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Sony Vaio VGN-AW31XY

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-AW31XYNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-AW31XY (Vaio VGN-AW Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9900
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:10, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 4kg
Price: 3600 euro
Average Score: 85% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
price: 50%, performance: 90%, features: 50%, display: 70% mobility: 50%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 50%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-AW31XY

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%

Foreign Reviews

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%

Comment

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).

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

» 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.


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. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


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.


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


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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85%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.


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

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-08-24 (Update: 2012-05-26)