptop

    Pro’s for Dell:
    1. Popular brand
    2. CNET editor’s choice

    Cons for dell xps:
    1. Hate that silver keypad
    2. 15 days delivery time
    3. After sales service existent?
    4. Not too sturdy and rugged
    5. More of a gaming machine than a business machine. Good if you are buying a laptop for games.
    6. The fully loaded model would cost abt 62k (in delhi) compared to 53k for sony vaio.

    Config wise, 62k for dell = 53k for sony. Plus, think about this – dell’s flasgship model costs same as sony’s starting model. It’s like buying a high end hyundai vs. a low end mercedes

    Which one will you buy?

  70. #70 by Gaurav Gupta on March 17, 2008 - 3:18 pm

    dear setu!
    Congrats on the tremendous google traffic you are getting on searches for Sony Vaio CR35.

    Comparing Dell XPS 1530 and Sony CR35, I see the following:

    Pro’s for Sony:
    1. Trusted name
    2. 3 yr extendable warranty
    3. Oomph factor (it’s a VAIO after all)
    4. Plenty of after sales service
    5. Stylish looks
    6. Business laptop

    Pro’s for Dell:
    1. Popular brand
    2. CNET editor’s choice

    Cons for dell xps:
    1. Hate that silver keypad
    2. 15 days delivery time
    3. After sales service existent?
    4. Not too sturdy and rugged
    5. More of a gaming machine than a business machine. Good if you are buying a laptop for games.
    6. The fully loaded model would cost abt 62k (in delhi) compared to 53k for sony vaio.

    Config wise, 62k for dell = 53k for sony. Plus, think about this – dell’s flasgship model costs same as sony’s starting model. It’s like buying a high end hyundai vs. a low end mercedes

    Which one will you buy?

  71. #71 by Gaurav on March 18, 2008 - 10:26 pm

    I have done a review cum comparison of the Sony CR36G with Dell xps 1530 on my blog. You can read it here: http://blog.gauravgupta.in/2008/03/dell-xps-1530-vs-sony-cr35g36g.html

  72. #72 by Gaurav on March 18, 2008 - 10:26 pm

    I have done a review cum comparison of the Sony CR36G with Dell xps 1530 on my blog. You can read it here: http://blog.gauravgupta.in/2008/03/dell-xps-153

  73. #73 by Mukul on March 19, 2008 - 3:35 pm

    Hi folks,

    I tried using shrink volume option in vista for partitioning, but it only frees up 80 GB out of 180 GB .. so my C: is right now 100 GB. I want to bring this down to 40 GB. I have already tried moving pagefiles and disabling shadow copies. Also set restore point’s max size limit to 4GB rather than 28 GB (earlier).

    The situation is still the same.

    Any hints on this before i go ahead to try out some 3rd party tool like Paragon / Patition Magic /Acrolis ?

    Mukul

  74. #74 by Saravanan on March 19, 2008 - 5:07 pm

    Hi Setu,

    You had mentioned that 3 GB RAM probably means no dual channel support.

    How does this work out? Could you explain more on this as I would like to understand which RAM configuration is better? I am planning to buy dv6767tx?

    Thanks
    Saravanan.

  75. #75 by Setu Garg on March 19, 2008 - 5:23 pm

    @Saravanan,

    Laptops usually have 2 slots for RAM with support for up to 2 GB per slot making it a maximum of 4 GB.

    Dual channel configuration means that the system can access the memory installed in the 2 slots simultaneously at the same time (in parallel). However, this configuration needs the memory modules to be of exactly the same capacity & type.

    The memory modules available in the market are in 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB & 4 GB. For 3 GB, you will have to use a 1 GB and a 2 GB module. These will not run with dual channel support.

  76. #76 by Setu Garg on March 19, 2008 - 5:30 pm

    @Mukul,

    I will recommend you to go for 3rd party partition managers for this task.

    The shrink volume feature works only with contiguous space. So, it might pose limitations to the process.

    I have used Paragon Partition Manager on Vista and it does the job well.

