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Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z/N

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 reviews of Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z/N. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the reliability and screen. The usability and design also get good views. Many are negative about the battery and price.

performance, design, usability, screen, reliability

price, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z/N is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z/N from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviews about the design and durability are overall positive. The reliability and usability are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the battery and price.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO CR42S/P 14.1-inch Laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 2.1Ghz, 3GB RAM, 200GB HDD, Pink)Sony VAIO CR42S/P 14.1-inch Laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 2.1Ghz, 3GB RAM, 200GB HDD, Pink)

Jan, 2018

Consumer review by: Ameya (

Good investment of money


Brilliant laptop, works fast, nice looks, no heating at all,

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: Anonymous (

Sony VAIO CR42S/W Laptop - White


exellent, love this laptop, would reccommend to anyone.

Oct, 2009

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z


Its all good, theres nothing bad i can say about it all realy. Im a student so all its features make it handy whatever you need to do.

Nov, 2008

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z


Beautiful design. Good spec. Great screen. Good multi-taaking performance.

Shorter battery life than expected. Heavy (but all laptops are!). Slowish start up - but is this Vista? (Am used to XP)

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: Steven (

Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z


The SONY VGNCR42ZR T8300 is exactly what you would expect from a Sony the design is great the performance is great and if you have used other makes you will see why it costs a little more.

None as yet only time will tell.

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: Sachin (

Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z


Beautiful laptop with excellent specs at a good price point.

Too much of bloatware comes bundled, but it's a minor niggle.

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: Bekki (

Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z


Very attractive, fast and light laptop

Battery rattles a little in the unit

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: Tim (

Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z


It works, it is reasonably light and flexible, has 3 USB ports, has S-Video out and the option to play DVDs without starting Windows. The hard drive is a decent size as is the memory. Screen is up to the excellent Sony Standard.

Probably unfair to blame the PC, I would be more likely to blame Vista, if the option had been available I would have gone for XP. Given the spec (4Gb Ram) and 2.4 Ghz processor I expected it to be significantly faster than my last Vaio Laptop which...

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z


Very neat and portable

Would like to have longer usage when on battery power as spare battery is very expensive. Also, would have expected at least the provision of a slip case in order to protect the ultra smart red top

Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony Vaio VGN-CR42Z


Good definitions Great design User-friendly

Eventhough it's 4 Giga RAM, it's still take a little bit longer than I thought to start up

Sep, 2008

Product Specifications


Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Video capturing speed:30


Colour of product:Blue / Pink / Red / White


Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display diagonal:35.8
Display Resolution:1280 x 800


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.125
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon X2300


Pointing device:Touchpad


Internal Memory:3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:667
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2


Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR
Networking features:100 BASE-TX/10 BASE-T

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:24
CD write speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:24
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:6
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM read speed:5
DVD-RAM write speed:5
DVD-RW read speed:8
DVD-RW write speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:8

Other features

Battery Type:VGP-BPS9S
Dimensions (WxDxH):335.1 x 249 x 38.3
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: Yes
Memory bus:667
Modem type:V.92/V.90
TV in port: No
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g / 802.11a/b/g/Draft n

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV Out:Y
TV out port:S-Video
TV out type:S-Video
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Bus type:FSB
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10.5 / 12
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel PM965 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Processing Die size:107
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2.1 / 2.4
Processor front side bus:800
Processor lithography:45
Processor Model:T8100 / T8300
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo T8000 series
Processor Socket:Socket 478
Processor system type:Up
Processor threads:2
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): No
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): No
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): No
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:33099 / 33916 / T8100 / T8300
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


Cable lock slot:Kensington


Bundled software:08/09/2006 / 26-09-2005 / VAIO Music Box, \nWindows Media Player 11, \nSonicStage Mastering Studio 2.4 \nVAIO Content Importer / Exporter, WinDVD 8.0, \nDivX Player & Converter, \nVAIO Movie Story, \nAdobe Photoshop Elements 6, \nGoogle Picasa, \nVAIO Movie Story, \nVAIO Media Plus, \nEasy Media Creator 9, \nClick to Disc/Editor, \nAdobe Reader 8.1, \nAdobe Standard 8, \nMicrosoft Works 9.0, \nMicrosoft Office Trial 2007,\nMcAfee Internet Security Suite, \nVAIO Recovery Utility 2.6 - HDD recovery,\nGoogle software / VAIO Music Box, \nWindows Media Player 11, \nSonicStage Mastering Studio 2.4, \nVAIO Content Importer / Exporter, WinDVD 8.0, \nDivX Player & Converter,\nVAIO Movie Story, \nAdobe Photoshop Elements 6,\nGoogle Picasa, \nVAIO Movie Story, \nVAIO Media Plus, \nEasy Media Creator 9, \nClick to Disc/Editor, \nAdobe Reader 8.1, \nAdobe Standard 8, \nMicrosoft Works 9.0, \nMicrosoft Office Trial 2007, \nMcAfee Internet Security Suite, \nVAIO Recovery Utility 2.6 - HDD recovery, \nGoogle software
Operating system installed:Windows Vista Home Premium


Card reader integrated: Yes
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Total Storage Capacity:200 / 250

Weight & Dimensions

Height :3.83