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Sony Vaio W Series VPC-W11S1E/W - A.K.A. The Notebook
The notebook looks very stylish. Completely white with the Vaio logo on the lid. The keyboard is silver. That is it in a nutshell, not much more to say.
Size - The dimensions of the Notebook are -
Depth - 179.6mm
Width - 267.8mm
Height - 32.4mm
Weight - 1.19kg
Display - 10.1 Inches
Portability - Obviously, one of the main designs for notebooks is being portable. Designed for people who are on the move and do not want to lug around a full sized laptop. Be it students, businessmen or people with a generally busy lifestyle. The Sony Vaio, fulfills this purpose ideally. Being so light and small and coming with its own protective bag, it means it can be transported within most bags. Although I would still recommend purchasing a laptop bag for extra protection.
Features - It has a built in webcam in the middle/top of the notebook lid. The quality is not amazing, but adequate. It also has a built in microphone. Both of these features can be used on instant messengers and skype, for chat.
Sound - The volume limit on the notebook is very low. Obviously using it for media purposes is not a priority in its design. However, it seems as if the volume limit is extremely low. This is not a major issue, as I mentioned. The main purpose is not for media usage.
Battery Life - The battery life is not the best feature of the notebook. As has been discussed in other reviews. Obviously the battery life depends on the usage of the notebook, if you are using it to watch videos/listen to music or other media usages then it will be shorter than internet browsing or using office applications. The standard battery life is stated as 2.7 hours around 165 minutes.
Disc Drive (Lack of) - Being a notebook, the Vaio doesn't have a disc drive. This was an issue at first, and to an extent still is. It took a while for me to remember it won't take a disc. This means the installation of software can be very difficult. Alot of suppliers these days offer an online downloading service. I used one of these to download Microsoft Office recently for £35.00 on special offer. You can buy an external drive if you are desperate, but these can cost an extra £40 or so.
Here is some boring, but important information:
Intel® AtomTM Processor N280 with Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology
Processor Speed (GHz)
L2 Cache (KB)
Frontside Bus (MHz)
Number of Cores
Memory Size (GB)
Memory Speed (MHz)
DDR2 SDRAM (1x1GB)
Max. Supported Memory (GB)
Thats enough. If you want to know more, here is the website:
(I'm not sure what all of that means, but there is a gloassary on the Sony website link.)
Built in wireless connector
2 USB ports
In-built McAfee internet security suite
The price I paid for the Vaio was £299.99 from my local Comet. I shopped around and all retailers seemed to be around this mark. It is always best to compare suppliers to see if you can find a better price elsewhere. For example, buying direct from a Sony Centre will cost you around £350.
Overall I would say that the notebook serves its purpose well. To be a small, portable and stylish device, still keeping a good amount of features. It works well at all times, however, can slow up considerably when a lot of windows are open and it is restarted, although this does happen with most laptops.
Personally, I think that this is a very good notebook and would recommend it to anyone looking to buy this, or something similar. It has all the features needed, looks good and is reasonably priced