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Sony Vaio FS415E

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      28.02.2007 15:23
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      I cannot recommend this laptop highly enough

      ~ Background Info~
      I have owned three laptops within the last 5 years. All were purchased with a budget ( £699 or under ) in mind. I have had the misfortune of owning a Toshiba Equium L10 and the fortune of owning the Sony Vaio FS-415e.

      ~Product Description~

      ~Case:
      The FS-415e features a metallic scratch proof magnesium case that offers as much pleasure as it does confidence through sturdiness. The scratch proof properties of the magnesium mean that the case looks good as new months after the purchase date.
      ~Screen:
      The 15.4" LCD displays uses Sonys X-Black technology. This provides an outstanding visual experience. Colour contrast & brightness when watching movies are faultless.
      ~Keyboard/Touch pad:
      Response from the touch pad and the "feel" from the keyboard are excellent. The heavy metal touch pad buttons are a welcome change from the unresponsive plastic alternatives found on other budget laptops.

      ~Add. Observations~

      ~Fan Noise:
      What I liked most about this product was the ultra quiet cooling fan which rarely, if ever, became noticeable. The ventilation vents can be found along the back, behind the LCD display, so overheating is not an issue. Some laptop manufacturers tend to place the fan vent at the bottom, leaving the laptop prone to overheating. Not this one though.
      ~Operation Speed:
      The FS-415e Celeron M processor, coupled with the 512 MB of RAM, coped fine with Photoshop CS2 photo editing software but did have a hard time running video editing software. Fine for word processing.
      ~ Battery Life:
      The battery in the VAIO is excellent. When simply using it to type up a report I was able to get 3hrs of cable free use from the laptop. When the wireless was turned on this time did drop by an hour, though this is actually very respectable for any laptop.

      ~Conclusion~
      If you are considering buying a budget laptop, or simply wish to purchase your first VAIO, I cannot recommend this laptop highly enough. Its build quality, ease of use & features all scream high quality. This is the laptop that converted me to VAIOs for good.

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    • Product Details

      Sony VAIO FS Series is a super slim widescreen notebook that offers true mobility with the Centrino platform and Wireless LAN for mobile connectivity.

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      Product Description: Sony VAIO VGN-FS415E - Celeron M 390 1.7 GHz - 15.4" TFT
      Dimensions (WxDxH): 36.4 cm x 26.5 cm x 3.6 cm
      Weight: 2.9 kg
      System Type: Notebook
      Built-in Devices: Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial
      Processor: Intel Celeron M 390 / 1.7 GHz
      Cache Memory: 1 MB - L2 Cache
      RAM: 512 MB (installed) / 2 GB (max) - DDR2 SDRAM - 533 MHz - PC2-3200
      Card Reader: Yes
      Hard Drive: 80 GB - 4200 rpm
      Optical Storage: DVD±RW (±R DL) - integrated
      Display: 15.4" TFT 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
      Graphics Controller: Intel GMA 900 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0
      Audio Output: Sound card
      Telecom: Fax / modem - 56 Kbps
      Networking: Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
      Input Device: Touchpad, keypad
      Battery: Lithium Ion
      Run Time (Up To): 2.7 hour(s)
      Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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