Pros

  • Superior media experience
  • Excellent software bundle

Cons

  • Pokey for a desktop replacement
  • Fair battery life

At A Glance

A home theater AV powerhouse that unfortunately cuts a couple corners for gamers.

Manufacturer’s Description

The VAIO AW230J/H notebook is an HD multimedia powerhouse boasting an 18.4" extra-widescreen display with XBRITE-FullHD LCD technology. Designed to maximize LCD space while minimizing chassis size, this user friendly notebook packs a powerful punch with Blu-ray Disc technology, external nVIDIA graphics and Intel Centrino 2 processor technology. Whether you're a gamer, photographer or movie enthusiast, this cutting-edge notebook lets you enjoy all your media in full 1080p high definition. And with Dolby Home Theater surround sound and 5 built-in speakers, including a subwoofer, you'll enjoy an immersive audio experience that puts this machine a step ahead of the pack.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number VGNAW230J/H
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Maximum Battery Run Time 2.50 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 18.40 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Mode Full HD
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Graphics Controller Manufacturer NVIDIA
Graphics Controller Model GeForce 9600M GT
Graphics Memory Accessibility Semi-shared
Storage
Storage Size 500 GB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive RPM 5400
Solid State Drive Capacity No
Optical Drive Type Blu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Corporation
Manufacturer Part Number VGNAW230J/H
UPC Code 27242761131
Brand Name Sony
Product Name VAIO AW230J/H Notebook
Marketing Information The VAIO AW230J/H notebook is an HD multimedia powerhouse boasting an 18.4" extra-widescreen display with XBRITE-FullHD LCD technology. Designed to maximize LCD space while minimizing chassis size, this user friendly notebook packs a powerful punch with Blu-ray Disc technology, external nVIDIA graphics and Intel Centrino 2 processor technology. Whether you're a gamer, photographer or movie enthusiast, this cutting-edge notebook lets you enjoy all your media in full 1080p high definition. And with Dolby Home Theater surround sound and 5 built-in speakers, including a subwoofer, you'll enjoy an immersive audio experience that puts this machine a step ahead of the pack.
Product Model AW230J/H
Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.sony.com
Product Line VAIO
Product Series AW
Memory
Memory Card Supported Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, CompactFlash (CF) Card
Standard Memory 4 GB
Maximum Memory 8 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 AW230J/H Notebook
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cable
  • Additional Information

    Hard Drive Detail(s):

  • 2 x 250GB
  • Graphic Controller Detail(s):

  • nVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, total available graphics memory of 2280MB (max.) with dedicated video memory of 512MB
  • 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
    Bluetooth Standard Bluetooth 2.1
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 1.6"
    Width 17.2"
    Depth 11.4"
    Color Titanium Gray
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Microphone Yes
    Finger Print Reader Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core 2 Duo
    Processor Model P8600
    Processor Speed 2.40 GHz
    Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
    Cache 3 MB
    Bus Speed 1066 MHz
    Chipset Manufacturer Intel
    Chipset Model PM45 Express
    Software
    Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
    Operating System Architecture 64-bit
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type TouchPad
    I/O Expansions
    Expansion Slot Type ExpressCard/34, CompactFlash (CF)

    Performance

    Overall Performance
    WorldBench 6 Score 88.0
    WorldBench 6 Rating Fair
    Battery
    Battery Life 1:49:00 AM   (hh:mm)
    Office Productivity
    Web Browsing 320.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Office Suite Use 354.0   seconds (lower is better)
    File Compression 240.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Content Creation
    Image Editing 440.0   seconds (lower is better)
    GPU Graphics Rendering 355.0   seconds (lower is better)
    CPU Graphics Rendering 645.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Encoding 264.0   seconds (lower is better)
    DVD Burning 717.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Editing 220.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Gaming
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 73.43   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 66.27   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1680 by 1050 37.75   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 58.14   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 55.97   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1680 by 1050 32.38   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, High, 1680 by 1050 27.63   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, High, 1024 by 768 49.13   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, High, 800 by 600 67.57   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Normal, 1680 by 1050 43.43   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Normal, 1024 by 768 67.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Normal, 800 by 600 70.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Performance
    World Bench 5 Multitasking 472.0
    Number of Included Batteries 1.0