Sony Vaio FW560F/T (brown) review: Sony Vaio FW560F/T (brown)

The Vaio 560F/T's 2.1GHz P7450 Core 2 Duo processor is a hair better than the 2GHz P7350 that we reviewed in this summer's FW480J/T, and compared with a generally more efficient Windows 7 Home Premium operating system, the performance is slightly improved. Still, the pairing of a Core 2 Duo and the decent, but not spectacular ATI graphics GPU inside are no substitute for a Core i7 power rig, and are only showing their age more now that more Core i7s are on the market.

Still, the gaming results we received using Unreal Tournament 3 are very respectable, and while we wouldn't call the Vaio 560F/T a strict gaming laptop per se, it's a very good multimedia machine that can handle most games. Its performance lagged behind the HP Envy 15, but not by much--and for a $999 laptop, that's worth considering.

Juice box
Sony Vaio FW560F/T Mainstream (Avg watts/hour)
Off (60%) 0.65
Sleep (10%) 1.76
Idle (25%) 16.18
Load (05%) 58.07
Raw kWh Number 102.52
Annual Energy Cost $11.64

Annual power consumption cost
Sony Vaio VGN-FW560F/T
$11.64 

The Vaio FW560F/T had the best battery life of any of the four high-end retail systems we tested as part of the 2009 holiday retail laptop roundup, but the 2 hours and 40 minutes the battery achieved was not spectacular, and is a turn for the worse compared with its predecessor, the FW480J/T. Many laptops are packing larger batteries and getting longer battery life nowadays, particularly Apple's MacBook Pro lineup, and we would have accepted a slightly heavier chassis for a larger battery here, no question. It's the one weak link in an otherwise solid Vaio package.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VGN-FW560F/T
1082 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VGN-FW560F/T
144 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VGN-FW560F/T
185 

Unreal Tournament 3
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,280x800, 0X AA, 8X AF*  
1,440x900, 4X AA, 8X AF*  
Sony Vaio VGN-FW560F/T @ 1,280x720 / @ 16x9
82.5 
49.1 

Video playback battery drain test (in seconds)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VGN-FW560F/T
160 

Sony includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system. While retail shops are happy to sell you an in-store extended warranty, they are often expensive and hard to use, so we don't recommend them. Vaio support is accessible through a 24-7 phone line (but it's not a free call) and a well-laid-out Web site, with an online knowledge base and driver downloads.

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System configurations:

Sony Vaio VGN-FW560F/T
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7450; 6144MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Asus G60VX-RBBX05
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7450; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M; 320GB Seagate 7,200rpm

HP Envy 15-1050nr
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i7 720QM; 6144MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

HP Pavilion dv7-3085dx
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i7 720QM; 6144MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

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Sony Vaio FW560F/T (brown)

Part Number: VGN-FW560F/T Released: Oct 22, 2009

MSRP: $999.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Oct 22, 2009
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Installed Size 6 GB
  • Color chocolate brown
  • Weight 6.8 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM / BD-ROM - fixed
  • Graphics Processor ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 - 512 MB
  • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 / 2.13 GHz
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