Pros

  • Beautiful, unusual 16.4-inch widescreen

Cons

  • Speakers are a bit of a letdown

At A Glance

The unusually wide, bright screen makes this a good laptop for working in side-by-side documents (and watching movies).

Manufacturer’s Description

Broaden your entertainment horizons with the VAIO FW198U/H notebook featuring an extra-wide 16.4" XBRITE-HiColo LCD display. Great for watching widescreen movies or viewing two websites side-by-side, this entertainment powerhouse is inspired by theater screens, born from Sony HD expertise and powered by Intel Centrino 2 processor technology.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number VGNFW198U/H
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Maximum Battery Run Time 5.50 Hour
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
FireWire/i.LINK Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 3
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
VGA Yes
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 16.40 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Mode WSXGA
Screen Resolution 1600 x 900
Graphics Controller Manufacturer ATI
Graphics Controller Model Radeon HD 3470
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 1.49 GB
Graphics Memory Accessibility Semi-shared
Storage
Storage Size 320 GB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive RPM 5400
Solid State Drive Capacity No
Optical Drive Type Blu-ray Writer
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Corporation
Manufacturer Part Number VGNFW198U/H
UPC Code 27242742864
Brand Name Sony
Product Name VAIO FW198U/H Notebook
Marketing Information Broaden your entertainment horizons with the VAIO FW198U/H notebook featuring an extra-wide 16.4" XBRITE-HiColo LCD display. Great for watching widescreen movies or viewing two websites side-by-side, this entertainment powerhouse is inspired by theater screens, born from Sony HD expertise and powered by Intel Centrino 2 processor technology.
Product Model FW198U/H
Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.sony.com
Product Line VAIO
Product Series FW
Memory
Memory Card Supported Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card
Standard Memory 4 GB
Maximum Memory 4 GB
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR2-800/PC2-6400
Number of Total Memory Slots 2
Memory Card Reader Yes
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • VAIO FW198U/H Notebook
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cable
  • Network & Communication
    Wireless LAN Yes
    Wireless LAN Manufacturer Intel
    Wireless LAN Model Wireless WiFi Link 5100AGN
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11n
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth Yes
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 1.5"
    Width 15.1"
    Depth 10.3"
    Color Titanium Gray
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Microphone Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core 2 Duo
    Processor Model T9400
    Processor Speed 2.53 GHz
    Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
    Cache 6 MB
    Bus Speed 1066 MHz
    Chipset Manufacturer Intel
    Chipset Model PM45 Express
    Software
    Operating System Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type TouchPad
    I/O Expansions
    Expansion Slot Type ExpressCard/34

    Performance

    Overall Performance
    WorldBench 6 Score 94.0
    WorldBench 6 Rating Very Good
    Battery
    Battery Life 2:32:24 AM   (hh:mm)
    Office Productivity
    Web Browsing 248.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Office Suite Use 348.0   seconds (lower is better)
    File Compression 244.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Content Creation
    Image Editing 396.0   seconds (lower is better)
    GPU Graphics Rendering 332.0   seconds (lower is better)
    CPU Graphics Rendering 609.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Encoding 252.0   seconds (lower is better)
    DVD Burning 689.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Editing 218.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Gaming
    Far Cry, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 83.09   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Doom 3, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 58.37   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Performance
    World Bench 5 Multitasking 388.0
    Number of Included Batteries 1.0