Sony VAIO F Series

  • 3.6 GHz Quad core
  • 16 GB
  • 256 GB HDD
Released September, 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
When we watched Iron Man on Blu-ray, details such as the flames in explosions looked crisp.
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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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

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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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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

  • 16 GB
  • 3.6 GHz
  • watch high-definition movies on Blu-Ray discs
  • Quad core
  • SDSC
  • 572 MB/s (USB 3.0)

cons

  • 256 GB
  • 1080p video will need to be scaled down to fit on the screen
  • Sep, 2011

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).

Storage

For Blu-ray watching, the Corel WinDVD player is also bundled.
Sony VAIO F Series 3.6 GHz, 16 GB, 256 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 3.6 GHz, 16 GB, 256 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)
After popping in our Apocalypse Now Blu-ray disc, we were treated to an impressive show.
Sony VAIO F Series 3.6 GHz, 16 GB, 256 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 3.6 GHz, 16 GB, 256 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 3.6 GHz, 16 GB, 256 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 3.6 GHz, 16 GB, 256 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)

Screen

You get fast performance, solid multimedia features, and a lovely 16.4-inch screen for enjoying HD content.
Sony VAIO F Series 3.6 GHz, 16 GB, 256 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 3.6 GHz, 16 GB, 256 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)
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.
Sony VAIO F Series 3.6 GHz, 16 GB, 256 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)

Harddrive

Other VAIO F models even offer RAID 0 configurations of 256GB for an extra $150.
Sony VAIO F Series 3.6 GHz, 16 GB, 256 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 3.6 GHz, 16 GB, 256 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 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 3.6 GHz, 16 GB, 256 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 2010)

Optical drive

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 3.6 GHz, 16 GB, 256 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jan, 2010)
For a den or dorm room, the big-boned Vaio F could find a good home as a Blu-ray or gaming center, but the large footprint and premium price also mean that the potential audience is somewhat limited, and you may be better served by a thinner high-end 15-inch laptop or an even larger desktop replacement.
Sony VAIO F Series 3.6 GHz, 16 GB, 256 GB HDD | Rated 76% by by c|net (Jan, 2012)
Two more USB ports and the Blu-ray drive can be found on the VAIO F's right side.
Sony VAIO F Series 3.6 GHz, 16 GB, 256 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Nov, 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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