Sony VAIO VGN

  • 16.4"
  • 2.2 GHz Dual core
  • 4 GB
  • 500 GB HDD
Released October, 2009
Of course, as always, I’ll qualify my love of X-Black screens with the note that they are more reflective than standard TFT displays, but I really do find this a small price to pay for the bright and vivid images that these screens produce.
Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Sony VAIO VGN

Front view of Sony VAIO VGN
Black screens really do look superb; producing an incredibly bright and vivid image with a truly stunning viewing angle.
Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

screen size

16.4"
10.1"
11.6"
Now this may not seem too long by Pentium M standards, but you have to take into account the size of this machine and especially the size of the screen.
VAIO VGN by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
But with larger dimensions comes the advantage of a large screen, and this machine has the best screen I have ever seen on a notebook.
VAIO VGN by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

screen resolution

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Lenovo ThinkPad T Series T61
Dell Latitude E6420
But it’s not just the X-Black coating that makes this screen great, it also sports a breathtaking resolution.
VAIO VGN by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The 17in screen is absolutely stunning and must be seen to be believed, and I’m going to find it very difficult going back to the 1,280 x 1,024 resolution of my desktop monitor.
VAIO VGN by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

cpu speed

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1.8 GHz

1.7 GHz
2.2 GHz
3 GHz
The 1.7GHz chip isn’t the fastest mobile processor you can get, but it will take most applications in its stride.
VAIO VGN by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
There’s 512MB of PC2700 DDR SDRAM to back-up the CPU, and although this should be enough for most uses, I’d probably want a bit more memory in a machine that has the potential to be a mobile image editing workhorse.
VAIO VGN by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

processor

Sony VAIO VGN
Dell Latitude E6420
ASUS Zenbook UX21E-XH71
Although the VGN-A117S isn’t a Centrino branded notebook, it does use an Intel Pentium M CPU.
VAIO VGN by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

memory

0 GB
4 GB

0.98 GB
8 GB
8 GB
 

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

pros

  • 16.4"
  • 37.1 mm

cons

  • Oct, 2009
  • can't read a camera or phone memory card

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 90%
Read the review (Feb, 2011)
This is, without a doubt, the best keyboard I have ever seen on a Sony notebook, and that’s saying something since Sony generally does a good job with keyboards.

Screen

I was expecting the price of the VGN-117S to be as incredible as the 17in screen, but I was very wrong.
Sony VAIO VGN 16.4", 2.2 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Whereas some TFT screens can look a bit lifeless, the X-Black screens look so vibrant that images practically jump out at you.
Sony VAIO VGN 16.4", 2.2 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The touch pad is also presented in a widescreen aspect ratio to match the screen.
Sony VAIO VGN 16.4", 2.2 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Body

The lid is finished in matt silver with a large VAIO logo and a small Sony one.
Sony VAIO VGN 16.4", 2.2 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The Spacebar is large and easy to strike no matter what your typing style, and it’s far enough away from the touch pad to avoid any inadvertent cursor placement.
Sony VAIO VGN 16.4", 2.2 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The touch pad is slightly recessed from the wrist rest area and is finished in the same matt silver as the rest of casing.
Sony VAIO VGN 16.4", 2.2 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Keyboard

In fact, I’d go as far as saying that this is the best notebook keyboard I have ever used outside of an IBM ThinkPad.
Sony VAIO VGN 16.4", 2.2 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Anyone who uses a lot of keyboard shortcuts on their desktop machine will always find it hard to use a notebook where the Fn key lives where the Ctrl key should be.
Sony VAIO VGN 16.4", 2.2 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Despite the large dimensions, the cursor keys are not separated from the main keyboard, but they are positioned in the right configuration.
Sony VAIO VGN 16.4", 2.2 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Storage

