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alaTest has collected and analyzed 161 reviews of SONY VAIO VPC-CW1S1E. 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. Views about the keyboard and screen are generally positive. The usability and design also get good views. There are some critical comments about the battery, and comments about the energy efficiency and price are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the SONY VAIO VPC-CW1S1E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Florian Wimmer (

Review Sony Vaio VPC-CW1S1E Notebook


Rainbow Parade. Design and color are the features that strike you

Chic design; Good workmanship; Many interfaces; Quiet and cool; a good performance; The usual good keyboard

High price; Port distribution isn't optimal; Smooth wrist rest; Average display

That Sony seems to not have enough money to include a recovery DVD.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Philip Barker (

Sony VAIO VPCCW1S1E/R (CW Series) review


A fantastic all-round laptop that's ideal for the home, office and commute alike

Nice design ; Dedicated graphics ; Good performance ; Impressive battery life

Very bright display

A decent laptop that is both highly portable and powerful. Not too shabby looking either

Dec, 2009

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Sony Vaio CW1S1E/L review


Sony's Vaios stand out for their great design, and the CW1S1E/L is no exception. It's not one of the company's more unusual designs, but its sculpted case, coloured metallic finish and attention to detail makes it stand out. There are also a few quirks...

The CW1S1E/L is a great-looking laptop, but it doesn't do enough to stand out at this price.

Jan, 2010


Expert review by : Andy Vandervell (

Sony VAIO CW Series (VPC-CW1S1E/P) - 14.1in Laptop


Looking pretty in pink? Not so much, but the CW Series comes in a range of other colours, too.

Sony appears to have righted the wrongs of the outgoing CS Series. This is a very capable laptop that strikes a great balance between performance, affordability and style. Anyone looking for a powerful all-rounder with a little personality should find...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Jayesh Shinde (



The Sony VAIO CW Series 14-inch laptop distinguishes itself with stylish design and very good performance - all at a price tag.

Looks and design ; Very good performance ; Gaming-worthy GPU ; Feature set

Poor Battery life

The Sony VAIO CW is a great candidate for a 14-inch multipurpose laptop with the added bonus of good gaming experience. However, the VAIO CW's attempts to be an all-rounder has an impact on its price tag which, at Rs. 57,990, is steep compared to other...

Jan, 2010

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Sony Vaio VPCCW1S1E/R


The Sony Vaio VPCCW1S1E/R is a mid-range laptop that wants to be your spanking new main home PC. An addition to the Vaio CW series, it's the best model in the range, with features to satisfy even most fastidious of computer heads. The good The build of...

A hundred quid cheaper than the MacBook, the Sony Vaio VPCCW1S1E/R packs in features that are the envy of Apple Macs. If Macs aren't your thing, then surely the Sony Vaio VPCCW1S1E/R might be. Sony Vaio VPCCW1S1E/R is tagged with Sony Vaio, laptop and...

Jan, 2010

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Sony Vaio VPCCW1S1E/R review


A specced up stunner with a cracking price tag, the Vaio CW series is great

Great value, speedy, good keyboard


Jan, 2010

Expert review by (



If you're on the lookout for an affordable laptop, Sony probably won't be the first manufacturer on your list. With a raft of ultra-stylish yet ultra-expensive laptops to its name, it's easy to simply overlook VAIO ...

Given its portable dimensions, it's something of a shame that the VPCCW1S1E doesn't offer more in the way of battery life. Aside from this, there's very little wrong with Sony's latest VAIO. It's reasonably powerful, capable of handling the latest 3D...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by : Will Stapley (

Sony Vaio CW


With a distinctly un-Sony-like price tag, this Vaio laptop isn't short on performance and even copes admirably with a bit of gaming.

Minor niggles aside, if you’re looking for a compact laptop that’s not short in the performance department, the VPCCW1S1E certainly delivers the goods. Its mediocre battery life is a shame and may be enough to dissuade more than a few potential buyers,...

Dec, 2009

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Sony Vaio VPC-CW1S1E


Regular updates good image reproduction reliable. Performs well for its vintage

Poor battery performance

Dec, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD Audio / IHDA
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes


Battery life (max):3.75


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


Color of product:Black / Blue / Pink / Red / White


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:14
Display Resolution:1366 x 768

Energy Management

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:2.270


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


Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-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
Networking Type:10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T

Optical Drive

CD read 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:8
DVD-R Double Layer write speed: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:8
DVD-RW write speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:6
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:8

Other Features

Audio system:HD Audio
Battery Type:VGP-BPS13/Q
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 / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/Draft 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 / 3
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:Y
TV out port:S-Video
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):7.5
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel PM45 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Processing die size:107
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2.13
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:P7450
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo P7000 series
Processor socket:Socket 478
Processor threads:2
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25

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
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
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
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): 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:36734
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


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


Bundled software:VAIO Gate, Media Gallery, Picture Motion Browser, VAIO Movie Story, Easy Media Creator 10, Click to Disc/Editor,Adobe Reader 9, Recovery Utility - HDD recovery, Google software package, Internet Explorer 8\n / VAIO Gate, Media Gallery, Picture Motion Browser,VAIO Movie Story, VAIO Media Plus, Easy Media Creator 10, Click to Disc/Editor, Adobe Reader 9, Microsoft Office, VAIO Recovery Utility - HDD recovery (hidden partition), Google software package, Internet Explorer 8\n
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security Suite (with 60 days free virus update), Home&Student (60 days Try & Buy) / Microsoft Office Home&Student, McAfee Internet Security Suite


Card reader integrated: Yes
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Total Storage Capacity:320

Weight & Dimensions

Height (front):1.08
Height (rear):1.52