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Speeds, Feeds, And Specifications

ManufacturerSonyToshiba
ModelVGN-AR630EQosmio F45-AV412
Dimensions & Weight
Width x Height x Depth16.4" x 11.8" x 1.32"
41.65 cm x 29.97 cm x 3.35 cm
14.9" x 11.1" x 1.9"
37.8 cmx 28.2 cm x 4.82 cm
Unit & Battery8.01lb 3633.3g6.7lb 3039.1g
Charger and Power Cord1.04lb 471.74.03g1.1lb 498.95g
Total9.05lb 4105g7.8lb 3538g
AC Adapter & Battery
Battery I Capacity11.1v 5200mAh10.8v 4000 mAh
Battery II Capacitynan/a
AC adapter90 W90 W
Pointing Device(s)Touchpad & Pointing stickTouchpad
Display and Graphics Controller
Display Size17" wide screen15.4" wide screen
Display Resolution1440 x 9001280 x 800
Graphics controllerGeForce 8400GTIntel GMA X3100
System
BIOSPhoenix 7/18/07Phoenix 8/13/07
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo T7250
(2 GHz, 2 MB L2-Cache, FSB 800)
Intel Core 2 Duo T7100
(1.8 GHz, 2 MB L2-Cache, FSB 800)
Memory2 x 1024 MB 667MHz DDR22 x 1024 MB 667MHz DDR2
Hard Drive
Manufacturer & ModelToshiba MK1637GSXFUJITSU MHX2250BT
Size160 GB x 2250 GB
Performance(SATA II / 5400 rpm/ 8 MB/ 12 ms)(SATA / 4200 rpm / 8 MB/ 12 ms)
Other Drives
Manufacturer & ModelOptiarc BD ROM BC-5500AToshiba TS-L802A
TypeBlu-Ray ’+-DVD RW/CD RWHD DVD ’+-DVD RW/CD RW
Floppy Drivenonenone
Media Baynonenone
Connectors
B=Back, F=Front, L=Left, R=Right
PS2 Mouse/Keyboardnone / nonenone / none
USB 2.02x (L) 1x (R)2x (L) 2x (R)
IEEE1394/Firewire1x (R)1 (L)
Serial COM Portnonenone
Parallel LPT Portnonenone
MicrophoneYesYes
IR portnoneYes
BluetoothYesNo
VGA / DVI1x (R) / none1x (B) / none
TV outHDMI S-Video (R.)S-video 1x (R)
TV innonenone
AC PowerYes (B)Yes (B)
PC-Card Slots1x (R)none
Express-Card Slots1x(R.)1x (L)
LAN1x (R.) Marvell Yukon 10/100/10001x (B) Realtek 8139/810x
WLANIntel PRO/Wireless 4965AGNIntel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN
Wireless WANnonenone
Audio ConnectorsMic (L) Headphone (L) SPDIF (L)1xMic (R) 1x Headphone (.R) 1x line Out (R )
Audio ChipSigmaTel CXD9872AKDRealtek ALC888 HD Audio
Modem1x (R.) Conexant1x (R) / Toshiba
Card-Reader/Writer1x (F) Multi (SD, MM, MS, MS Pro)1x Multi (SD, MM, MS, MS Pro, XD)
Fingerprint Security SensorYesYes
Manufacturer’s Docking SocketNoNo
MSRPx
High-Low Retailxx
Software
Operating systemWindows Vista Home PremiumWindows Vista Ultimate
Application SoftwareNorton 360TM All-In-One Security 60-day Trial, Microsoft® Works SE 9.0 w/ 60-Day Trial Version of Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007,Click to DVD® - DVD Creation, LocationFree® PlayerTOSHIBA ConfigFree®, TOSHIBA Disc Creator, TOSHIBA Game Console, TOSHIBA HD DVD Player, TOSHIBA Security Assist, TOSHIBA Speech System, InterVideo® WinDVD® 8, Microsoft® Office Trial Home and Student 2007 Edition (60-day trial), Microsoft® Works Version 8.5, Infineon® TPM Software Professional Package 3.0, Ulead® DVD MovieFactory® 5 for Toshiba
