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Sony VAIO VGN-FZ Series

alaTest has collected and analyzed 765 reviews of Sony VAIO VGN-FZ Series. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the screen and usability. The portability and design are also appreciated. Comments about the connectivity and reliability are different, while the energy efficiency and battery get negative reviews.

performance, design, portability, usability, screen

battery, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony VAIO VGN-FZ Series is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony VAIO VGN-FZ Series

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony VAIO VGN-FZ Series from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the design and performance. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, but the reliability and price get critical comments.

portability, usability, image quality, performance, design

price, reliability

75% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Vaio TZ21WN/B Notebook Core 2 Duo (U7500) 1.06GHz 2048MB (1x2048MB) 100GB 11.1 inch WXGA TFT DVD±RW DL/RAM Web Cam Modem LAN WLAN BT Vista BusineSony Vaio TZ21WN/B Notebook Core 2 Duo (U7500) 1.06GHz 2048MB (1x2048MB) 100GB 11.1 inch WXGA TFT DVD±RW DL/RAM Web Cam Modem LAN WLAN BT Vista Busine

Mar, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony VAIO VGN-FZ Series

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 486 user reviews of Sony VAIO VGN-FZ Series from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the screen and usability. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the energy efficiency and battery. There are some mixed views about the connectivity.

performance, portability, design, usability, screen

battery, energy

71% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO VGN-FS660/W 15.4" Laptop (Intel Pentium M Processor 740, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD+R Dbl Layer/DVD+/-RW Drive)Sony VAIO VGN-FS660/W 15.4" Laptop (Intel Pentium M Processor 740, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD+R Dbl Layer/DVD+/-RW Drive)

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Edward Chester (trustedreviews.com)

Sony VAIO VGN-FZ11L

 

Sony's budget entertainment laptop gets a Santa Rosa makeover.

As well as the aforementioned GeForce 8400M GT the specification of the VGN-FZ11L is quite impressive. A Core 2 Duo T7100 running at 1.8GHz, coupled with 2GB DDR2 667MHz RAM, lies at its core. Storage comes courtesy of a 120GB HDD, a multi format...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Stephen Patrick (pocket-lint.com)

Sony VAIO VGN-FZ21M laptop

 

The Sony VAIO VGN-FZ21M is a great example of a notebook aimed at those who want to do more than just write documents and answer emails when on the move, as Sony has designed it to be a multimedia machine. Weighing in at 2.6kg, it is not the lightest...

Blu-ray drive, great screen

Poor battery life, poor performance

The Sony VAIO VGN-FZ21M should be a powerhouse notebook, as it packs in all the features the modern user wants and needs. Sadly, we found it didn't live up to expectations, with the battery life and all-round performance less than ideal. On the plus...

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : Jeff Parsons (techradar.com)

Sony VAIO VPC-EB3J0E/WI review

 

Beautiful design and a great keyboard, but a below-average battery life

Good usability ; Decent performance ; Good screen

No dedicated graphics ; Battery life

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : TechRadar (techradar.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ21WN review

 

Sony's latest laptop is small, beautiful...and delicate, too

Good connectivity ; Sturdy design ; Attractive looks

Awkward trackpad ; Expensive

Gorgeous, but a limited machine that’s costly

Mar, 2008

Expert review by : TechRadar (techradar.com)

Sony VAIO VGN-FZ21M review

 

A laptop boasting its own Blu-ray drive among some other funky features

Blu-ray optical drive ; Stunning screen ; Excellent 3D performance ; Great value for money

Poor mobility ; Lacklustre performance

High-definition compatibility ideal for multimedia use, but mobility is limited

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Sony VAIO VGN-TZ21WN/B review

 

Impressive battery life, mobility and style

Excellent screen ; Good battery life ; 3G/HSDPA

Keyboard prone to flexing ; Just two USB ports

A diminutive laptop with style, comfort and an outstanding battery life

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Sony Vaio VGN-FZ11Z review

 

When Full HD isn't actually Full HD

Well designed ; Easy to use ; Powerful ; Blu-ray drive included

Non-Full HD display

An attractive and powerful machine that will more than satisfy multimedia users

Aug, 2007

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony Vaio EB3E9E review

 

Sony's Vaios have always been a little more expensive than the competition, but the premium is usually worth it if you care about aesthetics. Where some similarly priced laptops make do with a cheap-looking black plastic case, the attractive EB3E9E...

