Sony Vaio VGN-FW31M reviews: 16.4" Laptop computer

75 customer reviews

+ This laptop scores high on performance. - It scores poorly on battery life.

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8.6 out of 10 based on 75 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-FW31M with Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 500GB Storage on Windows Vista Home Premium. DVD drive, 3.66 hours of battery See full product description
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daniel, Wimbledon Music, gaming or video fan

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Works extremely well and is very fast.. The battery however is half of the best u can get
Bad points:
The charging input place always comes off and is always loose so that is very annoying
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Jan 2012

Charles, Tetbury Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Large, bright screen.
Bad points:
Poor battery life. Lots of 'bloatware' to clean off the machine.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Jun 2013

Confirmed purchaser Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good performance overall, great quality screen
Bad points:
Poor battery (about 2 hours on a full charge)
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Dec 2010

Peter, UK, Birmingham Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
looks good
Bad points:
Can only support 4GB ram
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Nov 2009

Tomlinson, General home user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good Build Quality and performance
Bad points:
Poor battery life and heavy
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 6.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Mar 2012

Gary, Bournemouth General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Nice design. Good specs. Much faster with Windows 7! Does everything well for a mid price laptop & the build quality is excellent.
Bad points:
Charger socket on the side is a bad idea as it can easily be knocked. However no problems so far. No spare drive bay, although not surprising for a laptop of this size.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 07 Jun 2009

John, London Business user

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Looks nice and well built; good performance; BD drive included.
Bad points:
The 16.1" screen looks odd and slightly disproportionate; quite heavy to lug about; ATI display driver doesn't allow much flexibility in screen resolution; even at it's highest resolution the screen display isn't the sharpest around; it is large enough to accomodate a full size keybaord with numeric keypad, but doesn't ; even with relatively light use and care there are already marks appearing; performance is good but the specifications indicate it should be fantastic;expensive!
Overall rating 5.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 5.0
Size and weight 3.0
Performance 6.0
Value for money 4.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Oct 2009

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 16.4
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1280 x 720 (WXGA)
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
RAM (Gigabytes) 4
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 500
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core 2 Duo
Processor number P8600
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.4
Number of USB ports 3
Connections Firewire
Connections Bluetooth
Connections Wireless
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Built-in disc drive Blu-ray drive
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Card reader Multi Card Reader
Battery life (Hours) 3.66
Weight (kg) 3.1
Graphics card brand ATI
Graphics card model number Mobility Radeon HD 3470
Graphics card memory (Megabytes) 256
Type of hard drive Hard Disk Drive
Chipset brand Intel
Chipset series 45PM
Remote control No
Aspect ratio 16:9
Width in cm 38.4
Depth in cm 26.1
Release date 2009-02-24

Also known as: Sony FW31M, Sony VAIO FW31M, SONY VGNFW31M, Vaio VGN-FW31M

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