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Sony VAIO FW Series VGN-FW51MF/H

alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 reviews of Sony VAIO FW Series VGN-FW51MF/H. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and design. The usability and screen also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the energy efficiency and connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO FW Series VGN-FW51MF/H is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony VAIO FW Series VGN-FW51MF/H from The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Comments about the image quality and size are overall positive. The screen and portability also get good reviews, but some have doubts about the reliability.

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This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO FW51MFH 16.4-inch Laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53 GHz Processor, 6 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Blu-ray Combo, Windows 7 Home Premium)Sony VAIO FW51MFH 16.4-inch Laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53 GHz Processor, 6 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Blu-ray Combo, Windows 7 Home Premium)

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Florian Wimmer (

Review Sony Vaio VGN-FW51MF Notebook


Rich in Minerals. Magnesium isn't only healthy as a trace element

Elegant magnesium case; Good input devices; High performance with good emissions; Display with a great black value and a good color representation

which is, however, unevenly illuminated; Design won't suit everyone; Much bloatware; Newest processor generation not (yet) available

Other efficient multimedia notebooks, like Acer's Aspire 5940 that also already has a Core i7. Even more configuration options are supplied by Dell's Studio XPS 16 or Schenker's MG6. If you'd like it a bit more mobile, you should take Sony's own...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Philip Barker (

Sony VAIO VGN-FW51ZF/H review


Powerful and has a great screen, making for an impressive, if expensive, laptop

Good screen ; Decent graphics ; Blu-ray drive

Connectivity ; A bit pricey

A Full HD laptop that handles games and HD video with ease but we can't help feel it is a tad expensive

Jan, 2010

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Sony VAIO VGN-FW51MF/H review


Sony's Blu-ray-touting VAIO brings in the New Year with Windows 7 and a glorious high-definition display.

By the time the closing curtain falls, Sony’s VAIO VGN-FW51MF/H proves itself to be a competent, reasonably powerful entertainment laptop. But, despite the presence of Windows 7 and a superb display, it's not quite enough. An ageing chassis, below par...

Jan, 2010

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Sony Vaio VGN-FW51MF


Clear Screen great key board and fast performance. Great for Media photos and Video clear sound qulity too.

Battery Life and heavy but thats what you get for sucha large screen

Apr, 2013

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Dec, 2012

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Sony Vaio VGN-FW51MF


Good screen and screen resolution. Great keyboard. Dependable as my sony's have always been

Poor battery life

Jun, 2012

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Sony Vaio VGN-FW51MF


Fast, reliable, excellent graphics, is able to widstand heavy applications. Has had a few blue screens of death but they were all software related. Just be gentle with it and it wont give you any problems.

It randomly decides to forget about the motion eye driver and any logitech mouse in operation.... this has happened three times now since I first bought it... I still haven't been able to decipher the reason behind this... but a couple of resets to...

Apr, 2011

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Sony Vaio VGN-FW51MF


hard drive failed, no warning, no possibility to retreive information

Dec, 2010

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Sony Vaio VGN-FW51MF


the vaio is very fast, your not left waiting around for it to boot up or turn off.

the only one so far is the paint has worn off of the right hand button on mouse where my finger clicks it . only cosmetic but it is only 1 month old and has light use, well relatively.

Jun, 2010

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Sony Vaio VGN-FW51MF


The style and look is sleak and outstanding

The battery life.. withing 2 hrs of use there is an urgent need to recharge if you need to continue working.

Jun, 2010

Product Specifications


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


Battery life (max):3.33 / 3.5


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


Color of product:Silver


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:16.4
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080

Energy Management

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4570 / AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4650
Maximum graphics adapter memory:2.28 / 2.79


Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Pointing device:Touchpad


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


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / LAN 10/100/1000M

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: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
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
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:6 / 8
DVD+RW write speed:4 / 6
LightScribe: No

Other Features

Battery Type:VGP-BPS13/S / VGP-BPS13A/S
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
TV in port: No
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/b/g/n / WiFi 802.11b/g/N

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

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
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240


Bus type:FSB
Chipset:Intel PM45 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10.5 / 7.5 / 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:P7450 / P8700 / T9600
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2.13 / 2.53 / 2.8
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:P7450 / P8700 / T9600
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo P7000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo P8000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T9000 series
Processor socket:Socket 478 / Socket 479
Processor threads:2
Stepping:E1 / M0 / R0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25 / 35
Tjunction:105 / 90

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 / 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:35563 / 36734 / 37006
Processor code:SLG9F / SLGFE
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Password protection:BIOS
Password protection type:BIOS


Bundled software:VAIO Gate, Windows Media Player 11, Picture Motion Browser, VAIO Content Importer / Exporter, WinDVD BD for VAIO,VAIO Movie Story, Adobe Premiere Elements 7, Picture Motion Browser, VAIO Movie Story,Adobe Photoshop Elements 7, Easy Media Creator 10, Click to Disc/Editor, VAIO Media Plus, Adobe Reader 9, VAIO Recovery Utility 2.6, Google software package / VAIO Gate\nVAIO Media Plus\nAdobe Reader 9
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium
Trial software:Microsoft Office Trial 2007 / Microsoft Office Trial 2007, McAfee Internet Security Suite


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:500

Weight & Dimensions

Height (front):1.14
Height (rear):1.46