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Sony Vaio VPC-W Series

Sony Vaio VPC-W21C7E/GProcessor: Intel Atom N270, Intel Atom N280, Intel Atom N450, Intel Atom N470
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 10.1 inch
Weight: 1.1kg, 1.125kg, 1.2kg, 1.25kg, 2.2kg
Price: 350, 399, 400, 500 euro
Average Score: 67.4% - average
Average of 20 scores (from 23 reviews)
price: 69%, performance: 55%, features: 68%, display: 72%
mobility: 79%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 68%, emissions: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VPC-W11S1E/T

Specifications

Sony Vaio VPC-W11S1E/TNotebook: Sony Vaio VPC-W11S1E/T
Processor: Intel Atom N280
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 10.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 500 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 67.5% - average
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

67% Sony Vaio Mini W series (VPCW11S1E) review
Source: CNet English
If the high-resolution display is worth the premium price to you, the Sony Vaio Mini W series VPCW11S1E is one of the better netbook packages out there. But the same basic combination of an Intel Atom N280 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive and Windows XP is definitely available for less. Dell's less snazzy-looking Inspiron Mini 10 can also be outfitted with a similar high-definition display for around the same price, and offers more configuration flexibility. 
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 67%
70% Sony VAIO VPC-W11S1E review
Source: Techradar English

Will Sony's VAIO W series netbooks fill the hole that the VAIO P didn't? It has taken Sony a long time to release its first netbook and the result is the VAIO VPC-W11S1E/W. The standout feature is its 10.1-inch screen. The 1366 x 768-pixel resolution is the sharpest we've seen on a panel of this size. Image quality is truly stunning with fantastic colour and contrast.

The Sony VAIO Mini W doesn't disappoint. It's a great little machine that's very intuitive to use and, if you're not put off by the price tag, ranks among the best models on the market.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/25/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
60% Sony VAIO VPC-W11S1E/T
Source: Pocket Lint English
With a price that puts it at the top of the netbook market, the VAIO W had to be good. It is, but it could quite easily have been a lot better. Most disappointing is the battery life, and with rivals offering up to 8 or 9 hours between charges, it’s difficult to recommend this machine as a tool to work with when away from the office. If you’re just after a netbook for the daily commute, however, and battery life or price isn’t an issue, then it’s easy to like the VAIO W. The screen is simply stunning, and the design puts most other netbooks to shame.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
73% Sony Vaio W11
Source: Connect - 11/2009 German
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 73% performance: 80% features: 65% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 82%

 

Sony Vaio VPC-W11XX

Specifications

Sony Vaio VPC-W11XXNotebook: Sony Vaio VPC-W11XX
Processor: Intel Atom N280
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 10.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.25kg
Price: 400 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 55% - poor
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

60% Sony VAIO W Series Eco Edition
Source: Laptop Mag English
Sony’s latest netbook sports an eco-friendly design and parent-friendly software, but we wish it had a larger keyboard. Starting at $480, the Sony VAIO W Eco Edition is near the top of the netbook pricing curve. It’s more expensive than the three leading Pine Trail netbooks—the ASUS Eee PC 1005PE-P ($379), HP Mini 5102 ($424), and Toshiba mini NB305 ($399)—yet doesn’t stand out in the areas that matter most: battery life, keyboard, and overall performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/02/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
50% Sony VAIO VPC-W11XX
Source: PC Mag English
Despite all the tell-tale signs that point to one—an Atom processor, small screen, and an undersized keyboard—Sony refused to call the LifeStyle PC a netbook. So officially, the company never launched one. But after watching this diminutive category seduce one laptop manufacturer after another, Sony couldn't help but fall weak at the knees, too. Although the high screen resolution and design work in its favor, the Sony VAIO VPC-W11XX netbook has too many drawbacks to fit in to this crowded space
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/12/2009
Rating: Total score: 50%

 

Sony Vaio VPC-W111XX

Specifications

Sony Vaio VPC-W111XXNotebook: Sony Vaio VPC-W111XX
Processor: Intel Atom N280
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 10.1 inch, 10:6, 1024x600 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 400 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 53.5% - poor
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

40% Sony VAIO W VPCW111XX/W 10.1-inch Netbook Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Sony's VAIO W is certainly a lot more affordable than their original P series netbook, but at $500 the system is still too expensive for the features that it carries. Sure, it has features such as 802.11n and Bluetooth but the main reason to look at this netbook is the 10.1-inch screen with its very high resolution and bright and colorful rendering. Of course, the glossy coating makes it hard to use and the keyboard is smaller than it could be. Sony really needs to reconsider its price or improve the design as there are better overall choices.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/27/2009
Rating: Total score: 40%
67% Sony VAIO W111XX (brown)
Source: CNet English
Sony's first foray in to the world of Atom-powered laptops was the Vaio P-series Lifestyle PC, which sported a unique miniaturized design (about the same footprint as a standard business envelope), but was hampered by input issues (no touch pad), and the use of Windows Vista as its OS. Attempting to create a premium-priced version of a Netbook, Sony has added an HD display to the Vaio W. It's an attractive step-up package, but the internal components are the same as are in cheaper models.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/24/2009
Rating: Total score: 67% performance: 70% features: 80% mobility: 50%

