All the rage right now is a smorgasbord of tiny, yet capable laptops called netbooks.They’re the kings of portability, and does well enough to accommodate your daily Facebook habits and support your Mafia Wars addiction. But they come with a huge drawback: they just don’t give your muscles the workout it needs. Enter the Sony VAIO VGN-FW43G.
Tipping the scales at a burly 3 kilograms, this VAIO is surely an arm workout on the go. But if you aren’t too fond of carrying something that heavy as you go from meeting to meeting, this laptop might not be for you.
That is because the VAIO VGN-FW43G is for the power users. It’s a fully capable computer that’s designed for powerful performance in applications that give netbooks a mountain of trouble.
It is equipped with a 64-bit 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6500 processor, 3 gigabytes of DDR2 SDRAM, and a 320 GB hard drive. With those specs, this laptop can handle demanding media applications and editing software smoothly, and provide you with enough storage space to download all seasons of all your favorite TV shows. Yup, the 320 GB hard drive is quite a handful.
Its sleek style is highlighted by its svelte aluminum chassis, while a 16.4-inch 1600 x 900 LCD screen and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD3470 grant you brilliant visuals.
HD movies and most games (except Crysis and some other highly-demanding games) run with nary a hitch. We just don’t get why Sony failed to include a Blu-ray drive, instead opting for a traditional DVD drive.
As far as connectivity is concerned, this VAIO is no lightweight. It has a LAN port, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/ draft n, Bluetooth 2.1, three USB ports, a Firewire port, VGA, HDMI, a 4-in-1 card reader, and an Express Card Expansion Port. That’s a lot of holes you can plug something into, that’s for sure.
At 68,000 Pesos, this VAIO, given what it offers, is a pretty good deal. About the only thing that’s holding us back from giving this laptop the full recommendation is that it comes with Windows Vista rather than the sexier Windows 7.