The conservative design trend used to prevail among PC manufacturers for many years as they used the same exterior and the same color scheme: light gray for desktops and black for notebooks. But as computers were getting simpler and more affordable, evolving into common household electronic devices, a more creative approach to the exterior design became necessary. The notebook I am going to test today – Sony VAIO VGN-CR11SR/P – differs from other notebooks with its very special color. Instead of trivial black or dark-gray, its case shimmers with a glamorous pearly pink. It is not a vulgar gaudy pink – the hue is indeed tender and eye-pleasing. So, the VGN-CR11SR/P has a chance to win the hearts of a much wider audience than the blondes from Hollywood comedies.
Besides this pearly pink, the VGN-CR11SR series comes in three more colors: blue, white and red.
These models differ not only in color, though. The pink, white and blue versions feature Intel’s Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 while the red version is equipped with an ATI Mobility Radeon X3200 graphics adapter. That’s not the fastest solution on the market, yet it is superior to the integrated GMA X3100 core.
I will be discussing the pink version of the VGN-CR11SR/P in this review.
The specs are up to the modern level but not more than that. The CR11SR does not stand out among its opponents in technical parameters. The notebook is based on the Santa Rosa platform and has a Merom-core CPU with a rather low clock rate. Its weight and screen size are medium.