Sony Vaio VPCCW15FG review: Sony Vaio VPCCW15FG

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Excellent keyboard. Lots of included AV software. It can be very, very pink. Sony is honest about the battery life.

The Bad It can be very, very pink. Honesty about the battery life means it's not very good.

The Bottom Line Sony's latest vibrant Vaio has plenty of grunt, but nowhere near enough power.

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Design

Sony sells the VPCCW15FG in three colours. The black model looks pretty much like any other notebook, and not surprisingly, there's a hint of MacBook in the white model. The pink version manages to just about out-pink any notebook we've ever seen, and that's what we reviewed. You certainly wouldn't buy it if the colour didn't appeal to you, but if you did, you'd be in awestruck love. Sony certainly seems to think that you will, as the notes for the pink variant read as follows: "Favourite feminine fashion pink suggests blooming flowers and smiling lips." Presumably this means you're meant to kiss this notebook at some point during ownership.

Features

No matter which colour VPCCW15FG you buy, underneath its shiny plastic you'll find an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T6600 (2.20GHz), 3GB of RAM, 320GB of hard drive space and a DVD Multi burner. Graphics duties are handled by the competent but not entirely exciting 256MB Nvidia GeForce G210M GPU. On the networking side, you get gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The VPCCW15FG comes pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition and a lot of bundled applications. Trialware packages include a number of differing security/backup solutions, including a McAfee PC SecurityCenter 30-day trial, Norton Online Backup 60-day trial and Webroot Spy Sweeper 60-day trial. So a month or two after installation, you'll have to get another package or pay a lot of subscriptions all at once. Microsoft Office's trial version also stops after 60 days. On the more fully featured software front, you get Media Gallery, Quick Web Access, Vaio Movie Story, Adobe Premiere Elements 7, Click to Disc, Click to Disc Editor, PMB (Picture Motion Browser), Adobe Photoshop Elements 7, Vaio Media plus, Roxio Easy Media Creator, Vaio Gate, Vaio Control Center, Vaio Presentation Support, WebCam Companion, Magic-i Visual Effects, Vaio Recovery Center, Vaio Update, Vaio Transfer Support and Vaio Data Restore Tool.

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Where to Buy

Sony Vaio VPCCW15FG

Part Number: CNETSony Vaio VPCCW15FG

Typical Price: $1,799.00

See manufacturer website for availability.