Sony Vaio F, 16", Core i7-740QM , 4GB, 320GB, 1080p Premium, BluRay Burner - £789 @ Sony Shop
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Sony Vaio F, 16", Core i7-740QM , 4GB, 320GB, 1080p Premium, BluRay Burner - £789 @ Sony Shop

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Found 10th Apr 2011Made hot 10th Apr 2011
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I had posted a similar deal before, but the price was almost 1k. It now has gone down even more if you you configure it. there is also a free Bluray Burner until the 25th of April

It will take a couple of weeks to deliver, but you can configure it directly in the sony shop giving you a point of return if things didnt work out.

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 £1049.

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): 4
* 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): 320
* Hard Drive Speed (rpm): 5400
* 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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Shame it's got the old CPU but still a decent reduction, hot from me.

Same spec but with i5 is £689

Configured

Intel® CoreTM i5-480M, 2.66GHz
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
English (QWERTY)
Black
500 GB Serial ATA (7200 rpm)
6 GB 1066MHz DDR3-SDRAM
Blu-ray Disc(TM) player
41.6 cm LCD, 1920x1080+ webcam
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 425M 1GB
Office 2010 Starter
No protection
No Adobe® Creation

Also Included

1 AC Adapter
2 USB 3.0 + 1 e-SATA/USB 2.0
Wireless LAN +Bluetooth
HDMI(TM) output
Battery life up to 3 hours

Original Poster

Hi aa, yea that one is a good deal as well, the difference is that only with the higher model i7 you will be getting that amazing antiglare full HD screen. With the i5 version you will be getting the glossy screen. But it's a cheaper version for sure

Original Poster

Also there is 5% cashback with quidco when buying a configured model online

Nice. 1920*1080, so I can watch Blu ray and full HD on my lap!

I'd rather put the £750 towards downpayment on a cinema room and save my eyes.

Original Poster

Nice. 1920*1080, so I can watch Blu ray and full HD on my lap!I'd rather … Nice. 1920*1080, so I can watch Blu ray and full HD on my lap!I'd rather put the £750 towards downpayment on a cinema room and save my eyes.



it actually doesnt come with a bluray by default, but the upgrade is quite reasonable. Its only 30 quid.

But the reason you'd want an HD screen is because you need to produce HD content yourself. But yeah its not a machine for the average user..

Bad or corrupted link ........any other links to this Laptop

Original Poster

Bad or corrupted link ........any other links to this Laptop



Sorry about that, cant seem to change it anymore
sony.co.uk/pro…ies

voted hot, good price for the spec but like you've said not for everyone

Great deal, have some heat

Wow, nice. thank you very much!

Good but old i7 so substantially slower than the new Dell XPS 17s for cheaper (though granted, without the full HD screens) so cold.

Original Poster

Good but old i7 so substantially slower than the new Dell XPS 17s for … Good but old i7 so substantially slower than the new Dell XPS 17s for cheaper (though granted, without the full HD screens) so cold.



Was waiting for the xps pack to take the bite ;).

This machine is miles better built than the xps line...

Edited by: "dromi" 10th Apr 2011

The Sony Vaio range is lovely

Great specs on this one for the price.

Original Poster

what about this … what about this dell?http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/dell-inspiron-n5010-15-6-laptop-silver-08702405-pdt.html



main difference is the screen res, this is full HD resoultion 1920 X 1080 antiglare as the insipiron is 1366 x 768 glossy..

Also this has an Nvidia gt 425 as the dell has an ATI. ill let you research which one is better!

This looks nice. I'm currently on the lookout for a laptop that's stylish and can compete with the MBP for looks / performance.

I'm liking the look of the HP Envy series but might look into these a bit more as well.

Anybody got any other suggestions ?

Voted hot :).

Original Poster

Anybody got any other suggestions ?



what exactly do you need it for? any screen size?

@dromi - Nice deal, it is such a shame that so many fail to appreciate the value of display resolution. It always makes me cringe when people vote for 1366 x 768 monitors at £80 to £90 and really think they are bargains.

Vaios are

thrustmaster

The Sony Vaio range is lovely :)Great specs on this one for the price.



Vaios are very durable. I have used mine for over 7 years now, despite very rugged use and rather rough handling.

zaphodbb

Nice. 1920*1080, so I can watch Blu ray and full HD on my lap!


1080P on a laptop is for the extra screen real estate which improves productivity and has nothing to do with playing video at 1080P natively.

zaphodbb

I'd rather put the £750 towards downpayment on a cinema room and save my … I'd rather put the £750 towards downpayment on a cinema room and save my eyes.


Not sure what that has got to do with laptops!

