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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. Reviewers are impressed by the keyboard and usability. The design and screen also get good feedback, but the energy efficiency and reliability get mixed opinions. There are some critical comments about the touchpad and sound.

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 Opinions about the portability and screen are on the whole positive. The design and performance also get good feedback, but the size and durability get mixed reviews.

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

Oct, 2017

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...

Expert review by: Adam Oxford (

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

Consumer review by: reservedforgreatne (

FW31J review


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Battery life and accesories

Dec, 2009

Consumer review by: Tony (

Sony Vaio VGN-FW21L


Easy to set up and use

none at the moment

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

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

Consumer review by: ciprian (

Sony Vaio VGN FW21Z


usb slots on right side instead left side

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications


Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3 / 1.3


Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:HD+


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.125 / 0.25 / 0.512
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.37 / 1.4 / 1.51

Optical Drive

DVD-R Double Layer read speed:6

Ports & interfaces

TV out port type:S-Video
TV out type:S-Video


Conflict Free processor: No
ECC supported by processor: No
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Merom / Penryn
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo P8000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T5000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T9000 series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25 / 35

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Processor ARK ID:35562
Processor package size:35