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Sony VAIO VPC-F12M1E/H

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews of Sony VAIO VPC-F12M1E/H. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability and keyboard. The design and screen also get good feedback, but views are divided on the price. There are some critical views about the portability and energy efficiency.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO VPC-F12M1E/H is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony VAIO VPC-F12M1E/H

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Sony VAIO VPC-F12M1E/H from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the usability and screen are on the whole positive. The design and reliability are also appreciated, but the price and energy efficiency get critical reviews.

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80% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO VPCF12S1E 16.4" Screen Laptop, Intel Core i7-740QM Processor, 6GB, 500GB, BT, WLAN, Windows 7 Home PremiumSony VAIO VPCF12S1E 16.4" Screen Laptop, Intel Core i7-740QM Processor, 6GB, 500GB, BT, WLAN, Windows 7 Home Premium

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

Review Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z Notebook

 

Quad-Studio. You want to render videos, manipulate pictures or si

High performance; Contrast rich TFT; Bright, matt display; FullHD resolution; Keyboard's good feedback; Clearly arranged inputs

Erratic noise level; High power consumption; Low battery runtimes

Sony hasn't managed to get the fan under control, although the problem was already known in February 2010.

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: HARNISH (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z1E

 

BEST 3D EXPERIENCE U CAN EVER GET IN A LAPTOP. LOADS OF COMPATIBLE 3D GAMES. UPCONVERT MOVIES, PICTURES AND 3D QUALITY IS JUST EXCELLENT. DESIGN IS BEST U CAN HAVE. FINISHING OF PRODUCT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY. FEATURES INCLUDE ALL THE TOP SPECS IN THE...

BATTERY SHOULD BE LASTING ATLEAST 3 TO 4 HOURS BUT IT LAST ONLY MAX OF 2.5 HOURS. HARD DISK IS JUST 640 GB WHEREAS FOR THE PRICE I WOULD EXPECT ATLEAST 1 TB. A BIT HEAVY BUT CAN BE IGNORED DUE TO OTHER POWERFUL FEATURES. MOST IMPORTANT MANUAL DOESNT...

Nov, 2014

Consumer review by: jeremy (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z1E

 

Fast, reliable, good screen & key board. Sound not bad for a lap top

No software of note and a nosiy fan when hot

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: mike (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z1E

 

Design, screen

Battery - terrible - runs out in less than 1 hour

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: Matt (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z1E

 

Good design, screen.

Battery for an expensive high end laptop is very poor, doesn't last 2 hours. only 3 usb ports

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Mariusz (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z1E

 

processor, blu-ray recorder, great keyboard

screen, gpu, very noisy, weight

Jul, 2011

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z1E

 

Easy to use, good music systems, reliable computer,quite fast. I like this laptop, it's the first laptop I got and an pleased so far. Good backup and upgrade to keep it up to date (good)

My experiance with the condition of battery power displayed when switched on! My laptop used to display this condition but after a couple of weeks has stopped the display. I try enquiries but cannot get back the display which I would like. Restore did...

Jun, 2011

Consumer review by: Sergey (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z1E

 

Very fast good quality laptop. The best Sony VAIO on a market !!!

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: Adam (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z1E

 

Solid build, keyboard looks like it would be hard to type on but it works amazingly well and is very responsive. Tons of memory, big hard drive, I use it as a laptop and a desktop replacement. I can play Empire and it's silky smooth. Overall a typical...

As with many laptops costs are cut on the battery, would benefit greater from a larger capacity battery (optional extra). Realistically you'll get two hours of use. Has an LCD screen, I would have expected an LED screen on a premium laptop.

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z1E

 

Works very well, easy to use

I can't get vaio gate to open my shortcuts permanently

Feb, 2011
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v3 / HD
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:4200 / 5000
Battery life (max):2.5 / 3 / 3.5
Battery performance:4200 / 5000
Battery recharge time:4
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Swivel webcam: No

Design

Color of product:Black / Grey / Titanium

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:16.4
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter power:54

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.024 / 2.775 / 3.83 / 4.6
Maximum Resolution:1920 x 1200
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: No
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 / No

Keyboard

Keyboard Layout:AZERTY
Keyboard type:AZERTY
Pointing device:Touchpad

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes

Optical Drive

BD-R Dual Layer write speed:2.2
BD-R read speed:4 / 6
BD-R write speed:4
BD-RE read speed:4
BD-RE write speed:2
BD-ROM read speed:4 / 6
CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:10
CD write speed:16 / 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:6 / 8
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 / 8
DVD-RW write speed:4 / 6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:6 / 8
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 / 8
Optical drive interface:SATA

Other Features

Battery recharge time (off):4
Battery Type:VGP-BPS21 / VGP-BPS21A
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Graphics adapter family:NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Power Requirements:100 - 240V
Power supply type:AC/DC
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/b/g/n / Wi-Fi / WiFi

Packaging Data

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

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
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:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:54

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel PM55 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):13 / 17 / 18
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
L2 cache:6
L3 cache:6
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel PM55 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382 / 774
PCI Express configurations:1x16 / 1x16, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2 / 2.0
Processing die size:296 / 81
Processor:i5-430M / I5-520M / I7-740QM
Processor boost frequency:2.53 / 2.93
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale / Clarksfield
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5-xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:1.73 / 2.26 / 2.4
Processor lithography:32 / 45
Processor model:i5-430M / I5-520M / I7-740QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-400 series / Intel Core i5-500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-700 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1288 / BGA956 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:B1 / C2
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / 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 Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36 / Yes
Processor ARK ID:43537 / 47341 / 49024
Processor code:SLBPM / SLBQG
Processor package size:34 / 37.5 / rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1/4.2 / SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington

Software

Bundled software:Adobe Reader 9, Microsoft Office Starter 2010, Internet Explorer 8
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, MS PRO-HG, SD / MS Pro Duo, SD / MS PRO-HG, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Total Storage Capacity:500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.4
Height (front):1.22
Height (rear):1.61
Weight:6.83 / 7.05
Width:15.2