Advantages High speed computing, top quality HD screen, 8GB ram, 500GB harddrive and the awesome i7 processor
Disadvantages Typical average battery life.
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As a professional photographer I need a powerful PC and laptop to run the extensive editing software that I use on a regular basis. I have for a long time been a fan of Sony laptops and still believe that for looks and power they simply cannot be beaten.
The new i7 processor is a quad core processor with built in turbo boost technology for those of you who do not understand the meaning of quad core here is my non techie explanation.
Quad-core processing is exactly what it sounds like, four processors running instead of one. The reason this is good is quite simple, imagine the processor in the computer to be similar to the brain of a human. The processor as the human brain would do feeds info to the various hardware and software for them to in turn react, much as the human brain makes your limbs move. The faster it can do this the faster your hardware and software will react, if the processor is inundated with requests it takes more time to pass it on to the correct hardware or software so having four makes lots of sense. When one processor is taking care of your cd burning and music downloading for instance one of the other processors will be only too happy to pass on any other info you need delivered to your hardware or software appliances in order for them to carry out their tasks simultaneously.
As well as being a quad-core processor this i7 also has built in turbo boost technology which means that should the processor doing the hardest task start to struggle it will get a much needed short term boost of power to allow it to always run completely smoothly and the user will never know any of this is going on they will just know that what they are doing is easy and fast.
Using this Sony VPCF12Z1E/BI machine I can easily breeze through my work in CS5 whilst most of the time having my airbrushing suite open and music playing too. The other huge advantage for my photo editing is the colour balanced HD screen, this allows me to see the photo exactly as it looks on the camera and exactly how it will look when printed instead of having a colour difference as most monitors show. My old laptop and indeed the PC I still use both showed a pinky tinge to the images that wasn't really there and this made editing more challenging.
If you are a gamer then this machine will let you run today`s most demanding games with ease and the HD screen again comes into its own allowing you to get the best graphics available and as the machine comes with an NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M graphics card and 1GB of dedicated video ram memory the games highest specs can be fed to the screen no worries.
The other thing I like about this laptop is the connections available to it, round the back of the machine you have 2 X USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader slot, a memory stick Duo slot, microphone jack, earphone jack, an i.link 4-pin connection, an Ethernet connection and an optical audio output slot.
Built in to the unit you have a motion eye built in webcam capable of taking 3 megapixel still images and 640x480 video, built in Bluetooth to allow you to upload and download straight to your mobile phone wirelessly and of course built in wireless to allow you to go online wirelessly.
Storage is another thing that laptops and PC`s must have plenty of these days and although many PC`s now come with a TB or more it is still very acceptable for a laptop to have around 250 or 300GB, with this laptop you get 500GB so it is right up there with most PC`s and better than most laptops in the storage department.
Although this is one of the bigger Sony laptops at 263 X 387 mm it is still pretty light weight and easy and comfortable to carry around.
With a charge time of around four hours this laptop is very average on this front but way above average on most others, it is certainly a laptop I would recommend to others and one I am very happy with myself.
I purchased this laptop around about 4 months ago and it cost me just over £1300 I have seen it as low as £1200 now but also as high as £1599 so shop around before buying it if this review has tempted you to do so.
I have owned three Sony Vaio laptops now and although the other three were similar this one is leaps and bounds better than any of the previous ones, a friend of mine has a non Sony produced laptop that he paid nearly £2000 and he reluctantly agrees with me that this Sony blows it out the water.
Operating System - Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Platform - Intel® CoreTM i7 processor
Chipset - Intel® PM55 Express Chipset
Colour- Premium Black
CPU- Intel® CoreTM i7-740QM Processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Processor Speed (GHz) - 1.73
Max Turbo Boost Speed (GHz) - 2.93
L2/L3 Cache (MB) - 6
Number of Cores - 4
Memory Size (GB) - 8
Memory Specification - PC3-10600
Memory Speed (MHz) - 1333
Memory Type - DDR3 SDRAM
Max. Supported Memory (GB) - 8
Hard Drive Type - Serial ATA
Hard Drive Capacity (GB) - 500
Hard Drive Speed (rpm) - 7200
Optical Drive Type - Blu-ray DiscTM Drive with DVD SuperMulti
Read -CD x24, CD-R x24, CD-RW x24, DVD x8, DVD-R DL x6, DVD-R x8, DVD-RW x8, DVD+R DL x6, DVD+R x8, DVD+RW x8, DVD-RAM x5, BD-ROM x6, BD-R x6, BD-R DL x4, BD-RE x4, BD-RE DL x4
Other FeaturesSpecial Buttons
DimensionsDepth Main Unit (mm) - 263
TO SUM UP:I am pretty much super impressed with this excellent Sony laptop, apart from battery life it is everything anyone could want whatever their computing needs might be, it is very good looking, very sleek and stylish, it is very well made and will not fall apart at the slightest knock.
It is super fast and super reliable, has a picture quality that is second to none both in video editing, photo editing HD viewing and gaming, it has a built in webcam if video chatting through Skype or MSN is your thing, it has enough processor power and ram to run anything you throw at it and although computers are upgraded every few months by manufacturers, this one will be one of the highest spec out there for a good while yet.
Thanks for reading.© thebigc1690
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Sony VAIO F Series VPC-F12Z1E/BI - Core i7 740QM / 1.73 GHz - RAM 8 GB - HDD 500
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