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Sony Vaio VGN-AW Series

Sony Vaio VGN-AW41MF/HProcessor: Intel Core 2 Duo P7450, Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, Intel Core 2 Duo P8700, Intel Core 2 Duo T6500, Intel Core 2 Duo T9400, Intel Core 2 Duo T9600, Intel Core 2 Duo T9800, Intel Core 2 Duo T9900
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch
Weight: 2.7kg, 3.7kg, 3.8kg, 3.9kg, 3.95kg, 4kg
Price: 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1900, 2000, 2600, 2700, 3000, 3300, 3600 euro
Average Score: 79.37% - good
Average of 27 scores (from 30 reviews)
price: 57%, performance: 72%, features: 72%, display: 77%
mobility: 49%, workmanship: 89%, ergonomy: 74%, emissions: 75%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AW11M/H

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW11M/HNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW11M/H
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1680x945 pixels
Weight: 3.8kg
Price: 1200 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AW (Series)
 Vaio VGN-AW11M/H (Model)

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)

 

80% Sony Vaio AW11 review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Sony Vaio AW11 is pricey for a laptop – although the screen quality more than justifies the price. The Sony Vaio AW11 is so big and unwieldy that it's worth remembering that you could get a more powerful desktop PC for the same price with an LED monitor that would put the AW11's screen to shame. But if you want a degree of portability, Sony's laptop is one of the best around.
4 von 5, Preis zufriedenstellend, Display sehr gut, Mobilität mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/26/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% display: 90% mobility: 50%
80% Sony VAIO VGN-AW11M/H notebook
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Sony VAIO VGN-AW11M/H is a satisfactory machine to use. The large screen and keyboard make it a pleasure to use but we'd suggest opting for a higher spec, if your budget allows, as you'll find this entry-level model doesn't quite live up to the expectations of a true desktop replacement laptop.
8 von 10, Display gut, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/10/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 40% display: 80%
80% Sony VAIO VGN-AW11M/H review
Source: Techradar English
The AW's keyboard is similar in style to all recent Sony VAIO's, with the keys protruding through individual holes in the chassis. This is the first time we've seen a dedicated numeric pad alongside as well, however, and usability proved excellent. In relation to regular laptops, the touchpad is huge, and offers an easy and accurate way of navigation. While our review model featured a traditional 300GB hard drive, top of the range AW's feature both 128GB flash drives and 500GB hard drives, offering fast access speeds and generous storage space.
4 von 5, Verarbeitung gut, Display gut, Ausstattung gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/28/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% features: 80% display: 80% workmanship: 80%
Tuschkästen
Source: c't - 23/09 German
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2009
Rating: performance: 75% features: 70% display: 90% ergonomy: 70% emissions: 70%
80% Sony VAIO VGN-AW11M/H
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/26/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 50% features: 50% display: 30% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AW180Y/Q

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW180Y/QNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW180Y/Q
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9600
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 3.9kg
Price: 3000 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AW (Series)
 Vaio VGN-AW180Y/Q (Model)

Average Score: 72.5% - average
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

75% Sony VAIO AW Series (VGN-AW180Y/Q)
Source: Digital Trends English
Most consumers might be in the market for smaller machines that they can toss into a briefcase or even a purse, but there are still plenty of places in which a big and beautiful multimedia book like Sony’s AW might be preferable, including student dorms, bedrooms, and home offices. A basic AW model sells for $1,499, but our test rig, which, in our estimation, had all of the most desirable upgrades (including more storage, a bit more RAM, a higher-resolution screen, and a Blu-ray burner) sells for the still relatively affordable price of $2,039.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/04/2009
Rating: Total score: 75%
70% Sony VAIO AW Series (VGN-AW180Y/Q)
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Sony VAIO VGN-AW180Y/Q is a powerful, feature-packed entertainment notebook. We prefer the design and keyboard of the sleeker HP HDX 18—and we found the Blu-ray playback to be more reliable—but this desktop replacement is a solid splurge-worthy option with a better looking 16:9 display and crisper TV tuner. And you can pick it up for a much more affordable $1,799 if you forgo the dual solid state drives and drop down the clock speed and RAM.
3.5 von 5, Display gut, Leistung sehr gut, Mobilität schlecht, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 40% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 40%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AW190

