Sony Vaio VGN-AW11Z/B reviews and prices: 18.4" Laptop computer

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

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8.3 out of 10 based on 19 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-AW11Z/B with Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 2.53 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 640GB Storage on Windows Vista Home Premium. DVD drive, 1.67 hours of battery See full product description
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Fred, Chatham

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very powerful. Excellent sound: loud, clear, good bass, undistorted. massive memory storage. Picture quality is exceptiional and DVD films especially show this off - and I've only used standard format so far, not having tried the blueray player yet.
This laptop is the full bells and whistles deal, you name it and it probably has it - including fingerprint scanner and HDMI port.
Top of the range so you will be futureproof for a lot longer than with a lesser spec computer.
Bad points:
Not exactly a looker but it's definitely got the substance to win out over style.
Mouse pad is set to the left instead of central, which is annoying unless you're left handed - I'm not!
I wish Sony had taken the opportunity to install a full size keyboard and not bothered with the number pad on the right, but the keyboard is no smaller than normal for a laptop and the keys respond well.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Dec 2008

Jan, Perth

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Number keypad, Fast video editing
Bad points:
Big and heavy
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Dec 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent keyboard and display, fast processor
Bad points:
expensive
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Nov 2008

Tony, Northampton

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Love the design, look, & quality ... its a great desk top replacement. Buy the wireless Sony mouse to go with it they look great together!
Bad points:
Just the battery but who cares you are not going to carry this monster around much?
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Jan 2009

Innerlurken, Nuneaton

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
the screen is fantastic and plays high def films verywell
Bad points:
the battery size is too small for the power of the laptop, mainly the screen size causes the high battery consumption
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Oct 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Screen size, speed, keyboard
Bad points:
Battery life; no tv tuner as expected when purchasing
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Nov 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Graphics are excellent and hard drive has plenty of storage.
Bad points:
Rather heavy and big and more of a table top than lap top
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 5.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Dec 2008

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 18.4
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
RAM (Gigabytes) 4
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 640
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core 2 Duo
Processor number T9400
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.53
Number of USB ports 3
Connections Bluetooth
Connections Firewire
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) 1.67
Weight (kg) 3.9
Graphics card brand nVidia
Graphics card model number GeForce 9600M GT
Graphics card memory (Megabytes) 512
Type of hard drive Hard Disk Drive
Chipset brand Intel
Chipset series 45PM
Remote control No
Aspect ratio 16:9
Width in cm 43.72
Depth in cm 28.89
Release date 2008-10-06

Also known as: SONY VAIO AW11Z/B, SONY VGNAW11ZB, Sony AW11Z/B, Sony VGN-AW11Z/B.CEK

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Manufacturer's Description

High Definition Entertainment
With a Blu-ray Disc™ Drive or Blu-ray Disc™ Combo Drive on all models, AW-Series is designed to take full advantage of a new era in High Definition entertainment. Most models feature an integrated Blu-ray Disc™ Drive with read and write capability. This allows high bandwidth playback of latest HD movies plus creation and editing of your own productions filmed on an HD camcorder.

You can also store up to 50GB of multimedia data on one disc using the Blu-ray Disc™ Drive, as well as play and record all CD and DVD formats.

Home Theater Sound Quality
Enjoy superb 2.1 channel sound performance with the VAIO AW-Series. These VAIOs feature an integrated subwoofer for impressive bass, specially designed PC speakers for natural mid to high frequency sound and an on board Sound Reality Chip.

Also featured is Dolby® Home Theatre for powerful virtual surround. Dolby Home Theater® includes advanced audio technologies to place you right at the heart of the action for a true cinema-at-home experience. Optical out sockets allow easy connection to Home Cinema systems.

Watch & record TV
Enjoying all your favourite TV programmes is effortless with the VGN-AW11XU (RXU). This model features an integrated hybrid digital and analogue TV tuner with remote control for convenient television viewing on your laptop. Watch, record and store analogue or high quality digital terrestrial TV programmes.

Search available stations for favourite shows and record them while you’re out. If you come back before the show has finished, you can start watching while your AW-Series continues recording. Using multimedia features in Windows Vista®, organise and manage all your recorded TV shows and enjoy them at your leisure.

Ultimate widescreen viewing
VAIO AW-Series offers the ultimate in big screen multimedia entertainment with a revolutionary 18.4” real wide display. With its large size, Full HD 1920×1080 (WUXGA) or 1680×945 (WXGA++) high resolution and true 16:9 aspect ratio, this new display offers the best possible digital media experience. Enjoy blockbuster movies with no or reduced black bars top and bottom. Pictures are perfectly true-to-life with up to 100% colour fidelity. The big LCD is also great for working on, allowing you to accommodate Windows Vista® gadget bars and two full size Explorer windows side-by-side.

The flagship VGN-AW11XU (RXU) provides the ultimate screen experience with Full HD1080 high resolution for watching HD movies at their true native resolution of 1080p and a Triluminous LED Screen with Full Adobe colour scan. Perfect for photo editing using advanced Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® software supplied.

Sharp and bright pictures

X-black technology ensures pictures are sharp, bright and natural looking with vibrant colour and depth. Most models feature a double lamp to give even deeper blacks, brighter whites and intense contrast for amazing realism. An anti-reflective coating minimizes glare and allows you to watch your entertainment outside cafes or in the garden.

Advanced editing with Adobe® software
World famous Adobe® software is included to help you edit photos and create multimedia slideshows. The suite includes renowned Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom software, a professional still picture editing package that allows you to truly take your photos to the next level.

Cutting edge NVIDIA® graphics
As you would expect from a full entertainment laptop, VAIO AW-Series includes cutting edge NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics. The VGN-AW11XU and VGN-AW11Z feature the extreme performance 9600M GT graphics card with 512MB dedicated VRAM for serious 3D decoding. All other models feature the 9300M GS graphics card with 256MB dedicated VRAM. Ideal for watching movies, playing games and creating powerful multimedia presentations.

Both cards include PureVideo HD, essential for enjoying high definition entertainment, as well as hardware acceleration of MPEG2 HD movie formats, HDMI support and Direct X 10.

One of the big advantages of NVIDIA® GeForce® 9000 Series graphics cards is that they take over the decoding process from the processor for best possible 3D performance.

Faster boot-up and file access
The VGN-AW11XU (RXU) includes an integrated 128GB SSD. This solid state flash drive features no moving parts, allowing for faster system boot up and file access. It’s also a lot quieter than conventional drives and significantly enhances productivity on the move.

Ultimate connectivity
Connect up with a wide range of peripheral products and equipment. AW-series features a variety of essential ports including S-Video output for playing photo slideshows or PAL resolution video through televisions, HDMI output for watching full 1080p HD movies on HD Ready TVs and i.LINK™ for connecting to digital camcorders, PCs and external hard drives. There’s also VGA output for easy link up with projectors and external screens, an ExpressCard 34 slot and three USB 2.0 ports.

Advanced wireless communications
Up-to-the-minute 802.11a/b/g/n (Draft-n) Wireless WAN offers fastest possible connection speeds and wide reception range. Easily communicate cable-free with a range of devices via Bluetooth®.

Fully equipped with VAIO entertainment software
Enjoy and create your own multimedia content with VAIO entertainment software :
- VAIO® Movie Story : Create amazing home videos with three easy steps.
- Click to Disc : Burn and edit your own discs.
- VAIO® Media Plus: Connect to your home network and enjoy digital content stored inside your VAIO.
- VAIO® Music Box: Play your favourite music according to your mood using the 12 tone analyser engine.


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