Sony Vaio F13Z0E/B - Core i7-740QM, 1080p Premium - £989.99 @ Play - HotUKDeals
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This is not for everyone, but if you are looking for a laptop to do some editing, design work or 3D this could be it. It has just gone down in price, since this used to be £1299.

The great thing about this laptop is the antiglare screen, and a bigger 16 inch screen for the HD resolution

* Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
* Microsoft Windows Service Pack: -
* Chipset: Intel PM55 Express Chipset
* Processor Name: Intel Core i7-740QM Processor
* Power and Performance: with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
* Processor Speed (GHz): 1.73 with Turbo Boost up to 2.93
* Memory Size (GB): 6
* Memory Specification: DDR3 SDRAM
* Memory Type: PC3-10600
* Memory Speed (MHz): 1333
* Max. Supported Memory (GB): 8
* Hard Drive Type: Serial ATA
* Hard Drive Capacity (GB): 640
* Hard Drive Speed (rpm): 7200
* Optical Drive Type: Blu-ray Disc ROM Drive with DVD SuperMulti
* Screen Type: VAIO Display Premium
* Diagonal Size (cm): 41.6
* Diagonal Size (in): 16.4
* Resolution: Full HD (1920 x 1080)
* Aspect ratio: Wide (16:9)
* Max Resolution External Display: 1920 x 1200
* Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M GPU
* Video RAM memory (MB): 1GB
* Total Graphics Memory: Approx. 3830MB
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#1
Looks awesome, but surely if you were spending £900+ one fo the new Sandy Bridges would be a better choice?

Everything else looks perfect, Great amount of ram, good graphics, twin 7200rpm 640GB drives

I guess the high price can be accounted for the 1080p screen, Anti Glare finish and the premium that Vaio's carry

I won't vote hot nor cold, but that laptop does look great
#2
Hi Neon,

Thanks for the feedback.. I know what you are saying, but at this point in time the only viable option for a sandybridge lappy is the xps 15/17. I can probably spec something for about 900 with the latest sandy i7 2630, and similar specs as this. The real problem with the xps line is that is just plain ugly, and with the battery coming out its just silly.

So for about 100 more you get a much better screen and a nicer laptop. Ok, you can get the sandy stuff, but will I really notice? For me the dealbreaker is the screen, this is screen is so much better than the glossy ones.

Still waiting for the precision line to be updated, maybe they will have something nice. But it surely be over the 1k mark.
#3
The difference between this processor and the sandy bridge processors is huge though. Granted you won't notice it on "your average application", but I don't expect you to run any of those anyway if you're going to buy a laptop as expensive as this.
#4
The difference between this processor and the sandy bridge processors is huge though


is it really? I thought it was about 10 - 15%?
I understand that with the sandy you get the integrated GPU, which is a bonus but not essential..


Edited By: dromi on Apr 05, 2011 22:45
#5
So would this be better for videoediting, or the Sandy bridge.
I'm looking for a desktop replacement with firewire and a 2mp webcam too. I know its usually the dell that have that. But this looks good.
#6
So would this be better for videoediting, or the Sandy bridge.


I believe this will be more than enough, consider as well that it comes with an i.Link 4-pin (IEEE1394) port. Show me a Dell that has this. You will benefit from the better procesor when exporting and encoding mostly...
#7
dromi
The difference between this processor and the sandy bridge processors is huge though
is it really? I thought it was about 10 - 15%?

It's much more than that, more like 50 to 75% - Anandtech.
#8
It's much more than that, more like 50 to 75% - Anandtech.


thanks for the link

thats quoting Intel’s Sandy Bridge i7-2820QM, which is the intermediate i7 and would cost a fair bit more, am I wrong?
#9
dromi
It's much more than that, more like 50 to 75% - Anandtech.
thanks for the linkthats quoting Intel’s Sandy Bridge i7-2820QM, which is the intermediate i7 and would cost a fair bit more, am I wrong?

You don’t have to buy the top end part. The figures show the performance difference for the architecture and allow you to extrapolate how much faster the ‘entry level’ 2GHz Sandy Bridge will be; roughly 50% quicker than the i7-740QM.
Apart from that you also get excellent battery life due to switchable or integrated graphics. The Sandy Bridge Quad with switchable graphics for general usage just about matches an old i3 with only integrated graphics. It’s just a much better platform all round.
But if you require a matt screen your choices are limited and you just have to take it on the chin. :(
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Thanks for your reply Agharta, I understand what you are saying. It really isnt an easy time to be shopping for a laptop with all the new cpus just coming out, but it also allows for some better prices since this laptop was £1299 last week in the sony shop.

I guess its very easy to get carried away with having more and more power, but shape and form is also quite important for me as well. Not much point getting sandy bridge lappy but that you hate working with.

I guess we agree though, that this machine for 100-200 pounds less would be a better deal.
#11
excellent matte screen on this, but i want something a little bit more portable. to be honest with this weight and battery life you might be better off getting some kind of desktop

hoping the high res screen on the new sandy bridge HP Probooks will be up to scratch, if they ever come out
#12
Its essentially a portable workstation, not a laptop you would want to lag around all day.
Why this instead of desktop? : Space and still portable..

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