  77. #77 by Saravanan on March 19, 2008 - 5:39 pm

    Hi Setu,

    Thanks. Would it mean that using 3GB RAM would offset the advantage of having a dual core processor (C2D)?

    Thanks
    Saravanan.

  78. #78 by Setu Garg on March 19, 2008 - 6:10 pm

    @Saravanan,

    No it does not mean that. Not having dual channel support does NOT degrade the system performance significantly. However, dual channel support is recommended if you use heavy applications like 3D games & Audio/Video editing software.

  79. #79 by Mukul on March 19, 2008 - 3:35 pm

    Hi folks,

    I tried using shrink volume option in vista for partitioning, but it only frees up 80 GB out of 180 GB .. so my C: is right now 100 GB. I want to bring this down to 40 GB. I have already tried moving pagefiles and disabling shadow copies. Also set restore point’s max size limit to 4GB rather than 28 GB (earlier).

    The situation is still the same.

    Any hints on this before i go ahead to try out some 3rd party tool like Paragon / Patition Magic /Acrolis ?

    Mukul

  80. #80 by Saravanan on March 19, 2008 - 5:07 pm

    Hi Setu,

    You had mentioned that 3 GB RAM probably means no dual channel support.

    How does this work out? Could you explain more on this as I would like to understand which RAM configuration is better? I am planning to buy dv6767tx?

    Thanks
    Saravanan.

  81. #81 by Setu Garg on March 19, 2008 - 5:23 pm

    @Saravanan,

    Laptops usually have 2 slots for RAM with support for up to 2 GB per slot making it a maximum of 4 GB.

    Dual channel configuration means that the system can access the memory installed in the 2 slots simultaneously at the same time (in parallel). However, this configuration needs the memory modules to be of exactly the same capacity & type.

    The memory modules available in the market are in 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB & 4 GB. For 3 GB, you will have to use a 1 GB and a 2 GB module. These will not run with dual channel support.

  82. #82 by Setu Garg on March 19, 2008 - 5:30 pm

    @Mukul,

    I will recommend you to go for 3rd party partition managers for this task.

    The shrink volume feature works only with contiguous space. So, it might pose limitations to the process.

    I have used Paragon Partition Manager on Vista and it does the job well.

  83. #83 by Saravanan on March 19, 2008 - 5:39 pm

    Hi Setu,

    Thanks. Would it mean that using 3GB RAM would offset the advantage of having a dual core processor (C2D)?

    Thanks
    Saravanan.

  84. #84 by Setu Garg on March 19, 2008 - 6:10 pm

    @Saravanan,

    No it does not mean that. Not having dual channel support does NOT degrade the system performance significantly. However, dual channel support is recommended if you use heavy applications like 3D games & Audio/Video editing software.

  85. #85 by Helixcs on March 21, 2008 - 4:35 pm

    Hi! I just bought a vaio cr35 (same thingy u gys are on about) and need to desperately go to xp – i was wondering if any of you have done so yet, and where you got the drivers, specifically for the networking

    thanks,
    H.{elixcs}

  86. #86 by Helixcs on March 21, 2008 - 4:35 pm

    Hi! I just bought a vaio cr35 (same thingy u gys are on about) and need to desperately go to xp – i was wondering if any of you have done so yet, and where you got the drivers, specifically for the networking

    thanks,
    H.{elixcs}

  87. #87 by swaadhyay on March 22, 2008 - 8:54 pm

    saw dell 1330 specs – 13.3″ monitor t 8100 processor,3gb ram,250 gb hdd hdmi port fingerprint sensor blutooth stereo headset weight less than 4 pound @53900 is it better than sony cr 35 setu i want your opinion in this regard
    Swaadhyay

  88. #88 by swaadhyay on March 22, 2008 - 8:54 pm

    saw dell 1330 specs – 13.3″ monitor t 8100 processor,3gb ram,250 gb hdd hdmi port fingerprint sensor blutooth stereo headset weight less than 4 pound @53900 is it better than sony cr 35 setu i want your opinion in this regard
    Swaadhyay

  89. #89 by Rizki on March 23, 2008 - 3:26 pm

    Hi!!
    i have bought a sony vgn cr 35, but there was no cd-driver installer…
    Could you explain more about recovery discs?? can i use recovery discs to reinstall my system???
    thanks!!!