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW190Notebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW190
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9400
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 2.7kg
Price: 3000 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AW (Series)
 Vaio VGN-AW190 (Model)

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Sony VAIO VGN-AW190
Source: PC Mag English
Plenty of laptops offer a vibrant, saturated picture that's pleasing to the eye, but if your livelihood depends on color accuracy above all else, most of these systems just won't cut it. Most photographers and graphic designers use external monitors to achieve color accuracy, but Sony is hoping to change that with the high-priced VAIO VGN-AW190 ($3,219 direct). The Sony VAIO VGN-AW190's high-definition, Adobe RGB-compatible screen promises unparalleled color accuracy, just what you'll want if your job involves exacting color comparison or judging images on the fly.
4 von 5, Display gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/03/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% display: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AW170Y/Q

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW170Y/QNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW170Y/Q
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9400
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 4kg
Price: 2700 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AW (Series)
 Vaio VGN-AW170Y/Q (Model)

Average Score: 75% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

75% Sony VAIO AW170Y/Q
Source: Computer Shopper English
The Sony VAIO AW170Y/Q is the latest desktop-replacement notebook to feature a breathtaking 18.4-inch display and a wealth of features. Break out this 8.8-pound eye-catcher and you’ll be the envy of the laptop-toting set. Plus you’ll send a signal that you’re surviving the market crash just fine, thank you, since you just dropped $3,300 on a new laptop. Sony’s gorgeous, large-screen—and pricey—VAIO AW170Y/Q offers plenty of features and power, but the $3,300 price tag will be tough to swallow for most.
7.5 von 10, Display ausgezeichnet, Preis schlecht, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/02/2008
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 40% performance: 40% display: 95%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AW11Z/B

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW11Z/BNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW11Z/B
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9400
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 3.9kg
Price: 1900 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AW (Series)
 Vaio VGN-AW11Z/B (Model)

Average Score: 82% - good
Average of 5 scores (from 5 reviews)

 

80% Sony VGN-AW11Z review
Source: The Insider English
The Sony VGN-AW11Z is a great gaming option for those who fancy getting a bit of work done in between rounds. It’s not for hardcore gamers, but if you fancy a quick deathmatch at lunch you can do happily, before jumping back into video/photo editing mode, where the AW range excels. It’s also a great option if you ever fancy using it as a laptop and taking it out the house – it’s easily the most portable 18 inch model we’ve ever come across, and that’s saying something. The AW11Z may not play every game you want at the highest possible settings, but it will let you play them wherever.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/05/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 70% features: 80% workmanship: 100%
70% Sony Vaio AW11Z/B review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Sony Vaio AW11Z/B's design is simple - black with a silver trim in this case, with only the usual PC-laptop flair of logos spoiling it a little. We were very impressed with the great design of the Sony Vaio AW11Z/B and its relatively light weight meant it was practical to transport. You get a lot of laptop for your money, but we weren't convinced by the quality of the screen and found the overall performance mediocre.
70, Leistung 50, Display 40
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 50% display: 40%
80% Sony VAIO VGN-AW11Z/B review
Source: Techradar English
A stylish high-end media system, offering power, comfort and high quality. The VAIO VGN-AW11Z/B (£1559 inc. VAT) is the mid-range model, offering enough features to keep most users entertained for years. The 18.4-inch screen is one of the best we've seen on any laptop, offering vivid colours. Blacks are also accurately dark. It's a Super-TFT panel, so there are some inevitable reflections in brighter conditions, but it's a price well worth paying. Photos and movies look stunning, with high-definition (HD) films in particular reproduced in their full glory. External displays can also easily be connected using the high-definition digital HDMI or analogue VGA ports. If you can afford the high price tag, the AW11Z/B is without peer. You'll find a perfect blend of performance and features, and the large screen makes the most of your HD movies.
80, Leistung 80, Display 80
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/12/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% display: 80%
90% Eine Nummer größer
Source: Notebook / Organizer / Handy - 1-2/09 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 80% display: 80%
90% Sony VAIO VGN-AW11Z/B
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/13/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 50% mobility: 50% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AW11S/B