The Vaio styling and build quality make the EB3E9E an attractive choice, but it's a little overpriced compared to the competition.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony Vaio VGN-FZ19VN review

 

At 2.6kg, the Vaio is a few hundred grams lighter than other 15.4in notebooks we've seen, although it's not as light or as compact as the Satellite, which has a smaller screen.

Sony's Vaio is lighter than many of the 15.4in notebooks here, but is no less feature packed. If you need a 15.4in display but don't want to haul around a heavy notebook, the Vaio is very attractive. If the Dell's 3D performance doesn't interest you,...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Carla Thornton (techadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Vaio VGN-FZ180EB laptop PC

 

The Sony Vaio VGN-FZ180EB is a mid-size laptop PC with a nice screen.

If you want a top-notch multimedia laptop, look to a Dell Inspiron or a Toshiba Satellite. For a nice work laptop with a great 15.4in screen, though, this Vaio VGN-FZ180EB fills the bill.

Aug, 2007

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v3 / HD / High Definition Audio / Intel High Definition Audio
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2

Battery

Battery Capacity:3500
Battery life (max):2.5 / 3 / 3.3 / 4 / 4.5 / 5.5
Battery recharge time:3.5
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camera

Front Camera:No / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3 / 1.3
Video capturing speed:15 / 30

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black / Brown / Silver / White
Product colour:Black / Brown / Silver / White

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display diagonal:28.2 / 33.3 / 33.8 / 39 / 39.1 / 39.4
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1366 x 768 / 1600 x 900
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:HD+
LED Backlight: Yes
Touchscreen: No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 3430 / Intel 4500M / Intel GMA 4500MHD / Intel GMA 950 / Intel GMA X3100 / Intel HD Graphics / Intel X3100 / No / NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT / NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS / NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 / NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M GT
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.128 / 0.256 / 0.335 / 0.358 / 1.5 / 1.75 / 1.751 / 128
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):667
On-board graphics adapter family:AMD Radeon HD 4000 / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 4250 / Intel HD Graphics

Hard drive

Hard disk drive type:Serial ATA

Keyboard

Keyboard key pitch:1.91
Keyboard key stroke:2
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:103 / 82 / 86
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad

Memory

Internal Memory:0.5 / 1 / 2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2 / 4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 533 / 667 / 800
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 0.5 / 2 x 0.5 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Networking features:100 BASE-TX/10 BASE-T / 802.11a/b/g, Gigabit Ethernet, HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
Networking type:100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):54
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

BD-R read speed:1.6 / 2 / 4
BD-R write speed:1
BD-RE read speed:1.6 / 2 / 4
BD-RE write speed:1
BD-ROM read speed:2 / 4
CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:24
CD write speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:16 / 24 / 8
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:10 / 16 / 24 / 8
DVD read speed:8
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:6 / 8
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:2 / 4 / 6
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM read speed:5
DVD-RAM write speed:5
DVD-RW read speed:6 / 8
DVD-RW write speed:2.4 / 6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:6 / 8
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4 / 6
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:4 / 8
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other features

