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SONY VAIO CW Series VPCCW27FX/B NoteBook Intel Core i5 520M (2.40GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 14.0" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

  • Intel Core i5 520M (2.40GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
  • 1600 x 900
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • BD Combo
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Wesley P.
  • 7/24/2012 12:55:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFlimsy build with solid performance

Pros: Lots of power packed into this machine. Dedicated card, decent camera. I've owned it for over two years and it is still fairly capable by today's standards. Though high end gaming is off the table, most other things are handled fairly well.

Cons: It's been steadily falling apart over the last year or so! First problem came with the disc drive. Somehow the drive vibrated itself loose from its connection to the motherboard. At first I just wrote it off but I found the issue during an internal cleaning.

Next came one of the USB ports on the left side. It's not completely dead but it requires pressure on the cable or device plugged in there for a connection to be maintained. I see no way to remedy this on my own.

The keyboard has started to deteriorate as well somehow. Not major, but some keys aren't responding well. I've purposefully avoided getting junk in there since it would be a pain to clean out, so I'm stumped.

The biggest issue I'm facing now is the port for the AC adapter. Like the USB port, it requires the AC cable to be held at just the right position to charge. I've fixed it for now by wrapping a few layers of electrical tape around the cable's head to turn it into a kind of cork, but it's still disconcerting.

Other Thoughts: I only docked it one egg for the construction faults as they don't detract from the great performance value the machine offered when I bought it. Again I've owned it for two years, and aside from the hard drive's disappointing sag in ability the rest of the machine is still performing well to date.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/17/2012 8:57:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNot very happy with it

Pros: One of the reasons I chose to buy this laptop was because it had a great display. It was very bright and had a great screen resolution. It could also play blu-ray and appeared to run great... at first.

Cons: I've had this laptop for about a year and a half, and I'm already running into a lot of issues. It overheats all the time (even after installing the update that was supposed to fix the problem). It's gotten so bad that it shuts itself down and crashes. Even the air vents on the side are starting to break down and deteriorate. I've also had a problem with the touchpad since day one. Most of the time it's unresponsive for the first 5 minutes after turning it on. And the reviewer below me is right -- the battery life is atrocious. I'll be lucky if it lasts an hour...

Other Thoughts: I wouldn't recommend this laptop. It appealed to me on the display floor but after owning it for over a year, it has been nothing but trouble. It's supposed to be a powerful laptop but it overheats, slows, and eventually crashes even if I'm doing something as simple as watching an hour long television show or movie... I don't think I'm going to purchase another computer from Sony again, despite the fact that their hardware is nicer to look at than most of the competition.

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  • Mike M.
  • 11/13/2011 8:25:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsTerrible battery life

Pros: Lots of power, plenty of storage, excellent screen.

Cons: This model suffers from the infamous battery drain problem. When shut completely off I lose 10-20% battery charge per day. You always have to have this near a wall outlet for fear you are going to run out of power.

Other Thoughts: Due to the power drain issue the battery life indicator does not show a true status. It might say I have 12% left, but in reality I have 50%. I have owned this for almost 2 years now and have never come even close to the 4 hour battery claim, even while only surfing the internet or typing a word document. You buy a laptop to be portable. In order to be portable you need a battery that can keep it's charge and run for an amount of time that allows you to be productive. This model does neither. Works great if you can plug it in, but don't let it sit for more than a day without charging if you plan on traveling.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/24/2010 8:28:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsvery well balanced

Pros: Specs - one of the most powerful 14" notebooks around
Display is gorgeous (even if 1600x900 is a bit awkward)
Good value for price
Keyboard and trackpad both work very well

Cons: Hard drive - 5400 RPM is painful sometimes, especially knowing the rest of your machine is so capable
Speakers are almost nonexistent
Requires you to burn your own recovery disc

Other Thoughts: I can't stand the hard drive, but I'll be upgrading to SSD to have a very capable PC still much cheaper than other comparable spec'd models
If you can live with the limited cons, it's a great machine for the price, especially with its great portability. I'm very happy with it

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  • Steven F.
  • 4/9/2010 7:07:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsNice Notebook

Pros: High resolution screen, nice keyboard, great graphics card, pretty good display, blue-ray, very good warranty support. Runs everything I throw at it. Unfortunately, the motherboard failed after one month but Sony sent a tech support person to the house within 3 days and replaced the motherboard. No problems since. Way better than the Asus N81 I owned previously. Bad mojo on that notebook, even after two visits to their repair facilities.

Cons: A little heavy (5.3 lbs) but not bad, especially for the price.

