Sony VAIO CA Series review

Cheerful and colourful family laptop, with Intel's latest Core i5

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Sony VAIO CA Series review: Specifications

Sony vaio ca series

Sony's laptops rarely disappoint when it comes to their screens. The VAIO CA's 14-inch display is no exception, and images are reasonably sharp thanks to the 1366 x 768 resolution, but it's the contrast levels that particularly impress. We also liked the way the screen stretches close to the edges of the lid, making full use of the available space.

Images are vibrant and an ambient light sensor automatically adjusts brightness levels, although the VAIO CA's maximum brightness isn't too impressive. The glossy Super-TFT display is also typically reflective, so you'll be squinting inches from the surface if you use the laptop outside.

Anyone who uses video conferencing applications such as Skype will be pleased to know there's an integrated HD webcam positioned just above the VAIO CA's screen. Quality is great for online chats, with strong focus and minimal motion blur. The bundled ArcSoft application can be used to capture video or as a security feature, to detect motion in a room while you're absent.

As usual, Sony has included its VAIO, ASSIST and WEB shortcut buttons. ASSIST loads Vaio Care, which diagnoses any problems with the VAIO CA, restores the laptop if necessary, and gives access to various system settings.

Sony vaio ca series

WEB provides an instant way of loading your internet browser, if you're desperate to get online, while VAIO is a kind of media portal that enables you to quickly browse your photos, music and movies.

With just 250GB of storage on board, you sadly won't have much space for this media. We're sure Sony could have fitted double the amount into the chunky chassis, and we're sure that it won't take long for most users to fill up the meager amount on offer. Also bear in mind that a chunk of this is taken up by the recovery partition.

Thankfully networking is much stronger, with 802.11n Wi-Fi support providing the fastest access to wireless networks currently available. If you prefer a bit of good old fashioned wired networking, Gigabit Ethernet is also available.

Ports are fairly standard for this kind of laptop. You get four USB ports for hooking up peripherals, and one of them is USB 3.0, which we've found transfers data at twice the rate of the old USB 2.0 standard. Handy if you regularly back up data to an external USB hard drive or similar.

VGA and HDMI ports are also available, for hooking up an external display.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time6.50 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyVAIO C
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli5-2410M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium with SP1
Brand NameSony
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM65 Express
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height27.9 mm
Width341 mm
Depth235.2 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesC
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelVPCCA2Z0E
Product NameVAIO VPCCA2Z0E Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineVAIO
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVPCCA2Z0E/L.CEK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationBeautifully finished

Stand out and be noticed. VAIO C Series are designed to be true style icons with a unique material finish that's like nothing ever seen before. Some models have increased transparency combined with a light emitting effect which reflects light within the material and emits it from the edge of the notebook. The ideal design statement for those looking to move on from just bold colours.

VAIO C Series is also available in subtle colours with increased surface transparency. Looks good by your side and complemented by a variety of colour-coordinated optional accessories.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • VAIO VPCCA2Z0E Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • VAIO International Repair Service Guide