Sony VAIO VPC-F11M1E/H review

  • £894

A very impressive machine that is packed full of great features

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Our Verdict

A good laptop with some great features, but we get they impression certain things have been dropped to hit the price point

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Blu-ray drive
  • Good quality screen
  • Build
  • Powerful

Against

  • Connectivity
  • Dim screen
  • Cheap looking plastics

Sony's VAIO F-Series is a relatively new release and comprises midrange multimedia machines. The VAIO VPC-F11M1E/H is not the best looking machine but, like the Samsung R780, offers great value for money in terms of performance, and is also a great laptop for watching Blu-ray movies on.

This is due to the impressive widescreen display. It may not be the brightest, but the 1920 x 1080-pixel Full HD resolution provides razor-sharp images. Colours are excellent, with contrast really impressing and, consequently, Blu-ray movies look amazing.

However, the high resolution, when combined with the relatively small 16.4-inch screen, means that text can appear quite small, which may not suit those with poor eyesight.

The laptop's chassis isn't as strikingly designed as the Samsung R780, and the matt-silver plastics make the machine look cheaper than it actually is. However, the laptop hardly shows dirt at all, meaning minimum upkeep is required during ownership.

The keyboard is large, spacious and provides a firm and concise typing experience. The keys themselves feature a textured finish which provides a nice feel and a good purchase when typing.

Although the benchmark results for the laptop don't look encouraging initially, having carried out further tests, we actually found performance to be excellent and on a par with the Acer Aspire 8942G-526G64Bi – and this despite featuring 2048MB less memory.

3D performance isn't as impressive, and if you're looking to play the latest games with all the settings turned up, then the Acer is the better choice. There's plenty of power for creating PowerPoint presentations and even editing high-definition movies, however.

Standard storage

The 500GB hard drive is standard for this price and provides lots of space for your files and folders, alongside any media libraries you may have.

As with the other laptops, the Blu-ray drive is read only, so you can't burn Blu-ray discs. You can create DVDs and CDs, however.

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While the latest networking technology is on board, this laptop features only three USB ports, which could prove a little limiting if you use a lot of peripherals. Two are also placed very closely next to each other, meaning one large peripheral can easily obscure both ports.

The Sony VAIO VPC-F11M1E/H is a great machine that offers powerful performance at a price that won't break the bank.

Its 3D performance may not be as impressive as the Acer here, but it's still good enough to carry out resource intensive multimedia tasks.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 330M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Maximum Battery Run Time3.16 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
FireWire/i.LINKYes
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyVAIO F
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-520M
ColourGrey
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSony
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size41.7 cm (16.4")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.20 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEco Mark (Japan), ENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelPM55 Express
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports2
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10666
Height41 mm
Width387.2 mm
Depth263 mm
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesF
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelF11M1E/H
Product NameVAIO F11M1E/H Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineVAIO
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVPCF11M1E/H.CEK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

The VAIO F11M1E/H Notebook includes Full HD screen resolution and Blu-ray Disc reader for enjoying high definition movies wherever you go. Fast-moving action is smooth and crystal clear with Motion Reality HD and high performance NVIDIA graphics.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • VAIO F11M1E/H Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord