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Please take this review for what it is and do not expect great big explanations on the technical aspects of this laptop as I am no expert.
I have needed a new laptop for some time now and I knew if I was to go and choose my own it would simply boil down to which one looked the best or which one I was conned into buying by a pushy salesman so I took my son who could out fox any PC salesman with his IT knowledge.
My son knows what I need my laptop for and he knows that my grandkids like to play games on it and so he knew what direction to point me in and although he pointed out much cheaper options that would do, we decided between us as I had the money I would go for the outstanding Sony Vaio FZ11.
Sony make awesome laptops just as they make awesome TV`s and other electrical goods and with Sony you always get good looks as well as good quality and top specs.
Although Sony make laptops with anything up to a 20 inch screen I decided on the more modest 15.4 inch screen as it really was all I needed and it makes the laptop a bit more portable in my opinion.
The screen offers very clear crisp images whether it be for everyday internet usage or for the high demand games my grandkids play on it when visiting, the grandkids were so impressed with the new laptop (jealous even)!!
The screen is also HD so great for watching HD DVD`s on which I do regularly if my good lady wife is watching her terrible soaps of an evening. The specs of this brilliant laptop make it more than capable of coping with anything I will ever ask of it and much, much more.
My desktop PC will not run many of my grandkids games even though it is only a couple of years old but this Sony FZ11 has no troubles with them whatsoever.
The keys on it are very quiet when typing as I am doing on it right now and they also feel very strong and not flimsy like some of the keypads I tried on other laptops or indeed the ones on my own old laptop, so Quality wise over all I am very impressed with the looks, build and the operation of this laptop.
Clock speed 1.8 GHz
Processor type Core 2 Duo T7100
Processor manufacturer Intel
RAM installed 2048 MB
RAM technology DDR2-667MHz
Storage Hard Drive:
Hard drive type Fujitsu MHW2120BH
Hard drive size 120 GB
Graphics processor Nvidia GeForce Go 8400 GT
Video outputs D-Sub, HDMI, S-Video
Soundcard Intel High Definition Audio
Built-in speakers Yes
There is obviously many more specs but I have listed only the most important as I do not want the review to turn into a list. Overall this laptop is ideal for general users right through to gamers and the likes.
The laptop comes with Adobe PhotoShop Elements which is a high demand programme and although I have not used it yet myself, my son assures me that it worked perfectly and did not slow the laptop down even when listening to music at the same time.
The other installed software you get with the Sony FZ11 is the windows Vista home premium operating system and Adobe Premiere Elements; Vaio Edit Components; Vaio Photo & Video Suite; WinDVD for Vaio.
I have to say the only thing I have used out of those other than the operating system obviously is WinDVD which is a great tool for watching DVD`s through rather than windows media player.
Battery life is another big thing when buying a laptop and although the battery in this does not give you the four hours useage that the guy instore said it would it dos come close at about three and a half hours and it has a very quick recharge time which for such a small battery designed to fit such a small and slim laptop I thought was pretty good!
I would have no problems recommending this laptop to anyone whatever their needs are and even though the price tag is a whopping £800, it is still for me worth every penny, it just looks and feels so much more pleasing than any of the cheaper options I viewed and even though the same specs could be found for almost £200 less it had to be the Sony for me!
The thin-and-light VAIO FZ notebooks are ideal for professionals who spend their time both in and out of the office. With its slight and sturdy casing, robust processor and advanced wireless technology, this notebook has the performance and mobility features you need to stay productive.
The thin-and-light VAIO FZ notebooks pack big power into a small, portable and durable magnesium alloy chassis. The VAIO FZ series is designed to maximize LCD space with advanced space-saving engineering techniques implemented throughout the chassis, including a reconfigured battery and motherboard design. The result is a brilliant 15.4" widescreen display in the body of a portable, thin-and-light notebook.