Having bought this laptop as a replacement for my Sony Vaio VGN-AR31M I was left feeling somewhat disappointed to begin with. The main cause for this was the fan noise. My previous Vaio is almost silent in comparison. Admittedly the Intel Core i7 processors do run hotter than core 2 duos, but I would have thought Sony would have given some customisation of the fan settings. However, I did get used to the noise after a while - except when CPU intensive applications are running, then it's just horrible.
On the plus side the F11S1E is laid out pretty well. There are 3 USB ports, 2 on the right side near the front and 1 on the left hand side combined with the eSATA port. The port on the left is very useful if you use this laptop with a USB mouse as devices plugged into the right hand side ports can sometimes get in the way. The keyboard's keys seem robust and are individually framed. The keyboard also has its own separate numeric pad.
The 1920 x 1080 screen resolution, in my opinion, is great. It's perfect for image editing. A potential downside to the screen is the matt finish. A glossy display seems to make the display just that bit crisper than the matt ones. The display has an automatic brightness adjustment feature (sensor next to the Numlock indicator) which is okay, but can be easily disabled if needed. There is also a button to switch off the display's backlight in order to save power when not in use.
Within a day of getting my hands on the laptop I had formatted the HDD, repartitioned it and put Windows 7 Pro 64 on there. I can't stand it when companies pre-load 3rd Party software :-). All of the drivers and updates were easily accessible from the Sony Vaio site.
The 500GB HDD should provide ample storage for most users. This was the lowest rated system component at 5.9 when using the Windows Experience Index. Full results below.
If you are using Windows Vista then you will probably be very pleased with Windows 7. It's just so much better than its predecessor!!
I bought this Laptop from an Internet site and have not been disappointed. There is plenty of space for storing all the files that you want, from Word Documents and Excel sheets (making it very useful for anyone who is self employed and keeps documents for work, whilst needing to use it whilst out), to medial files such as downloaded Films, music and photos. The computer itself loads quickly and processes quickly. The DVD player is certainly very reliable, and the Wireless Internet has no problems in picking up the Internet Connection. Easy to use and smart as well as very reliable. Even the instruction manual is easy to use, whether is it the easy Set-Up or the full Instructions. The only small problem with anything that Sony make is that as soon as you buy something as good as this, they usually bring out something even better as quickly as they can. Also, make sure you shop around for a good price, because they can vary a lot depending on whether you use an internet site or a electrics shop.
Sony VAIO's are in my opinion the best looking Windows laptops around and the Sony Vaio F Series is no different. Its 16:9 screen ratio features a maximum resolution of 1920x1080 which makes watching Hi Definition movies a joy. The laptop also features a blu-ray disc drive so those with a large library of blu-ray media will be able to make full use of the screen.
The included 500 GB hard drive is spacious enough for thousands of movies, pictures with plenty of room left over for any games you wish to install. Gaming is made even easier with the onboard NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 1GB graphics card, fast enough to run all the newest games, albeit not at the HD resolution the screen brags.
Other features are a 0.3 mega pixel webcam, Chiclet keyboard, Bluetooth support, 4gb ram, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and a Intel Core i5 520M 2.4 GHz. It's rated as having a 3.2 hour battery life but with heavy use I get around 2.6 hours. It could be cheaper as there are now similar laptops around more less but you do end up paying for the brand. Either way it's a great laptop and I fully recommend it if you can afford the slight premium it has.