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Sony VAIO Laptop VGN-FW518F/B with Intel Centrino 2

The Sony Vaio (model: VGN-FW518F/B) laptop has a dual-core Intel Core 2  Duo processor, a 16.4″ LCD display and Microsoft Windows 7.

Sony VAIO Laptop VGN FW518F/B with Intel Centrino 2

Sony VAIO Laptop VGN-FW518F-B

The Intel inside is the Intel Centrino 2 (model: P7450).  This is a 64-bit, dual-core processor running at 2.13 GHz.  The CPU has 3MB of L2 cache and is built on a 45nm process. The board uses the Mobile Intel® PM45 Express chipset. The laptop comes with 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 memory running on the 1066MHz front-side bus (FSB).  It can handle a maximum of 8GB of memory.

The system comes with a 16.4″ LCD display with a resolution of 1600×900.  No division necessary to figure out this screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio.  The screen is driven by ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 graphics with 512MB dedicated video memory and 3820MB total available graphics memory using shared system memory.  This chip supports Microsoft DirectX 10.1.

For storage there is a 500GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive that rotates at 5400RPM.  Plenty of space, but not the quickest drive around.  The optical drive is a Blu-ray Disc-enabled DVD±RW/CD-RW drive which features full read and write support for next-generation Blu-ray Disc (BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE). Double-layer support using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media.

For networking the system comes with a built-in 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet LAN for wired connectivity (RJ-45).  The wireless networking comes from the Intel® Wi-Fi Link 5100AGN adapter (802.11a/b/g/n).  This laptop also offers Bluetooth support.

External ports include i.LINK (IEEE 1394) port, 1 ExpressCard/34, 1 HDMI port, headphone out, microphone  and 3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports. For digital data transfer and mobile digital imaging capabilities; Secure Digital media slot and Memory Stick PRO media slot with MagicGate functionality and Memory Stick and Memory Stick Duo support. There’s also a built-in MOTION EYE webcam and microphone with face-tracking technology for easy video chatting.

The laptop comes install with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition.  Other software includes Microsoft Works SE 9.0 and a 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007.

This Vaio measures 10.3″ x 15.1″ x 1.5″ and weighs 6.9 pounds.  Not exactly the smallest Vaio on the market.

You can find the Sony Vaio (model: VGN-FW518F/B) laptop for around $850.

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