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alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews of Sony VAIO VGN-AW11Z/B. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the keyboard and usability. The screen and design also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed comments about the portability. Many are negative about the energy efficiency and battery.

performance, design, screen, usability, keyboard

size, battery, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO VGN-AW11Z/B is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Philip Barker (

Sony VAIO VGN-AW11Z/B review


A stylish high-end media system, offering power, comfort and high quality

Bluray writer ; Screen ; Performance

A great multi-function laptop that will serve more than useful with its host of features

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Neil Bennett (

Sony Vaio AW11Z/B review


The Sony Vaio AW11Z/B's design is simple - black with a silver trim in this case, with only the usual PC-laptop flair of logos spoiling it a little.

We were very impressed with the great design of the Sony Vaio AW11Z/B and its relatively light weight meant it was practical to transport. You get a lot of laptop for your money, but we weren't convinced by the quality of the screen and found the...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Neil Bennett (

Sony Vaio AW11Z/B laptop


The Sony Vaio AW11Z/B is Sony's largest Vaio, and a very good-looking laptop indeed.

We were very impressed with the great design of the Sony Vaio AW11Z/B and its relatively light weight meant it was practical to transport. You get a lot of laptop for your money, but we weren't convinced by the quality of the screen and found the...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Insider Staff (

Sony VGN-AW11Z review


When it comes to design, Sony doesn't have the same rep as a company like Apple. Which is a shame, as the Sony VAIO VGN-AW11Z manages to do the same multimedia tasks as a MacBook, look just as pretentious when pulled out in Starbucks and let you frag...

For a middling price, you get a middling gaming laptop (4 gigs of DDR2 RAM), but a couple of nice perks thrown in. Perhaps surprisingly for a Sony product, the VGN-AW11 is hands down the most stylish model we tested. The black casing is unobtrusive and...

Like the other 18 incher on test, the AW11Z doesn't pack a top end graphics card. It comes with a decent enough NVIDIA 9600M GT but if you trade down to the AW11M/H model, you'll save money but you won't get far trying to play Far Cry 2 on a 9300M card

Mar, 2009

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Sony VGN-AW11Z/B


Is the desktop replacement dead? By the looks of this behemoth, Sony certainly doesn't think so.

With all the attention lavished on netbooks and swanky ultraportables these days, it would be easy to discount desktop replacements as a thing of the past. But, for some people, a desktop replacement is all the home PC they need. Indeed, if you want...

Dec, 2008

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Sony Vaio VGN-AW11Z/B


Love the design, look, & quality ... its a great desk top replacement. Buy the wireless Sony mouse to go with it they look great together!

Just the battery but who cares you are not going to carry this monster around much?

Feb, 2009

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Sony Vaio VGN-AW11Z/B


Number keypad, Fast video editing

Big and heavy

Feb, 2009

Consumer review (

Sony Vaio VGN-AW11Z/B


Very powerful. Excellent sound: loud, clear, good bass, undistorted. massive memory storage. Picture quality is exceptiional and DVD films especially show this off - and I've only used standard format so far, not having tried the blueray player yet....

Not exactly a looker but it's definitely got the substance to win out over style. Mouse pad is set to the left instead of central, which is annoying unless you're left handed - I'm not! I wish Sony had taken the opportunity to install a full size...

Feb, 2009

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Sony Vaio VGN-AW11Z/B


the screen is fantastic and plays high def films verywell

the battery size is too small for the power of the laptop, mainly the screen size causes the high battery consumption

Jan, 2009

Consumer review (

Sony Vaio VGN-AW11Z/B


Graphics are excellent and hard drive has plenty of storage.

Rather heavy and big and more of a table top than lap top

Dec, 2008

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Home Theatre


Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Video capturing speed:30


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:18.4
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.77


Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:800
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2


Bluetooth: No
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Networking Type:10 BASE-T/100 BASE-TX/1000 BASE-T

Optical Drive

BD-R read speed:4
BD-R write speed:4
BD-RE read speed:2
BD-RE write speed:2
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:16
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:6
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM read speed:5
DVD-RAM write speed:5
DVD-RW read speed:6
DVD-RW write speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:6
DVD+RW write speed:8

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby Home Theatre
Graphics adapter family:NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: Yes
Modem Type:V.92/V.90
TV in port: No
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g/Draft n

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: Yes
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Bus type:FSB
Chipset:Intel PM45 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):9.5
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel PM45 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Processing die size:107
Processor cache:6
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2.53
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:T9400
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo T9000 series
Processor socket:Socket 479
Processor threads:2
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

Embedded options available: Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:35562
Processor code:SLGEK
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


Cable lock slot:Kensington


Operating system installed:Windows Vista Home Premium


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:CF, MS Duo, MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:2

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