Sony Vaio VGN-FW21M reviews and prices: 16.4" Laptop computer

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+ This laptop has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on battery life.

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8.4 out of 10 based on 18 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-FW21M with Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 400GB Storage on Windows Vista Home Premium. DVD drive, 3.2 hours of battery See full product description

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Ian, St Albans Regular laptop user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Screen aspect ratio and size just right for a laptop.

Good battery pefromance so far and seems to run without mains for around 4 hours or more.

Weight is fine.

Bad points:
The touch pad mouse is over sensitive and it can switch back to previous pages when you are on-line at a whim. Put this down to the user to start but 4 different users having same experience - it can be darn annoying.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 Dec 2008

Dave, Bristol Technophobe, Professional

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Connectivity, display clarity, Blu-Ray RW, Performance
Bad points:
None obvious
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Dec 2008

Gaz, Melton Mowbray

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Design is excellent, love the isolated keyboard and the laptop is nice and thin. Some of the bundled software is quite good.
Bad points:
Could do with a usb port on the left of the laptop. Speakers as reported in most reviews aren't brilliant. Rather have a catch on the screen so it's more secure when closed. Media buttons could have been touch sensitive.

Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Dec 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Design and speed of the machine very good
Bad points:
Battery life not as good as described
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 05 Jan 2009

Martin, Derby

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
Battery life is not good at all
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 1.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 04 Feb 2009

Alex, Oxford Uni Student

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good Design, Nice and easy to carry around,good processing power so can multitast very well,comes with all of the applications i needed, Microsoft Vista, very quiet when turned on, HD Wide screen is excellent!
Bad points:
Battery life lasts approx 3 hours. cannot run latest games on high res. All 3 USB Ports are in awkrward place, specially if using a mouse. speakers do not sound so great when on high volume.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Feb 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent X-black screen, some useful pre-installed software e.g Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0, 4GB RAM, shortcut keys for play, pause, skip etc for audio/visual programs e.g Windows Media Player.
Bad points:
Not many.
The CD/DVD drive can become very hot. Windows Live Messenger sometimes stops working, but this is probably a problem with Windows Vista rather than the product itself.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Feb 2009

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 16.4
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1440 x 900 (WSXGA)
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
RAM (Gigabytes) 4
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 400
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
Number of USB ports 2
Connections Wireless
Connections Bluetooth
Connections Firewire
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive Blu-ray drive
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Battery life (Hours) 3.2
Weight (kg) 3.1
Graphics card brand ATI
Graphics card model number Mobility Radeon HD 3470
Graphics card model number RAD MOB HD3470
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 2008-11-03

Also known as: SONY VAIO FW21M, SONY VGN-FW21M, Sony VGNFW21M, Sony FW21M

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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.

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.

Put your headphones on and click here to enjoy the Dolby® Sound Room™ James Bond demo trailer.

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.

Store your multimedia
You never need worry about running out of storage space with FW-Series. Hard disc capacity ranges from 250GB to a generous 500GB, giving you the freedom to store multitudes of video, still images, television programmes, music and other multimedia data.


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