Sony launched the FW13 GU/H laptop in the Indian market recently. The laptop boasts of features like Full HD and Blue Ray drive along with a powerful processor. Is it really worth the juice? Lets find out.
|Microprocessor||Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T9400 (2.53 GHz)|
|Memory||4 GB (2 x 2048 MB)|
|Memory Max||4 GB|
|Video Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3470|
|Dedicated Video Memory||256 MB|
|Hard Drive||320 GB Serial ATA 5400 rpm|
|Multimedia Drive||Blue Ray Drive.
Supports DVD±RW/±R, DL/RAM Drive, DVD+R,DVD-R,DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, CD-ROM,CD-R, CD-RW
|Display||16.4” (41.6 cm) Wide (WXGA++: 1600 x 900) TFT Colour Display
(Clear Bright LCD)
|Wireless Connectivity||IEEE 802.11b/g Draft n|
|PC Card Slot||ExpressCard ™/34 x1|
|Built-in Camera||Motion Eye|
|Weight||3 Kg (including the supplied battery)|
|Battery Life||2 hours|
|OS||Windows Vista Ultimate|
Weighing at 3 kgs, and with a battery backup of a mere 2 hours, this seems to come under the category of Desktop Replacement laptops, and a pricey one at that. I do not know how Sony can call this a Full HD laptop when the screen has a maximum resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels. You can surely call it HD ready. But definitly not Full HD (In case you are wondering why, read this).
The laptop does look good on the memory and storage side with full 4 GB RAM and a whooping 320 GB 5400 RPM disk drive. Although, the memory is the maximum the processor can address, the disk drive could have been bigger for this price. Also, a SSD option could have made things hotter.
Having a blu ray drive with a HDMI port does not justify the high price. The fact that the LCD is only HD Ready and that you will need a higher resolution screen to view the Blue Ray discs in Full HD, one would rather go for VAIO SR series at a much lower price and buy a separate Blue Ray player with much more features.
The few good things I can spot in the laptop include the true wide screen LCD. At exact 16:9 aspect ratio, you won’t see the 2 black strips in your wide screen HD videos when you play them on this laptop. Another thing to note is that the processor is one of the fastest currently available.
I am not sure what the Motion Eye camera would do, however, it has probably something to do with sensing motion and other kid stuff.
The laptop’s MRP is an insane 1,24,900 INR. At this price, I cannot imagine any sane person buying it, considering it doesn’t even stand on the USP (Full HD) that Sony is claiming.
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