  90. #90 by Rizki on March 23, 2008 - 3:26 pm

    Hi!!
    i have bought a sony vgn cr 35, but there was no cd-driver installer…
    Could you explain more about recovery discs?? can i use recovery discs to reinstall my system???
    thanks!!!

  91. #91 by faz on March 24, 2008 - 10:16 pm

    Hi All this is a neat info abt vaio
    thanks for all the efforts.
    I wanna know does Vaio cr35 really give a battery backup of 4.5 hrs. Please let me know as I am going to buy in couple of days.
    Thanks

  92. #92 by faz on March 24, 2008 - 10:16 pm

    Hi All this is a neat info abt vaio
    thanks for all the efforts.
    I wanna know does Vaio cr35 really give a battery backup of 4.5 hrs. Please let me know as I am going to buy in couple of days.
    Thanks

  93. #93 by AMI on March 25, 2008 - 7:58 pm

    MAMA
    great to see the review on vaio cr-35 from you

    it rank first on google search

  94. #94 by AMI on March 25, 2008 - 7:58 pm

    MAMA
    great to see the review on vaio cr-35 from you

    it rank first on google search

  95. #95 by Nathan on March 27, 2008 - 4:44 pm

    Hi Setu,

    I would like to know how good are Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop, planning to get one.
    Is their after sales service good.Pls advice..

  96. #96 by Nathan on March 27, 2008 - 4:44 pm

    Hi Setu,

    I would like to know how good are Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop, planning to get one.
    Is their after sales service good.Pls advice..

  97. #97 by swaadhyay on March 30, 2008 - 10:14 pm

    Hi setu
    on 22nd March I want your opinion between Dell 1330 @53990
    with 3gb ram 250gb HDD bluetooth stereo headset,HDMI port with Sony vaio cr 35 still waiting for your comment in this regard.

  98. #98 by Gaurav Gupta on March 30, 2008 - 10:45 pm

  99. #99 by swaadhyay on March 30, 2008 - 10:14 pm

    Hi setu
    on 22nd March I want your opinion between Dell 1330 @53990
    with 3gb ram 250gb HDD bluetooth stereo headset,HDMI port with Sony vaio cr 35 still waiting for your comment in this regard.

  100. #100 by Gaurav Gupta on March 30, 2008 - 10:45 pm

    @Swaadhyay,

    I think you should check out my comparison as well as the review of Sony CR35G.

    http://blog.gauravgupta.in/2008/03/sony-vaio-vg

    http://blog.gauravgupta.in/2008/03/dell-xps-153

  101. #101 by Pardeep on March 31, 2008 - 2:03 pm

    With XP support guy says AV mode won’t work. is it true ? Vista is slow :(

  102. #102 by Pardeep on March 31, 2008 - 2:03 pm

    With XP support guy says AV mode won’t work. is it true ? Vista is slow :(

  103. #103 by sam on April 7, 2008 - 11:07 am

    hi setu, amazing job dear…u rock @cr35. I have bought the Sony Vaio CR35 (Red) on 5th April,2008. I was so impressed with your blog that I decided to buy it. Looks really great, but I am concerned about the graphics and the sound. Graphics are not according to my expectiations, when I play movie and switch to full screen, the scene becomes a bit blurd and the maximum volume is also very low. Whats your take on this? Do u know of any setting which can help me out….should I go for extended warranty or not?

  104. #104 by sam on April 7, 2008 - 11:07 am

    hi setu, amazing job dear…u rock @cr35. I have bought the Sony Vaio CR35 (Red) on 5th April,2008. I was so impressed with your blog that I decided to buy it. Looks really great, but I am concerned about the graphics and the sound. Graphics are not according to my expectiations, when I play movie and switch to full screen, the scene becomes a bit blurd and the maximum volume is also very low. Whats your take on this? Do u know of any setting which can help me out….should I go for extended warranty or not?

