Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E/BI


Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E/BINotebook: Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E/BI (Vaio VPC-F Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 1024 MB
Display: 16.0 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 3.171kg
Price: 1999 euro
Average Score: 75.54% - good
Average of 13 scores (from 15 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 87%, features: 76%, display: 87% mobility: 58%, workmanship: 86%, ergonomy: 90%, emissions: 86%

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E/BI

84% Review Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E/BI 3D Notebook | Notebookcheck
3D Vaio. Sony Vaio's leap into the 3D world gives reason for excitement thanks to F21's perfect full-HD display and its undimmed 3D picture. The level of craftsmanship and choice of materials used for the case don't quite meet the demands of the premium sector, however.
80% Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E review
Source: Pocket Lint English
There's a lot to like about the Vaio F, and very little to dislike. It's a powerful laptop that'll handle just about anything you'll throw at it, from video to games to 3D, to day-to-day work. There's more than enough power, and the 1080p screen is one of the best we've seen. Even Sony's idiosyncratic design makes sense, with the Vaio F a striking example of PC design. While it is a little on the heavy side that's only to be expected and you're likely to keep a machine like this on a desk rather than on your lap.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/15/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Sony VAIO VPC-F21Z1E review
Source: Techradar English
A hot, heavy hunk of a machine, which sadly disappoints when it comes to the crunch. The Sony VAIO VPC-F21Z1E's probably one of your best choices if you want a 3D laptop, but ask yourself if that's something you really need. Is it worth over £1500 to you now when £1000 will get you something better in a year?
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/21/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
Sony Vaio F Series 3D review
Source: T3 English
If you can overlook the cost and the fact you can't do serious 3D HD gaming, Sony's VAIO F-Series 3D is sublime. It sports the best 3D features with the best 3D results.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/31/2011
75% Sony Vaio VPCF21Z1E 16in laptop
Source: Reg Hardware English
Tech specs aside, the proof is in the playing, and Vaio’s frame rate seemed to be best for new games and worst for the oldest. In the cut-and-thrust of 3D gameplaying, as well as 3D movie-watching and 3D picture fun, the VPCF21Z1E/BI is not just great, but terrific. Whether it’s £1,799-worth of terrific, compared to a 3D-enabled tower system, depends on how much value you put on its luggable portability.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/19/2011
Rating: Total score: 75%
60% Sony Vaio F21Z1E/BI 3D laptop computer
Source: Computer Active English
Sony has a reputation for producing expensive computers in its Vaio range, and the Vaio VPCF21Z1E/BI is a more powerful computer than most we review, hence the £1800 price tag. This led to a rather odd quirk, which was that the screen sits an inch or so lower than it might on another laptop, which meant we constantly found our eyes looking an inch too high up - not a big problem, but a disconcerting one.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/28/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Sony VAIO VPCF21Z1E/B review
Source: PC Advisor English
This entertainment-focused Sony VAIO VPCF21Z1E/B laptop has just about everything you’d need for a domestic-bound desktop replacement. It’s heavy and a touch too noisy for our taste but if you want a luggable notebook with 3D playback – and you have the budget for this £1800 extravaganza – then there’s nothing else we’ve seen that boasts this feature set.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/13/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% features: 80% workmanship: 90%
80% Sony VAIO VPCF21Z1E/BI review
Source: Techradar English
While the slightly underwhelming graphics performance is unfortunate, when it comes to raw 3D entertainment potential few laptops are better than the VPCF21Z1E/BI. And with such staggering, cutting-edge office performance, it will last for years to come.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/31/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Sony VAIO F Series Hands-on
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Naturally, all this goodness doesn't come cheap and we heard that pricing could be as high as £1,800, making this one premium puppy – especially compared to the cheapest 3D laptop option we've seen, the £600 Acer Aspire 5745DG.
Single Review, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 02/23/2011
80% Sony VAIO F Series 3D Review
Source: Stuff TV English
Amazingly, in spite of the gigawatts of power it must be slurping up, barely a decibel escapes from the inky black case, and the little hum that does will easily be covered up by your popcorn munching and movie soundtracks.. The speakers are fair enough considering it’s a laptop but to do that 3D justice you should hook up to a pair of cans or a sound system that’s equal to the impressive internal sound hardware. Unquestionably, the F-series does deliver. The price tag may be as hefty as the laptop itself, but its Tardis-like ability to cram a believable extra dimension into everything you watch is indistinguishable from magic.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
67% Sony VAIO VPCF21Z1E
Source: PC Pro English
A fast machine with a quality 3D screen that really works, but the price is in another dimension
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/26/2011
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 50% performance: 84% features: 67%

