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Sony Vaio FW21E

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      08.07.2009 20:02

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      Would not recommend, this computer has been problematic.

      The best features:
      -The screen is good enough, but I find it strange that it is advertised as having such an amazing screen given the fact that my last 5-year-old laptop had a higher resolution and sharper image. Fail.
      -While not extroidinarily so, this computer is fast. That is its best feature.
      -The second best feature is the battery life. I've never had a battery perform so well on a computer, I am very impressed by this!
      -Widescreen films fit the shape of the screen perfectly. On the other hand, things like Word look a bit scrunched up from top to bottom.

      The worst features:
      -The right-click mouse button NEVER worked. And I still haven't gotten around to getting it fixed.
      -This highlights another problem, all of the 3 USB ports are in a line on the right front side of the computer. Not a single one elsewhere! Meaning there is NO good place to plug in a mouse, since that is where your wrist goes! The only option was to invest in an expensive cordless mouse. It couldn't be a cheap one, because the bit that plugs into the computer stuck out so far, my wrist would snap it right off.
      -For a Sony laptop, I would have expected better sound quality as well. The speakers have a tin sound to them. My old HP had better sound quality, so I really notice the difference.
      -All the Sony Vaio software that came with the computer absolutely clogs the machine. Windows Live One Care is an extreme nuisance, blocking nearly every program on you computer, therefore causing you to have to make countless exceptions.
      -I was told Sony Vaio was a good brand, but I certainly have not had a good experience with mine. I'm sure one can find similar features in another computer for a similar price, perhaps it would be worth trying another brand or at least a different model.

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      01.02.2009 15:06
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      Go for gaming

      Sony Vaio FW21E
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      After Sony Camera review, the new review is on Sony notebook that can attract you for gaming purpose. Let's discuss about Sony Vaio FW21E, the new diamond from the treasure of Sony Vaio. Vaio series are very popular due to its attractive design and now Sony is trying to give high configuration to almost all models. So every notebook which is coming from Sony has good configured features so that they can be our choice.
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      The notebook
      This notebook is completely dominated to gaming world so that it has all important feature, which is required to play any game. First of all the important feature that I want to say that, this notebook had screen size is about 16.4" TFT, with 1600 x 900 ( WXGA++ ) resolution. The complete widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9. We have seen that maximum wide screen support is comes in this ratio so that Sony have decided to provide complete widescreen for gaming world. Previously we had all notebooks in 17" display size as for gaming purpose but this rule was broken by Sony.
      The size of this notebook is lightly larger than popular 15.4" category notebooks due to its larger display and features. Notebook has approximately 3Kg of total weight and this is also slightly higher. This notebook is not meant for easily mobility but for gaming lovers it is possible with slightly more effort, hahaha. Enjoy it with your burning desire.
      The processor is a mind of any notebook and this one also has good mind with Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 the P series dual core technology processor with 2.26 GHz of total clock speed. Front side data bus speed is about 1066 MHz, and this is the main advanced feature in P series processors as they are providing good data transfer speed with enhanced data bus speed. Second important feature for any processor is its L2 cache size, cache memory is required for temporary data storage and there is about 3 MB of L2 cache size for this processor. 3MB cache size is considered well enough for notebooks. Over all this processor is a good adequate fast speed processor for notebooks.
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      Memory size is a next important requirement with good processor to provide enough processing speed. There are no mean of having good processor with good memory size and there are no mean of having good capacity memory without good processor. So these two features have closed link with each other.

      And this notebook has excellent 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM with 800 MHz of speed. What Sony can provide for better performance, that is here. 4GB Ram with 800 MHz speed is good enough for any kind of modern applications and games. Internal data storage capacity of this notebook is also good enough with 320 GB of total capacity hard disk drive. The best capacity available for notebooks.
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      Graphics memory
      Next point that must for any high configured notebook is its graphics memory. Graphics memory is more important because without this we can't thrill with smooth gaming and we can't access heavy application. So consider it also as main priority. This notebook has good but not best, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 graphics card with dedicated 256 MB of total graphics memory. This memory is good for almost all important games and applications but if you are planning to buy it for applications like 3ds max and heavy graphics designing and 3D applications, than it will provide average performance. There are not such best notebook available for these applications as they require heavy graphics memory and it is only possible in personally configured desktop PCs. Battery life is an average with about 3 hours of back-up and over all this notebook is excellent for thrilled gaming experience.

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  • Product Details

    The smooth, curved lines of the VAIO FW series notebook are as functional as they are attractive. From the iconic cylindrical hinge to the sloping bezel where the keyboard meets the display, every last inch of this notebook is designed to maximize viewing area while minimizing size. It is an innovative PC with a 16.4" LCD that combines all the benefits of a 17" widescreen display with the dimensions or "footprint" of a smaller 15.4" model.

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    Product Description: Sony VAIO FW Series VGN-FW21E - 16.4" - Core 2 Duo P8400 - Vista Home Premium - 4 GB RAM - 320 GB HDD
    System Type: Notebook
    Operating System: Vista Home Premium - English
    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 / 2.26 GHz / 3 MB Cache
    Memory: 4 GB DDR2
    Storage: 320 GB HDD / 5400 rpm
    Optical Drive: DVD SuperMulti DL / Blu-ray
    Display: 16.4" X-black 1600 x 900 / HD+
    Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 - 256 MB
    Networking: 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft), Bluetooth 2.1 EDR , Gigabit Ethernet , fax / modem
    Battery: Up to 3.7 hours
    Colour: Silver
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 38.4 cm x 26.1 cm x 3.7 cm
    Weight: 3.1 kg
    Localisation: English / United Kingdom
    Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty
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