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Sony VAIO VGN-FW373J/B 16.4-Inch Laptop - Black

alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 reviews of Sony VAIO VGN-FW373J/B 16.4-Inch Laptop - Black. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the portability and price. The usability and screen also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the touchpad and energy efficiency, and the battery and reliability get critical comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony VAIO VGN-FW373J/B 16.4-Inch Laptop - Black is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony VAIO VGN-FW373J/B 16.4-Inch Laptop - Black

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 user reviews of Sony VAIO VGN-FW373J/B 16.4-Inch Laptop - Black from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and portability. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical views about the reliability.

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70% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Sep, 2018

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Good Product

 

In all when i watch movies i just plug speakers and im fine. The product is light for what it can handle or maybe the fact that my other laptop is a beast. In all I highly recommend it to others, but look for deals around because I got mine for 1150....

Processor is nice and fast with good ram to back it up. The graphics card is kind of behinf of the current models but it is still good. Though i bought this for school it isnt bad for gaming either. The keys are niceand stiff and spread apart which i...

One con that i noticed is that the speakers on the laptop sucks. They dont go that high and is not the best quality type speakers for something that is used to watch hi-def movies. The standard battery is very weak and wont last that long 2 hours max....

Apr, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great value

 

Referring to a previous comment, this laptop does support the T9550 and T9800, as it is an option when customizing on Sony's website.

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Newegg version doesn't come with extra capacity battery or the higher end CPU

Apr, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Wow

 

Sony finally has listened to their customers. This design is rock solid. So I hope it is not like my 6 year old Vaio I am using to type this. Even though this machine is 6 years old I have had it fixed 2 times. Sony seems to be week in the optical part...

Faster than my Mac Book Pro with the same processor. Plus it has BD. Not as flimsy feeling as the Mac. So much faster on the internet than the Mac it is like the mac is on 56k modem connection instead of a T1

USB ports close and need more. Options for consumer to use 32 bit OS on it

Apr, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great Buy!

 

Keyboard buttons are spread a bit further apart then I'm used to. This shouldn't be a con, just something to point out.

The HD screen is phenomenal. However, the screen isn't the only reason why this laptop is a great buy

Only minor things that shouldn't make or break the decision

Apr, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Excellent value!

 

This my first personal laptop in over 12 years. the last one had 4MB RAM, 60MB HD, 640x480x16 greyscale screen, so this is an altogether different experience. :) This laptop blows my work laptop out of the water in terms of features and performance.

This laptop is an excellent value for the money. Beautiful screen, excellent resolution. Performs very well on games and such. Dedicated video card is nice. Keyboard is very comfortable to type on for extended periods and has very good touch and feedback

Gets very hot when playing games, but with almost any other activity heat is not an issue. Wish it had a glass surface protecting the screen. Speakers are very anemic as others have said. If you plan on watching movies or playing games and like your...

Apr, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Pretty darn good

 

I realized coming from 1680x1050 screen, the 300 pixels difference horizontally is not really noticeable. I mean, it's not like going from 1024x768 to 1680x1050 (which was quite a leap, if I remember correctly).

I have to agree that the screen is really beautiful - even though I was never a fan of a glossy screen

It makes you want to play - not work ; )

Apr, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Excellent product

 

You'll need to delete some of the bloat wares and disable unneeded services to get the quick boot up. Otherwise, it'll take close to a min to start up. Gonna try to add a 4GB USB flash drive to see if ReadyBoost will help speed things up.

Bought this to replace a broken down Toshiba A75 laptop. Anyone who owned that model knew it was a piece of junk (noisy fan, poorly designed A/C adapter jack that broke, etc) Anyway, this Sony model is superior in all aspects. Solid construction, well...

Would have liked the USB ports be placed in the back of the laptop. Minor gripe though

Apr, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Happy so far

 

Very clear and bright screen. Very nice sound. Kids loved to watch movies. Fantastic design. Easy and use friendly sleep mode

USBs are too close to each other. Battery life is too short (2-3 hours). Relatively noisy

Apr, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great value.

 

I think this is a great notebook for money which is something rarely said about a Sony. 1080P Screen + blu-ray is phenomenal. Very speedy machine and surprisingly light for its form factor. The shell itself feels like plastic although a very sturdy...

The 1080P screen is absolutely amazing. One of the most gorgeous notebook screens I have ever used. System configuration handles Fallout 3, C& ; C: Red Alert, and End War without a problem. Very fast processor, enough ram to satisfy Vista. 320GB...

HDMI out is not what I thought it would be. Videos seem to be grainy and washed out. I can not find a fix for this. Outputting to a 32" Sharp Aquos set. Have tried videos of varying resolutions and quality, all with the same result. No back lit...

Mar, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Better than expected

 

It was this or a macbook pro... this won out, a heck of a lot less money and better display. It seems to be a good choice right now, I hope I don't regret it down the road.

Display is definitely the strong point of this laptop, so nice that friends like it better than the display on their laptop. It has handled everything I have thrown at it... mostly, from a heavy, photoshop perspective. This is a laptop that could...

There seems to be some concern on some of the forum that the left barrel end is not attached as well as it should be.... seems to wiggle a little bit with some pressure applied but I'm not concerned. Battery life could be better. One other person...

Mar, 2009
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Product Specifications

VAIO FW Series radically enhances your multimedia entertainment with a revolutionary 16.4" real wide display. Enjoy movies, games, photo slideshows and the Internet like never before with intense realism and detail. The larger display is also ideal for the office. Open two full size Explorer windows side-by-side and multi-task with ease. For a laptop with a large 16.4" screen, FW Series is remarkably compact and transportable. An ultra thin bezel has been used to fit the screen onto a compact chassis with the screen closer than ever to the edge of the bezel for a slim and streamlined appearance. A beautiful cylindrical hinge design with battery and hinge designed as one keeps size and weight light while ensuring maximum strength at one of the most vulnerable points of the laptop.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):5.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.3in
Height:1.5in
Weight:7.1lbs
Width:15.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:16.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):41.7cm
Max Resolution:1920 x 1080
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:VGN-FW373J/B/VGN-FW373J/H
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VAIO / Sony VAIO FW Series

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:1066MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Titanium gray

Modem

Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.90 / ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Read Speed:2x (BD)
Type:DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.4GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:P8600
Type:Core 2 Duo

RAM

Installed Size:4GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Standard

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:320GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino 2

Video Memory

Installed Size:512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650