Sony Vaio Eco VPC-W212AX review: Sony Vaio Eco VPC-W212AX

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Sony Vaio Eco VPC-W212AX Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.39
Sleep (10 percent) 0.77
Idle (25 percent) 5.94
Load (5 percent) 16.60
Raw kWh 23.00
Annual energy cost $2.61

As we mentioned, the swapping out of the older N270/N280 processors for the Atom N450 has resulted in dramatic battery improvements. The older Vaio W only got 2 hours and 19 minutes of battery life from its three-cell battery, while the Vaio Eco VPC-W212AX achieved 6 hours and 36 minutes of continuous video playback from its included large-capacity battery. That's a huge improvement, and as good a reason to buy a next-gen Atom Netbook as any. Still, Sony's battery bulges significantly from the backside of the Vaio Eco VPC-W212AX, making it a useful laptop riser but a bit of an eyesore, plus, other Atom N450 Netbooks we've tested offer even better battery results.

Sony includes an industry-standard, one-year, parts-and-labor warranty with the system. Upgrading to a three-year plan is an extra $169. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, and a well-designed support site with a knowledge base and driver downloads.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test
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Jalbum photo conversion test
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Multimedia multitasking test
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Apple iTunes encoding test
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Video playback battery drain test
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Annual power consumption cost

Sony Vaio Eco VPC-W212AX
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 250MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Seagate 5400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1201N
Windows 7 Starter; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330 Dual-Core; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 2050MHz; 256MB Nvidia ION; 250GB Hitachi 5400rpm

Acer Ferrari One
Windows 7 Home Premium; 1.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core L310; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 384MB (Dedicated) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200; 250GB Seagate 5400rpm

Acer Aspire One 532h-2326
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 250MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Seagate 5400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1005PE
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 251MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Seagate 5400rpm

HP Mini 5102
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 248MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 160GB Seagate 7200rpm

Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BN
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 250MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Hitachi 5400rpm

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Where to Buy

Sony Vaio Eco VPC-W212AX

Part Number: VPC-W212AX/WI

MSRP: $480.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • Color white with green accents
  • Weight 2.9 lbs
  • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 3150
  • CPU Intel Atom N450 / 1.66 GHz
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