Sony VAIO FW review: Sony VAIO FW

The Vaio FW140 ran for 3 hours and 14 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, which is between 40 and 80 minutes longer than most of the recent 17-inch laptops we've looked at. We'll need to test more Centrino 2 systems before we speak in general terms, but the lower thermal envelope of the new Centrino 2 chips certainly seems to be paying off with the Vaio FW140.

Sony includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system, while upgrading to a three-year mail-in plan is $299 (or $359 for a three-year on-site plan). Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and driver downloads.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VGN-FW140 E/H
911 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VGN-FW140 E/H
211 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VGN-FW140 E/H
156 

DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VGN-FW140 E/H
194 

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System configurations:

Sony Vaio FW140
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Intel GMA 4700MHD; 250GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm

Asus M70
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9300; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD3650; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm (x2)

Gateway P-172X FX
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8300; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTS; 160GB Seagate 7,200rpm (x2)

HP Pavilion dv9700t
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9300; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jul 14, 2008
  • Resolution 1600 x 900 ( HD+ )
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Color black
  • Weight 6.8 lbs
  • Optical Drive BD-RE - fixed
  • Graphics Processor ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 - 512 MB
  • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 / 2.2 GHz