Sony Vaio NW160J: Blu-ray on a Budget

Sony Vaio NW160J: Blu-ray on a Budget
By , Last updated on: 12/3/2014


The Sony VAIO NW160J matches a Blu-ray disc drive with a vivid, 15.5-inch display, ATI graphics card, and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. It's not a multimedia laptop, per se. It's more of a middle-of-the-road laptop with one really great multimedia perk, the Blu-ray disc drive. If you're interested in a reasonably powerful laptop that can also playback high-definition movies and make the most of Blu-ray's Internet-enabled BD Live functionality, the Sony VAIO NW160J is a solid pick for under $1,000.

Beyond the Blu-ray drive, the NW160J has plenty of appealing features that make it a good candidate for consumers interested in gaming or other tasks that require solid, speedy performance. The 2.1Ghz Core 2 Duo processor is a nice start, as is the 320GB hard disk drive and 4GB of RAM that's included. The rated battery life is modest, only about four hours, though that's sure to plummet if you're doing viewing an HD video with your Blu-ray disc drive. They keyboard is worthy of note, as well. It's not a traditional keyboard, but rather an isolated keyboard with each key set in its own opening cut into the body of the laptop.

The NW160J also features an HDMI output, meaning you can pipe your high-definition movies directly to your high-definition television. This makes the NW160J not just a powerful laptop but also a convenient Blu-ray disc player for your television set.


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