Sony Vaio VGN-FW41E 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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8.2 out of 10 based on 131 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-FW41E with Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 500GB Storage on Windows Vista Home Premium. Blu-ray combo, 2.83 hours of battery See full product description

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Gemma, Darlington General home user

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
Bought this laptop due to the nice look and feel and the brand and wasn't disappointed.
Bad points:
Laptop didn't even last a year without encountering serious software and hardware issues. Now just over a year old and I am unable to use at all and Manufacturer not interested in helping resolve any issues. Would not recommend buying this product if you are expecting a decent machine or value for money.
Overall rating 1.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 6.0
Performance 1.0
Value for money 1.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Feb 2011

Confirmed purchaser General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use, lightweight given the size of screen but screen size a huge plus for visibility etc. reasonably high speed for my needs, good memory.
Bad points:
Battery life could be better as it is neccesary to use mains lead unless using for very short periods otherwise battery drains within about 90 mins and needs charging when not in use in order to be prepared for later.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Mar 2010

simon , yeovil Often on the move

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
The VGN-FW41E/H is a nice laptop to use , i really like the keypad , it is easy to use. The layout is good, and i have had no issues at all with the laptop since purchase. The screen is good although veiwing angle is important. ( i think this is usual?) The laptop does have a nice look and has a feel of quality.
Bad points:
Battery life is short when unplugged, really short especially on high performance, lower performance settings improve this slightly but still does not last that longand slows it down . I bought a cheap inverter for my car and this is proving perfectly ok to run the laptop, the inverter is only 300 w output , 12v input.
The only other point i would make is the usb outlets are all on the right hand side so when plugging in my broadband dongle it can be inconvenient if the wire needs to be on the left.
That being said if the buyer is aware of these issues i think it is a very good laptop , and its small beer as the laptop is very nice to use.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Dec 2009

Ajay, wembley Business user

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
its good looking and smart in design
Bad points:
it has a problem that it hangs a lot and so its a bad point that should be rectified because when you are working its very embarrassing and disappointing at times and and there is a problem that the screen goes black when you start ur laptop this problem is happening very often.
Overall rating 5.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 6.0
Performance 5.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Jul 2011

Raziya, MYSORE, INDIA General home user

Score 3.0/10
Good points:
It's stylish and blue ray player is excellent, Clarity and sound superb
Bad points:
I've been having problems with booting, very frequent hanging and i have to always shut down the unconventional way...i am in India right now and with only UK warranty, i don't know what to do??
Overall rating 3.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 4.0
Performance 3.0
Value for money 2.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Jan 2010

Confirmed purchaser General home user

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
Bad points:
HDD broke taking all data. Screen keeps going blank.
Overall rating 1.0
Battery life 2.0
Design 2.0
Size and weight 2.0
Performance 2.0
Value for money 1.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Jan 2013

Confirmed purchaser Often on the move

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
blu ray good batterys on the right setting super screen super keyboard im not one bit disapointed and i knew i wouldnt be because they never fail to deliver
Bad points:
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Apr 2010

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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) 500
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 Bluetooth
Connections Firewire
Connections Wireless
Built-in disc drive Blu-ray combo
Built-in disc drive Blu-ray drive
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Card reader Multi Card Reader
Battery life (Hours) 2.83
Weight (kg) 3.3
Graphics card brand ATI
Graphics card model number RAD MOB HD4650
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 2009-07-10

Also known as: Sony VAIO FW41E/H, Sony VGNFW41E/H, SONY VGNFW41EH, Sony FW41E, VAIO VGN-FW41E/H, SONY Vaio VGNFW41E/H.CEK, Sony VAIO VGN-FW41

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Manufacturer's Description

Overview The VAIO FW notebook offers the power and convenience of a desktop packaged in a thin-and-light 16.4" display multimedia PC. The smooth, curved lines of the VAIO FW notebook are as functional as they are attractive. From the iconic cylindrical hinge to the sloping bezel where the keyboard meets the display, every last inch of this notebook is designed to maximize viewing area while minimizing size. The result: an innovative PC with a 16.4" LCD that combines all the benefits of a 17" widescreen display with the dimensions or “footprint” of a smaller 15.4" model.

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