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Item#: N82E16834127027
SONY VAIO CW Series VPCCW23FX/L NoteBook Intel Core i3 330M (2.13GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 310M 14.0" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Intel Core i3 330M (2.13GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce 310M
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • BD Combo

Pros:

- Nice keyboard design (except for lacking dedicated PgUp, PgDown, Home and End)
- Powerful video card
- VTE Virtualization Extensions are enabled (shouldn't even have to mention it, but you never know with Sony)

Cons:

- HUGE touchpad! I keep moving the mouse accidentally when typing, how annoying. This is my main grip against this laptop: -1 egg.
- Video card is still not completely supported in Linux (see other thoughts): -1 egg.
- Battery life is not good. The laptop is new and I get less than 2 hours (even after swapping the HD for an SSD): -1 egg.
- Laptop is thicker than average
- A pain to open (around 40 screws), but not too hard.

Other Thoughts:

I've been using this laptop almost exclusively with Linux (kernel 2.6.34.1).
Webcam and bluetooth work well in Linux.
The Nvidia driver doesn't support changing the backlight at the moment, which is not so good for battery life and the eyes, I hope nvidia fixes this soon.
There is a "Display off" button which does turn the backlight off even in Linux, so its either ON or OFF.
TV out doesn't work in Linux (xrandr doesn't even show the output).
The wifi card is an Atheros AR9285, which was completely unreliable. After not getting support for Atheros I had to swap it for an Intel 5100.

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  • Flor M.
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