Sony VAIO VPC-F12M0E/B review

A stunningly high-powered Blu-ray media centre, ideal for both work and play

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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  • Awesome performance
  • Blu-ray drive
  • Full HD screen
  • Build quality


  • Mobility

Sony's VAIO laptops are among the world's best known portables and offer the latest technology to consumers at affordable prices. The VAIO VPCF12M0E/B is a stunning big screen Blu-ray media centre and provides staggering quad-core performance.

Powered by a powerful Intel Core i7 740M processor, we expected cutting-edge power, but initial results from MobileMark benchmark tests proved underwhelming. It was only after extensive supplementary testing that the full power of this CPU was revealed.

Vastly outperforming the Apple MacBook Pro and HP Elitebook 8440p – two stunning powerhouses in their own right – this is one of the fastest laptops you can buy. Complex multi-tasking is made easy and even the most demanding software runs with ease, making this a great choice for busy students.

Graphics are similarly exceptional, with the dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT 330M GPU. The latest games and high-definition (HD) video run smoothly and quickly, so whether you want to use your laptop for work or play, you'll be fully catered for with the VAIO.

Adding to such capable multimedia potential is the stunning 16.4-inch screen. Featuring a Full HD resolution, HD video can run in all its glory for the sharpest image possible. Colour and contrast are equally striking, offering vibrant images that leap from the screen.

Blu-ray entertainment

With such powerful performance and vibrant images, it's no surprise to see a Blu-ray drive included as standard. You can watch the latest high-definition movies with vastly better image quality than standard DVDs.

It's to Sony's credit that this is also a great machine to work with. The keyboard is among the best we have used and consistently comfortable to use, so you'll never find it a chore to use when studying.

Sony build

Build quality is also excellent, with the chassis feeling strong and more than tough enough for the years ahead.

At 3.1kg, basic mobility is provided, but this is a machine better suited to use at home than on the move, although 207 minutes of battery power is on offer when needed. Rounding out this excellent machine is Microsoft Office Starter 2010 software.

Providing cut-down versions of Microsoft's market-leading word processing and spreadsheet tools, you'll have all you need to get started when you reach university.

Combining stunning performance, great usability and HD features, the VAIO VPCF12M0E/B is a fantastic machine at this price. Costing £650 less than the MacBook Pro, it stands head and shoulders above all competition at this price.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 330M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Maximum Battery Run Time3 Hour
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyVAIO F
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-740QM
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSony
Processor Speed1.73 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size41.7 cm (16.4")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.10 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY 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 Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height41 mm
Width387.2 mm
Depth263 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesF
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelVPCF12M0E/B
Product NameVAIO VPCF12M0E/B Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineVAIO
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVPCF12M0E/B.CEK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

See how your favourite movies and games come alive on a sophisticated VAIO Display Premium screen. Scenes are ultra bright with the highest levels of colour and contrast for amazing realism. The real-wide 16:9 format gives reduced black bars so you can see more of the action, wherever you are sitting.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • VAIO VPCF12M0E/B Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord