Sony Vaio VGN-AW21Z reviews and prices: 18.4" Laptop computer

18 customer reviews

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

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8.6 out of 10 based on 18 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-AW21Z with Intel Core 2 Duo T9550 2.66 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 564GB Storage on Windows Vista Home Premium. DVD drive, 1.66 hours of battery See full product description

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Neil, Belfast Music, gaming or video fan

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Spec is more than adequate to play the likes CoD MW2
Great video playback & sound
Great desktop replacement (which why I bought it!)
Pebble keys & General keyboard layout
Bad points:
Battery Life - could do with a few more cells although balanced mode gets you just over 1hr.
60Gb SSD - With all the rebuild partition, bundled apps & the winsxs folder you doesn't take much to max this disk out and so end up installing apps to the 500 spindal.
Graphics - A slightly higher spec gpu would fit better with the price tag
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Sep 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Fabulous screen size and resolution. Good sound performance. Very sturdy.
Bad points:
Speaker panel poorly positioned.
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Jun 2009

Paul, London General home user

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Screen size is good enough to watch movies comfortably.
Bad points:
C memory too small
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 5.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Mar 2009

stefan , London General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very nice big screen real colors, low reflections
Bad points:
Battery live, weight
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 2.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Jul 2013

John, Leeds General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Screen Size and keyboard which has numeric keys at side.
Bad points:
Battery life and what appears to be none availability of longer life replacements.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 5.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Oct 2009

Confirmed purchaser General home user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Excellent screen
Good connectivity, including HDMI
Good for media and entertainment
Good keyboard
Bad points:
Battery life
Weight
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 2.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Jul 2010

steven, blackburn

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
just a brilliant laptop to work on
Bad points:
im affraid there is none
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: 01 Sep 2009

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) 564
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core 2 Duo
Processor number T9550
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.66
Number of USB ports 3
Connections Bluetooth
Connections Wireless
Connections Firewire
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) 1.66
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 2009-03-03

Also known as: SONY VGNAW21ZB, Sony VAIO AW21ZB, Sony Vaio AW21Z/B

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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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