Foreign Reviews

80% Sony Vaio VPC-Z21 : ultra-portable sous stéroïdes
Source: [link]
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/10/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% 3D Mobil
Source: PC Magazin - 9/11 German
Single Review, , Short, Date: 09/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
86% Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E/BI (3D-Notebook)
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/15/2011
Rating: Total score: 86% price: 70% performance: 88% features: 87% display: 84% mobility: 44% ergonomy: 92%
Sony VPC-F21Z1E
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
positive: matte display, 3D-effects, processor; negative: graphic performance not suited for games, input devices, limited mobility
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/13/2011
60% Sony Vaio F21 (VPCF21Z1E/BI)
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/26/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%


NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M:

Mid-range graphics card based on the GT 435M chip (GF108) with higher clock rates and DDR3 support.

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 i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

2630QM: Fast Quad-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

16.0": 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.

3.171 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

75.54%: 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.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» Sony Vaio VPC-F21AFX/BI
Core i7 2720QM

Devices with the same GPU

» Samsung RC530-S01RS
Core i7 2670QM, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-F24A4E/B
Core i7 2640M, 16.4", 3 kg
» Asus X4GSL-V2G-VX102V
Core i5 2410M, 14.0", 2.4 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio F755-3D150
Core i5 2450M, 15.6", 3.4 kg
» Acer Aspire 4830TG-6808
Core i5 2450M, 14.0", 2.1 kg
» Toshiba Satellite P750-13G
Core i7 2670QM, 15.6", 2.7 kg
» Asus K53SV-SX982V
Core i5 2430M, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-F23M1E/B
Core i5 2430M, 16.4", 3.1 kg
» Asus K53SV-SX126V
Core i5 2410M, 15.6", 2.7 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad Z570-M55B2GE
Core i7 2670QM, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Acer Aspire Ethos 5951G-2418G75Mnkk
Core i5 2410M, 15.6", 3.3 kg
» Samsung RF511-S03UK
Core i5 2430M, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Toshiba Satellite P775-S7368
Core i5 2430M, 17.3", 3 kg
» Acer Aspire 5750G-2434G64Mnkk
Core i5 2430M, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-F23Z1E/BI
Core i7 2670QM, 16.4", 3.2 kg
» Packard Bell EasyNote TS13HR-240GE
Core i5 2430M, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Acer Aspire 4752G-2432G75Mnkk
Core i5 2430M, 14.0", 2.8 kg
» Asus N73SV-DH72
Core i7 2630QM, 17.3", 3.4 kg
» Acer Aspire 5755G-9471
Core i7 2670QM, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad Z570-M556BGE
Core i7 2630QM, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Packard Bell EasyNote TS44-HR-205GE
Core i5 2430M, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Samsung RF511-S05PL
Core i7 2630QM, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Acer Aspire TimelineX 3830TG-2434G64N
Core i5 2430M, 13.3", 1.9 kg
» Acer Aspire TimelineX 5830TG-2434G12Mn
Core i5 2430M, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Acer Aspire 5830TG-6614
Core i5 2430M, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-F233FX/B
Core i7 2670QM, 16.4", 3.2 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2011-02-24 (Update: 2012-05-26)