Sony Vaio VGN-FW31Z/J reviews and prices: 16.4" Laptop computer

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

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7.9 out of 10 based on 19 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-FW31Z/J with Intel Core 2 Duo T9550 2.66 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 500GB Storage on Windows Vista Home Premium. DVD drive, 2.1 hours of battery See full product description

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Phil, Loughborough Science dude

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good desktop portable. Fast performing 2.66 GHz intel core 2 duo processor. 4 GB RAM. DVD & BluRay recordable multi-drive. Capacious 500GB hard drive storage.
Bad points:
1.75 hour battery life at 80% charge (80% charge prolongs battery life). Memory hogging Windows Vista 64 bit bloatware.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Apr 2009

Jeff, Bristol

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
up to date technology and upgradable ram
Bad points:
placement of the usb (prefer to have them at the back of the laptop)
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Apr 2009

leonard, Wolverhampton General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Large high resolution screen. Relatively fast for most programmes.
Bad points:
keboard does not have backlight. Keyboard does not have separate numeric keyboard for mathematical work. Very temperamental when running blue-ray DVD's.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Aug 2012

Confirmed purchaser

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
its got blu ray burner
Bad points:
short battery life
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 4.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Apr 2009

Dave, Ayrshire

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Massive memory makes it a good machine for the likes of me (no expert). It is practically intuitive to use, it knows much more than me! It is a lightweight machine and is fairly portable for the size. The graphics etc are great for me and it looks good.
Bad points:
Battery life is not great, so it is never far from a wall socket though you do get the advertised 2 hours out of it. It being so much smarter than me does cause the odd download of things I have no knowledge or interest in and it can be confusing till you get the hang of it, then you are scared to get rid of some of these things!
Not a lot really in the bad points section.
Can take some time to get itself started up at times.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 2.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Jun 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Great screen. Huge memory. Very fast. Very nice computer
Bad points:
Its big,
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 6.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Apr 2009

róbert , Reykjavik, Iceland Music, gaming or video fan

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Beutiful Design. HDMI output has made my life better
Bad points:
On my second battery, after hard disk crash cannot get BD blue ray software. And the worst of all very disappointed with the graphic card
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 5.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Mar 2012

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 T9550
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.66
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 8 in 1 Card Reader
Battery life (Hours) 2.1
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 No
Aspect ratio 16:9
Width in cm 38.4
Depth in cm 26.1
Release date 2009-04-01

Also known as: Sony VAIO FW31ZJ, SONY VGNFW31ZJ, SONY VGN-FW31ZJ

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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 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.

The VGN-FW31ZJ 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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