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Sony VPCW12S1E Series

alaTest has collected and analyzed 103 reviews of Sony VPCW12S1E Series. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the screen and design are overall positive. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are mixed reviews on the price and battery. Many are less positive about the reliability and energy efficiency.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VPCW12S1E Series is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of Sony VPCW12S1E Series from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Views about the price and screen are on the whole positive. The battery and portability also get good reviews, but there are mixed reviews on the keyboard and usability.

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87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO W12S1EW 10.1-inch Netbook (Intel Atom N280 1.66 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, Windows 7 Starter, White)Sony VAIO W12S1EW 10.1-inch Netbook (Intel Atom N280 1.66 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, Windows 7 Starter, White)

May, 2018

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Sony Vaio VPC-W12S1E (Netbook)


Good screen quality, smart design

Very heavy battery, keeps turning itself off when you move the screen slightly. Only comes with a trial version of Windows Starter 7 which isn't great considering the price you pay for the netbook

Nov, 2011

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Sony Vaio VPC-W12S1E (Netbook)


Flawless!! I bought for net surfing, skype, messenger and work also something I can travel with. It is small, compact, light and fits in to my bag nicely not like the big bulky heavy laptops. I travel a lot so wanted something I can travel with. I...

The only thing that let's it down is the speakers they work ok! Just bit tiinny in sound which is shame for an amazing netbook. But when travelling I use my headphones and when at home use external speakers, so not a major problem. They do work well...

Apr, 2011

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Sony Vaio VPC-W12S1E (Netbook)


I like the compact design of the prouct and the tactile feel of keyboard. I upgraded thw windows 7 starter to home as the basic windows 7 has limited functions

The SD card reader has not worked since purchase ,not a big deal but would benice if everything did work. Would prefer to have a Windows 7 home or ultimate from scratch

Feb, 2011

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Sony Vaio VPC-W12S1E (Netbook)


This product looks good and performs well when used for surfing the net, I'm yet to try much in the way of word processing etc but I think it would do ok as long as you don't expect miracles.

The battery is a bit of a shock, it's huge but does have a long life, about 6.5 hours on average. The pictures should show you how big the battery is so are a bit misleading.

Sep, 2010

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Sony Vaio VPC-W12S1E (Netbook)


well put together, looks like it will last, very clear screen and incredible battery life.

speaker sound isnt amazing or that loud, keys are not that easy to type with

Sep, 2010

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Sony Vaio VPC-W12S1E (Netbook)


light and looks good

battery sticks out a lot which you don't see from the website photos; the hard drive crashed for no apparent reason after only 3 months

Aug, 2010

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Sony Vaio VPC-W12S1E (Netbook)


compact and light weight , good battery life

i find the keyboard not very sensitive and the keys are very close together

Jun, 2010

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Sony Vaio VPC-W12S1E (Netbook)


This is a fab netbook, its a lovely colour and a good weight, it would suit any girlie that loves pink things.

Jun, 2010

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Sony Vaio VPC-W12S1E (Netbook)


nice looking, reliable machine with good battery life

windows 7; battery lock does not work effectively; and the protruding attery ruins an otherwise solid all round notebook

Jun, 2010

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Sony Vaio VPC-W12S1E (Netbook)


Batery keeps very long Very handy Nice design

Terribly poor performance Very slow Fan works all the time, and additionally very loud Computer starts around 7 minutes * no programs running from the start, so no reason toi work like this)

May, 2010

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD Audio / Intel HD Audio
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery life (max):3 / 7.5
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)


Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3


Color of product:Brown / Pink / White
Product type:Netbook


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:10.1
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
LED backlight: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240


Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.224 / 0.25


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


Internal memory:1
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:1
Memory clock speed:533
Memory layout:1 x 1
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Networking features:Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Wi-Fi: Yes

Other Features

Battery recharge time (on):3.3
Battery Type:VGP-BPL18 / VGP-BPS18
Dimensions (WxDxH):7.07 x 10.5 x 1.28
Display:LCD / TFT
Graphics:GMA 950
Graphics adapter:GMA 950
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Wireless Technology:802.11 b/g/n / 802.11b/g/n / IEEE 802.11/b/g/n

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240


Bus type:FSB
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Number of Processing Die Transistors:47
Processing die size:26
Processor cache:0.512
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Diamondville
Processor cores:1
Processor family:Intel® Atom™
Processor frequency:1.66
Processor front side bus:667
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:N280
Processor operating modes:32-bit
Processor Series:Intel Atom N200 series
Processor threads:2
Thermal Design Power (TDP):2.5

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:N
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: 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: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
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):Y
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:41411
Processor code:SLGL9
Processor package size:22
Supported instruction sets:SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


BIOS password:No / Yes
Cable lock slot:Kensington


Bundled software:VAIO Gate, Windows Media Player, Picture Motion Browser, VAIO Media Plus, Adobe Reader 9, VAIO Recovery Utility / VAIO Gate, Windows Media Player, VAIO Media Plus, Adobe Reader 9, VAIO Recovery Utility, Internet Explorer 8
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Starter
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security Suite


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, SD / MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:160 / 250
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:2.62 / 2.95