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Sony Vaio VGN-FW11ZU

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-FW11ZUNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-FW11ZU (Vaio VGN-FW Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9400
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
Display: 16.4 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 3.1kg
Price: 1600 euro
Average Score: 75.57% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 8 reviews)
price: 58%, performance: 73%, features: 77%, display: 80% mobility: 40%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 70%, emissions: 40%

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-FW11ZU

70% Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU review
Source: PC Advisor English
With a 2.53GHz processor, the Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU should be a nippy machine, and the ATI graphics card allows the use of some modern games. Blu-ray playback was short of expectation though, especially given Sony's weight behind the format.
von 5: 3.5, Verarbeitung 3.5, Ausstattung 3.5
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/05/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% features: 70% workmanship: 70%
80% Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU notebook review
Source: Pocket Lint English
Overall, we were impressed with what this machine has to offer. The Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU is a neat design and performance is simply stunning. If you're looking for a notebook for creating multimedia as well as just watching it, this is the one.
8 von 10, Leistung gut, Preis schlecht, Mobilität schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/22/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% performance: 80% mobility: 40%
80% Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU
Source: Techradar English
The Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU has a great combination of features and usability for the price. Its performance may not suit more demanding needs, but as an affordable HD media centre, Sony has set a new benchmark for its rivals.
4 von 5, Preis gut, Ausstattung gut, Leistung schlecht, Mobilität schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 40% features: 80% mobility: 40%
67% Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU
Source: PC Pro English
Quick, packed full of features and boasting a 16:9 high definition display, but it's too expensive for its own good.
4 von 6, Ausstattung gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 40% features: 80%
67% Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU
Source: PC Pro English
Plenty of laptops arrive at PC Pro with entertainment in mind, but few are as capable or well-featured as the new Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU. It's one of the first machines of any kind - desktops included - that we've seen with a Blu-ray writer, for instance, and a raft of Centrino 2 components provide more than enough power to cope with high definition video playback. Quick, packed full of features and boasting a 16:9 high definition display, but it's too expensive for its own good.
4 von 6, Ausstattung gut, Display gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 40% features: 80% display: 80%

Foreign Reviews

90% Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/06/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 70% display: 70% mobility: 40% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 70%
Review - Sony Vaio FW 11 ZU
Source: Notebookforum.at German DE→EN
User Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/26/2008
Rating: performance: 80% features: 80% display: 90% workmanship: 80% emissions: 40%
75% Sony Vaio VGN-FW11ZU
Source: PC World Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/09/2008
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 75% performance: 95% workmanship: 90%

Comment

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650: The Hd 3650 is a middle class graphics card (in 2008) and compareable to an 8600M GT GPU from Nvidia. It is fabricated in 55nm process and due to Avivo video engine the graphic card can support the processor with several video operations (HD video too).

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.


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.

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


16.4": 16 inch display-variants exist since 2008 and partially got the market share of 15 inch notebooks. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


3.1 kg: This weight is average for notebooks. Therefore the numerous mass of laptops with 15 inch display fits 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.

Sony reviews


75.57%: 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.

Sony Vaio VGN-FW21Z
Mobility Radeon HD 3650

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Sony Vaio VGN-FW11ZU
Sony Vaio VGN-FW11ZU
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-08-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)