Sony VAIO F Series

  • 16.4"
  • 2.4 GHz Quad core
  • 4 GB
  • 750 GB HDD
Released October, 2011
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.
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
While its pixel density is not quite high enough to natively display 1080p video content, movies looked great on the laptop's screen.
by LaptopMag (Nov, 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
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)
Another improvement would be to splurge an extra $100 for the full HD display, which provides 1080p resolution.
VAIO F Series by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)

cpu speed

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1.65 GHz
2.4 GHz
3 GHz
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)
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.
VAIO F Series by c|net (Jan, 2012)

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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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

battery life

4.5 hour
10.5 hour
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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)
 

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

pros

  • watch high-definition movies on Blu-Ray discs
  • 2.4 GHz
  • the screen is large enough to display 1080p video without scaling
  • 750 GB
  • MMC
  • 33.3 mm
  • 572 MB/s (USB 3.0)

cons

  • 4 GB
  • 672 MHz
  • 1 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.0)

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 76%
Read the review (Jan, 2012)
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).

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", 2.4 GHz, 4 GB, 750 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", 2.4 GHz, 4 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)
Illumination is set to adjust automatically by default, but you can also toggle brightness manually to suit your tastes.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 2.4 GHz, 4 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)

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", 2.4 GHz, 4 GB, 750 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", 2.4 GHz, 4 GB, 750 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", 2.4 GHz, 4 GB, 750 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", 2.4 GHz, 4 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)
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", 2.4 GHz, 4 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)
While this lends a sober, business-like style to the laptop, it also isn't what we'd call terribly premium; other machines in this price range offer metallic finishes.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 2.4 GHz, 4 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)

Touchpad

As a result, the touchpad sits directly below the spacebar and is positioned on the deck's left side; this alignment can take some getting used to.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 2.4 GHz, 4 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
Getting the hang of these motions took a few tries, partly because the touchpad isn’t quite large enough to comfortably use two fingers at once.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 2.4 GHz, 4 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)
The touchpad returned a slightly cooler reading of 90 degrees, and the underside of the chassis registered 89 degrees.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 2.4 GHz, 4 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)

Storage

When we watched Iron Man on Blu-ray, details such as the flames in explosions looked crisp.
Sony VAIO F Series 16.4", 2.4 GHz, 4 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", 2.4 GHz, 4 GB, 750 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", 2.4 GHz, 4 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 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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