 

Sony Vaio VPCW12S1E

Specifications

Sony Vaio VPCW12S1ENotebook: Sony Vaio VPCW12S1E
Processor: Intel Atom N270
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
Display: 10.1 inch, 16:9, 1024x600 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 400 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 60% - poor
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

60% Sony Vaio VPCW12S1E
Source: Digital Versus English
Sony has taken quite some time to get stuck in to the netbook market. With plenty of competition out there, an impressive showing is needed to mark yourself out from other models. A nice looker this W12, however looks aren’t everything and it’s a shame that Sony didn’t go for better components. Moreover, the 6-cell battery sticks out quite a bit, which may be problematic when carrying it around.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/15/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%

 

Sony VAIO VPC-W211AX/W

Specifications

Sony VAIO VPC-W211AX/WNotebook: Sony VAIO VPC-W211AX/W
Processor: Intel Atom N450
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
Display: 10.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2.2kg
Price: 350 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 60% - poor
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

Sony Vaio W Eco Series Review
Source: Notebooks.com English
The Sony Vaio W is a capable netbook that gives users an attractive visual package with good specs, performance and battery life while offering a greener computing alternative. The higher price may be tough for some users to swallow, but it’s a premium paid for a green product and for what you get it isn’t a bad deal. Personally I couldn’t get over the keyboard issue, but if you can handle the keyboard key sizes and the other minor issues the Sony Vaio W Eco Series is a well equipped machine that provides a green computing experience.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/11/2010
Rating: price: 70% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 80%
60% Sony VAIO VPC-W211AX/W 10.1-inch Netbook PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Sony's updated VAIO W netbook changes very little from their initial model. It uses the new Intel Atom N450 processor and GMA 3150 graphics but nothing else has really changed. It now comes with a 6-cell battery standard that helps it run longer but still average for the new class of netbooks. The display stays the same and will be the biggest draw. The flaws still exist from the original release though including a high price, small keyboard and only two USB ports.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/27/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%

 

Sony Vaio VPCW12S1R

Specifications

Sony Vaio VPCW12S1RNotebook: Sony Vaio VPCW12S1R
Processor: Intel Atom N280
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 10.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.1kg
Price: 500 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 77.67% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

79% Sony VAIO W Series Imperial Lime Edition
Source: Computer Shopper English
As 2010 rolls on, netbook prices keep dropping. These days, we're surprised when we see a model with a price that much exceeds $450. Sony's Billabong-designed netbook stands apart from the 2010 pack with a high-res screen and a wild design. At $499, though, it's a good buy only if you're smitten with the look.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 79%
88% XP oder Win7? Netbooks im Test
Source: PC Praxis - 1/10 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 70%
66% Обзор нетбуков Sony серии W-серии (W12S1R)
Source: Retera RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/04/2010
Rating: Total score: 66% performance: 22% display: 58% mobility: 65% emissions: 61%

 

Sony Vaio VPCW21M2E/WI

Specifications

Sony Vaio VPCW21M2E/WINotebook: Sony Vaio VPCW21M2E/WI
Processor: Intel Atom N450
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
Display: 10.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 500 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 69.75% - average
Average of 4 scores (from 7 reviews)

 

75% Sony Vaio VPCW21M2E
Source: Chip.de - 10/10 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 54% features: 67% display: 77% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 72%
Sony-Netbook mit Öko-Anspruch: Vaio VPCW21M2E
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/02/2010
Rating: performance: 70% mobility: 80%
60% Sony Vaio VPCW21M2E/WI im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/12/2010
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 75%
Das zweite Atom-Zeitalter
Source: c't - 8/10 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 04/01/2010
Rating: performance: 35% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 40% emissions: 80%
84% Netbooks 2.0: Neu, aber lahm
Source: PC Praxis - 4/10 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 60%
60% Sony Vaio VPCW21-M2E
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/11/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
Sony VAIO W21 netbook teszt
Source: Geeks.hu HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/28/2010

 

Sony Vaio VPCW21BAGZ

Specifications

Sony Vaio VPCW21BAGZNotebook: Sony Vaio VPCW21BAGZ
Processor: Intel Atom N470
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
Display: 10.1 inch, 16:9, 1024x600 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 500 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 70% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