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW11S/BNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW11S/B
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 3.8kg
Price: 1400 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AW (Series)
 Vaio VGN-AW11S/B (Model)

Average Score: 93% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

93% Notebooks für Spieler
Source: PC Games Hardware - 3/09 German
Comparison, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 93% price: 70%
Sony Vaio VGN-AW11 S/B
Source: Notebookforum.at German DE→EN
User Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/05/2008
Rating: display: 90% workmanship: 90%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AW125J/H

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW125J/HNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW125J/H
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 3.8kg
Price: 3000 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AW (Series)

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Sony Vaio AW125J/H
Source: CNet English
Sony's Vaio AW125J/H is an aesthetically pleasing multimedia machine, and those familiar with Sony's high-end laptops will be surprised to find out it's also the cheapest 18-inch Blu-ray-equipped laptop we've tested.
(von 10): 8, Ausstattung 9, Leistung 7, Preis gut
Single Review, , Medium, Date: 11/12/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 70% features: 90%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AW17GU

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW17GUNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW17GU
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9400
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 4kg
Price: 2000 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AW (Series)

Average Score: 70% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

70% The Sony VAIO AW-17GU - Awwwww!
Source: Hardware Zone English

So with a relatively decent (but average) performance but a more than average size, you would expect the Sony VAIO AW-17GU to be slightly expensive in the way VAIO units always are. Unfortunately,this is not the case here, as the AW-17GU comes in at a whopping price tag of S$6999. That's a lot of money to spend on a DTR and we're unsure if it's actually worth it. While Apple naysayers tend to put down Apple's products by complaining about the so-called "Apple tax", it's sometimes strange to find Sony getting away with the same thing. To further prove our point, we also checked out the Sony VAIO VGN-AR18GP DTR model that was top of the line two years back which was the first notebook to feature a Blu-ray drive.


3.5 von 5, Leistung zufriedenstellend, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/05/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 40% performance: 70%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AW235J/B

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW235J/BNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW235J/B
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 4kg
Price: 1500 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AW (Series)
 Vaio VGN-AW235J/B (Model)

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Sony VAIO VGN-AW235J/B Entertainment Desktop Replacement Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Sony has been producing media enabled laptops for some time and were one of the first to introduce Blu-ray drives. The new VAIO VGN-AW235J/B is a surprise release from the company that makes for an extremely capable high definition media platform at a very reasonable price. While it might still be more expensive than many other desktop replacements, it is still one of the cheapest to feature a Blu-ray burner. Of course, the 18.4-inch screen makes it less portable than those using 17-inch screens and Sony does have fewer peripheral connectors than similar equipped laptops.
4 von 5, Preis gut, Mobilität mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/15/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% mobility: 50%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AW11XU/Q

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW11XU/QNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW11XU/Q
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9600
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:10, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 4kg
Price: 2600 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AW (Series)
 Vaio VGN-AW11XU/Q (Model)

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Sony VAIO VGN-AW11XU review
Source: PC Advisor English
For professional photographers working on location, the usual weapon of choice to accompany a digital SLR camera is a lightweight laptop, able to give quick visual feedback on work in progress. Unfortunately, most laptops suffer from relatively small screens and poor colour fidelity. The Sony VAIO VGN-AW11XU is a triumph in build and display quality – and in sheer performance. This comes at a high purchase price, yet there is little to touch it if you need a luggable computer with dependable image reproduction and desktop-class computing power.
80, Preis 60, Ausstattung 90, Verarbeitung 90
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/06/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% features: 90% workmanship: 90%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AW21VY/Q

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW21VY/QNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW21VY/Q
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9800
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 4kg
Price: 3300 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AW (Series)
 Vaio VGN-AW21VY/Q (Model)

Average Score: 73.5% - average
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

97% Vaio VGN-AW21VY
Source: PC Praxis - 6/09 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 97% price: 70%
50% Sony VAIO VGN-AW21VY
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 50% performance: 90% features: 70% display: 70% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 90%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AW21XY/Q

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW21XY/QNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW21XY/Q
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9800
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:10, 1920x1200 pixels
Weight: 3.95kg
Price: 3000 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AW (Series)

