VAIO FE 14.1 VWNC51429-SL
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Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the VAIO FE 14.1 VWNC51429-SL
Vaio has updated its FE14 series with Intel Alder Lake-U options. Since the chassis remains unchanged year-over-year, some parts of the design are feeling outdated by today's high Ultrabook standards.
Source: PC Mag
We're all for democracy and happy to see more options for Walmart shoppers, but the VAIO FE 14.1 joins the superstore's budget-class Gateway and EVOO house brands instead of threatening Dell, Lenovo, or Acer. Nothing about it is bad enough to disqualify it from budget buyers' consideration, but it's up against some better-built, better-performing competitors, as well as some deeper-value models, such as the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/01/2022
Rating: Total score: 60%
Starting at $700 and topping out at $1,000, the Vaio FE14 is not cheap. It comes with some welcome features, like great port selection and a fingerprint sensor, but you can get laptops with a better display, better body sturdiness, and better performance in the same price range. The Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED is a fantastic laptop with performance rivaling thousand-dollar laptops, a well-built body, and a gorgeous OLED display for about $750 (and it’s been on sale for as low as $500!). The Acer Aspire 5 and Swift 3 are about on par with the Vaio FE14 for performance and body quality, but they’re much cheaper at about $500 and $650, respectively. The HP Envy 15 is another great option at about $700 thanks to its excellent touchscreen display, sleek metal chassis, and excellent performance—but you will have to settle for a smaller hard drive. If the Vaio FE14 were a couple of hundred dollars cheaper, it’d be an awesome laptop for the price. However, if it wants to compete against the midrange juggernauts like HP Envy and Asus Zenbook, it needs to step up its game.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/27/2022
Intel Iris Xe G7 80EUs: Integrated graphics card in Intel Tiger Lake G7 SoCs based on the new Gen. 12 architecture with 80 EUs (Execution Units / Shader Cluster). The clock rate depends on the processor model. The Tiger Lake chips are produced in the modern 10nm+ process at Intel.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i5-1235U: On Alder-Lake based mobile CPU with 2 performance cores and 8 efficient cores. The performance cores offer hyper threading, leading to 12 threads that can be processed. The CPU clocks from 0.9 to 4.4 GHz. The TDP is specified at 15 Watt.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
14 inch display size represents a middle ground between the small subnotebook formats and the screens of the standard 15 inch laptops.
The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, provides good resolutions with usable detail sizes, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact.
In the past, 14-inch devices were very rare, but now they are the standard for laptops after the 15-inchers.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
71%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.