Sony VAIO F Series

  • 16.4"
  • Core i7 2 GHz Quad core
  • 8 GB DDR3-1333
  • 750 GB HDD
Released October, 2011
Running Windows 7 Home Premium, this VAIO F notched a PCMark Vantage score of 5,739.
by LaptopMag (Nov, 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
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)

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 E 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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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
Alienware M Series M18x
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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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

3DMark06 CPU

Approaching 3D performance from dedicated gaming notebooks, the laptop posted a respectable 3DMark06 score of 7,388.
VAIO F Series by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
The VAIO F’s strong showing isn’t surprising: the benefit of Core i7 processors is that their quad-core architecture offers blazing performance.
VAIO F Series by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)

battery life

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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)

cinebench r10 32Bit (Aggregate)

 

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

pros

  • 50.09
  • 6 MB
  • Quad core
  • 1 MB (Intel Core i7 2630QM)
  • watch high-definition movies on Blu-Ray discs
  • Unknown
  • Quad core
  • 4,912.5 (Intel Core i7 2630QM)
  • 13,680.9 (Intel Core i7 2630QM)
  • 750 GB
  • 8 GB
  • the screen is large enough to display 1080p video without scaling
  • Memory Stick Duo, SD
  • 1920 x 1080
  • enjoy music and share files on CDs
  • watch movies and share large files on DVDs
  • burn music and share files on CDs
  • burn movies and share large files on DVDs
  • 16.4"
  • 2.9 GHz
  • DDR3-1333
  • 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR)
  • 3

cons

  • 3,107 g
  • 43 mm
  • 10 ms (HDD)
  • Oct, 2011
  • 57 MB/s (USB 2.0)

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.

Wifi

Indeed, sitting across our office from our wireless-N router, we still saw all five bars of Wi-Fi connectivity, and had no problem streaming a full-screen HD Hulu clip smoothly.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 2 GHz, 8 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)
Of course you'll need a subscription plan offered by a major wireless carrier such as Sprint to use the WiMax feature.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 2 GHz, 8 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
On our Wi-Fi tests, the laptop's Atheros 802.11b/g/n radio garnered a swift data rate of 38.9 Mbps at 15 feet.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 2 GHz, 8 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)

Optical drive

When we watched Iron Man on Blu-ray, details such as the flames in explosions looked crisp.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 2 GHz, 8 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)
For Blu-ray watching, the Corel WinDVD player is also bundled.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 2 GHz, 8 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
After popping in our Apocalypse Now Blu-ray disc, we were treated to an impressive show.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 2 GHz, 8 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)

Storage

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", 2 GHz, 8 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 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", 2 GHz, 8 GB, 750 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", 2 GHz, 8 GB, 750 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", 2 GHz, 8 GB, 750 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", 2 GHz, 8 GB, 750 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", 2 GHz, 8 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)

Operating system

The 50-second boot time far exceeds the 66-second category average.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 2 GHz, 8 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)
Sony does, however, pack a decent amount of extra software into the system, and unlike previous years where Sony was well-known as a bloatware king, there are a few apps on here that are real gems.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 2 GHz, 8 GB, 750 GB HDD | Rated 76% by by c|net (Jan, 2012)

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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