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v3 / HD / High Definition Audio / Intel High Definition Audio
Battery Life:385
Battery recharge time (off):3.75
Battery Type:VGP-BPS12 / VGP-BPS2A/S / VGP-BPS8
Bluetooth range:10
Charging Time:330
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):315 x 234.3 x 32.6 / 356 x 254 x 34 / 360 x 280 x 38 / 364 x 264.5 x 29
Display:LCD
Effective megapixels (image):0.3
Frame rate:30
Graphics adapter family:AMD / ATI / Intel / nVidia
Infrared data port: No
Internal Memory:2048
Internal modem:No / Yes
L2 Cache:2048
Maximum internal memory:2048
Modem Speed:54 / 56
Modem type:V.90/V.92 / V.92/V.90 / V92/V.90
Power requirements:100 - 240V / 100-240V / 95W + 10%
Power supply type:AC/DC
RJ-45 ports quantity:1
TV in port: No
Type:PC
USB version:2.0
Weight:1.19
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/b/g / 802.11a/b/g / 802.11a/b/g/Draft n / 802.11b/g / IEEE 802.11a/b/g / Link 5100AGN / Wi-Fi / WiFi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Handheld remote control:N

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Handheld remote control: No
Power cord included: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:No / Type I / Type II
CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:1
Charging port type:DC-in jack
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1 / Yes
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
Parallel ports quantity:2
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV Out:N / Y
TV out port:No / S-Video
TV out port type:S-Video
TV out type:S-Video
TV-Out :Y
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3 / 4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Processor

Bus type:DMI / FSB
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10 / 11 / 12 / 18 / 8 / 9 / 9.4
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
L2 Cache:3
L3 Cache:3
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):17.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:800,1066
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset: / Intel 945GM Express / Intel 945GMS Express / Intel GM45 Express / Intel HM55 Express / Intel PM965 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:291 / 382 / 410
PCI Express configurations:1x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing Die size:107 / 143 / 81
Processor cache:1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache level:L2
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Arrandale / Merom / Penryn
Processor core voltage (AC):1.0375 - 1.30 / 1.062 - 1.150
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:AMD Athlon II Dual-Core / Intel Celeron Mobile / Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel Core i3-xxx / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.06 / 1.2 / 1.73 / 1.8 / 2 / 2.00 / 2.2 / 2.4 / 2.53
Processor front side bus:1066 / 533 / 667 / 800
Processor lithography:32 / 45 / 65
Processor Manufacturer:AMD
Processor Model:I3-370M / P340 / P9500 / T6400 / T6670 / T7100 / T7200 / T7250 / T7300 / U7500 / U7600
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo P9000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T6000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T7000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo U7000 series / Intel Core i3-300 Mobile series
Processor Socket:PBGA479, PPGA478 / Socket 478 / Socket 479 / Socket 988 / Socket P
Processor system type:Up
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:B2 / C0 / K0 / L2 / M0 / R0
System bus rate:2.5
Tcase:68
Thermal Design Power (TDP):10 / 25 / 34 / 35
Tjunction:100 / 105 / 90

