Sony VAIO F Series - A Multimedia Master

action-tracking video equipment for broadcast networks brings you the processing power, broad connectivity, and crisp, clear, colorful display that makes the world your office.

But what do you say we crank up the volume just a little more.  If you like entering the boardroom with a little thunder, maybe you might like a little lightning to go with it.

Take a hard look at the ultra-sleek VAIO F Series model VPCF215FX/BI.  If it looks like it has a FullHD display, that’s because it does: 1920 x 1080 resolution.  At the heart of it is a CPU that’s so over the top that Intel almost ran out of digits: the Core i7-2630QM.  It’s the tiniest monster you’ll ever see.  The 2630QM includes the first generation of Intel’s Integrated HD Graphics 3000 technology with Dynamic Frequency, enabling real-time encoding and decoding of full 1080p high-definition video.  Which is good, because there’s the entire FullHD display it can use for its playground.

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Sony could have stopped there. . . No, it couldn’t.  F Series model FX/BI adds a surplus of graphics performance with NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 540M, one of the most power-efficient GPUs ever built.  It supports the latest Microsoft DirectX 11, and its multi-pipeline engine makes it shade up to 10.8 billion 3D shapes per second.  All right, you’re thinking, that’s the kind of graphics performance normally associated with a game machine, and Sony makes the best of those, too.  Isn’t this going a little overboard with the power thing?

Sony architecture is never frivolous.  See, its designers know that enterprises today rely more and more on virtualization, to deliver server power through the cloud to their

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  • Anomalyx
    I'll pass on the VAIO. They might force a BIOS update that will disallow me from installing Linux.
  • cougarsmitty
    Nice specs, nice layout and an interesting take on graphics. However, Windows 7 Home Premium is why this product won't go far in the business world.
  • r0g
    Preloaded with a metric butt-ton of crap and proprietary as hell - not for me thanks. Hopefully they've mended their ways now but I've always thought of Sony as an all shirt and no trousers manufacturer, and a very expensive shirt at that! If you want a good value laptop Toshiba are cheaper, more reliable and they'll actually sell you spare parts rather than make you use the hideously expensive "authorized" repair shops when it does break. If you want beautiful, don't mind highly proprietary behavior and money is no object get an Apple, they can run windows these days if that's your bag.
  • joelmartinez
    Sony Vaio is a poor hipster's apple (I don't like either brands)
  • cgramer
    I guess I missed the "SPONSORED" part of the headline. Oops.
  • Anonymous
    wow, not for the notebooks, but for the text !

    that's not a review, its a love letter ! when they talk about the i3/5/7 intel family!

    couldn't get to the end, too much declared love for me in there !

    and BTW, Anomalyx you're darn right ... and if they change bios and I'm not able to run Linux or FreeBSD ?

    thanks, but no thanks.
  • lsilvest
    1. Since when is Sony associated with quality audio?

    2. Vaio products have a history of bugs and problems, especially with heat in both laptops and desktops.
  • treker137
    Does it come with rootkit pre-installed?
  • flacoman3
    Is this a review or an advertisement?

    "At the heart of every Sony VAIO business notebook PC is the best engineered processing engines the world has ever seen: Intel’s Core i3, i5, and i7 processors."

    "The Sony engineers are charged with this mission: Sacrifice nothing."

    lol cmon seriously can someone actually review this model instead of spending the whole time jizzing all over sony and intel?
  • cgramer
    flacoman3Is this a review or an advertisement?

    It's an advertisement. Note the "SPONSORED" part of the headline. I missed it at first, too. D'oh! :-)
  • superjesus
    The best comments are coming from the people who missed the "SPONSORED" in the title.

    "can someone actually review this model instead of spending the whole time jizzing all over sony and intel?" FTW!
  • flacoman3
    New rule for me: read first, get mad second!

    I thought it was going to be a negative review because of the title; "Don't let good looks deceive you" to me implies that it will look good but perform badly.

    Am I the only one that understood it it that way?
  • user5910
    I am struck by the pointlessness of me reading a sponsored article like this one. When I want to read Sony marketing materials I go the Sony web site. But these articles are not here for me the reader, they are here to generate revenue for Tom's, so given that I suppose a few of these are better than more banner and sidebar ads because they are so much easier to ignore.
  • shrapnel_indie
    Anonymous said:
    1. Since when is Sony associated with quality audio?

    2. Vaio products have a history of bugs and problems, especially with heat in both laptops and desktops.

    Sony, believe it or not, at one time was quality goods. Those days seem to have slipped away into being average (while keeping the quality premium price)... perhaps a little less when looking at the reliability of the Vaio computer products.
  • Anonymous
    I read this only so the employees of Toms' excellent site can take a taxi to pick up their food stamps, rather than public transportation.
  • Anonymous
    Tom's used to be the first place I looked for reliable information, going
    back many years. The last couple of years it appears the almighty dollar has guided their so called reviews
  • r0g
    Two stories below that, Sony recalls over half a million defective notebooks!... http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Laptop-Recall-BIOS-VPCF11-VPCCW2,10774.html
  • Anonymous
    This reads like it was written by a Sony mAdman. Oh, look in the title the first word in Sponsored, thanks that helps. Without it I might have had to read more that two pages of their ad before catching on. Yes, I know I am slow. I don't like restrictive equipment that also force feeds crap-ware. I five TomsHardward an A for warning me and Sony as usual a D for deceit.
  • hurfburf
    It's really disgusting how you let advertisers write your articles now. Grow some principles.
  • purrcatian
    As a rule, if it doesn't have a trackpoint, I am not interested. It would help if they were more durable, had better battery life, and didn't come loaded with crapware. Until these things change, I will pass on any Sony laptop.