The Sony Vaio F Series featured a 3D display earlier this year, but the summer refresh for this Vaio line brings 2D back into the light, although Sony still positions the Vaio F as a multimedia powerhouse. The 1080p screen is very good, and when I first looked at the laptop, I thought that it was an IPS display because the viewing angle was great. It turns out that it is not IPS, but a LED backlit display. At the top, there’s a webcam with a Sony Exmor sensor.
To provide a complete experience, Sony has improved the design of the speaker. Its new design directs the sound towards the user (instead of “up”). I haven’t been able to test it in a proper environment, but that should make things better.
On the inside, Sony has selected an Intel Quad-Core processor (Sandy Bridge architecture) couple with a GeForce GT540M with 512MB or 1GB or video memory. Obviously, users can opt for a Blu-Ray player (R/RW). By default, the Vaio F comes with 7200rpm hard disks. For video creators, there are two USB 3.0 ports, which will help move movie files around faster.
Other details: the keyboard is backlit and there’s a button to turn the trackpad OFF (it’s convenient for gamers).
Sony ships the Vaio F with a 6-Cell battery that is rated for 5hrs in standard battery depletion tests. If you want to, there’s a 9-Cell battery that sticks out to raise the back of the computer. With the 6-Cell battery, the weight is 6.2Lbs.