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alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 reviews of Sony VAIO VPCCW27FX. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the price and keyboard are on the whole positive. The size and screen also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed comments about the portability. There are some less positive opinions about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO VPCCW27FX is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Terrible battery life


Due to the power drain issue the battery life indicator does not show a true status. It might say I have 12% left, but in reality I have 50%. I have owned this for almost 2 years now and have never come even close to the 4 hour battery claim, even...

Lots of power, plenty of storage, excellent screen

This model suffers from the infamous battery drain problem. When shut completely off I lose 10-20% battery charge per day. You always have to have this near a wall outlet for fear you are going to run out of power

Nov, 2011

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There is speed but power may be an issue.


Scores a 5.8 on the Windows Experience Index. Planning a SSD swap in the future to further prolong its life. Thankfully, Sony only chooses to use the higher grade, i5-520m model instead of the i5-430m, the performance potential between the 2 is pretty...

Sleek, glossy white, exterior ; Chiclet keyboard ; Large touchpad for a 14 ; Light and miserly according to Sony can last you a period of 3 hours 30 minutes, (I measured 3 hours 23 minutes before the battery meter went below 5%) ; Played Starcraft 2...

There's a battery drain issue as reported on the notebookreview forums. I've seen a 12% overnight loss leaving the battery in the laptop as compared to 3% overnight loss leaving the battery out. Doesn't seem like sony will issue a fix ; The screen...

May, 2010

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Fantastic Laptop!


I just got the computer right to my door all the way to Europe. And this is a Fantastic Laptop which works perfectly;D

May, 2010

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very well balanced


I can't stand the hard drive, but I'll be upgrading to SSD to have a very capable PC still much cheaper than other comparable spec'd models If you can live with the limited cons, it's a great machine for the price, especially with its great...

Specs - one of the most powerful 14" notebooks around ; Display is gorgeous (even if 1600x900 is a bit awkward) ; Good value for price ; Keyboard and trackpad both work very well

Hard drive - 5400 RPM is painful sometimes, especially knowing the rest of your machine is so capable ; Speakers are almost nonexistent ; Requires you to burn your own recovery disc

Apr, 2010

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Nice Notebook


Sony computers have never disappointed me. Sony and/or Apple = Good Customer Experience.

High resolution screen, nice keyboard, great graphics card, pretty good display, blue-ray, very good warranty support. Runs everything I throw at it. Unfortunately, the motherboard failed after one month but Sony sent a tech support person to the house...

A little heavy (5.3 lbs) but not bad, especially for the price

Apr, 2010

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Sony VPCCW27FX/B - Great Performer


Neither Pro nor Con: - Display - I read some reviews claiming excessive / unbearable glare, and that the "automatic" backlighting control was too dim. After using, there is some glare in certain settings and lighting conditions. Is it unbearable? IMO...

I went through 2 of these laptops before getting this one, so giving it a five star rating says a lot about its quality. The first one I received from another vendor (initials are BB), and the hard drive crashed during initial set up. Root cause could...

I thought about giving up on this model, but I researched laptops for a LONG time and liked the specs and features for the ; In summary, I am glad I purchased this Sony model. I have 5 desktops at home, and have used at least 10 different laptops in...

Mar, 2010

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Great laptop for portability and performance


Is the notebook perfect? No. But am I satisfied with it? Absolutely. This laptop is a jack of all trades in that it can do just about anything you throw at it. Supposedly Sony is getting rid of their CW model for their new 14" E series models, and...

Very sleek design. I personally love the black ; One of the very few notebooks out there under 17" that actually has a resolution higher than 1366x768. I was originally looking at 15" and 16" laptops, but their low resolution was a deal breaker for me...

While the black finish looks great, it sets itself up for a finger print magnet. I'm probably going to buy some kind of special cloth to keep it clean ; LOTS of proprietary Sony bloatware. Booting it up for the first time I had over 75 processes...

