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Sony VAIO VGN-FZ470E/B Thin and Light Notebook

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Sony VAIO VGN-FZ470E/B

Sony VAIO VGN-FZ470E/B

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The Bottom Line

The Sony VAIO VGN-FZ470E/B is a very strong option for those looking at a notebook platform that also can be used for high definition video playback. Its just too bad that the system tends to lack the features to take full advantage of Blu-rays high definition picture.
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Pros

  • Blu-ray Compatible Drive
  • Large Hard Drive
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Slower Hard Drive
  • Uses Smaller ExpressCard/34 Slot
  • Display Lacks 1080 HiDef Support

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • 300GB 4200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Blu-ray Player and 8x DVD+/-RW Burner Combo Drive
  • 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) Wide LCD with 1.3MP Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT Graphics with 256MB Memory
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Three USB 2.0, FireWire, ExpressCard/34, HDMI, Memory Stick
  • 14" x 10" x 1.4" @ 6.1 lbs.
  • Windows Vista Home Premium, MS Works, VAIO Suite, Norton 360

Guide Review - Sony VAIO VGN-FZ470E/B Thin and Light Notebook

5/21/08 - In terms of performance, the VGN-FZ470E/B is pretty much average for the thin and light market. The Core 2 Duo T8100 mobile processor provides it with good general performance but many similarly and even lesser priced notebooks are now offering more than 2GB of DDR2 memory. This puts it at a slight disadvantage when it is being used with a large number of applications.

Storage wise, the VGN-FZ470E/B has a very large 300GB hard drive. Most thin and light notebooks tend to come equipped with 200 to 250GB drives. While this does allow the system to hold more data and programs on it, there is a downside to it. This drive spins at a slower 4200rpm rate rather than the 5400rpm rate. This decreases its performance for accessing data negating much of the performance gains of the larger drive space.

The VAIO VGN-FZ470E/B is one of their least expensive thin and light notebooks to feature a Blu-ray drive, which is great for those looking for high definition media on a mobile platform. The problems is that the resolution of the display limits playback to 720p modes rather than the full high definition 1080p format.

One minor annoyance for people looking to expand the system is the ExpressCard slot. Sony is one of the companies that has decided to mainly equipped their notebooks with the smaller ExpressCard/34 slot rather than the full sized 54. This means that it cannot use the large cards and limits the expansion capabilities with this slot.

On the whole, the VAIO VGN-FZ470E/B is a good system, it just doesn't have the performance or features to really set it apart from others with similar features but a lower cost.

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