Average Score: 83% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

83% Sony VAIO review: VGN-AW21XY/Q
Source: PC Pro English
Only an elite few machines soar above the £2,000 mark, and laptops like this hugely-expensive Sony VAIO need something special to justify the outlay. The Sony VAIO VGN-AW21XY/Q sets its stall out as an entertainment powerhouse thanks to several attributes, not least its stunning screen. As well as boasting a diagonal width of 18.4in and a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, it uses the same RGB LED technology that so impressed us in the Dell Studio XPS 16. The RGB LED screen, Blu-ray writer and awesome specification result in the best all-round desktop replacement on the market.
83, Preis 40, Display 90
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 40% display: 90%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AW31M/H

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW31M/HNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW31M/H
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8700
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1680x945 pixels
Weight: 3.9kg
Price: 1300 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AW (Series)

Average Score: 82.5% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

80% Sony Vaio VGN-AW31M/H review
Source: CNet English
We recently reviewed one end of the desktop-replacement laptop spectrum in the shape of the £410 Toshiba Satellite L350 and now here's the other -- the Sony Vaio VGN-AW31M/H. With an 18.4-inch screen, this is one serious slab of Sony technology and it has a price tag to match: £1,100. Value for money is subjective with a laptop like this, but there's no denying the Sony Vaio VGN-AW31M/H is a large, beautiful desktop replacement. The specification falls short of stunning considering the price, but it's still a very capable performer and few laptops this massive look as lovely as this
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/21/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
85% Sony VAIO VGN-AW31M/H
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/02/2009
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 93% features: 88% display: 93% mobility: 50% workmanship: 91%
Sony VAIO VGN-AW31
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/16/2009
performance: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AW310J/H

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW310J/HNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW310J/H
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T6500
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1680x945 pixels
Weight: 3.7kg
Price: 1100 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AW (Series)
 Vaio VGN-AW310J/H (Model)

Average Score: 60% - poor
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

60% Sony VAIO VGN-AW310J/H 18.4-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Sony's VAIO VGN-AW310J/H is a less expensive version of their AW series laptops that brings Blu-ray capability to a more affordable level. In doing this, Sony sacrificed a number of features that could have made it an exceptional laptop. Most notable of these is the 18.4-inch display that doesn't reach full 1080p HD video resolutions. Sony also didn't address the limited number of expansion ports compared to similar sized laptops.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/21/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AW31XY

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW31XYNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW31XY
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9900
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:10, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 4kg
Price: 3600 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AW (Series)
 Vaio VGN-AW31XY (Model)

Average Score: 85% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

80% Sony VAIO VGN-AW31XY/Q review
Source: Techradar English

Sony's high-end laptop is aimed at professional photographers. Aimed at photography professionals, the VAIO VGN-AW31XY/Q is an exceptionally powerful laptop that offers great comfort and usability. The Sony VAIO VGN-AW31XQ/Y is a fantastic multimedia machine and its great screen and performance are ideal for professional photo and video editing. Although expensive, its impressive level of quality is hard to ignore.


Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/26/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Sony Vaio VGN-AW31XY
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/28/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 50% performance: 90% features: 50% display: 70% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 50%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-AW41MF/H

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW41MF/HNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW41MF/H
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P7450
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 3.9kg
Price: 1200 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-AW (Series)

Average Score: 85% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

85% Sony Vaio AW series (VGN-AW41MF/H) review
Source: CNet English
We rather liked the last vast Sony Vaio laptop that we reviewed, the 18.4-inch VGN-AW31M/H, but its specification fell rather short for the price. Now there's a new monster model to up the ante, the cheaper and more balanced, 18.4-inch Sony Vaio VGN-AW41MF/H. It will set you back about £1,000. The Vaio VGN-AW41MF/H is a luscious behemoth with plenty of muscle, and comes at a more reasonable price than some similar Sony machines. We'd heap more praise on it if its screen were crisper, but that doesn't detract too much from a highly capable desktop-replacement laptop.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/12/2009
Rating: Total score: 85%

 

Comment

Sony: Sony Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Japan. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video game consoles, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its name is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound. The company was founded 1946 with another name and renamed in 1958. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its five operating segments—electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music), financial services and other. Sony is a notebook manufacturer of medium size according international market shares.

