Sony VAIO FZ180 review: Sony VAIO FZ180

The FZ180 ran for 2 hours and 2 minutes on our DVD battery drain test, using the included lithium ion battery. Two hours from a 15-inch laptop isn't especially impressive but falls within acceptable parameters and was better than the HP dv6500t. Our DVD battery drain test is especially grueling, so you can expect longer life from casual Web surfing and office use.

Sony includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system, which included on-site service. Upgrading to a three-year plan will cost an extra $199. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line and an online support Web site, which helpfully gives you a custom page of links to manuals and drivers for your specific model.

Multimedia multitasking test (in minutes)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio FZ180
1,016 

Adobe Photoshop CS2 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio FZ180
308 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in minutes)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio FZ180
194 

Microsoft Office productivity test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Gateway E-475M
1,260 
Sony Vaio FZ180
1,342 

DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio FZ180
122 

'Quake 4' performance (in frames per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,024x768, 4xAA 8xAF  
Sony Vaio FZ180
50.1 

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System configurations:

Sony VAIO FZ180
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

HP Pavilion dv6500t
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM; 128MB Nvidia 8400M GS; 200GB Toshiba 4,200rpm

Dell Inspiron E1505
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7200; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon x1400; 100GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

Gateway E-475M
Windows Vista Business Edition; 2.2GHz Intel Core Duo T7500; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD2300; 100GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

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Where to Buy

Sony VAIO FZ180U/B (Core 2 Duo 2GHz, 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, Vista Ultimate)

Part Number: VGNFZ180U/B Released: Jun. 1, 2007

MSRP: $2,149.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jun. 1, 2007
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Weight 5.7 lbs
  • Optical Drive BD-RE - fixed
  • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
  • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 / 2 GHz