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The Sony VAIO VGN-AR890U is part of the Sony AR series of media optimized notebook computers.

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Pros

plays Blu-ray and other HD content back full-screen smoothly, very sharp and clear picture

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runs very fast when loaded with Windows 7 and a lack of Sony Care software

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capable of running many modern games very smoothly

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nice set of video ports to work with a range of external displays

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Cons

works through battery power quickly, and the battery even runs down when the unit is powered off

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default Windows Vista setup includes lots of bloatware, makes the machine slow and cumbersome

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finish is prone to scratching and flaking off

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The Sony VAIO VGN-AR890U is part of the Sony AR series of media optimized notebook computers. The basic features of the series are the same except for optional modifications to RAM(this one has 4GB standard), Hard Drive(this one has 500GB with Raid technology standard) and processor (this one is T9300 2.5GHz standard). Also included in this version is Bluetooth, TV Tuner and Blu-ray Disc burner(instead of just the ROM). Even with these basic specs, each model can be upgraded to specifications beyond or below what may be stated above. For more information please see the Sony VAIO AR series report.

Features
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT GPU with Total Available Graphics Memory of 1535MB (max.)
  • 256MB dedicated video RAM
  • HDMI, S-Video and VGA out with Smart Display Sensor
  • Blu-ray Disc Support : (Read Only) (BD-ROM/ DVD+RW/+R DL/RAM Drive)
  • Fast Ethernet (RJ-45)
  • Integrated V.92/V.90 Modem (RJ-11)
  • Wireless LAN : Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN Network Connection (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • i.LINK Connection : 1 (4pin) i.LINK connector (IEEE 1394)
  • Built-in 1.3 megapixel MOTION EYE camera and microphone
  • S/PDIF Output
  • Estimated Battery Life : 1.0-2.5 hours Standard Capacity Battery 2.0-4.0 hours Large Capacity Battery
  • Multimedia Card Reader
  • Memory Stick Duo media slot with MagicGate functionality
  • ExpressCard /54 slot
  • Secure Digital (SD memory card) media slot
  • PCMCIA - Type II/Type I card slot with CardBus support
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