Sony VAIO F Series

  • 16.4"
  • 1.73 GHz Quad core
  • 4 GB
  • 500 GB HDD
Released September, 2010
When we watched Iron Man on Blu-ray, details such as the flames in explosions looked crisp.
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
For Blu-ray watching, the Corel WinDVD player is also bundled.
by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)

screen size

16.4"
11.6"
18.4"
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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3.2 GHz

1.73 GHz
2.7 GHz
4 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
Acer Aspire One AO722-0022
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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4 GB
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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

 

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

pros

  • watch high-definition movies on Blu-Ray discs
  • 31 mm

cons

  • Sep, 2010
  • 1.73 GHz
  • can't read a camera or phone memory card
  • 1080p video will need to be scaled down to fit on the screen
  • 672 MHz
  • 4 GB

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.

Battery

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.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | 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.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
Video-playback battery-drain test (in minutes)(Longer bars indicate better performance).
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 76% by by c|net (Jan, 2012)

Harddrive

Other VAIO F models even offer RAID 0 configurations of 256GB for an extra $150.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
To get a little better performance, you can spring for a faster but smaller 500GB, 7,200-rpm hard drive without increasing the price.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
The 7,200-rpm hard drive is fast, too; it copied a 4.97GB folder of mixed media at a rate of 29.2 MBps, which beats the category average of 27.5 MBps.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)

Screen

You get fast performance, solid multimedia features, and a lovely 16.4-inch screen for enjoying HD content.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
Another improvement would be to splurge an extra $100 for the full HD display, which provides 1080p resolution.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
The viewing angles from the side were good despite the glossy finish, which means various people can sit around this big-screen laptop and watch a movie together.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)

Storage

After popping in our Apocalypse Now Blu-ray disc, we were treated to an impressive show.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
The only time the computer choked was when we had just inserted a Blu-ray movie to play using Corel WinDVD BD Reference Player, and briefly switched back to our browser to take one last look at one of our tabs.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)
This goes to show that a swift hard drive can trump a slightly speedier CPU when it comes to video editing.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)

Keyboard

We’d even go so far as to say that the keyboard is as comfortable as the famed keyboards on Apple’s MacBooks and MacBook Pros.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)
Click to enlargeThe VAIO F's large, comfortable keyboard is virtually identical to the previous F series model we enjoyed before.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
Above the keyboard is a long speaker grille which subtly blends into the VAIO F's dark gray color scheme.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 1.73 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)

Editions Editions of the Sony VAIO F Series

Price Edition Internal storage RAM capacity Cores Manufacturer code Compare
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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