ManufacturerMSIHP
ModelPR200-029LAPavilion HDX
Dimensions & Weight
Width x Height x Depth11.9" x 9.11" x 1.2"
30.3 cm x 23.15 cm x 2.95 cm
18.7" x 13.4" x 2.3"
47.49 cm x 34.04 cm x 5.84 cm
Unit & Battery4.52lb 2050.2g15.38lb 6976.3g
Charger and Power Cord1.79lb 811.93g2.55lb 1156.7g
Total6.31lb 2862.2g17.93lb 8132.9g
AC Adapter & Battery
Battery I Capacity8 cell 4400 mAh10.8v 9 Cell
Battery II Capacityn/an/a
AC adapter90 W180 W
Pointing Device(s)TouchpadTouchpad
Display and Graphics Controller
Display Size12.1" wide screen20.1" wide screen
Display Resolution1280 x 8001680 x 1050
Graphics controllerIntel GMA X3100ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600XT
System
BIOSAMI 5/28/07HP version 68DVD F.06 7/15/2007
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo T7300
(2 GHz, 4 MB L2-Cache, FSB800)
Intel Core 2 Extreme X7800
(2.6 GHz, 4 MB L2-Cache, FSB 800)
Memory2 x 1024 MB 667MHz DDR22 x 2048 MB 667MHz DDR2
Hard Drive
Manufacturer & ModelWestern Digital WD1600BEVSTOSHIBA MK2035GSS
Size160 GB2 x 200 GB
Performance(SATA / 5400 rpm / 8 MB/ 12 ms)(SATA / 5400 rpm / 8 MB/ 12 ms)
Other Drives
Manufacturer & ModelOptiarc AD-7530AToshiba TS-L802A
Type+-DVD RW/CD RWHD DVD ’+-DVD RW/CD RW
Floppy Drivenonenone
Media Baynonenone
Connectors
B=Back, F=Front, L=Left, R=Right
PS2 Mouse/Keyboardnone / nonenone / none
USB 2.01x (L) 2x (R)2x (L) 2 x (R)
IEEE1394/Firewirenone1 (L)
Serial COM Portnonenone
Parallel LPT Portnonenone
MicrophoneYesYes
IR portYesYes
BluetoothYesYes
VGA / DVI1x (L) /none1x (L) / none
TV outHDMI ®HDMI (L), S-Video (B)
TV inCoax (R)Coax (B)
AC PowerYes (R)Yes (B)
PC-Card Slotsnone1x (L)
Express-Card Slots1x (R)1x (L)
LAN1x (L) Realtek RTL8168/8111 PCI-E 10/100/10001x (R.) Marvell Yukon 10/100/1000
WLANIntel PRO/Wireless 4965AGNIntel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN
Wireless WANnonenone
Audio ConnectorsMic (F) Headphone (F)Mic (F) Headphone (F) Line Out (F) 5.1 (B)
Audio ChipRealtek ALC888 HD AudioSigmaTel STAC9271D
Modem1x (R) Agere HADnone
Card-Reader/Writer1x (R) Multi (SD, MM, MS, MS Pro, XD)1x (L) Multi (SD, MM, MS, MS Pro, XD)
Fingerprint Security SensorYesYes
Manufacturer’s Docking SocketNoNo
MSRP
High-Low Retailx
Software
Operating systemWindows Vista Home PremiumWindows Vista Ultimate
Application SoftwareHP PhotoSmart Essentials, RealRhapsody, Muvee AutoProducer Premium 6.x, Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.x, Microsoft Works 8.0, Microsoft Windows Media Player 11, HP Games Powered by Wild Tangent, Roxio Creator Premier, Serif Web Plus 10.x, Roxio Backup MyPC 7.x, The Sims Life Stories Laptop 1.x, SlingPlayer, QuickPlay 3.x (with karaoke module)