Sony VAIO F Series

  • 16.4"
  • 1.73 GHz Quad core
  • 4 GB
  • 500 GB HDD
Released September, 2010
Right now, the technology is being embedded into select Sony notebooks and cameras, so one could take advantage of TransferJet by either touching two such digital cameras together or, as in this case of the VAIO F Series, placing a TransferJet camera on top of a similarly equipped VAIO laptop.
by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)

Conclusion Check out the Sony VAIO F Series

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Sony VAIO F Series

Front view of Sony VAIO F Series
When we watched Iron Man on Blu-ray, details such as the flames in explosions looked crisp.
by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)

screen size

16.4"
18.4"
15.4"
That said, the VAIO's display didn't appear as bright as other large mainstream notebooks we've tested, specifically the HP Envy 17 and Dell Studio 17.
VAIO F Series by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
When it comes to big-screen notebooks packing Intel’s blazing Core i7 processor, Sony is definitely playing catch-up with the rest of the field.
VAIO F Series by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)

screen resolution

Sony VAIO F Series
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Sony VAIO S Series
While its pixel density is not quite high enough to natively display 1080p video content, movies looked great on the laptop's screen.
VAIO F Series by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
The 16.4-inch display has a 1,920x1,080-pixel native resolution, which is what we'd expect in a high-end laptop of this size.
VAIO F Series by c|net (Jan, 2012)

cpu speed

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2.7 GHz

1.73 GHz
2.4 GHz
3 GHz
Our configuration of the VAIO F featured a 1.60-GHz Intel Core i7-720QM processor (which overclocks to 2.8-GHz), 8GB of RAM, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), and a 500GB hard drive running at a fast 7,200 rpm.
VAIO F Series by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)
Click to enlargeThe configuration of the VAIO F Series we tested came very well endowed with a top-of-the line Intel Core i7 740QM CPU running at 1.73 GHz, which dynamically overclocks up to 2.93 GHz.
VAIO F Series by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)

processor

Sony VAIO F Series
Sony VAIO S Series
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
The quad-core Core i7 platform really shines when it comes to heavy duty multimedia tasks.
VAIO F Series by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)
While the various preset configurations keep changing and disappearing, Sony currently has the customizable version of this system for sale on its website, and it's worth noting that even the $1,049 base model includes a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU.
VAIO F Series by c|net (Jan, 2012)

memory

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8 GB

4 GB
16 GB
20 GB
The VAIO F's ace in the hole is its powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT 425 GPU and full 1GB complement of video RAM.
VAIO F Series by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
 

Performance Real world tests of Sony VAIO F Series

battery life

2.5 hour
10.5 hour
9 hour
Click to enlargeThe VAIO F was able to charge its battery to 80 percent in a relatively slow 2 hours and 37 minutes, and it took 3:59 to top off completely.
VAIO F Series by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
As you can imagine for a laptop this size and power, battery life is not the VAIO F's strong suit.
VAIO F Series by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 1.3 MP
  • watch high-definition movies on Blu-Ray discs
  • MMC
  • 572 MB/s (USB 3.0)

cons

  • Sep, 2010
  • 2.5 hour
  • 1080p video will need to be scaled down to fit on the screen
  • 1.73 GHz
  • 4 GB
  • 500 GB
  • 672 MHz
  • 111 ppi
  • 1600 x 900
  • 1 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.0)

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 76%
Read the review (Jan, 2012)
In benchmark testing, the 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 2670QM performed excellently, beating out Dell's XPS 15z and Toshiba's P775 (both with Core i7 CPUs) in our multitasking test.

Gaming

Although this system’s TransferJet functionality isn’t much more than a novelty at this point, and the gaming performance isn’t the strongest, the VAIO F is a compelling multimedia laptop.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)
To the right of the keyboard is a full number pad that will please home accountants and gamers alike.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
While its graphics capabilities aren't earth-shattering, you will be able to fire up a quick game of Call of Duty in a pinch.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)

Uses

The VAIO F has a full number pad—a plus for gamers—so you’ll have to get used to typing left of center on the keyboard deck.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)
That said, with a Blu-ray drive, Nvidia GeForce 540M graphics, and a full 1080p resolution display, it's a tricked-out movie-and-gaming machine (perhaps the "F" stands for full-featured-Sony's Vaio naming conventions are among the most maddening in all of laptop-dom).
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 76% by by c|net (Jan, 2012)
Armed with discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 330M graphics and a full gigabyte of video memory, the VAIO F delivers strong performance, even if it doesn’t match a dedicated gaming rig when it comes to frame rates.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)

Usb

This is one of the first laptops I've seen where the USB 3.0 ports outnumber the USB 2.0 ports (two to one, in this case).
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 76% by by c|net (Jan, 2012)
Whereas copying those nine photos and that one-minute video clip took 25 seconds with TransferJet, it took just 9 seconds using the camera’s included USB cable.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)
Of course, USB 3.0 peripherals are still not as common as they should be.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 76% by by c|net (Jan, 2012)

Weight

Weighing in at a hefty 6.4 pounds, the VAIO F has a decidedly sturdy feel to it.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
In single-app tests, the XPS 15z did a little better, but at this high-end level, any of these systems is more than enough for even heavy multitasking, photo/video editing, and HD media playback.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 76% by by c|net (Jan, 2012)

Size

Finally, the left and right mouse buttons are squeezed into a thin rocker bar-for more than $1,000, I'd expect two separate buttons.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 76% by by c|net (Jan, 2012)
Below the thick speaker strip (but above the keyboard) you’ll find multimedia keys, as well as buttons to launch Sony’s VAIO Care and Media Gallery software.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)

Editions Editions of the Sony VAIO F Series

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1 GB 1.95 GB Quad core VPCF121FX/B
 
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256 GB 16 GB Quad core F Series
 
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500 GB 4 GB Quad core VPCF221FX/B
 
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500 GB 4 GB Dual core VPC-F12AFM/H
 
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500 GB 4 GB Quad core VPCF133FX/B
 
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500 GB 4 GB Quad core VPCF221FX/S
 
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500 GB 4 GB Quad core VPC-F13WFX/BC
 
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500 GB 4 GB Quad core VPCF132FX/B
 
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500 GB 4 GB Quad core VPC-F13UFX/B
 
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500 GB 4 GB Quad core VPC-F13WFX/B
 
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500 GB 4 GB Quad core VPCF133FX/H
 
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500 GB 6 GB Quad core VPCF137FX/B
 
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512 GB 16 GB Single core F Series limited
 
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640 GB 4 GB Quad core VPCF233FX/B
 
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640 GB 4 GB Quad core VPCF223FX/B
 
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640 GB 4 GB Quad core VPCF1390X
 
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640 GB 4 GB Quad core VPCF223FX/S
 
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640 GB 6 GB Quad core VPCF234FX/B
 
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640 GB 6 GB Quad core VPCF237FX/B
 
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640 GB 6 GB Quad core VPC-F215FX/BI
 
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640 GB 6 GB Quad core VPCF224FX/B
 
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640 GB 6 GB Quad core VPC-F136FM/B
 
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640 GB 6 GB Quad core VPC-F13YFX/B
 
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640 GB 6 GB Quad core VPCF224FX/S
 
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750 GB 4 GB Quad core VPCF232FX/B
 
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750 GB 8 GB Quad core VPCF226FM/B
 
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1,024 GB 8 GB Single core VPCF
 
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1,024 GB 8 GB Single core VPC-F
 
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