Sony Vaio VGN-FW41M reviews and prices: 16.4" Laptop computer

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+ This laptop scores high on performance. - It scores very poorly on battery life.

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8.1 out of 10 based on 24 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-FW41M with Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 500GB Storage on Windows Vista Home Premium. Blu-ray combo, 1.92 hours of battery See full product description

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Peter, Henley-on-Thames

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Screen resolution, brightness and clarity.
Connection with iplayer (BBC) give good, potentially HD replay with HDMI
Nice looks
Nice keyboard
Has a physical volume control - ESSENTIAL (few Sony models do have one)
Easy to use with second screen
Like economy/green features - they work well
Boots up quickly
Bad points:
Needs more USB ports to avoid needing to add a hub
Sound isn't as good as i was hoping - at least on built-in speakers
Some issues with Windows 7 and implementation on special function keys, and some other functions
I'd like the external screen connection further back, and out of the way
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 24 Sep 2009

Confirmed purchaser Music, gaming or video fan

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Incredibly good performance. Fantastic HD screen, great for playing dvds. Also comes with great editing software. Really fast performance for online gaming.
Bad points:
Battery life not as long as I would like. Bit weighty. Also slightly plain design
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Sep 2009

Confirmed purchaser General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
fast, clear screen, stylish design
Bad points:
heavy, narrow (top to bottom) screen
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Nov 2009

Arthur, Nottingham UK

Score 4.0/10
Good points:
Bad points:
Preloaded software trials and other useless dross
Sound is very poor
Impossible to make rescue disk failed four times on second dvd disc impossible to buy same
Overall rating 4.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 4.0
Value for money 3.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Sep 2009

Krzysztof, London General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Good Laptop')
Bad points:
3 USB port in front? Put kabels and where Design?
Ethart kabel on the left sait? Realy?
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 May 2010

Ian, Sheffield

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use with the Orange Broadband 3G Dongle internet connection.
Bad points:
I would have preferred more detailed instructions ie paper manual as having to go back to laptop to see instructions is a bit annoying.
It didn't come with back up Recovery Disk for VISTA which I had to purchase separately from Microsoft I understand previously the recovery disks came with the laptops.

I thought the Windows 7 Disks were free on upgrade from Microsoft but I had to pay a £20 charge for shipping which I was unaware at the time of purchase.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Sep 2009

Leslie, Verwood (Bournemouth) Business user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Fantastic screen, fast, good keyboard and sturdy design.
Bad points:
Click buttons VERY loud and only 3 USB ports all together on RHS is not so good considering most of the population are right handed and so the mouse would be at this side!
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Oct 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 P8700
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.53
Number of USB ports 3
Connections Firewire
Connections Wireless
Connections Bluetooth
Built-in disc drive Blu-ray combo
Card reader Multi Card Reader
Battery life (Hours) 1.92
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 2009-06-22

Also known as: Sony Vaio FW41M, Sony VGN FW41M/H, SONY VGN FW41M, Sony VAIO FW41M/H, SONY VGN-FW41M/H

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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 Full HD 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 entertainment

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™ “Angels & Demons” demo trailer.

Designed to Perform

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.

Powerful Performance
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-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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