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Sony Vaio VGN FW41

alaTest has collected and analyzed 237 reviews of Sony Vaio VGN FW41. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Opinions about the keyboard and usability are on the whole positive. The design and performance are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the sound and energy efficiency.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony Vaio VGN FW41 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Vaio VGN FW41

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 user reviews of Sony Vaio VGN FW41 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the image quality and keyboard are overall positive. The usability and screen also get good reviews, whereas there are some negative opinions about the portability.

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93% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO FW41M/H, Core2 Duo P8700 2.53GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, BD ROM/DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM 16.4 inch X-Black Vista Home PremiumSony VAIO FW41M/H, Core2 Duo P8700 2.53GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, BD ROM/DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM 16.4 inch X-Black Vista Home Premium

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Philip Barker (techradar.com)

Sony VAIO FW41E/H review

 

The Sony FW41E's excellent multimedia abilities and a good design make it hard to beat

Gaming and multimedia performance ; Great looks and build ; Lots of storage

Reflective screen

This is a an excellent all-rounder that's hard to beat at this price

Jul, 2009

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Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony Vaio FW41E/H review

 

Sony's Vaio FW41E/H is well equipped for entertainment.

Sony's generously equipped Vaio FW41E/H is a great laptop with something for everyone, including Blu-ray playback and a large hard disk.

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-FW41E

 

none

HDD broke taking all data. Screen keeps going blank.

Feb, 2013

Consumer review by: Len (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-FW41E

 

strong construction clear keyboard good software package (video & photo editing)

poor battery life battery performance monitor not accurate & had to replace charger as a result of its malfunction absence of blueray recording facility

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-FW41E

 

none

HDD broke taking all data. Screen keeps going blank

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Len (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-FW41E

 

strong construction ; clear keyboard ; good software package (video & photo editing)

poor battery life ; battery performance monitor not accurate & had to replace charger as a result of its malfunction ; absence of blueray recording facility

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: Ajay (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-FW41E

 

its good looking and smart in design

it has a problem that it hangs a lot and so its a bad point that should be rectified because when you are working its very embarrassing and disappointing at times and and there is a problem that the screen goes black when you start ur laptop this...

Aug, 2011

Consumer review by: adel (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-FW41ZJ

 

it's stylish and well organized and the audio quality is good.

too heavy, low battery perfomance,bad quality LCD monitor, graphic card failure while watching Movies and playing games

Apr, 2011

Consumer review by: Gemma (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-FW41E

 

Bought this laptop due to the nice look and feel and the brand and wasn't disappointed.

Laptop didn't even last a year without encountering serious software and hardware issues. Now just over a year old and I am unable to use at all and Manufacturer not interested in helping resolve any issues. Would not recommend buying this product if...

Apr, 2011

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-FW41E

 

Easy to use, lightweight given the size of screen but screen size a huge plus for visibility etc. reasonably high speed for my needs, good memory.

Battery life could be better as it is neccesary to use mains lead unless using for very short periods otherwise battery drains within about 90 mins and needs charging when not in use in order to be prepared for later.

Jun, 2010

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / HD Audio
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Audio system full duplex: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery life (max):1.35 / 2.5 / 3.08 / 3.66
Battery recharge time:3.7

Camera

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

Design

Color of product:Black / Silver

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display Diagonal:15.4 / 16 / 16.4
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1600 x 900 / 1920 x 1080
HD type:HD+

Energy Management

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512 / 1024 / 512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4650 / AMD Radeon HD 4650 / Intel GMA 4500MHD
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.3 / 1.77 / 1.777 / 1770 / 2.28 / 2.79 / 2790

Keyboard

Pointing device:Touchpad

Memory

Internal memory:3 / 4 / 6
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Memory clock speed:800
Memory layout:1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:
Networking features:10 BASE-T/100 BASE-TX/1000 BASE-T / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / WLAN
Networking Type:10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T / 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 write speed:16
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:16 / 24
CD-RW read speed:10 / 24
CD-RW write speed:10 / 16 / 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 / 8
DVD+RW write speed:4 / 6 / 8

Other Features

Audio system:HD
Battery Type:VGP-BPS13/S
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Display:LCD
Graphics adapter family:AMD / Intel
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: Yes
Memory bus:32
Modem Type:V.92/V.90
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Warranty:2
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/b/g/n / 802.11a/b/g/Draft n / 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

Ports & interfaces

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

Power

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240

Processor

Bus type:FSB
Chipset:Intel GM45 Express / Intel PM45 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10 / 9.5
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel GM45 Express / Intel PM45 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Processing die size:107
Processor:P8700 / T6400 / T6570
Processor cache:2 / 3
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2 / 2.1 / 2.53
Processor front side bus:1066 / 800
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:P8700 / T6400 / T6570
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo P8000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T6000 series
Processor socket:Socket 478 / Socket 479
Processor technology:Intel Centrino 2
Processor threads:2
Stepping:R0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25 / 35
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
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 / 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
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:37006 / 40479 / 42841
Processor code:SLGFE / SLGJ4
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington
Password protection:BIOS
Password protection type:BIOS
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Bundled software:VAIO Music Boxç\nWindows Media Player 11\nSonicStage Mastering Studio 2.5\nPicture Motion Browser\nVAIO Content Importer / Exporter\nWinDVD BD 8 para VAIO\nVAIO Movie Story\nAdobe Premiere Elements 7\nPicture Motion Browser\nVAIO Movie Story\nAdobe Photoshop Elements 7\nEasy Media Creator 10\nClick to Disc/Editor\nVAIO Media Plus\nAdobe Reader 9
Operating system installed:Windows Vista Business / Windows Vista Home Premium
Trial software:Microsoft Office Trial 2007\nMcAfee Internet Security Suite

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards: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
Total Storage Capacity:320 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10 / 10.3 / 10.5
Height:1.14 / 1.46
Height (front):1 / 1.14 / 1.17
Height (rear):1.46 / 1.48 / 2
Weight:5.73 / 7 / 7.28
Width:14.3 / 15 / 15.1