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Sony VAIO(R) VPCCW26FX/W 14" Notebook PC - White

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the value for money and design. The energy efficiency and keyboard are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the performance, and many are less positive about the portability and battery.

screen, keyboard, energy, design, value for money

battery, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO(R) VPCCW26FX/W 14" Notebook PC - White is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon review summary for Sony VAIO(R) VPCCW26FX/W 14" Notebook PC - White

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Sony VAIO(R) VPCCW26FX/W 14" Notebook PC - White from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

value for money, size, touchpad, performance, keyboard

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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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

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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...

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):3.5hour(s)/4hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:9.2in
Height:1.5in
Weight:5.3lbs
Width:13.4in

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

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:VPC-CW26FX/W/VPC-CW27FX/B/VPC-CW27FX/L
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VAIO CW Series

Input Device

Type:Touchpad / Keyboard

Miscellaneous

Color:Icy white/Jet black/Royal indigo

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Type:DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.4GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:I5-520M
Type:Core i5

RAM

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

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

Video Memory

Installed Size:512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
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