The Sony VAIO F (VPCF13WFX/BC) gaming laptop is now on sale in the Microsoft Store for $999 (new)–that’s $300 less than the configuration price of our review of the system. The core differences between the two is the amount of RAM and the included hard disk drive. Although there was more RAM in the review notebook, we found that 4GB of RAM is more than enough for gaming, and that’s how much is offered in the sale price. As far as the hard drive goes, the sale system’s is faster but has a slightly smaller capacity; 500GB at 7200RPM in the sale system and 640GB at 5400RPM in the review system. All in all, we believe these specifications make the price of $999 worth it.
In our review of the VAIO F, we said its great performance is one of its strengths. It has an Intel Core i7-740QM (quad-core) processor with a clock speed of 1.73GHz and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 425 graphics card with 1GB memory. In our synthetic processor benchmark tests the notebook scored above every other comparable notebook, and it also did very well in the tests for graphics/gaming.
Finding a gaming laptop with proper cooling can also be an issue because of the higher specs. But, while running a few games on the VAIO F we found that the “top and bottom of the notebook ran barely warmer than idle.” We took temperature readings and found that it generally runs between 76-96 degrees Fahrenheit while being exerted.
The display is 16.4-inches with a 1600 x 900 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, LED backlit, and glossy.
- Full-sized Chiclet-style backlit keyboard
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- 3-in-1 memory card reader
- 3 USB 2.0 ports
- 6.4 lbs