  105. #105 by Sanjay on April 8, 2008 - 5:39 pm

    Hi Setu,
    Can you please help me with making up my mind on either vaio cr35 or xps m 1330 from dell.
    Regards

  106. #106 by Setu Garg on April 8, 2008 - 6:10 pm

    @Sanjay,

    Here is the config of Dell XPS M1330:

    - Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor T8100
    - Memory: 3GB Dual-channel 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    - Hard drive: 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
    - Chipset: Intel® 965GM Chipset
    - Graphics: Intel® Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
    - Operating System: Windows Vista Premium
    - Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches

    The starting price of this laptop is INR 53990 excluding taxes and delivery.

    The configuration looks promising. However, after sales service has always been a concern with Dell. Since they do not have any service centers you can visit, it is sometimes difficult to get the product properly serviced from them. Also, they tend to add up a lot of extra charges to the base price (taxes, octroi, installation, handling etc.). This increases the price exorbitantly. Since, they do not sell their products in shops, yo cannot negotiate/save on these charges.

    Dell XPS M1330 looks like a good choice if you want a small and portable laptop.

  107. #107 by Sanjay on April 8, 2008 - 5:39 pm

    Hi Setu,
    Can you please help me with making up my mind on either vaio cr35 or xps m 1330 from dell.
    Regards

  108. #108 by Setu Garg on April 8, 2008 - 6:10 pm

    @Sanjay,

    Here is the config of Dell XPS M1330:

    - Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor T8100
    - Memory: 3GB Dual-channel 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    - Hard drive: 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
    - Chipset: Intel® 965GM Chipset
    - Graphics: Intel® Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
    - Operating System: Windows Vista Premium
    - Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches

    The starting price of this laptop is INR 53990 excluding taxes and delivery.

    The configuration looks promising. However, after sales service has always been a concern with Dell. Since they do not have any service centers you can visit, it is sometimes difficult to get the product properly serviced from them. Also, they tend to add up a lot of extra charges to the base price (taxes, octroi, installation, handling etc.). This increases the price exorbitantly. Since, they do not sell their products in shops, yo cannot negotiate/save on these charges.

    Dell XPS M1330 looks like a good choice if you want a small and portable laptop.

  109. #109 by Nadim on April 16, 2008 - 2:51 pm

    Can someone inform me what is the present cost of CR35 in India and what all colors are available

    Thanks!

  110. #110 by Nadim on April 16, 2008 - 2:51 pm

    Can someone inform me what is the present cost of CR35 in India and what all colors are available

    Thanks!

  111. #111 by Mak on April 23, 2008 - 1:50 pm

    New launch in CR series – CR37. Would this launch affect the price of CR36?

  112. #112 by Sanjay on April 23, 2008 - 2:03 pm

    Hi. What are your comment on CR 35/36 graphic card, is it good enough for gaming and wher it stands in comparision to N vidia/ G force

  113. #113 by Mak on April 23, 2008 - 1:50 pm

    New launch in CR series – CR37. Would this launch affect the price of CR36?

  114. #114 by Sanjay on April 23, 2008 - 2:03 pm

    Hi. What are your comment on CR 35/36 graphic card, is it good enough for gaming and wher it stands in comparision to N vidia/ G force

  115. #115 by hari on April 25, 2008 - 11:12 am

    whats the price of cr-37.is the only diff is 250 gb hard disk??any other features?

  116. #116 by hari on April 25, 2008 - 11:12 am

    whats the price of cr-37.is the only diff is 250 gb hard disk??any other features?

  117. #117 by SONY CR35 Owner on May 29, 2008 - 7:36 pm

    CR35 battery works good for 2.5 -3 hrs and not 4.5 as claimed.

    Drivers for XP are available at sony website. This are not as perfect as that are for vista.

    Lose of volume of Mic and speaker is there with XP Drivers. You would need to update/download realtek high audio driver.

    The wireless + bluetooth switch is pain in linux.

    Keyboard is not that responsive as I would have liked to.

    There is an issue of color peel off near hinges or lower part of the screen. (Below Sony Logo) due to some kind of friction.

    Its ubber quiet compared to HP, compaq, acer etc….

    AV Mode works with XP installation.

