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Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z1E/BI


Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z1E/BI
Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z1E/BI (Vaio VPC-F Series)
Intel Core i7-740QM 4 x 1.7 - 2.9 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M - 1024 MB VRAM, Core: 575 MHz, Memory: 790 MHz, DDR3, 189.25
8 GB 
, PC3-10700
16.40 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, AR coated, glossy: no
Intel PM55
Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500420AS, 500 GB 
, 7200 rpm
Nvidia GT216 High Definition Audio Controller
1 Express Card 34mm, 3 USB 2.0, 1 Firewire, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: SPDIF, line-out, microphone, Card Reader: Memory Stick PRO-HG, SD
Marvell Yukon 88E8057 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit/s), Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 AGN (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Optical drive
Optiarc BD RW BD-5730S6
height x width x depth (in mm): 41 x 387.2 x 263 ( = 1.61 x 15.24 x 10.35 in)
54 Wh Lithium-Ion, 5000mAh VGP-BPS21A
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Webcam: 0.3MP 640x480 VGA
Additional features
MusicStation, VAIO Media Plus, Update, Smart Network, PMB VAIO Edition, 24 Months Warranty
3.118 kg ( = 109.98 oz / 6.87 pounds), Power Supply: 391 g ( = 13.79 oz / 0.86 pounds)
1699 Euro



Average Score: 83% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 85%, features: 80%, display: 92% mobility: 69%, workmanship: 86%, ergonomy: 87%, emissions: 74%

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z1E/BI

81% Review Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z Notebook | Notebookcheck
Quad-Studio. You want to render videos, manipulate pictures or simply enjoy Blu-Rays in Full HD, just like that? You can make yourself comfortable on charming leather with the Vaio F Series' premium model. The fan is still regrettably a problem.
85% Test Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/27/2010
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 90% display: 98% mobility: 69% workmanship: 86% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 75%
Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z1E/BI
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN version
Performance and workmanship good, disturbing fan, short battery runtime
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/05/2010
Rating: performance: 80% ergonomy: 80%


NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M: The Nvidia GeForce GT 330M is the successor of the GT 230M and technically just a slightly higher clocked GT 240M (but it should still maintain the power envelope of the GT 230M as the naming suggests).

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 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.  


The Core i7-740QM is a high-end quad-core CPU for laptops (in 2010) with a relative small base clock rate and a high Turbo Boost max frequency of 2.93 GHz (for one core). Therefore, it combines the advantages of a slow clocked quad core CPU with a fast single core one. Compared to the faster Core i7 mobile CPUs, the 740QM only features 6MB L3 Cache.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This range for display formats was and is a rarity. It is larger than the general standard of 15 inches, but not yet in the range of large workstations. One usually has higher screen resolutions available, but portability suffers from that.

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

3.118 kg:

A laptop with this weight is comparatively heavy and less designed for mobility than for use at the desk. Therefore, the devices tend to shine less with battery life than with a large screen and higher performance.

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.

83%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.

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


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Stefan Hinum, 2010-09-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)