Sony Vaio VGN-AW21XY reviews and prices: 18.4" Laptop computer

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

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8.9 out of 10 based on 16 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-AW21XY with Intel Core 2 Duo T9800 2.93 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 628GB Storage on Windows Vista Ultimate. DVD drive, 2.33 hours of battery See full product description

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David, London

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Fast, well-equipped, great screen, good connections, well-built
Bad points:
The battery life is more theoretical than real. And it wasn't cheap.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Aug 2009

Confirmed purchaser General home user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Never owned a laptop before but really like this one,it's a lot faster than my desk top computer.
Bad points:
Battery don't last long.
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Aug 2009

Stephen, Balon General home user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Excellent laptop it performs very well a good laptop
Bad points:
No bad points you get what you pay for
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Feb 2010

Mike, Brussels Business user

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
The laptop is a fast, quiet and very useful for my purposes
Bad points:
Initially the Vista system kept giving me a blue screen - in the end I reinstalled the software (after wiping the disks) and since then it has been very stable
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Aug 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Got everything you need, all works well, you won't be disappointed.
Bad points:
I think the Blu-ray/DVD drive could of been placed better.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Aug 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Great Specs, hhardware and software. Everything you would want to replace a desktop
Bad points:
Big, bad and heavy and drinks energy like a fish. But if you want great hardware, u gotta compromise
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 6.0
Size and weight 1.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Sep 2009

Andrew, Huddersfield Often on the move

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Stylish and excellent performance and superb software preinstalled on system
Bad points:
Would prefer it not to be 64 bit but because of the performancecan live with this
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Sep 2009

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 18.4
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Operating system Windows Vista Ultimate
RAM (Gigabytes) 4
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 628
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core 2 Duo
Processor number T9800
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.93
Number of USB ports 3
Connections Wireless
Connections Firewire
Connections Bluetooth
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Built-in disc drive Blu-ray drive
Card reader Multi Card Reader
Battery life (Hours) 2.33
Weight (kg) 3.2
Graphics card brand ATI
Graphics card model number Mobility Radeon HD 3650
Graphics card memory (Megabytes) 512
Type of hard drive Hard Disk Drive
Chipset brand Intel
Chipset series 45PM
Remote control Yes
Aspect ratio 16:9
Width in cm 43.72
Depth in cm 28.89
Release date 2009-03-03

Also known as: SONY VGNAW21XY, Sony VAIO AW21XY-Q, Sony VAIO AW21XYQ

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Manufacturer's Description

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.


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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.


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