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Sony Vaio W

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews of Sony Vaio W. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Netbooks (Mini-laptops) for all reviews. Comments about the portability and durability are generally positive. The performance and screen also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical opinions about the keyboard and battery.

design, screen, performance, durability, portability

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 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 27 reviews)

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Expert review by: Dushyant Khilnani (

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.

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: K. T. Bradford (

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...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: ZDNet (

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

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Darren Gladstone (

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...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Chris (

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...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: (

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...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: ComputerShopper (

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

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: dhiram (

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...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Aloysius Low (

Sony VAIO W -


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.

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (

Sony VAIO W (VPCW115XGP) netbook


The Sony VAIO W (VPCW115XGP) is reasonably expensive but it's one of the best looking netbooks on the market, and it's reasonably comfortable to use. It has a keyboard with isolated keys, a large touchpad and a vibrant screen, as well as a lovely...

1366x768 screen resolution, big touchpad, large palm rest ;

Only two USB 2.0 ports, only 1GB of RAM, too expensive ;

For this price you'd expect at least three USB 2.0 ports, 2GB of RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, a 6-cell battery and even a solid-state drive. Instead, you get two USB 2.0 ports, 1GB of RAM, 10/100 Ethernet, a 3-cell battery, and a bog-standard 160GB hard...

Oct, 2009