Sony Vaio VGN-NW21ZF reviews and prices: 15.5" 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 66 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-NW21ZF with Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 2.13 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 500GB Storage on Windows 7 Home Premium. DVD drive, 4.33 hours of battery See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
Could be lighter.
Screen too reflective.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Mar 2010

John, Brittany France General home user

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
feels good to use, the matt black finish gives feel of quality to touch & keypad positive works as it should doesnt get to hot,
Bad points:
Its not the model you ask about Its a VGN-NW26M the viewing angle is not the best iv'e encounterd , sideways, if you look down on it etc, which for a sony surprised me a little but overal lgood to use & doesnt stress me .
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Jun 2011

OLUWOLE, LONDON Music, gaming or video fan

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Well since i've had it
its been working fine

this the first labtop that i've not fix going 2 years now
casue of this my next laptop still going be SONY because i am happy with the performance with this one
Bad points:
Battery life, that only problem i've with this laptop
seem they knowingly made sure it only works for one year so you can buy another,
and they cost 2 much to buy
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Jun 2011

Liz, Wales Geeky, gaming, design student

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
This laptop is a nice little machine that is currently being used for study on a multimedia digital design course, and so far it is holding up very well when using Adobe CS5 software, especially when it comes to video editing and rendering, it does it quick and without crashing.

The laptop itself is also a nice sleek design and is nice and portable, the customisation for battery life profiles is also a nice touch thanks to the VAIO control centre. There was a lot of software already on the laptop upon first boot up, some of which have come in really handy.

What has been the most surprising about this laptop though has been the way in which it has replaced my old workstation. (The workstation cannot support Win7 64Bit, this laptop came with it ready installed.) As I now find myself using the laptop at home with a mouse, speakers, graphics tablet, and a printer/scanner nearby and occasionally plugged into my TV for duel screen, making it a nice 'desktop' then to get it on the go I'm packed up with power lead and mouse and off I go.

It is also nice to have a Blu-Ray Drive as well, it is not used often but has come in handy on the rare occasion I have used it to watch a film when I have not had access to my PS3 and TV. The internal 500GB hard drive also comes in handy for the reason as well, as I have had plenty of room to store all my music, photo's and videos along with all my work past and present so far.

I have also tried playing some games on it, however most of my PC collection is fairly old, and due to the high spec of the laptop there has been a learning curve to try and get some titles to work, as one in particular played so quickly due to the nice high spec of the laptop, and it took a while to learn the tricks to slow it down in that case.
Bad points:
The few bad things I have come across is the amount of software that does come with it, while some of it has proved useful I did have to go through and disable un-install a few things before I got the laptops true performance.

I am also slightly disappointed with the battery life, it will last on average 2 hours if not doing intensive software work and is set to a low power usage mode. Although extra life batteries available I would have liked it to have one already, but with the amount of power sockets available in Uni and coffee shops these days it has rarely caused a problem, just makes you more aware of finding power sources.

I was also sad to find out that the next model up had the Bravia Sync with it and this model the VGN-NW21ZF doesn't and can't have it installed. It is only a minor gripe, but still it would have been nice seeing as the PS3, Xperia X10 and the Bravia TV all have it in my house, the laptop is a little left out, but there are ways around it running over servers and homegroups and such.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Dec 2010

Laura, General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
Within 1 year 11 keys on the keyboard stopped working.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 May 2011

Nikhil, London Often on the move

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Its perfect! It looks outstanding, sleek and very well built! Light efficient and very fast. Overall a great product. Screen is very clear, keyboard layout is good for fast typers like myself and the trackpad is very efficient
Bad points:
The battery life is a downside as it only lasts about 4 hours if your using it full on eg.. streaming a video while doing work and having the volume on full blast while the screen brightness is max.. however if you were to limit the factors such as volume and brightness you could probably get a good 6 7 hours of work and play
Overall rating 9.0
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: 07 Apr 2010

Fabian, Hamburg/Germany Music, gaming or video fan

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Well transportable & lightweight, very nice CPU and RAM, Windows 7: performance index 5.0, all games&apps running fluently. Examples:
1. Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 (up to 1280x720 video dimensions)
2. Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 (runs @ 28 to 40 fps most of the time)

WEB key, nice design, separate keyboard keys, overall sufficient monitor resolution(1366x768). Blu-Ray drive.
Bad points:
no sound card stereo mix input. no CF card input.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Mar 2010

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 15.5
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1280 x 720 (WXGA)
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium
RAM (Gigabytes) 4
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 500
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core 2 Duo
Processor number P7450
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.13
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 Multi Card Reader
Battery life (Hours) 4.33
Weight (kg) 2.7
Graphics card brand ATI
Graphics card model number Mobility Radeon HD 4570
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 37
Depth in cm 24.9
Release date 40114

Also known as: SONY VGN-NW21ZF/S, SONY VGN-NW21ZF/T

Laptop Buyers Guide  

Manufacturer's Description

A pleasure to carry and use

With a slim rounded profile and one of the most compact chassis in its class, VAIO NW notebooks are easy to hold and carry around.

Soft curves

Soft curves and textured surfaces feel natural in the hand and smooth to the touch. An undulating wavelike pattern runs from the keyboard to the palm rest, providing comfortable wrist support while typing.

Panoramic pictures

View two web pages side-by-side and watch movies in their original format without side bars on a real-wide 15.5 screen with 16:9 aspect ratio. X-black technology ensures pictures are sharp, bright and natural looking with vibrant colour and depth.

Discover High Definition

Sit back and enjoy the breathtaking intensity of High Definition*. Models with a Blu-ray Disc Combo Drive can play back Blu-ray movies, as well as play back and record all CD and DVD formats.

Get Connected

Watch Blu-ray Disc movies*, high definition home videos and HD photo slideshows on your large screen HDTV. Linking up is easy with one HDMI cable** connection* and optimised screen resolution via the resolution utility.

Precise typing

The carefully designed keyboard provides comfort and control with precisely spaced keys for smooth typing and a convenient stick pointer.

Surf in seconds

Press the WEB button on the front of the notebook and be online in seconds. Accessing the Internet without a full PC boot-up saves time and battery power ideal when on the go. It’s perfect for quickly updating your Facebook profile, skyping with friends or finding a postcode for your sat-nav before leaving home.

Instant screen off

When you want to listen to music or just turn your screen off, press the DISPLAY OFF button on the front of the notebook. No need for menus or multiple key combinations.

Saves power

With latest Energy Star Version 5.0 compliance, VAIO NW notebooks offer powerful home entertainment while minimising energy consumption. That’s good for the environment and your electricity bills.


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