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Sony VAIO VGN-FW21 Series

alaTest has collected and analyzed 160 reviews of Sony VAIO VGN-FW21 Series. 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. Comments about the keyboard and usability are generally positive. The design and screen also get good views, but there are mixed opinions on the energy efficiency and reliability. The touchpad and sound get critical views.

performance, screen, design, usability, keyboard

battery, sound, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO VGN-FW21 Series is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony VAIO VGN-FW21 Series from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Comments about the portability and screen are overall positive. The design and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are mixed opinions on the size and durability.

usability, performance, design, screen, portability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO FW Series VGN-FW21L - Core 2 Duo T5800 / 2 GHz - Centrino - RAM 3 GB - HDD 250 GB - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM / BD-ROM - Mobility Radeon HD 3Sony VAIO FW Series VGN-FW21L - Core 2 Duo T5800 / 2 GHz - Centrino - RAM 3 GB - HDD 250 GB - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM / BD-ROM - Mobility Radeon HD 3

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Kevin O'Brien (

Sony VAIO FW Review


The VAIO FW is a brand new Centrino 2 platform notebook from Sony, offering a much needed facelift, as well as a 16.4" widescreen. What sets this apart from other widescreen notebooks is the aspect ratio of the screen lets movie aficionados enjoy a...

Great design ; Solid build quality ; Extra-Widecreen (neat for movies and more perceived screen real estate) ; Comfortable keyboard once you get used to it

Battery life with smaller battery is poor ; LCD backlight unevenness ; Speakers sound rather anemic

The VAIO FW is a great step forward for Sony, and a worthy competitor to the Dell Studio 15 or even the Toshiba A305. The design is great, but more importantly the build quality is excellent. It feels solid, with a reasonably firm screen cover and...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Sony VAIO FW review


Sony's new Vaio FW140 covers a few firsts for us. It's the first 16-inch laptop we've gotten our hands on--and the display's movie-friendly 16:9 aspect ratio will become more popular in the next year or two (we've already seen it in the excellent...

If this 16-inch laptop is any indication, the Centrino 2 platform offers excellent battery life; 16:9 screen perfect for HD movies; excellent keyboard; attractive, simple design.

No immediate performance gains seen here from Centrino 2; screen not really true 1080p, despite the sticker on the system that says so; clicky media buttons seem old-fashioned; still some advertising clutter, but less than previous Vaio models.

Sony's smart design, long battery life, and a big 16-inch screen, make the Vaio FW140--the first Centrino 2 laptop we've seen--an excellent, but still portable, media hub.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Adam Weinberg (



With the VAIO FW, Sony has launched a portable movie theater, well, almost.

Known for its multimedia capabilities and elegant style, the Sony VAIO has continued to advance technologically with the latest FW model. Loaded with features rarely seen in a portable computer, such as a 16.4-inch screen and Intel Centrino 2...

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Sony Vaio VGN-FW21L review


A great value Blu-ray laptop

Great screen ; Blu-ray drive ; Competitive price

Limited power

A great laptop at the price, with a mighty spec and performance for your money

Jan, 2009

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Sony Vaio VGNZ21MN/B


When it comes to supreme performance on the go, this Z-Series laptop manages to pack the power of a desktop into an ultra-slim, lightweight 13.1-inch chassis. Featuring 16:9 widescreen, high power graphics card, up to six hours battery life and...

Dec, 2008

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Sony Vaio VGN-Z21MN/B


Is this the finest ultraportable Sony's yet produced? Sasha Muller goes mobile to find out.

It wasn't long ago that we looked at Sony's gorgeous, if pricey, VGN-Z11WN/B ultraportable, but now we've sneaked an exclusive first glance at its forthcoming replacement. The VGN-Z21MN/B is, to all intents and purposes, the big brother of Sony's...

Nov, 2008

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Battery life and accesories

Dec, 2009

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Sony Vaio VGN-FW21L


Easy to set up and use

none at the moment

Jun, 2009

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Sony Vaio VGN FW21Z


high performance, good for gaming and watch movies

if you want to take around, it's a bit heavy and the battery won't last long.

Apr, 2009

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Sony Vaio VGN FW21Z


usb slots on right side instead left side

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery life (max):140 / 2.3 / 3.2
Battery recharge time:3.7


Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3 / 1.3
Video capturing speed:15 / 30


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:13.1 / 16.4
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1600 x 900 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:HD+


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.125 / 0.25 / 0.512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 3470 / AMD Mobility Radeon HD 3650 / AMD Radeon HD 3470 / NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.37 / 1.4 / 1.51


Pointing device:Touchpad


Internal memory:3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:1066 / 800
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2


Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Networking features:10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T
Networking Type:10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T

Optical Drive

BD-R read speed:2 / 4
BD-R write speed:4
BD-RE read speed:2
BD-RE write speed:2
CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:24
CD write speed:16 / 24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:16 / 24
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:10 / 24
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:6
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4 / 6
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:4 / 6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4 / 6
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:6
DVD+RW write speed:4 / 6

Other Features

Audio system:HD
Dimensions (WxDxH):15.1 x 10.3 x 1.46
Graphics adapter family:AMD
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: Yes
Modem Type:V.90/V.92 / V.92/V.90
TV in port: No
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g/Draft n / 802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/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: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N / Y
TV out port:No / S-Video
TV-out:N / Y
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Bus type:FSB
Chipset:Intel PM45 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10 / 8.5 / 9 / 9.5
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel PM45 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:291 / 410
Processing die size:107 / 143
Processor:P8400 / P8600 / T5800 / T9400
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 6
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Merom / Penryn
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel Pentium Mobile / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2 / 2.26 / 2.4 / 2.53
Processor front side bus:1066 / 800
Processor lithography:45 / 65
Processor model:P8400 / P8600 / T5800 / T9400
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo P8000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T5000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T9000 series
Processor socket:Socket 478 / Socket 479
Processor threads:2
Stepping:C0 / E0 / M0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25 / 35
Tjunction:105 / 85

Processor special features

Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: 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 / Yes
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:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
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 / 35568 / 35569 / 35581
Processor code:SL3BU / SL3BV / SLB6E / SLGEK
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


Cable lock slot:Kensington


Bundled software:VAIO Music Box, Windows Media Player 11, SonicStage Mastering Studio 2.5\nVideo & TV, VAIO Content Importer / Exporter, WinDVD BD 8 for VAIO, DivX Player & Converter, VAIO Movie Story\nPhotoPicture Motion Browser, VAIO Movie Story, Adobe Photoshop Elements 6\nCD-DVD BurningEasy Media Creator 10, Click to Disc/Editor\nVAIO Media Plus\nAdobe Reader 8.1, Microsoft Office Trial 2007 (60 days Try & Buy)\nMcAfee Internet Security Suite (with 60 days free virus updates), VAIO Recovery Utility 2.6 - HDD recovery (hidden partition), Google software package
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system installed:Windows Vista Business / Windows Vista Home Premium


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MS Duo, MS Pro, MS Pro Duo, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:4200 / 5400
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:4200 / 5400
Host interface:SATA
Total Storage Capacity:200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.3 / 8.27
Height (front):0.965 / 1.14
Height (rear):1.3 / 1.46
Weight:3.31 / 6.83 / 7.05
Width:12.4 / 15.1