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Sony Vaio W

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the software and touchpad. The build quality and design also get good feedback, but the keyboard and battery get negative comments.

screen, design, durability, touchpad, software

value for money, 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 84/100 = 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 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'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 -


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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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...

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Sony VAIO W Series review


Sony finally enters the netbook race

Nice screen ; Beautifully designed

Stingy battery life ; Needlessly expensive

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Sony Vaio W series review


The Vaio W heralds Sony's full-fledged entry into the netbook world. Not one to be squeezed into the back pocket of your jeans, the Vaio W is a proper netbook - one that can lock horns with other brands dominating the market right now.

The good-looking Sony Vaio W is very well-designed. But it's just like any other netbook available today, in terms of internal hardware and performance. And it comes with poor battery life in comparison.