Sony Vaio VGN FW21Z reviews and prices: 16.4" Laptop computer

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This laptop is a good all rounder.

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8.6 out of 10 based on 9 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN FW21Z with Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 2.53 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 500GB Storage on Windows Vista Home Premium. DVD drive, 2.2 hours of battery See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser Old and still young

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Brilliant screen - perfect for watching DVD's especially HD Blue Ray.
Bad points:
Overloaded with Sony products distract from prime usage. Promotional products clutter up files but easily deleted. Worst part - VISTA! Long live XP!! Word data on the stretched screen difficult to read. Battery life poor due to heavy drain for optimum performance which includes Sony's "Double Lamp Technology". Too large for a mobile portable this is a home base laptop perfect for gaming and movies worthy of its higher price range and not really for data writing/storage. But you know, there's no one machine that will truly do all jobs and you gets what you you pays for....
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 25 Nov 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
high performance, good for gaming and watch movies
Bad points:
if you want to take around, it's a bit heavy and the battery won't last long.
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 6.0
Size and weight 5.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 18 Mar 2009

ciprian, plymouth

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
usb slots on right side instead left side
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Feb 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
nice. well designed. 1920x1080 resolution. hdmi connector. bluray drive. brilliant keyboard.
Bad points:
windows vista slow it down.
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 5.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Dec 2008

Steve, Taunton

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
The Sony Vaio case styling is second to none, great lines and curves, feels solid and well made.
Bad points:
Minor flaws would be noisy screen pointer buttons, left click is starting to look a little sunken already.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 6.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Dec 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent quality, technical features and ergonomic design.
Bad points:
4200 rpm disk, should be 5400.
Longer life battery would be better.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Feb 2009

Graham, Kelsall/Tarporley Computer Sales and Support

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Nice keyboard,excellent design and good picture.
Bad points:
Have not come across any as yet.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Feb 2009

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 16.4
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
RAM (Gigabytes) 4
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 500
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core 2 Duo
Processor number T9400
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.53
Number of USB ports 4
Connections Firewire
Connections Wireless
Connections Bluetooth
Built-in disc drive Blu-ray drive
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Battery life (Hours) 2.2
Weight (kg) 3.2
Graphics card brand ATI
Graphics card model number RAD MOB HD3650
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 38.4
Depth in cm 26.1
Release date 2008-11-10

Also known as: SONY VAIO FW21Z, Sony VGNFW21Z, SONY VGN-FW21Z

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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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