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Sony Vaio CW series (VPCCW1S1E) review: Sony Vaio CW series (VPCCW1S1E)

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The Good Stylish design; excellent 3D graphics; useful pre-boot Web browser.

The Bad Screen viewing angles are rather tight; on the heavy side.

The Bottom Line Mid-range, medium-size entertainment laptops are usually let down by lacklustre 3D graphics performance, but the Sony Vaio VPCCW1S1E has enough power to satisfy all but the most demanding gamer. It's a great multimedia machine, even in pink

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8.3 Overall

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Medium-size entertainment laptops are a popular choice. They pack, or at least should pack, enough power to do justice to music, movies and games at home, yet are still portable enough to use on the move for more serious pursuits. On paper, Sony's new CW-series Vaio VPCCW1S1E certainly seems to have the specs to satisfy, but does it deliver the goods in practice?

Putrid in pink
There are five models in the CW series. They all have the same specification, differing only in the colour of their case. Sony supplied us with a garish pink model. The outer lid and large, raised wrist rest are finished in the same deep shade of pink, but the screen bezel and keyboard surround have a paler, pearly finish. If the colour were different, this would all be rather fetching.

The 14-inch chassis makes the VPCCW1S1E a good size for slipping into a bag, but its 2.4kg weight is at the upper end of what we'd consider suitable for carrying around all day.

Film-friendly display
Screens with 16:9 aspect ratios are fast becoming standard issue. The widescreen-movie-friendly shape makes sense on an entertainment laptop like the VPCCW1S1E, even though you have to sacrifice vertical pixels.

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