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The Sony VAIO VGN-NS laptops were low-mid range laptops introduced around Late 2008 and 2009 they were usually made for everyday basic computing, hence the cheap price.
The VGN-NS series debuted with the same Penryn CPUs by Intel introduced in the VGN-FW series in 2008 .They usually also had two GPU options the Intel integrated graphics or the ATI Mobile Radeon GPUs. They came in different colors like: Black, White and Silver. They are made of plastic. These always used DDR2 RAM coming with 2-4GB of RAM. They usually had an AV Mode Button which served to open a bar on the top of the screen with some apps you could choose to show. Also, they usually came with Windows Vista.
The good: Competitive performance; lengthy battery life; great keyboard and touch pad; receives Webcam and Gigabit Ethernet in latest upgrade.
The bad: Loud, clacky mouse buttons; no media control keys; AV Mode button is largely useless.
Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo Penryn CPU (not soldered)
Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD or ATI Mobile Radeon Graphics (higher end models)
Chipset: Intel GM45 Express (1066MHz)
Memory: DDR2 6400 (Not Soldered) Dual Channel 2GB (Standard) - 8GB (Maximum)
Display: 15.4" 1280x800 widescreen TFT LCD
Storage: 320GB SATA HDD (may vary, some 250GB models were released)
MSRP: Roughly 600 Euros
Ports: 1 Audio 3.5mm, 1 Mic 3.5mm, 4 USB 2.0 Ports, CD+DVD RW Combo Drive, A 480p Webcam and Mic, Express 45 Port, iLink 4 Pin connector, Ethernet, 56k Modem.
Daily Usage Today
The VGN-NS series is still quite usable today for some tasks such as word processing, presentations and spreadsheets among many other basic windows tasks. Some retro games will work too especially if you have the ATI GPU. Consuming media on them should work on DVD or downloaded files, but not really on YouTube. We recommend upgrading this machines RAM and HDD (to an SSD). These are very common these days and can be had for very cheap (30 Euros if you're lucky) and can be a great starter laptop for kids who just do some light school tasks.
These recovery disks can be patched with SVRP, which you can find in the menu bar in the top left of the webpage.