70% Sony VAIO VPCW21BAGZ netbook
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Sony has splashed the VAIO VPCW21BAGZ netbook with a Billabong theme, but it's the netbook's high resolution screen, good build quality and adequate performance that should win the most praise. The slightly cramped keyboard and poor battery life are downsides, but the VAIO VPCW21BAGZ remains a decent option if you're after a netbook for basic tasks.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%

 

Sony Vaio VPC-W21C7E/G

Specifications

Sony Vaio VPC-W21C7E/GNotebook: Sony Vaio VPC-W21C7E/G
Processor: Intel Atom N470
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
Display: 10.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.125kg
Price: 399 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

79% Review Sony Vaio VPC-W21C7E/G Netbook | Notebookcheck
Surfer Boy. Sony wants to prove that netbooks don't always have to be made of small, unsightly cases with the VAIO W21C7E netbook designed by Billabong. We'll find out if the netbook's price is justified, or if you're only paying for the name in our review.
80% Test Sony Vaio VPC-W21C7E/G Netbook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/21/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 45% display: 80% mobility: 88% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 72% emissions: 88%

 

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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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Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on Mobile Intel 945GM chipset. It is a faster clocked version of the GMA 900 and supports no hardware T&L (Transform & Lightning) accelleration (which is required for some games).

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip with shared memory on Mobile Intel 915GM chipset. It is the predecessor of Graphics Media Accelerator 950. The performance can be compared with the Mobile Radeon 9000 (with a 64 bit memory bus).

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150: Integrated (shared memory) graphics card in the intel Atom N4xx CPUs. Minimally faster than an old GMA 950 and therefore not suited for 3D games or HD videos (only MPEG2 acceleration).

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).

N280:

Power efficient, cheap and slow Netbook single core CPU. Because of the in-order execution, the performance per MHz is worse than Core Solo or Celeron M processors. Compared to the N270, the N280 is only minimally higher clocked and offers a higher FSB.

N270:

Power efficient, cheap and slow Netbook single core CPU. Because of the in-order execution, the performance per MHz is worse than Core Solo or Celeron M processors.

N450:

Intel Atom CPU for Netbooks with integrated memory controller and GMA 3150 GPU. The performance of the system should be only minimally faster than the previous Atom N280 / GMA 950 combination.

N470: Upcoming Atom CPU for Netbooks with integrated memory controller and GMA 3150 GPU. The performance of the CPU should be compareable to a Atom Z450 with 1.86 GHz and about 5-10% above the N450.


10.1: The netbook/subnotebook has a quite small display format. Nonetheless, it is a common format for netbooks. The advantage is, that the subnotebook/netbook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display has the advantage, that it needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes. It is difficult to use high resolutions.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.1 kg:

This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

2.2 kg:

These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 13 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


67.4%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

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

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Toshiba NB520-10P
Atom N570, 1.3 kg
» MSI Wind U135DX-4615W7
Atom N455, 1.3 kg
» HP Compaq Mini CQ10-688NR
Atom N455, 1.4 kg
» Toshiba NB520-10U
Atom N570, 1.3 kg
» Asus Eee PC X101H-WHI024G
Atom N455, 1 kg
» Samsung NC110-AM4UK
Atom N550, 1.3 kg
» Gigabyte T1005M-CF1
Atom N550, 1.5 kg
» Samsung NS310
Atom N550, 1 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad S100
Atom N455, 1.3 kg
» Asus Eee PC R011PX
Atom N455, 1.1 kg
» Samsung NC10-JP05DE
Atom N455, 1.2 kg
» Samsung N148-DP05IN
Atom N455, 1.2 kg
» Samsung NC110-A03
Atom N570, 1.2 kg
» Gateway LT2085u
Atom N570, 1 kg
» Asus Eee PC X101-WHI018G
Atom N435, 0.9 kg
» HP Mini 210-3022sf
Atom N570, 1.35 kg
» Gigabyte S1080
Atom N570, 0.85 kg
» Acer Aspire One Happy 2
Atom N570, 1.3 kg
» Samsung NC210-A01PL
Atom N455, 1.2 kg
» Acer Aspire One D257-N57DQrr
Atom N570, 1.3 kg
» HP Mini 110-3652sf
Atom N455, 1.3 kg
» Samsung NS310-A01UK
Atom N550, 1.3 kg
» Toshiba NB520-10H
Atom N550, 1.3 kg
» Medion Akoya E1228
Atom N570, 1.25 kg
» Acer Aspire One D257
Atom N455, 1.1 kg
» Samsung NC210-A02FR
Atom N550, 1.2 kg
» Advent Zuni
Atom N455, 1.2 kg
» Samsung NC110-AM1UK
Atom N550, 1.3 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-08-29 (Update: 2012-05-26)