I’ve been using the sony vaio pcg fx209k for quite some time now. The first thing that put me off was the price that I got it. Im not one to complain but I honestly thought I would get more for the price that I was buying it. With that said, it has its pros but I just think that it is too expensive. It looks almost like the previous vaio pcg fx109k. its cpu is on 1ghz Pentium III so it makes it fairly fast in my opinion. Its ram memory is 128mb and the hard disk drive is 30gb.
So with these specs, you know what to really expect. If your goal is to deal with heavy files like high quality videos, I guess you will quickly run out of space. The battery runs out quickly between two and half to three hours tops so you constantly have to keep it in charge if you don’t want to be interrupted while doing important work. There are two USB ports on the sides. No HDMI and SD card jacks which can be a downer some times. If you are an high end gamer, I would not recommend this system because the processor can not really take it. Trust me I have tried it. For the networking aspect, it has IEEE 1394 which takes care of that need very nicely. The weight of the system is also something of a concern if you are the type that does not like to carry heavy loads around. Seems all I have to say about this system are all its cons, but for the speed. In conclusion, in this time and age, if you are looking for a system to fulfill heavy files and system for high end gaming, then from my experience and in my opinion, not this one.
The VAIO PCG-FX109K's term as the flagship of Sony's notebook range has ended, the new PCG-FX209K stepping in to take its place. This 1GHz desktop replacement system is more powerful than portable, and shares most of its predecessor's looks.
The FX209K is a fast system, thanks to the 1GHz Mobile Pentium III processor tucked inside the black and blue magnesium alloy/plastic chassis, but the components installed alongside are less impressive in a system designed for digital video/audio convergence. The 128MB of SDRAM seems a little miserly, while the 30GB IBM hard disk drive could be larger (and faster) if you're going do a lot of video editing.
The 15in. TFT display is large, but it suffers from some of the faults that occur when you attempt to make a 1,400 by 1,050 LCD portable. Curtaining is visible across the bottom of the screen, and there are uniformity errors where the panel is clamped at the edges. We were also disappointed to find a stuck pixel at the left-hand edge of the screen. You can drive a second monitor from the FX209K's rear VGA port, and there's also a TV-out port that's useful for displaying video or viewing DVD movies.
An integrated DVD/CD-RW combo drive is included, which provides a removable storage medium and allows you to playback DVD movies without having to swap drives. The floppy drive on the right-hand side is removable, which is convenient as the FX209K is a cumbersome device, weighing 3.5kg with one battery and the floppy drive fitted, or 3.3kg with the floppy drive replaced by a weight saver.
As you'd expect from a VAIO, the FX209K features an i.LINK (IEEE 1394) port, which provides a high-speed 400Mbit/s connection for external hard disks, networking or, primarily, digital video equipment. Sony has installed its usual raft of (frankly hit-and-miss) A/V utilities, but has also included Adobe Premiere 5.1 LE, along with a digital video plug-in for capturing and editing raw DV footage via i.LINK. The FX209K has no dedicated video processing hardware, but the 1GHz processor certainly helps to reduce the time taken to process special effects and render video streams in Premiere.
At just short of two and a half hours, the battery life of this Windows 2000-based system is pretty much what you'd expect -- which is to say, not particularly impressive. You can push it a little further with power management, but if it's still not enough, you'll need to fit a second battery in place of the floppy disk drive. Two Type II PC Card slots are included, as well as a built-in Conexant-Ambit V.90 56Kbit/s modem and Intel Pro 100 Ethernet controller. You also get two USB ports, but no Memory Stick slot, PS/2 or infrared port.