Mar, 2010

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Nice package


This was one of the very first i5 notebooks; when I bought it (not at Newegg) there was not any competition and it was also at a big discount; I don't think I would have bought it at list price. Today there might be better values. Sony makes Google...

Good hardware package. 1600x900 screen, nice keyboard, runs cool. I had been looking for something this size with comparable specs, but this was the first notebook I found in my price range. Windows performance numbers: 6.8, 5.9, 6.4, 6.4, 5.8....

Keyboard looks elegant, because the PgUp, PgDn, Home and End keys are Fn-Arrow combos. You can learn to touch-type it, but sometimes it is too complicated, and then you're spoiled for using a normal keyboard ; Plastic shell scratches easily; wrist pad...

Mar, 2010

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Awesome laptop


It is little bit pricy than other online market. But Newegg provides a better shipping option and handling.

1. It runs most recent high end games; crysis, Arma2, Mass Effect2, MW1, MW2 and more with high option ; 2. Nice keyboard and glossy LCD ; 3. Blueray

The only problem is caused by Windows 7 and lack of 2nd hdd. The Windows 7 is lagging when it doesn't have the 2nd hdd and you're downloading some big file like game patches or demo onto your single hdd. This is also happening in the Quad core desktop...

Feb, 2010

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Overall great laptop!


Bought this for my deployment here in Iraq. Using it as a school powerhouse that will help develop myself as a Network Specialist. With its size and capabilities, I have found no downside to this laptop at all. Great laptop for the $1000 range.

With the new i5 processor combined with 4 gigs of DDR3 and the Nvidia 330m GT makes this laptop one hell of a deal. As far as the details goes, this laptop is well balanced for everyday work and gaming when your not at work. This is a cool, quiet...

As with all laptops, the user must protect their investment by keeping it clean, both hardware and software. Make sure you shop around for this laptop, quite a few different makes out there that add or subtract their own hardware or software. Newegg...

Feb, 2010

Product Specifications

A colorful and fashionable 14" notebook expresses your personality and lets you enjoy multimedia entertainment, web surfing and meets all your computing needs in style. This thin-and-light PC also features a Blu-ray Disc player to enjoy HD movies. Enjoy the powerful performance of an Intel Core i5 processor. A perfect mix of power and style, the VAIO CW series notebook is a slim, lightweight PC.


Audio system:Intel High Definition Audio
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery Capacity:4400
Battery performance:4400
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Run Time (Up To):3.5hour(s)/4hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB


Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes


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

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:14
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1600 x 900
HD type:HD+
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:14in
Diagonal Size (metric):35.6cm
Max Resolution:1600 x 900
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VAIO CW Series

Input Device

Type:Touchpad / Keyboard


Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:82
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad


Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2


Color:Icy white/Jet black/Royal indigo


Type: None


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Drive

BD-R read speed:4
BD-RE read speed:4
BD-ROM read speed:4
CD read 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
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:8
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
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / DVD Super Multi

Optical Storage


OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Other Features

Audio system:Intel High Definition Audio
Graphics adapter family:NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Handheld remote control: No


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
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
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel PM55 Express
Clock Speed:2.4GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):18
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard chipset:Intel PM55 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
PCI Express configurations:1x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor boost frequency:2.93
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core i5-xxx
Processor frequency:2.4
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-520M
Processor Number:I5-520M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-500 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA956
Processor threads:4
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Type:Core i5

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
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 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: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® vPro™ Technology:Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36
Processor ARK ID:47341
Processor package size:rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1/4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Installed Size:4GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM


Cable lock slot:Kensington

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


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


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MS Duo, MS PRO, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:500

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:500GB
Notebook Type:Notebook

Video Memory

Installed Size:512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M

Weight & Dimensions

Depth (imperial):9.18
Height (front):1.09
Height (front) (imperial):1.09
Height (rear):1.52
Height (rear) (imperial):1.52
Width (imperial):13.4