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Real wide viewing VAIO FW-Series radically enhances your multimedia entertainment with a revolutionary... See full description.
  • 18.4"
  • 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

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Real wide viewing

VAIO FW-Series radically enhances your multimedia entertainment with a revolutionary 16.4” real wide display.

This large screen features high 1600×900 WXGA++ resolution and a true 16:9 aspect ratio for the best possible digital media experience. Enjoy movies, games, photo slideshows and the Internet like never before with intense realism and detail.

The larger display is also ideal for the office. Open two full size Explorer windows side-by-side and multi-task with ease.

True-to-life pictures

With latest X-black screen technology, FW-Series delivers pictures that are sharp, bright and natural looking. Images are true-to-life with vibrant colour, deep contrast and enhanced depth. Some models feature a double lamp for exceptional brightness and pin sharp detail.

There are millions of colours in the world and these displays are capable or reproducing all of them. Super realistic 100% colour fidelity allows you to enjoy the best pictures ever with deeper blacks, brighter whites and an infinite range of colours.

High Definition with Blu-ray

Take full advantage of a new era in high definition entertainment with FW-Series. Top models* featuring an integrated Blu-ray Disc™ Drive allow playback of latest HD movies and give you the freedom to create your own dynamic productions captured on an HD camcorder. Store up to 50GB of multimedia data or over 9 hours of HD video on one disc using the Blu-ray Disc™ Drive.

You can also enjoy HD movies on models** featuring an integrated Blu-ray Disc™ Combo Drive. It also plays and records all your favourite CDs and DVDs. For a thrilling big screen experience, connect your laptop to an HD-Ready TV using HDMI output and watch favourite films in glorious Full HD 1080p picture quality.


  • VGN-FW11ZU, VGN-FW11ZRU, VGN-FW11S, VGN-FW21Z, VGN-FW21M,VGN-FW21ZR,VGN-FW21SR,VGN-FW21MR and VGN-FW11SR, VGN-FW21ZR, VGN-FW21SR, VGN-FW21MR, VGN-FW31ZJ, VGN-FW31M.
    **VGN-FW11M, VGN-FW11MR, VGN-FW11LR VGN-FW21E,VGN-FW21ER,VGN-FW21J,VGN-FW21L, VGN-FW21ER, VGN-FW21J, VGN-FW21L, VGN-FW11J, VGN-FW32J, VGN-FW31J.

Dolby® Sound Room™

True home entertainment is more than just amazing pictures. Dolby® Sound Room™ recreates the acoustics of a small theatre in your headphones so you can enjoy movies, music, and games in surround sound.

Slim and elegant

For a laptop with a large 16.4" screen, FW is remarkably compact and transportable. An ultra thin bezel has been used to fit the screen onto a compact chassis with the screen closer than ever to the edge of the bezel for a slim and streamlined appearance.

A beautiful cylindrical hinge design with battery and hinge designed as one keeps size and weight down to just 3.1 kilos while ensuring maximum strength at one of the most vulnerable points of the laptop.

Made in Magnesium

Finished in durable and lightweight magnesium alloy, the thin-walled chassis of FW-Series preserves portability while providing rugged protection from shocks and knocks.

Precise typing

An ergonomic isolation keyboard with keys protruding vertically from a beautifully carved flat surface enhances looks and ease of use. Typing is more comfortable than ever with no lateral movement and the centre of each key slightly indented to ensure each key stroke provides a solid and precise response. Optimum spacing between keys minimises typing errors, especially for those with long or manicured nails.

Multimedia powerhouse

Enjoy powerful multimedia performance with Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processors on all models. The flagship VGN-FW31ZJ includes a mega fast Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T9550 processor.
Plus with up to 4GB of DDR2 SDRAM memory, accessing data intensive files and working on graphical programs is easier than ever.

Ultra efficient Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor technology across the range optimises battery life and gives you even more reliable wireless connectivity. Work and play longer on the move and communicate cable-free with friends and family wherever you go.

Impressive graphics

Super smooth 3D performance is essential for multimedia entertainment. FW-Series compromises nothing with a fast and efficient ATI® Mobility Radeon™ HD 3650 or HD3470 graphics card featuring up to 256MB of dedicated VRAM. Perfect for watching DVD’s, playing games and creating dynamic fun-filled presentations.

Faster wireless connectivity

Communicate easily with friends, family and colleagues using the next generation of wireless technology. Intel® Draft-n on most models gives up to five times faster wireless connectivity, more reliability and a wider reception range than 802.11a/b/g when connected to hotspots. Stream video wirelessly through your home without the need for any additional hardware or cables and keep in touch with confidence when on the move.

All models also include Bluetooth® for effortless connection and data exchange with other personal devices including mobile phones, laptops, mice and keyboards, printers, digital cameras and game consoles.

product specification
Screen size 18.4"
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Operating system Windows Vista Ultimate
RAM 4GB of Memory
Hard disk capacity 628GB Storage
Number of cores Dual Core Processor
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core 2 Duo
Processor number T9800
Processor speed 2.93 GHz
Number of USB ports 3
Connections Firewire
Connections Bluetooth
Connections Wireless
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive Blu-ray drive
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Card reader Multi Card Reader
Battery life 2.33 hours of battery
Weight (kg) 3.2
Graphics card brand ATI
Graphics card model number Mobility Radeon HD 3650
Graphics card memory 512MB
Type of hard drive Hard Disk Drive
Chipset brand Intel
Chipset series 45PM
Remote control Yes
Aspect ratio 16:9
Width in cm 43.72cm wide
Depth in cm 28.89cm deep
Release date 3 Mar 2009