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Sony Vaio VGN-FW51MF

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-FW51MFNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-FW51MF (Vaio VGN-FW Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8700
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 1024 MB
Display: 16.4 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.89kg
Price: 1189 euro
Average Score: 77.67% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 2 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 85%, features: 82%, display: 75% mobility: 72%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 84%, emissions: 85%

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-FW51MF

83% Review Sony Vaio VGN-FW51MF Notebook | Notebookcheck
Rich in Minerals. Magnesium isn't only healthy as a trace element and helps against aching muscles but is also a good building material for notebooks - as a metal. That's what Sony thought and made the FW range's chassis out of the light material. You can read if the 16.4 inch bolide can convince in multimedia routine in this comprehensive review of the Sony Vaio FW51MF.
67% Sony VAIO VGN-FW51MF/H
Source: PC Pro English
Sony’s Blu-ray might have won the war of the high-definition formats, slaying HD-DVD in the process, but the jury is still out as to whether Blu-ray and laptops are a match made in heaven, or just a luxury for the gadget-obsessed. Sony’s VAIO VGN-FW51MF/H wants to convince you that it’s not the latter of the two. Sony’s Blu-ray-touting VAIO brings in the New Year with Windows 7 and a glorious high-definition display
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/29/2009
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 80%

Foreign Reviews

83% Test Sony Vaio VGN-FW51MF Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 87% display: 75% mobility: 72% workmanship: 84% ergonomy: 84% emissions: 85%

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.


P8700:

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


2.89 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


77.67%: 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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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-12-25 (Update: 2012-05-26)