  118. #118 by SONY CR35 Owner on May 29, 2008 - 7:36 pm

    CR35 battery works good for 2.5 -3 hrs and not 4.5 as claimed.

    Drivers for XP are available at sony website. This are not as perfect as that are for vista.

    Lose of volume of Mic and speaker is there with XP Drivers. You would need to update/download realtek high audio driver.

    The wireless + bluetooth switch is pain in linux.

    Keyboard is not that responsive as I would have liked to.

    There is an issue of color peel off near hinges or lower part of the screen. (Below Sony Logo) due to some kind of friction.

    Its ubber quiet compared to HP, compaq, acer etc….

    AV Mode works with XP installation.

  119. #119 by Siddhartha on June 18, 2008 - 5:15 pm

    i wana know where are the drivers for cr 35g available on the net ,

  120. #120 by Siddhartha on June 18, 2008 - 5:15 pm

    i wana know where are the drivers for cr 35g available on the net ,

  121. #121 by Ariftesl on July 9, 2008 - 1:25 pm

    hi i need some feedback;

    which one should i pick Vaiocr35 or Toshiba Satellite M200 P434

    Specs almost the same..

  122. #122 by Setu Garg on July 9, 2008 - 1:51 pm

    @Ariftesl,

    Looks like both are almost equivalent from a config point of view. Toshiba is a little lighter in weight.

    I suppose its your choice and preference in such a case.

    I will suggest taking other factors like after sales service in your area while making a decision.

    My personal favorite is Sony due to its great brand value and good after sales service here in India.

  123. #123 by Ariftesl on July 9, 2008 - 1:25 pm

    hi i need some feedback;

    which one should i pick Vaiocr35 or Toshiba Satellite M200 P434

    Specs almost the same..

  124. #124 by Setu Garg on July 9, 2008 - 1:51 pm

    @Ariftesl,

    Looks like both are almost equivalent from a config point of view. Toshiba is a little lighter in weight.

    I suppose its your choice and preference in such a case.

    I will suggest taking other factors like after sales service in your area while making a decision.

    My personal favorite is Sony due to its great brand value and good after sales service here in India.

  125. #125 by Anand on July 19, 2008 - 3:32 pm

    Hi Setu,
    I am in confusion whether to go for vaioCR35 or XPS1530.
    Dell is giving high config
    - IntelCore2 Duo Processor T5750 2.0 GHz
    -3GB RAM
    -250GB HDD
    -256MB NVIDIA(R) video card
    for abt 60k
    But in Bangalore we don’t have proper dell service.

    I have also read your reviews abt vaio CR35 n happy to see many good reviews about vaioCR35.

    But I don’t know much about after service n all. I also heard after service is costly for VAIO.
    Plz give your feedback

  126. #126 by Setu Garg on July 19, 2008 - 5:24 pm

    @Anand,

    From the config you have given, it looks like Dell is on the pricey side.
    As you said that Dell’s support isn’t good in Bangalore. I would suggest going for Sony. Sony’s service is pretty good in Delhi. And I expect nothing less in Bangalore.

    From a cost point of view, usually laptop’s service is costly. However, there are extended service plans available which you can buy from a Sony authorized dealer. I would suggest buying one at the time you purchase the laptop.

    Hope this helps.

  127. #127 by Anand on July 19, 2008 - 3:32 pm

    Hi Setu,
    I am in confusion whether to go for vaioCR35 or XPS1530.
    Dell is giving high config
    - IntelCore2 Duo Processor T5750 2.0 GHz
    -3GB RAM
    -250GB HDD
    -256MB NVIDIA(R) video card
    for abt 60k
    But in Bangalore we don’t have proper dell service.

    I have also read your reviews abt vaio CR35 n happy to see many good reviews about vaioCR35.

    But I don’t know much about after service n all. I also heard after service is costly for VAIO.
    Plz give your feedback

  128. #128 by Setu Garg on July 19, 2008 - 5:24 pm

    @Anand,

    From the config you have given, it looks like Dell is on the pricey side.
    As you said that Dell’s support isn’t good in Bangalore. I would suggest going for Sony. Sony’s service is pretty good in Delhi. And I expect nothing less in Bangalore.

