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Sony Vaio VGN-AW11Z/B


Sony Vaio VGN-AW11Z/B
Sony Vaio VGN-AW11Z/B (Vaio VGN-AW Series)
Graphics adapter
18.40 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, glossy: yes
3.9 kg ( = 137.57 oz / 8.6 pounds), Power Supply: 0 g ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
1900 Euro



Average Score: 82% - good
Average of 5 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: 65%, performance: 72%, features: 65%, display: 67% mobility: 50%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-AW11Z/B

80% Sony VGN-AW11Z review
Source: The Insider English version
The Sony VGN-AW11Z is a great gaming option for those who fancy getting a bit of work done in between rounds. It’s not for hardcore gamers, but if you fancy a quick deathmatch at lunch you can do happily, before jumping back into video/photo editing mode, where the AW range excels. It’s also a great option if you ever fancy using it as a laptop and taking it out the house – it’s easily the most portable 18 inch model we’ve ever come across, and that’s saying something. The AW11Z may not play every game you want at the highest possible settings, but it will let you play them wherever.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/05/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 70% features: 80% workmanship: 100%
70% Sony Vaio AW11Z/B review
Source: Tech Advisor English version
The Sony Vaio AW11Z/B's design is simple - black with a silver trim in this case, with only the usual PC-laptop flair of logos spoiling it a little. We were very impressed with the great design of the Sony Vaio AW11Z/B and its relatively light weight meant it was practical to transport. You get a lot of laptop for your money, but we weren't convinced by the quality of the screen and found the overall performance mediocre.
70, Leistung 50, Display 40
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 50% display: 40%
80% Sony VAIO VGN-AW11Z/B review
Source: Techradar English version
A stylish high-end media system, offering power, comfort and high quality. The VAIO VGN-AW11Z/B (£1559 inc. VAT) is the mid-range model, offering enough features to keep most users entertained for years. The 18.4-inch screen is one of the best we've seen on any laptop, offering vivid colours. Blacks are also accurately dark. It's a Super-TFT panel, so there are some inevitable reflections in brighter conditions, but it's a price well worth paying. Photos and movies look stunning, with high-definition (HD) films in particular reproduced in their full glory. External displays can also easily be connected using the high-definition digital HDMI or analogue VGA ports. If you can afford the high price tag, the AW11Z/B is without peer. You'll find a perfect blend of performance and features, and the large screen makes the most of your HD movies.
80, Leistung 80, Display 80
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/12/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% display: 80%

Foreign Reviews

90% Eine Nummer größer
Source: Notebook / Organizer / Handy - 1-2/09 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 80% display: 80%
90% Sony VAIO VGN-AW11Z/B
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/13/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 50% mobility: 50% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 80%


NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT: Successor of the 8600M GT and because of the smaller 65nm production process the card is higher clocked (and therefore faster) with the same current consumption.Furthermore, it features an improved video processor (VP3) and HybridPower to save current (in conjunction with the 9100M G).

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.


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.

18.40": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

3.9 kg:

Only a few laptops are in this weight class because the mobility is rather limited due to the high weight. 

Sony: Sony Corporation is one of the largest Japanese electronics companies. The company was founded in 1946 under a different name and initially produced rice stoves. The company launched the first transistor radio. In 1958, the company was renamed Sony. Sony is a combination of the Latin word sonus (sound) and the English word sonny (little boy). Today, its core business is consumer electronics. The company is engaged in the development, design, manufacture and sale of electronic equipment, instruments, devices, game consoles and software. Sony operates in the following segments: Gaming and Network Services, Music, Images, Home Entertainment and Sound, Imaging Products and Solutions, Mobile Communications, Semiconductors, Financial Services and Others.

82%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.

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Stefan Hinum, 2008-11-13 (Update: 2012-05-26)