Sony has also augmented the hard disk with a DVD writer, in case you want to backup important data, or just make space on the hard drive.
Sony VAIO VGN 16.4", 2.2 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Interestingly, the optical drive itself has no eject button, and instead Sony has placed a software-driven button next to it.
Sony VAIO VGN 16.4", 2.2 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
On the left is a single Type II PC Card slot, A USB 2.0 port, a four-pin FireWire port, a headphone socket and a mic socket.
Sony VAIO VGN 16.4", 2.2 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Ports

At the rear you’ll find the power socket and a plastic flap which conceals two further USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet socket, an A/V output and a D-SUB.
Sony VAIO VGN 16.4", 2.2 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

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Editions Editions of the Sony VAIO VGN

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1 GB 4 GB 2.2 GHz VGN-NW240F/T
 
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60 GB 2 GB 1.33 GHz VGN-P530H/W
 
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60 GB 2 GB 1.33 GHz VGN-P530H/Q
 
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60 GB 2 GB 1.33 GHz VGN-P530H/R
 
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60 GB 2 GB 1.33 GHz VGN-P530H/G
 
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64 GB 1.95 GB 1.33 GHz VGN-P588E/Q
 
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64 GB 2 GB 1.33 GHz VGN-P688E/R
 
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64 GB 2 GB 1.33 GHz VGN-P688E/N
 
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80 GB 2 GB 1.33 GHz VGN-P720K/Q
 
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128 GB 1.95 GB 1.6 GHz VGN-P698E/Q
 
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160 GB 1 GB 1.5 GHz VGN-NR160E/S
 
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250 GB 1.95 GB 2 GHz VGN-CR320E/R
 
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250 GB 3 GB 2.26 GHz VGN-Z520N/B
 
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250 GB 4 GB 2 GHz VGN-CS215J/Q
 
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250 GB 4 GB 2 GHz VGN-NS290J/L
 
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250 GB 4 GB 2.16 GHz VGN-NS235J/L
 
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250 GB 4 GB 2.4 GHz VGN-FW370J/H
 
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250 GB 4 GB 2 GHz VGN-CS215J/W
 
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250 GB 4 GB 2 GHz VGN-CS215J/R
 
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320 GB 3.91 GB 2.4 GHz VGN-CS230J/Q
 
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320 GB 3.91 GB 2.1 GHz VGN-CS320J/Q
 
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320 GB 3.91 GB 2.53 GHz VGN-FW465J/B
 
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320 GB 3.91 GB 2 GHz VGN-CS260J/Q
 
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320 GB 4 GB 2.2 GHz VGN-NW320F/B
 
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320 GB 4 GB 2.53 GHz VGN-Z820G/B
 
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320 GB 4 GB 2.2 GHz VGN-NW270F/S
 
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320 GB 4 GB 2.1 GHz VGN-NW120J/S
 
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320 GB 4 GB 2.2 GHz VGN-SR510G/B
 
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320 GB 4 GB 2.2 GHz VGN-NW240F/P
 
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320 GB 4 GB 2.53 GHz VGN-FW490JEB
 
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320 GB 4 GB 2.2 GHz VGN-NW240F/S
 
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320 GB 4 GB 2.1 GHz VGN-SR410J/H
 
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320 GB 4 GB 2.53 GHz VGN-FW550F/B
 
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320 GB 4 GB 2 GHz VGN-FW350J/H
 
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320 GB 4 GB 2.1 GHz VGN-NW310F/B
 
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320 GB 4 GB 2.4 GHz VGN-FW373J/B
 
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320 GB 4 GB 2.1 GHz VGN-FW448J/B
 
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320 GB 4 GB 2.1 GHz VGN-SR410J/B
 
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500 GB 3.91 GB 2 GHz VGN-AW350J/B
 
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500 GB 3.91 GB 0.8 GHz VGN-AW230J/B
 
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500 GB 4 GB 2.2 GHz VGN-FW510F/H
 
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500 GB 4 GB 2.13 GHz VGN-FW520F/B
 
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500 GB 4 GB 2.2 GHz VGN-FW510F/B
 
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500 GB 4 GB 2.2 GHz VGN-NW330F/S
 
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