    From a cost point of view, usually laptop’s service is costly. However, there are extended service plans available which you can buy from a Sony authorized dealer. I would suggest buying one at the time you purchase the laptop.

    Hope this helps.

  129. #129 by NoLz on July 30, 2008 - 7:35 pm

    I bought CR35G Blazing red & compared it with my MacBook…. Its almost the same… but I love both… haha… cuz its fun… the cost of my Vaio was BND$1999 at the authorized dealer here… kinda cheaper than any stores I buy in my country… maintenance, softwares and parts are easily found here…. =)

  130. #130 by NoLz on July 30, 2008 - 7:35 pm

    I bought CR35G Blazing red & compared it with my MacBook…. Its almost the same… but I love both… haha… cuz its fun… the cost of my Vaio was BND$1999 at the authorized dealer here… kinda cheaper than any stores I buy in my country… maintenance, softwares and parts are easily found here…. =)

  131. #131 by Sony CR35/36 on August 17, 2008 - 1:22 am

    Both CR 35 and CR 36 has some default issues

    1. Bad egronomics – The outer metal rib causes pain in palm if you use long hours and have you hand placed over touchpad.
    2. The outer metal rib catches rust.
    3. Scratches can be seen below the “Sony” Logo on the screen panel.
    4. CR-36 comes with 2 legs/pin power connector. This means no netural/earthing. Thus the metal rib at times gives mild electric shocks.
    5. The CR series is not good for long usage as processor cooling is not done well and its makes lot of heat.

    Also note its 82 keys layout makes hard time to user who have frequent use of “Home, page up, page down, end” keys.

  132. #132 by Setu Garg on August 25, 2008 - 12:37 pm

    Check out details about the latest Sony Vaio SR 13 series laptop on woikr – http://woikr.com/first-look-sony-vaio-vgn-sr13/

  133. #133 by Nandhakumar on September 2, 2008 - 4:17 pm

    Sethu,

    i bought Sony vaio CR 36G after all of your valuable comments.

    I have a doubt…Can i upgrade my graphics card?
    Does it have compatability to update……..

    One morething,,,,,ram whatever they have given which is 2gb ram in one slot or else 1gb ram in 2 slots……..

    looking forward your reply..

    regards,
    Nandha

  134. #134 by Setu Garg on September 2, 2008 - 4:33 pm

    I don't think you will be able to upgrade the graphics card. In contrast to desktops where cards are installed in slots, laptops usually have these cards built on the motherboards which make it difficult to swap them.

    The RAM should be 1GB x 2 to support dual channel mode. If you want to upgrade, you will have to exchange the two 1 GB modules with two 2 GB ones. Always take same sized and same speed modules to support dual channel mode.

    Now a days, some high end laptops are coming with four ram slots. You can check with Sony service center and find out if your laptop has 2 or 4 ram slots and upgrade accordingly.

  135. #135 by Nandhakumar on September 5, 2008 - 5:36 pm

    Thank You…..

  136. #136 by shobhit on September 9, 2008 - 11:21 am

    i am in a delima wether to go for a sony vaio or dell becoz people have been suggesting dell for reliablility, what should i go for?

  137. #137 by Setu Garg on September 9, 2008 - 12:05 pm

    It depends on your personal choice in such a case. I would just like to say that:

    - I have not heard good reviews for Dell's service.
    - Vaio's keyboard is much better than Dell's
    - Vaio has better looks

  138. #138 by Dev on September 19, 2008 - 9:17 pm

    Hi setu.. nice job man. yaar i hate vista so i have installed in my Vaio CR35 .. but not getting the drivers. plz help

  139. #139 by Setu Garg on September 19, 2008 - 10:32 pm

    Have you checked Sony's website? The drivers should be available there.

  140. #140 by Rita on January 21, 2009 - 1:22 am

    Its a good article. I came across a very recent article that talks about Sony Vaio Flex laptops that use OLED technology and is a foldable screen. To learn more you can use this link below:-

    http://www.kanbal.com/index.php?/Electronics/so

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