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alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews of Sony VAIO VPCF21Z1E/BI. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the keyboard and design. The usability and screen also get good feedback. Comments are divided on the touchpad. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and image quality.

performance, screen, usability, design, keyboard

battery, size, portability, image quality, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO VPCF21Z1E/BI is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Sebastian Jentsch (

Review Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E/BI 3D Notebook


3D Vaio. Sony Vaio's leap into the 3D world gives reason for exci

Big Color Space; Large Viewing Angles; Anti-Glare Screen; Very High Screen Brightness; 240Hz 3D Display with Active Shutter Glasses; Easy-to-Use 3D for Blu-Rays and Games; Good Gaming Performance WITHOUT 3D; Great Application Performance; Low Case...

Poor Gaming Performance WITH 3D; Loud Under Heavy Use; Sensitive High-Gloss Case; Flimsy Display Lid; Placement of Ports

Acer Aspire 5745DG: starting at 700 Euro, but little GPU power; Asus G73SW: higher contrast, GTX 460M; HP Envy 17-1190eg: vivid color screen; Dell XPS 17 3D; Alienware M17x R3 3D: quiet and cool to the touch.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Sebastian Jentsch (

Hands-On: Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E/BI 3D-Ready in Review


Third dimension. Sony implements its Bravia 3D technology in a no ...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : What Laptop (

Sony VAIO VPCF21Z1E/BI review


Staggering power and immersive 3D from this stylish multimedia laptop

Good 3D effect ; Excellent office performance ; Blu-ray burner ; Great screen

Keys a bit rattly ; Graphics could be better

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Andrew Harrison (

Sony VAIO VPCF21Z1E/B review


We've seen laptops capable of rendering 3D before, but Sony's luxurious – if perversely titled – Sony VAIO VPCF21Z1E/B is undoubtedly the best so far.

This entertainment-focused Sony VAIO VPCF21Z1E/B laptop has just about everything you’d need for a domestic-bound desktop replacement. It’s heavy and a touch too noisy for our taste but if you want a luggable notebook with 3D playback – and you have...

Apr, 2011

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Sony F21Z1E review


Sony is continuing its roll-out of VAIO laptops featuring Intel's Sandy Bridge processors with the F21Z1E, a 16in powerhouse. As well as great application performance, the range-topping system also includes USB3, a 3D-capable Full HD display and a...

Hugely powerful in applications, and capable of 3D Blu-ray playback, but its graphics card is comparatively underpowered.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Alistair Dabbs (

Sony Vaio VPCF21Z1E 16in laptop


Review Imagine my joy when asked to try out a 3D entertainment centre built into a Sony Vaio notebook. Imagine my disappointment, then, when I discover that the notebook in question is actually too big to fit in my notebook bag.

Overall, I was happy with performance of the Sony Vaio VPCF21Z1E/BI, it's pretty damn good but not great. Yet compared to others in this class that Reg Hardware has tested lately, it seems Sony makes you pay for that extra performance.

May, 2011

Consumer review (

Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E


Bluray 3d is good And the i7 board

Battery Sony software is unavailable should the laptop hard drive go down As Sony are quite unhelpful in software issues

Aug, 2013

Consumer review (

Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E


Excellent screen, very good keyboard, great Vaio support software.. Reliable and fast. Excellent illumination for each individual key

Aug, 2013

Consumer review (

Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E


Bluray 3d is good ; And the i7 board

Battery ; Sony software is unavailable should the laptop hard drive go down ; As Sony are quite unhelpful in software issues

Jul, 2013

Consumer review (

Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E


Excellent screen, very good keyboard, great Vaio support software ; Reliable and fast. Excellent illumination for each individual key

Jun, 2013

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Home Theater / Dolby Home Theater / S-Force Front Surround 3D / HD
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Battery Capacity:54
Battery capacity (Watt hours):54
Battery life (max):3
Battery performance:5000
Battery recharge time:4
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6


Front camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 1024
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3


Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook


3D compatibility: Yes
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:16
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000


Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard key pitch:0.752
Keyboard key stroke:0.0787
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY
Keyboard type:AZERTY
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit LAN, WLAN
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

BD-R Dual Layer write speed:4
BD-R read speed:4
BD-R write speed:6
BD-RE read speed:4
BD-RE write speed:2
BD-ROM read speed:6
CD read speed:24
CD write speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:10
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:8
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:8
DVD+RW write speed:8
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / No

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater / Dolby Home Theater / S-Force Front Surround 3D / HD
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:Intel, NVIDIA / NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
USB connector type:USB Type-A
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi / WiFi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:N
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control:N

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bag included: No
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Package weight:12.1


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: 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: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM65 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):20
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM65 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.9
Processor cache:6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-2xxx
Processor frequency:2
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I7-2630QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Processor socket:Socket 988
Processor threads:8
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52219
Processor code:SR02Y
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No


Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MS Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS Duo, MS Pro-HG, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:640
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:640

Weight & Dimensions

Height (front):1.34
Height (rear):1.79
Weight:7.05 / 9.48