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Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS: Compared to the 9300M G, the GS has only 8 unified shaders but a higher clock rate. Therefore, the performance should be similar according to Nvidia. Supports 
Hybrid-SLI (GeForceBoost and HybridPower) with Nvidia 9100M G and PureVideo HD (VP3).

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT: Successor of the 8600M GT and because of the smaller 65nm production process the card is higher clocked (and therefore faster) with the same current consumption.Furthermore, it features an improved video processor (VP3) and HybridPower to save current (in conjunction with the 9100M G).

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.

P8400:

Middle class dual core CPU with a TDP of 25 Watt. For high end gamer the performance could be not sufficient (for class 1 graphic cards).

T9600:

High-end dual core CPU and similar to the Core 2 Duo P9700 but with a higher power consumption (35 W versus 28 W). Should be sufficient for all games of 2009.

T9400:

The T9400 is a fast middle class dual core CPU for laptops and basically a Core 2 Duo P9500 with a higher TDP of 35 Watt.

P8600:

Fast but still not overpriced dual core CPU. For most games and multimedia applications sufficient and due to the 25W TDP even for smaller notebooks useable.

T9800:

High end dual core CPU for laptops with 6 MB level 2 cache and 2.93 GHz. Well suited for demanding games (of 2009) and applications (especially single threaded).

P8700:

Mid-range dual core processor with 3 MB level 3 cache and a TDP of 25 Watt.

T6500:

Entry level Penryn based dual-core CPU with a small 2MB level 2 cache and FSB800. Similar to the T6570 but without VT-x.

T9900: Fastest (in 2009) Core 2 Duo Dual Core CPU and similar to the Core 2 Extreme X9100 (withouth the free multiplicator, but instead less TDP and cheaper). Very well suited for games and demanding applications. 

P7450: Entry level Core 2 Duo processor with 3 MB Level 2 Cache and due to the 25 Watt TDP also suited for 13" laptops.


18.4: 18 inch display size is a rare and very big size for desktop-replacement laptops. Laptops with 18 inch displays did not exist before 2008. The DTR-laptops can't be carried easily, need much energy but on the other side texts can be read easily and high resolutions are no problem. DTR mainly are intended for stationary usage on desks, where the weight and the energy need are unimportant.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.7 kg:

This notebook is lighter than the average of all notebooks. It is too heavy for sub-notebooks. 14 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

4 kg:

This laptop is heavy below average, compared with the average of notebooks. Therefore especially desktop replacements fit in this class of weight.


79.37%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Core 2 Duo P8700
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Core 2 Duo T9800
» Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Xi3650
Core 2 Duo T9400
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Core 2 Duo P8600
» HP Pavilion HDX18t
Core 2 Duo P8600
» Sony Vaio VGN-AW17GU
Core 2 Duo T9400
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Core 2 Duo P8400
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Core 2 Duo P8400
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Core 2 Duo T9400
» Sony Vaio AW170Y/Q
Core 2 Duo T9400

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Toshiba Qosmio G50-127
Core 2 Duo P8600, 4.4 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio G50-10i
Core 2 Duo T9400, 4.4 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio G50-115
Core 2 Duo P8400, 4.8 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AW190
Core 2 Duo T9400, 2.7 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio G55-Q802
Core 2 Duo P7350, 5 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio G50-10H
Core 2 Duo T9400, 4.4 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch (06/09)
Core 2 Duo P8400, 15.4", 2.5 kg
» Cyberpower Xplorer X5-7900
Core 2 Duo P9600, 15.4", 3 kg
» Ibuypower Battalion 101 FX-924Z
Core 2 Duo P8600, 15.4", 2.6 kg
» HP Pavilion HDX X16-1010EA
Core 2 Duo P8400, 16.0", 3.5 kg
» Apple Macbook Pro 17“ 2009-3
Core 2 Duo T9550, 17.0", 2.98 kg
» HP Pavilion dv7-1285dx
Core 2 Duo P8600, 17.0", 3.5 kg

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-10-25 (Update: 2012-05-26)