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Custom Built Sony Vaio Sales 5.05% Cashback
Sony VAIO Custom built F Series 7.07%

dromi

Hi aa, yea that one is a good deal as well, the difference is that only … Hi aa, yea that one is a good deal as well, the difference is that only with the higher model i7 you will be getting that amazing antiglare full HD screen. With the i5 version you will be getting the glossy screen.


Where does it state that the i5 comes with a glossy screen and the i7 a matte one?
It seems such an arbitrary way to do things.

Original Poster

Where does it state that the i5 comes with a glossy screen and the i7 a … Where does it state that the i5 comes with a glossy screen and the i7 a matte one?It seems such an arbitrary way to do things.



You are right, I only figure this out by going to the shop. Notice though that in the higher model it says "Display Premium. Either of the 2 screen options for the i5 will be glossy
Edited by: "dromi" 10th Apr 2011

dromi

what exactly do you need it for? any screen size?



Uni work / web design / a bit of casual gaming. Would prefer something 15.6" or under but if it was worth my while going up slightly then I would.

Thanks in advance.

dromi

I only figure this out by going to the shop. Notice though that in the … I only figure this out by going to the shop. Notice though that in the higher model it says "Display Premium. Either of the 2 screen options for the i5 will be glossy


I just noticed the difference.

It's an ok price for an ok machine. the i7 740QM is a top of the range core2duo, not a real quad core. If you are after powerful processing and/or games, then go for something else or wait a little longer.

Original Poster

or wait a little longer.



uff tell me about it :).

The thing is I am pretty sure that as soon as they bring this laptop with sandybridge it will go back to its original price which is over 1k.

patrickuk

the i7 740QM is a top of the range core2duo, not a real quad core.


The Core i7 series came after Core2Duo and the QM in i7-740QM stands for Quad Mobile. It’s actually Quad core with hyper-threading so 8 threads in total.

Neovec

Vaios are Vaios are very durable. I have used mine for over 7 years now, … Vaios are Vaios are very durable. I have used mine for over 7 years now, despite very rugged use and rather rough handling.



The models since around 2009 onwards have been terrible quality wise. The bottom panel flexes so much you'd tink it were made of recycled condoms.

patrickuk

It's an ok price for an ok machine. the i7 740QM is a top of the range … It's an ok price for an ok machine. the i7 740QM is a top of the range core2duo, not a real quad core. If you are after powerful processing and/or games, then go for something else or wait a little longer.



I beleive you have the 740QM mixed up with the 640M.

Good find op have some heat

patrickuk

It's an ok price for an ok machine. the i7 740QM is a top of the range … It's an ok price for an ok machine. the i7 740QM is a top of the range core2duo, not a real quad core. If you are after powerful processing and/or games, then go for something else or wait a little longer.


The wacky comments some people come out with..

This isn't a Core2Duo. It's one of the top of the line Core-i (first gen) processors. It's a quad core. It's more than powerful enough for games etc...

Perfect for me - bought a 15" Acer a couple of months ago, which is fine but the screen sucks.

Link broken though?

Original Poster

sony.co.uk/pro…ies
yea sorry I tried to put a straight link to the confirgurator but it didnt work and it doesnt allow me to change it...

I think I am going for it, thinking of upgrading the ram to 6gb and adding blueray... All
for 60 quid extra... Will buy it directly in the shop so I have a point of easy return..

I think thats it man, had enough of playing laptop detective..

Any upgrade suggestions?

bit odd they are not marketing this as a price reduction
also good prices on the upgrades which is unusual for them
heat added but then these will probably appear on clearance more often when they have a sandybridge with big screen to replace it? guess they could call it a different model though

Original Poster

their top of the range 3D laptop that you can see in that page has got the sandybridge.. but its £1,799.00 Incl Vat!!!

I am strongly considering going for one of these today. After a read up, the only consideration is that if i went for the v rather than x (i5 option) and go for the top Intel® CoreTM i5-560M, 2.66 at £100 more - there is, apparently almost do difference in benchmark speeds from the i7 that ships with the x option. It looks like you can also choose the 1900x10280 screen for only £20 more - i guess that then give you the premium screen spec? With the 6 gig ram i want, it then only comes out at £719 doing this custom spec - about £100 less than the x option with an i7 - in spite of everything spec/speed wise apparently being the same. Can anyone please advise if there is there anything wrong with this plan ?

Original Poster

Can anyone please advise if there is there anything wrong with this plan ?



the only consideration is the screen, as mentioned previously in this thread. If you upgrade the i5 screen you will get a 1080p glossy screen, the i7 is the only that will give the premium screen (matte- antiglare).

But if this is not important for you than I would say go for it..

super find thank you; really a good machine if it's with Blu-Ray the screen is AMAZING, the only probable down side is the fan noise! I've seen i7 and the noise was below average a bit annoying.
I will recommend this to anyone, for 1920x1080 and i7 with Blu-Ray.
cheers
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