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Sony Vaio W

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the software and touchpad. The durability and screen are also appreciated, whereas many are critical about the keyboard and battery.

design, screen, durability, touchpad, software

price, battery, keyboard

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Netbooks (Mini-laptops) the Sony Vaio W is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Vaio W

 

The Sony Vaio W scores mainly on its stylish looks, rich feature set and build quality. While its hardware configuration is similar to most netbooks, there are a few things that set this one apart.

Ergonomics scores the second highest after build quality. The only area of concern is the keyboard - the keys are crammed, quite tiny and the ‘Shift' key is smaller than the little finger.

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Sony VAIO W Series Eco Edition Review - A Review of the

 

Great HD screen, Green design, Well designed touchpad and touch buttons, Very good video performance, Parent-friendly software

Relatively expensive, Cramped keyboard, Battery juts out underneath, Only two USB ports

The VAIO W kept its cool during our heat test. After streaming a Hulu video for 15 minutes, we measured the temperature on the touchpad at 82 degrees Fahrenheit; the space between the G and H keys reached 87 degrees; and the middle of the underside...

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Sony Vaio W

 

Attempting to create a premium-priced version of a netbook, Sony has added an HD display to the Vaio W. It's an attractive step-up package, but the internal components are the same as are in cheaper models.

High-res display, Cool colour combos, Typical high-quality Sony construction and design

Poor battery life, Smallish keyboard, Higher resolution screen adds an AU$200 price premium, Loud fan

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Sony Vaio W Series

 

The VAIO W isn't Sony's first netbook--technically, that honor belongs to the fashion-forward Vaio P, even if the company touted the P as a bite-sized "lifestyle laptop." But the Sony Vaio W Series netbooks are the first to angle for a more traditional...

Fantastic backlit LCD panel ; Strong software suite

Quirky keyboard layout ; Needs more USB ports

I'm glad to see Sony delivering a true netbook-class machine, but this model doesn't bring the price down enough considering what's included in its $500 asking price. And while the keyboard isn't quite as picayune as that of the P Series, it isn't...

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Sony Vaio W Review

 

The Sony Vaio W series netbook is a huge improvement over previous netbook iterations. You can tell Sony has stepped up their game with these new netbooks based on the Intel Atom N450 processor. The review unit I received was full of features not...

Vibrant high resolution 10 inch screen (1366 x 768), Built in 3G, Huge touchpad

Only 2 USB ports, Price

Overall, I believe this one of the best 10 inch netbooks out on the market right now for people that will be on the road a lot and need built in 3G; however, as I mentioned before that comes at a price of $599. I suggest you buy the lower end Sony Vaio...

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Sony Vaio W

 

HD high resolution display, 802.11n, attractive design., Lovely design and styling, yet sturdy. Fantastic HD display that sets it apart from other netbooks. Relatively light at 2.6 pounds. We love the isolated keyboard, but big-handed fellas will wish...

RAM is hard to upgrade, fan runs constantly though quietly., Unless you're a hardware techie, you aren't upgrading this beyond 1 gig of RAM. These days netbooks come with high capacity batteries but the 3 cell is standard on the Vaio W. Fan, though not...

If you're looking for a netbook that does a little more and bridges the netbook to notebook experience, the Sony Vaio W is it. We think of it as a very poor man's Vaio TT (the 11 inch notebook market has been destroyed by netbooks and the TT is no...

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Expert Review

 

Sony's first real netbook isn't revolutionary, but its superb screen and stylish design make it a worthy contender, so long as you don't need lengthy battery life.

Crisp, high-resolution screen, Stylish design, Very good touch pad

Included three-cell battery has short life, Six-cell battery is too expensive, Only two USB ports, Smallish keyboard

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Sony VAIO W

 

Sony's first real netbook isn't revolutionary, but its superb screen and stylish design make it a worthy contender, so long as you don't need lengthy battery life.

Crisp, high-resolution screen; stylish design; very good touch pad

Included three-cell battery has short life; six-cell battery is too expensive; only two USB ports; smallish keyboard

That said, there's no going back from this screen resolution. If you've ever been frustrated with the scrolling issues on a 10-inch netbook LCD, you might just be willing to trade in battery life for the excellent display on the Sony VAIO W

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Sony Vaio W series netbook

 

Sony Japan has taken the wraps off of the Vaio W series netbook. To be made available in three colors white, pink and brown the netbook is powered by Atom N280 processor at 1.66 Ghz, 1 GB of RAM all running on a Intel 945GSE Express chip set. Other...

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Sony VAIO W - HardwareZone.com

 

Fresh from Sony is a more orthodox Sony netbook, the Sony VAIO W that's a netbook which the Sony VAIO P wasn't. We find out if that's indeed the case.

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