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Sony VAIO VGN-FW510F/B 16.4-Inch Black Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium)

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  • 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 Processor
  • 4GB DDR2 800MHz Memory
  • 500GB Serial ATA 5400RPM Hard Drive, DVD±R/RW Optical Drive
  • 16.4" (1600x900) Widescreen LCD Display, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
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Screen Size16.4 inches
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Max Screen Resolution1600 x 900 pixels
Processor2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
RAM4 GB DDR2
Hard Drive500 GB SATA
Graphics CoprocessorMobility Radeon HD
Chipset BrandATI
Card DescriptionMobility Radeon HD 4650
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Average Battery Life (in hours) 8 hours
Brand NameSony
SeriesModel PCG 3J1L
Item model numberVGN-FW510F/B
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Item Weight6.9 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H10.30 x 15.10 x 1.46 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeSDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive Typedvd_plus_minus_rw
Battery Typelithium_ion
  
Additional Information
ASINB002PHM0G8
Best Sellers Rank #32,592 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9.2 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 18, 2009
  
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Sony VAIO VGN-FW510F/B Notebook Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 (2.20GHz) Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 500 GB HDD 4 GB of RAM

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Customer Reviews

It has a very sleek look and performs very well.
Denise Young
I looked underneath and noticed that every time I opened the laptop lid (the screen), it was rubbing against the hinge and forcing it down.
devfox
The good thing is this never becomes one of those lap-scorchers.
D. Wong

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. Wong on December 28, 2009
Color Name: Black
Pros:
Good specs for a mid-grade notebook
Comforable & quiet keyboard
Upward facing speakers
HDMI output
Aesthetically pleasing

Cons:
LCD is dark even at full brightness
Fan comes on intermitently every 4-5 mins
Heavy (6.9 pounds)
Low battery life (~2.5hrs on light usage)

Review:
I bought this at Bestbuy the weekend of Black Friday ($649.99). It's rare to find a mid-grade notebook that has dedicated graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, GigE & 802.11n connectivity, and a 1600x900 display. Even at MSRP, the specs are pretty good for the price. The keyboard is very quiet and comfortable to type on. The touchpad is a decent size but the 2 buttons are hard to click (I generally use the touchpad tap gestures). The max volume on the speakers are pretty good and they actually face up. Many lower end notebooks have them facing down going away from your ear and also gets muffled if you put it on your bed. The HDMI is great for connecting to an external display. Unfortunately, the integrated glossy 1600x900 xbrite-eco display looks pretty bad. Even on max brightness, the LCD is not very bright. The viewing angles are bad. Normal sized text is hard to read unless you're looking at the LCD straight-on. This is my first experience with extended usage on a Sony xbrite-eco display and I'm a bit disappointed. I haven't used a TN-panel in 3 years, so I am a bit spoiled on monitors. I'm also very conscious of computer noise. The fan comes on and off frequently and cannot be controlled by 3rd party software (This is true of all Sony Vaios). I checked this out using HWMonitor. The PC idles around 50C. When the CPU gets stressed to 59C, the fan starts spinning and cooling the CPU down until 51C, then stops.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Noyd on July 24, 2010
Color Name: Gray
I have never dealt with such poor service in my entire life as I dealt with for my Sony Vaio VGN-FW. Less than six months after purchasing the computer the network connection stopped working. After two hours of dealing with Sony tech support they finally sent a technician, who replaced the network card but still didn't solve the problem. The next step was to send the computer to the Sony fix-it center where it was to be "assessed" and "processed". Then, I got the news - according to Sony the switch to the wireless card was broken in the off position, it was somehow "my fault", and it would cost $700 to replace. This was a complete and utterly false and shameful assertion on their point, especially since the only time that the wireless switch had ever been used was when the Sony tech had toggled it in her diagnostics. After two days and considerable agony dealing with the customer service center I was finally able to get Sony to agree to replace the network card with no cost. All told the experience cost me two full days of my life and a month without my computer - all to get what I should've had all along . . . a working laptop. I bought a Sony due to their reputation as a top-notch brand, but I will never make that mistake again - they were deceitful in how they approached the issue and they made every attempt to screw me along the way.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By F. Isa on November 29, 2009
Color Name: Black
I recently bought the FW 501F and it is a great laptop for home and study projects, solidly built and with superb performance and capacity for gaming and browsing. If you do not mind the lack of BD player, this laptop is a winner, but amazon's prices for the same product are way above than Best Buy ($200+ difference). I already own a sony laptop FW 270J and they are excellent products. I would recommend this sony to anyone, over almost any other brands.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erik-divedeeper on January 17, 2010
Color Name: Gray Verified Purchase
I recently purchased this for Christmas for a family member as a gift. The Sony VAIO VGN-FW510F/H 16.4-Inch Gray Laptop is very user friendly. The person using this is not the best with computer technology but Sony makes things very easy to understand and all the functions are obvious and easy. Windows 7 is very nice, intuitive and connected with printers and other peripherals very easily. I think for under $800 this laptop is a great buy. 16.4 "makes it easy to read for the entire family, and yet it is not cumbersome at all. I like this much better than the 14 or 15" models I looked at in the stores.
Battery life is not bad, but less than the stats stated here. I'd say 90 min is reasonable expectation with normal use. No blu-ray drive, but that isn't a big deal to me yet. Otherwise, I can't find much wrong with this laptop, and I would buy again if I needed another one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jaffrey W. Ali on January 8, 2010
Color Name: Black
First of all I currently own 4 Sony Vaio Computers:

1. Vaio FW (upgraded to Windows 7 Professional): Just a fantastic combination of performance and build quility. True workhorse. HPs and Dell look dull compared to the sleek and elegant FW.

2. Vaio X (64GB SSD + Verizon broadband): Light as a feather, fantastic design, leaves all other netbooks in the dust, Mac Air looks boring compared to this. Performance is significantly faaster than the air as well. Includes VGA and Full Windows 7 Home Premium (which means it comes with the fantastic Windows Media Center). Includes 14 hour extended battery. Even with the extended battery the X looks sleeker than the Mac Air!

3. Vaio TP: I paid around $2000 for this excellent home theatre PC that does eveything. Again, very sleek and excellent performance.

4. Vaio LT All in one: I paid around $2000 for this, again an excellent all in one, better than an iMac in every way possible. Better audio (includes a built in sub woofer!), Blu Ray player and includes Vista Media Center + HD TV Tuner!

So what's the problem? For both the TP and LT computers which are Vista Sony support refuses to upgrade the graphics drivers to support windows 7. This means I can NEVER upgrade these from Vista to Windows 7. Sony makes great hardware, no question. But when it comes to support they are the worse. So IF you are budget conscious in any way or need your computer to be future proof for more than a couple of years NEVER EVER consider a Sony. This is coming from a big Sony supporter. Unlike Apple who back their hardware, Sony does NO such thing. You're on your own with Sony.

The FW is a great notebook and so far has worked flawlessly for me, but recent history tells me that Sony will probably not support it, now that the F series is out.
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