Other Thoughts: Sony computers have never disappointed me. Sony and/or Apple = Good Customer Experience.

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  • Timothy S.
  • 3/27/2010 11:03:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSony VPCCW27FX/B - Great Performer

Pros: I went through 2 of these laptops before getting this one, so giving it a five star rating says a lot about its quality. The first one I received from another vendor (initials are BB), and the hard drive crashed during initial set up. Root cause could have been shipping/packing; the box was poorly packed/taped, and the top was ripped open. Also, there were no bubble wrap/airbags for protection inside. I could not conclude if QC or shipping was the root cause

I returned it, but the replacement was shipped in a plastic envelope/garbage bag with no outer box!! Needless to say, it was very beat up, plus the laptop was loose in the box. Plus, the Sony seal was double taped, which probably means it was already opened once. I never opened it, and returned it and currently awaiting a refund.

The Vaio CW I am typing this review on was from Newegg... it arrived in 2 days (as opposed to 9) and was packaged very well. It was cheaper elsewhere at the time of purchase, but lesson learned

Cons: I thought about giving up on this model, but I researched laptops for a LONG time and liked the specs and features for the $$.

In summary, I am glad I purchased this Sony model. I have 5 desktops at home, and have used at least 10 different laptops in the last 10 years at work. This is right up there as a top performer.

Pros:
- Keyboard - the keyboard is very responsive and comfortable. No "double keys" when typing like many laptops I have used.
- Track Pad - I dont know if there is a perfect trackpad for everyone, but this one is smooth without having to struggle with the buttons.
- Great Graphics - for the casual user, the 330 card is more than you need, but the power is there when you want it. 1600x900 does mean some squinting for older eyes with a 14" screen, so it may not be ideal for everyone.
i5 processor - I worked for Intel for 15 yrs and was not thrilled with the initial "Dual Core" series - but the i5 screams and handles most loads with ease.

Other Thoughts: Neither Pro nor Con:
- Display - I read some reviews claiming excessive / unbearable glare, and that the "automatic" backlighting control was too dim.

After using, there is some glare in certain settings and lighting conditions. Is it unbearable? IMO - No. I own two plasma TV's, and other displays that have some amount of glare, but don't they all? To me its a non-issue. I have not noticed the display being too dim either.

Cons:
- Bluray - it plays bluray movies flawlessly, but when initially installing software, I was shocked at how loud it was. I thought the laptop was going to need clearance for takeoff!! A little loud and the whole laptop vibrates.

5400rpm HD - this was the only thing in the spec that stood out as a minus - wouild have preferred a 7200, but after using it is not a show stopper.

Overall, this is a well designed, well thought out laptop. The i5 processor is a solid performer, moreover, the rest of the laptop around it is quality! Would recommend.

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  • David S.
  • 3/25/2010 2:43:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat laptop for portability and performance

Pros: -Very sleek design. I personally love the black.

-One of the very few notebooks out there under 17" that actually has a resolution higher than 1366x768. I was originally looking at 15" and 16" laptops, but their low resolution was a deal breaker for me.

-I've never used a chicklet style keyboard before, and it took a bit of getting used to, but I really am liking it. The keyboard feels really comfy.

-Trackpad is one of the best I've used. Feels great and has multitouch capabilities.

-Graphics card is pretty powerful for the machine. I can play Borderlands completely maxed out at 720p and it runs at about 40FPS. Note Sony has the 330m SEVERELY underclocked. Once you OC it and download the latest drivers, it'll work great.

-Great specs for a 14" notebook. Between the i5 (up to 2.93ghz w/Turbo Boost), 4GB DDR3 RAM, GT 330m graphics card, Blu Ray, HDMI out, and 500 GB of space, you've got a pretty good amount of power under a small space.

Cons: -While the black finish looks great, it sets itself up for a finger print magnet. I'm probably going to buy some kind of special cloth to keep it clean.

-LOTS of proprietary Sony bloatware. Booting it up for the first time I had over 75 processes running. Do yourself a favor and wipe the HD and do a clean install. It makes everything run faster too.

-Harddrive only 5400 RPM. Would have liked 7200RPM.

-Battery life is decent, but could be better for a 14". You can get around 3-3.5 hours just browsing the internet/word processing, maybe 1.5 if you're gaming.

-Some people say this is a fairly bulky and heavy 14" notebook. Honestly the weight is fine for me (about 5-5.5lb), but I came from lugging around a 17inch 9lb notebook.

