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Package and Accessories

Notwithstanding the audacious coloring, CR series notebooks are packaged into classic black boxes with a blue band on the side and with bare cardboard at the top and bottom.

The notebook comes with a minimum of accessories which is typical of Sony. The company leaves it to the user to choose and buy the things he needs. Sony just doesn’t want to make the basic kit more expensive due to accessories some users don’t need. On the other hand, many people are willing to pay extra to have a universal notebook kit ready for any usage scenario.

Besides the notebook proper, the box contains: a 6-cell 4800mAh battery, a power adapter with LED indicator, and documentation (user manual, warranty, etc).

 

The small booklet that tells you how to replace the memory modules is obviously meant for inexperienced users. For example, the memory compartment cover is secured with five long and one short screw, and the booklet warns you against trying to put a long screw into the hole for the short one. I don’t think a user with that level of qualification should try to change the memory sticks at all!

Traditionally for the VAIO series, there are no system recovery discs in the kit. The manufacturer suggests that you create them yourself. It’s not a difficult or time-consuming operation but many users are likely to think about it only when they actually need to recover the system. It would be handier to have such discs already included with the notebook.

Besides the preinstalled OS (Windows Vista Home Premium), Sony offers a generous software bundle that includes:

Audio

  • SonicStageCP 4.2
  • SonicStage Mastering Studio 2.3

Video and TV

  • VAIO Edit components
  • VAIO Photo & Video Suite
  • WinDVD 8.0 for VAIO

Photography

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0;
  • Google Picasa

CD-DVD authoring

  • Easy Media Creator 9
  • Click to DVD 2.6

Office applications

  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0
  • Adobe Reader 8.0
  • Microsoft Works 8.5
  • Microsoft Office Ready 2007 (60-day trial version)

Security and other

  • Norton Internet Security 2007 (with 90-day subscription for updates)
  • VAIO Recovery Utility 2.6
  • Google software bundle
 
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