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):No / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):No / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):No / Yes
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): No
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:29759 / 29763 / 29764 / 31728 / U7500
Processor code:SLA2U / SLA49 / SLB4E / SLBUK / SLGJ4
Processor package size:35 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / N / No
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader: Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Bundled software:- SonicStageCP 4.2\n- SonicStage Mastering Studio 2.3\n- Adobe Premiere Elements 3\n- VAIO Edit components\n- VAIO Photo & Video Suite\n- WinDVD 8.0 for VAIO\n- Adobe Photoshop Elements 5\n- Google Picasa\n- Easy Media creator 9\n- Click to DVD 2.6\n- Adobe Reader 8.0\n- Adobe Standard 8\n- Microsoft Works 8.5\n- VAIO Recovery Utility 2.6\n- Skype / -SonicStageCP 4.2, SonicStage Mastering Studio 2.3;\n-DVgate Plus 2.3, WinDVD 8.0(VAIO);\n-Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0;\n-Easy Media creator 9, Click to DVD 2.6;\n-Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0, Adobe Reader 8.0, Microsoft Works 8.5;\n-VAIO Recovery Utility 2.6, Protector Suite QL 5, Infineon TPM Professional. / -SonicStageCP 4.2.\n-VAIO Photo & Video Suite, WinDVD 8.0 (VAIO).\n-Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0.\n-Easy Media creator 9, Click to DVD 2.6.\n-Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0, Adobe Reader 8.0, Microsoft Works 8.5.\n-VAIO Recovery Utility 2.6, Protector Suite QL 5, Infineon TPM Professional Package. / -SonicStageCP 4.2;SonicStage Mastering Studio 2.3.\n-Adobe Premiere Elements 3, VAIO Edit components, VAIO Photo & Video Suite, WinDVD 8.0 (VAIO).\n-Adobe Photoshop Elements 5, Google Picasa;\n-Easy Media creator 9, Click to DVD 2.6;\n-Adobe Reader 8.0, Adobe Standard 8, Microsoft Works 8.5;\n-VAIO Recovery Utility 2.6, Skype, Google; / -SonicStageCP 4.2;\n-VAIO Photo & Video Suite, WinDVD 8.0 (VAIO);\n-Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0;\n-Easy Media Creator 9, Click to DVD 2.6;\n-Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0, Adobe Reader 8.0, Microsoft Works 8.5;\n-VAIO Recovery Utility 2.6, Protector Suite QL 5, Infineon TPM Professional Pack; / Adobe PhotoShop Elements\nGoogle Picasa\nVAIO Photo & Video Suite;WinDVD (VAIO)\nSonicStage \nGoogle pack\nAdobe Reader;Adobe Acrobat Standard\nMicrosoft Works\nSkype / Adobe Reader 9, Microsoft Office Starter 2010 / Microsoft Works SE 9.0.\nVAIO Startup Assistant Click to Disc Editor - Import, Edit, Burn VAIO Movie Story - Simple Movie Creation VAIO MusicBox - Music by Mood VAIO Media plus - Multimedia Streaming Software. / SonicStage CP 4.0\nDVgate Plus 2.2, WinDVD 5.0\nGoogle Picasa\nRoxio DigitalMedia SE 7, Click to DVD 2.5\nAdobe Reader 7.0, Microsoft Works 8.5, Microsoft Office 2003 SBE / SonicStageCP 4.2; SonicStage Mastering Studio 2.3, Adobe Premiere Elements 3, VAIO Edit components, VAIO Photo & Video Suite, WinDVD 8.0, Photo Adobe Photoshop Elements 5, Google Picasa, CD-DVD Burning Easy Media creator 9, Click to DVD 2.6, Adobe Reader 8.0, Adobe Standard 8, Microsoft Works 8.5, Norton Internet Security 2007, VAIO Recovery Utility 2.6 - HDD recovery, Skype / Windows Media Player 11, WinDVD 8.0, Google Picasa, Easy Media Creator 10, Adobe Reader 8.1, Adobe Standard 8
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows Vista Business / Windows Vista Home Premium / Windows XP Professional
Trial software:McAfee,Norton Online Backup / Microsoft Office Ready 2007, McAfee Internet Security Suite / Microsoft Windows Live OneCare.\nMicrosoft Office Home and 2007.

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MS Duo, MS PRO, SD / MS Duo, MS Pro, SD / MS Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO, SD / SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:100 / 320
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Ultra-ATA/133
Hard drive speed:4200 / 5400 / 7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:100 / 120 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 80

Technical Details

Instant On: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:19.8 / 21 / 23.4 / 24.8 / 25 / 25.4 / 26.4 / 27 / 3
Depth (imperial):24.8
Height :2 / 2.45 / 2.9 / 2.98 / 3 / 3.11 / 3.26 / 3.45
Height (front):2.5 / 3.1 / 3.15 / 3.2
Height (front) (imperial):3.2
Height (rear):3.56 / 3.73 / 3.8 / 3.81
Height (rear) (imperial):3.73
Weight:1.19 / 1.24 / 1.5 / 1.69 / 2.6 / 2.68 / 2.7 / 2.8 / 2.9 / 3 / 3.1
Width:25.6 / 27.7 / 31.4 / 31.5 / 35.6 / 36 / 36.4 / 37
Width (imperial):37