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Sony Vaio F-Series review

Sony finally releases a 3D laptop and it's expensively good
Tue May 10 2011, 13:04

Product Sony Vaio F-Series VPCF21Z1E/BI 3D
Specifications Intel Core i7 2630QM 2GHz processor, 8GB Memory, 640GB 7200RPM hard drive, 1GB Nvidia Geforce GT540M graphics, 16in LED backlit 16:9 1920x1080 3D LCD Display, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, WLAN 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 398x271x45mm, 3.1kg, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Price: £1,800+VAT

FOR A COMPANY that's so invested in the so-called 3D revolution, Sony has taken its own sweet time bringing out its first 3D laptop. The Japanese technology giant has placed a big bet on 3D and has its own 3D production and content facilities as well as a big line-up of 3D products. Now Sony has finally joined the 3D laptop market with its Vaio F-Series model.


Announced in January, the expensive VPCF21Z1E/BI Vaio F-Series laptop takes Sony's Bravia TV 3D technology and squeezes it into the laptop. As if to justify the added cost of buying the Vaio brand, Sony has also added a couple of unique 3D features like a 3D short-cut button and the ability to convert 2D content to 3D on the fly. That takes a lot of processing power and fortunately Sony hasn't scrimped on performance enhancing specifications.

Sony has given the laptop a standard black plastic gloss livery that looks nice but was a magnet for our fingerprints. We'd prefer to see an aluminium notebook chassis considering that Sony is charging a fortune, but the casing felt robust enough in use. We weren't that enamoured by the rest of the design, though.


The laptop has very unique sharp edges with a overhanging bottom lip that juts out and a raised back that tapers down. There's also no clasp or magnet to keep the lid closed and Sony moves to a matte black finish on the inside of the unit.


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