Sony VAIO VGN-CR510E/Q 14.1-inch Laptop (2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, Vista Premium) Pink Crocodile
Product Features Intel Core 2 Duo 5750 Processor (2.0GHz) Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with SP2 14.1" widescreen LCD with XBRITE-ECO technology Massive 250GB hard drive & 3GB of pre-installed RAM Buy this item.
I recently purchased this laptop, and for the most part I've been happy with it. The specs (2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, integrated webcam) are pretty nice for a sub-$1000 laptop, and the design is pretty nice... I recently purchased this laptop, and for the most part I've been happy with it. The specs (2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, integrated webcam) are pretty nice for a sub-$1000 laptop, and the design is pretty nice (although not as nice as the considerably more expensive MacBooks and MacBook Pros). This is my first Windows Vista machine, and yes, it's pretty annoying with all the "confirm it was you that's running this program". I'm planning to install Ubuntu soon, but haven't decided between dual boot or VMWare. My only complaint with the hardware is that the battery life seems pretty short (typically a little over an hour for me, and I'm not even using the DVD drive), and occasionally the machine runs out of battery without any prior warning. I think I need to contact Sony and get a replacement battery. UPDATE: I never contacted Sony, but the battery did seem to get better after a few weeks of use. It's still not quite what I'd like, but I can usually get about 2 hours on Vista and 3 hours on Ubuntu. Overall, I'm happy, and really impressed that I can get a machine with at least 4x the processor and hard drive, and with 6x the RAM as my last laptop, for about one thrid of the old laptop's price.