Sony Vaio VGN-FW31E reviews and prices: 16.4" Laptop computer

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+ This laptop scores high on design. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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8.5 out of 10 based on 26 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-FW31E with Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 400GB Storage on Windows Vista Home Premium. DVD drive, 2.33 hours of battery See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Individual keys which are well spaced allowing for easier touch typing
Bad points:
None as yet
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 27 Jun 2009

Confirmed purchaser General home user

Score 2.0/10
Good points:
Bad points:
paint rubs off, power adapter breaks, screen is loose
Overall rating 2.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 1.0
Size and weight 4.0
Performance 6.0
Value for money 2.0
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 25 Mar 2009

Sheila, Warwickshire

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent for watching films and television - good colour and contrast. Very clear graphics for documents. Supurb clarity for photographs and videos.
Bad points:
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 Jun 2009

Dean, Swindon Business user

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
not really worth mentioning
Bad points:
Very slow product - I dont think it has enough memory to work vista - I have had to turn off all extensions to get it to run at any pace
Overall rating 1.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 1.0
Value for money 1.0
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Confirmed purchase: 24 Jun 2009

Conor, Nenagh

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
great screen, brilliant customer care, powerfu,l fast, doesnt heat up, overall just delighted with laptop
Bad points:
connection where plug connects came loose on my friends but sony sent a courier and fixed it no problem whatsoever, it is also a bit big and heavy but what do you expect when you get such a quality laptop with a big screen
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 6.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Feb 2009

Ali, Birmingham General home user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Great looking laptop, although not as flashy as the Apple Air Mac, has similar keyboard layout to the Mac, but easily the better looking laptops around. The screen is bright, sharp, big and great for watching movies, you tube etc, while performance is great if you're mostly going to surfing the net, watching movies and business apps - also faired quite while when editing phots. HDMI connection is very useful and miles better than standard VGA. Wireless and LAN connection very fast. If you're looking for a general laptop with a bit of oomph and looks the part then you can't go wrong the FW series.
Bad points:
Quite heavy so not really the best for portability. VAIO content analyser is annoying and can slow down the PC a lot - quick fix - remove it! Bundled Sony software can be annoying. Due to the size and spec, battery performance is quite poor even under optimum settings, you're looking at around a good 1 1/2 - 2 hours life from full charge. Shame no colour choice, would look great in black.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 12 Jun 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use, Excellent spec.& good value for money.
Bad points:
A longer lasting battery.
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 06 Jun 2009

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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 T6400
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2
Number of USB ports 3
Connections Wireless
Connections Firewire
Connections Bluetooth
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Card reader Multi Card Reader
Battery life (Hours) 2.33
Weight (kg) 3.1
Graphics card brand ATI
Graphics card model number Radeon Mobility HD3470
Graphics card memory (Megabytes) 256
Type of hard drive Hard Disk Drive
Chipset brand Intel
Chipset series 45PM
Remote control No
Aspect ratio 0.672916667
Width in cm 38.4
Depth in cm 26.1
Release date 39850

Also known as: SONY VAIO FW31E, SONY VGNFW31E

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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.

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 DVDs, 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.

The VGN-FW11ZU (ZRU) ,VGN-FW21Z,VGN-FW21M,VGN-FW21S, VGN-FW31ZJ, VGN-FW31M and VGN-FW11S (SR) with Blu-ray Disc Drive can also store an additional 50GB of portable storage on one single DVD-sized disc enough for over nine hours of HD video or 23 hours of standard definition TV.

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