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Sony VAIO VPC-CW21FX/L Laptop with Core i3 Review

The Sony VAIO VPC-CW21FX/L laptop has an Intel Core i3 processor, a 14.1″ display and Microsoft Windows 7.

Sony VAIO VPC CW21FX/L Laptop with Core i3 Review

Sony VAIO VPC-CW21FXL Laptop

This laptop features Intel’s latest Core i3-330M processor. The Core i3 features two processing cores capable of four threads.  It’s  a 64-bit processor that has 3 MB of L3 cache and runs at 2.13 GHz. It’s built on a 32 nm die.  That means lower power, and less heat, which is what you’re looking for in a laptop.  It has 4 GB of DDR3 SDRAM (1066MHz) and can be expanded to 8 GB.  Plenty of memory to handle your daily tasks.

The display is a 14″ LED backlit LCD display with a resolution of 1366×768.  This bright display is driven by the NVIDIA GeForce 310M Graphics engine.  The chip has 256MB of dedicated DDR3 video memory (up to 2267 MB with shared memory).   The GPU comes with NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology–helping extend battery life, reducing fan noise, and freeing the CPU for multitasking.

For storage the laptop comes with a 500GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive. It’s a 5400RPM drive.  The optical drive is an integrated DVD±R Double Layer/DVD±RW Drive.  The media reader slots include support for Memory Stick DUO media slot, ExpressCard® /34 slot,  SD memory card slot.

For networking there is a Gigabit Ethernet (10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T) wired port (RJ-45) available For wireless networking there is the built-in Atheros 802.11b/g/n wireless network connection.  This laptop also includes integrated Stereo A2DP Bluetooth® technology. Other ports include 3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports, HDMI port for connecting to your HDTV, a VGA connector for connecting an external monitor, firewire port, headphone out and microphone in ports.

You can video chat with the webcam and microphone built in to the bezel.  You can also use the included face recognition software to use the webcam as a security device.

This Sony VAIO comes installed with Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition.  Other software includes Norton Internet Security 2010 30-Day Trial, AOL® 90-Day Risk Free Trial (new users only), Microsoft® Works SE 9.0 with 60-Day trial version of Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007, VAIO® Care, VAIO Media Gallery and PMB VAIO Edition, Click to Disc Editor, VAIO® Movie Story and VAIO® Media plus Multimedia Streaming Software.

The laptop measures 9.18″ x 13.44″ x 1.52″ and weighs 5.3 pounds.  It comes with a standard capacity Lithium ion battery which provides up to 4 hours of unplugged power.

You can find the Sony VAIO VPC-CW21FX/L laptop for around $800.

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