-Viewing angles could be better

-Speakers are lacking, no bass, but to be expected.
There's a problem with battery drainage on CW models as well as newer Sony Vaio models. Read about it here-
http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.ph

Other Thoughts: Is the notebook perfect? No. But am I satisfied with it? Absolutely. This laptop is a jack of all trades in that it can do just about anything you throw at it. Supposedly Sony is getting rid of their CW model for their new 14" E series models, and preliminary specs show them actually being a downgrade from the CW. If your hesitant about picking up a CW, I'd recommend picking one up soon before they go out of stock.

Newegg as usual was also great about getting the laptop here quickly. Ordered on a Sunday and it was at my doorstep Tuesday afternoon.

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  • Law o.
  • 3/13/2010 3:33:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNice package

Pros: Good hardware package. 1600x900 screen, nice keyboard, runs cool. I had been looking for something this size with comparable specs, but this was the first notebook I found in my price range. Windows performance numbers: 6.8, 5.9, 6.4, 6.4, 5.8. Hardware virtualization support, if you want it, selectable in BIOS.

Cons: Keyboard looks elegant, because the PgUp, PgDn, Home and End keys are Fn-Arrow combos. You can learn to touch-type it, but sometimes it is too complicated, and then you're spoiled for using a normal keyboard.

Plastic shell scratches easily; wrist pad surface has gotten some little pits which I examined at 10x magnification and the surface just looks weak; I think that over time it really show wear.

All viewing angles of screen are narrow (not always a bad thing), but you cannot get a good angle using it on your lap. No eSATA connection.

Does not yet handle Linux well - for Ubuntu 9.10 it needed custom setup for Nvidia drivers, bluetooth doesn't work, it does not suspend or hibernate, and a few such things, but it is usable; at a Linux expo a rep from Ubuntu ran a suite of tests for their 10.4 release (alpha), and they planned to buy one to work out the bugs; I switched to 10.4 alpha.

Other Thoughts: This was one of the very first i5 notebooks; when I bought it (not at Newegg) there was not any competition and it was also at a big discount; I don't think I would have bought it at list price. Today there might be better values. Sony makes Google Chrome the default browser; it was refreshing to see something besides IE, but I still switched to Firefox. While shopping for a notebook I had been wondering what would be criticized as "fingerprint magnet"; now somebody has said it about this machine; I do not see fingerprints as real a problem, but the surface of the wrist pads gradually gets smudgy to the point that you want to clean it. Sony gives a ton of their own software, of marginal value to me; the VAIO Care loading at startup is annoying, but maybe slightly less than what HP does; I have not disabled it yet. One Shift key is hit-or-miss; I have not sought warranty repair yet.

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  • Yongwoo J.
  • 2/26/2010 9:05:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome laptop

Pros: 1. It runs most recent high end games; crysis, Arma2, Mass Effect2, MW1, MW2 and more with high option.
2. Nice keyboard and glossy LCD
3. Blueray

Cons: The only problem is caused by Windows 7 and lack of 2nd hdd. The Windows 7 is lagging when it doesn't have the 2nd hdd and you're downloading some big file like game patches or demo onto your single hdd. This is also happening in the Quad core desktop with a hdd. It is the best way to keep the 2nd hdd as an external one.

Other Thoughts: It is little bit pricy than other online market. But Newegg provides a better shipping option and handling.

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  • Hai L.
  • 1/27/2010 10:57:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat design, great spec, a bit pricey.

Pros: Looks great, small & light, not as bulky as some reviews from other websites. I'm upgrading from my Sony Vaio laptop K series, about 6 years old. Compared to that one, it''s pretty light to me.

Graphics card is decent, can't expect much from a 14" laptop. It can play most games on Medium settings. Battery last about 3.5hrs, depending on your settings.

Cons: I did not like the gloss cover and hand rest area, it leaves fingerprints and it's a dust magnet as well. They should make non glossy versions of this instead.

I didn't like the screen as much, I like it when sony adds Xbrite screens on their laptops. They look better when viewing at different angles, also offer better viewing when pictures/background are dark/black. Looks great when the screen is full of colors but not when you're dealing with dark colors. This maybe just personal peference.

It wasn't as fast as I thought it would be, I suggest getting 8GB Ram, if you're a multi-tasker like myself, along with the junk they put in Windows nowadways.

Speaking of junk, there is a lot of bloatware mainly from Microsoft. You can easily get rid of them but it will take you some time.

A little pricey compared to others of the same size and similar hardware. Only justified by the Graphic card and Blue ray dvdrw combo, I guess. It's around $1200 after taxes.

Other Thoughts: Would be perfect if they offered the xbrite technology for the screen. I guess i'll just have to get use to it.

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