The Good Great keyboard, touch pad; nice-looking design; very good performance.
The Bad No Bluetooth, media control keys; below average battery life.
The Bottom Line The Sony Vaio VGN-NW240F is a well designed mainstream notebook with respectable performance and features for the money.
Sony Vaio VGN-NW240F
Editors' note: This review is part of our 2009 Retail Laptop and Desktop Holiday Roundup, which covers specific fixed configurations of popular systems found in retail stores.
Everything about the Sony Vaio NW240F is pretty pleasing. For starters, it looks good and unlike its glossy plastic shelfmates, the textured chassis doesn't feel cheap or end up covered in fingerprints from simply picking it up. It's well configured for general home and office duties and the port assortment is more than just basics. Some might see it as slightly pricey for what you get--similar configurations can be found for less--but the Sony is not what we'd consider overpriced. In the end, the NW240F is just a respectable mainstream notebook with a look and feel above much of its competition, which is worth a few extra dollars to us.