Sony Vaio VGN-FW41

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-FW41Notebook: Sony Vaio VGN-FW41 (Vaio VGN-FW Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T6400
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
Display: 16.4 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.8kg
Price: 950 euro
Average Score: 82.17% - good
Average of 6 scores (from 8 reviews)
price: 75%, performance: 80%, features: 80%, display: 67% mobility: 55%, workmanship: 70%, ergonomy: 70%, emissions: 80%

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-FW41

83% Sony VAIO VGN-FW41E/H
Source: Mobile Computer English
Not everyone needs a laptop to lug around all day — some people just want something smaller than a desktop PC that they can move around at home. This is the realm of the desktop replacement PC and if you’re happy to spend a few quid, you can pick up a portable that packs all of the power of a mid-range desktop — and the Sony VAIO VGN-FW41E/H is a prime example. Good-looking and a great performer, there’s a lot to like about the VAIO VGN-FW41E/H and even Sony’s price isn’t too outrageous for the specification on offer.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/18/2009
Rating: Total score: 83%
75% Sony Vaio VGN-FW41E/H review
Source: CNet English
If you're looking for a high-end desktop-replacement laptop and the Sony Vaio VGN-AW31M/H is too bulky for your liking, the Vaio VGN-FW41E/H may be more up your street. It's essentially a scaled-down version of that 18.4-inch monster, with a lower specification and price, but it's still an impressive lump of laptop. It's available for around £880. The price may be high, but the Sony VAIO VGN-FW41E/H is a premium machine, and its performance justifies the outlay. The only snag is that the bigger VAIO VGN-AW31M/H is arguably a better deal if you need a laptop that won't stray far from your desktop
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/26/2009
Rating: Total score: 75%
80% Sony VAIO FW41E/H review
Source: Techradar English

The Sony FW41E's excellent multimedia abilities and a good design make it hard to beat. Sony's VAIO FW range has been around for a little while now, offering stylish and feature-packed media machines. The VAIO FW41E/H is the latest and comes with one of the most powerful specifications you'll get at this price. As an all-round package, the VAIO FW41E/H is just about unbeatable at this price. With style, quality and a great screen, along with a generous feature set and powerful 3D performance, it's the ideal companion for your multimedia and work use.


Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Sony VAIO VGN-FW41 notebook
Source: Pocket Lint English
With plenty of style, comfort and a great screen, the Sony VAIO FW41E/H has a lot to recommend it. Performance also impresses, and with a high-end graphics card and the ability to play the latest games, it’s a machine the whole family can enjoy. The quality could be better, with some of the plastics bending under pressure, but overall the small gripes are outweighed by the reasonable price tag and the numerous plus points.
70
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%

Foreign Reviews

Verdrängungswettbewerb
Source: c't - 21/09 German
Comparison, , Very Long, Date: 10/01/2009
Rating: performance: 80% features: 90% display: 90% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 70% emissions: 80%
90% Sony Vaio VGN-FW41 E/H
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/06/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 70% display: 30% mobility: 40% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70%
95% Das richtige Notizbuch
Source: PC Games Hardware - 8/09 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 95% price: 70%
Sony VAIO VGN-FW41
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/16/2009
Rating: display: 80%

Comment

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650: The Mobility HD 4650 is based on the Desktop 4650 architecture, but features a lower clock rate of memory and core. Depending on the core clock (450-550MHz possible) and the used memory (DDR2, DDR3, GDDR3 with 600-800 MHz possible) the mobile 4650 can show a different performance. The current consumption of the chip alone ranges from 15-25W. Features Avivo HD video features.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these 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.


T6400: Entry level dual core processor based on the Penryn core with only 2 MB level 2 cache and a low clock speed.» 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.


2.8 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.

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82.17%: 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, 2009-07-21 (Update: 2012-05-26)