View Full Version : Sony Vaio VGN-S56GP, is it any good?

22-03-2013, 10:38 AM
I'm looking at buying one of these 2nd hand. Any advice? any use? It's just for web, MSWord Excel, DVD watching by the kids etc

Speedy Gonzales
22-03-2013, 01:38 PM
Just have to make sure the version of windows on it is legit. If if its installed already

25-03-2013, 06:25 AM
The specs are similar to this ? :

Intel® Centrino™ Mobile Technology
Intel® Pentium® M Processor 750 (1.86GHz)*1
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Intel® 915PM Express Chipset
Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional with Service Pack 2 (English version)
512MB DDR2 SDRAM*2 (upgradeable up to 2GB)*3 (partially shared with video memory)*4
2 SO-DIMM slots
60GB (C: 20GB, D: 40GB*5) Serial ATA, 5400rpm
13.3" Wide (WXGA: 1280 x 800) TFT colour display (Clear Bright LCD: Single Lamp, Wide View)
NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 6400 with TurboCache™*4 (PCI Express x16 connection)
DVD±RW Drive (supporting DVD+R Double Layer disc)*6
Integrated Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b/802.11g*7
Bluetooth® standard version 2.0+EDR*7
Memory Stick Slot*8 (Standard/Duo Size compatible, MagicGate compatible,
Memory Stick PRO compatible, High-speed data transfer compatible)
Adobe® Premiere® Standard
312.5 x 29.9-35.4 x 224.8mm (W x H x D)
1.95kg (including the supplied battery)

Personally, I'd be inclined to save your money and get something a bit newer.

For what you require in the original post, it will do the job though

25-03-2013, 11:16 AM
Bottom line is how much ?? & how much can you afford.
Is it from someone you know & trust ??

It wont be fast, but usable for the basics . Upgrade the RAM to 1G, if it isnt already.
Keep in mind that laptops can be expensive to repair, dont be surprised if the batt is no good (due to age)

Have you checked NEW laptop prices at Warehouse Stationary etc etc, Ive seen some very good prices there (if you're on a tight budget) . At least you'll get a much faster system & a warranty.
If you dont need a laptop, consider a used desktop system. It may be cheaper & faster .