Sony VAIO W Series VPC-W11S1E/W

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Sony VAIO W Series VPC-W11S1E/W

The handy VAIO W-Series is light, compact and easy to carry. Its rounded design feels comfortable to hold while rugged styling protects from knocks an...

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Review of "Sony VAIO W Series VPC-W11S1E/W"

published 10/03/2010 | lustba
Member since : 24/06/2007
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About me :
Back on and off for a while, hopefully getting back in the swing of things.
Pro Size, Looks, Features and portability.
Cons Sound, Battery Life, No disc drive.
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Look & Feel
Memory / capacity
Comfort & Portability
Robustness & Durability

"Sony Vaio - The Notebook"

Sony Vaio W Series VPC-W11S1E/W - A.K.A. The Notebook


The notebook looks very stylish. Completely white with the Vaio logo on the lid. The keyboard is silver. That is it in a nutshell, not much more to say.
The Product
  • Size - The dimensions of the Notebook are -
    Depth - 179.6mm
    Width - 267.8mm
    Height - 32.4mm
    Weight - 1.19kg
    Display - 10.1 Inches
  • Portability - Obviously, one of the main designs for notebooks is being portable. Designed for people who are on the move and do not want to lug around a full sized laptop. Be it students, businessmen or people with a generally busy lifestyle. The Sony Vaio, fulfills this purpose ideally. Being so light and small and coming with its own protective bag, it means it can be transported within most bags. Although I would still recommend purchasing a laptop bag for extra protection.
  • Features - It has a built in webcam in the middle/top of the notebook lid. The quality is not amazing, but adequate. It also has a built in microphone. Both of these features can be used on instant messengers and skype, for chat.
  • Sound - The volume limit on the notebook is very low. Obviously using it for media purposes is not a priority in its design. However, it seems as if the volume limit is extremely low. This is not a major issue, as I mentioned. The main purpose is not for media usage.
  • Battery Life - The battery life is not the best feature of the notebook. As has been discussed in other reviews. Obviously the battery life depends on the usage of the notebook, if you are using it to watch videos/listen to music or other media usages then it will be shorter than internet browsing or using office applications. The standard battery life is stated as 2.7 hours around 165 minutes.
  • Disc Drive (Lack of) - Being a notebook, the Vaio doesn't have a disc drive. This was an issue at first, and to an extent still is. It took a while for me to remember it won't take a disc. This means the installation of software can be very difficult. Alot of suppliers these days offer an online downloading service. I used one of these to download Microsoft Office recently for £35.00 on special offer. You can buy an external drive if you are desperate, but these can cost an extra £40 or so.

Here is some boring, but important information:
Processor Name
Intel® Atom™ Processor N280 with Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology
Processor Manufacturer
Processor Speed (GHz)
L2 Cache (KB)
Frontside Bus (MHz)
Number of Cores

Memory Size (GB)
Memory Speed (MHz)
Memory Type
Max. Supported Memory (GB)

Thats enough. If you want to know more, here is the website:
(I'm not sure what all of that means, but there is a gloassary on the Sony website link.)
Extra Points
  • Built in wireless connector
  • 2 USB ports
  • Headphone/Microphone
  • In-built McAfee internet security suite
  • Integrated Bluetooth

The price I paid for the Vaio was £299.99 from my local Comet. I shopped around and all retailers seemed to be around this mark. It is always best to compare suppliers to see if you can find a better price elsewhere. For example, buying direct from a Sony Centre will cost you around £350.

Overall I would say that the notebook serves its purpose well. To be a small, portable and stylish device, still keeping a good amount of features. It works well at all times, however, can slow up considerably when a lot of windows are open and it is restarted, although this does happen with most laptops.
My Opinion/Conclusion

Personally, I think that this is a very good notebook and would recommend it to anyone looking to buy this, or something similar. It has all the features needed, looks good and is reasonably priced.

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Comments on this review

  • Mattlav published 27/04/2010
    nice review mate :)
  • VampirePrincessLizzy published 15/04/2010
    Handy review :)
  • paulie1975 published 04/04/2010
    Really Good Review
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Product Information : Sony VAIO W Series VPC-W11S1E/W

Manufacturer's product description

The handy VAIO W-Series is light, compact and easy to carry. Its rounded design feels comfortable to hold while rugged styling protects from knocks and shocks. Carefully designed isolation keyboard with precise key spacing prevents typing errors, even with long fingernails. The textured palm rest offers gentle wrist support - ideal when web browsing from the sofa or blogging while commuting.

Product Details

Product Description: Sony VAIO W Series VPC-W11S1E/W - 10.1" - Atom N280 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD

Product Type: Netbook, Notebook

Operating System: Win XP Home - English, Win XP Home, Win XP Home - French, Win XP Home - German

Processor: Intel Atom N280 / 1.66 GHz / 512 KB Cache

Memory: 1 GB DDR2

Storage: 160 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Display: 10.1" X-black 1366 x 768 / HD

Graphics: Intel GMA 950

Networking: 802.11b/g/n (draft), Bluetooth 2.1 EDR , 10/100 Ethernet

Battery: Up to 2.7 hours

Colour: White, Brown, Berry pink, Pink

Dimensions (WxDxH): 26.8 cm x 18 cm x 3.2 cm

Weight: 1.19 kg, 1.2 kg

Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified

Optical Drive: No optical drive

Processor / Clock Speed: 1.66

Display / Diagonal Size: 10.1

Manufacturer: Sony

Display / Native Resolution: 1366 x 768

Hard Drive / Capacity: 160

Processor / Type: Intel Atom

Long Name: Vaio VPCW11S1E

System / Hard Drive Capacity: 160

RAM / Installed Size: 1

Localisation: French



Product Type: Netbook, Notebook

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition - English, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition - French, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition - German

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Atom N280 / 1.66 GHz

Cache: L2 - 512 KB

Front Side Bus: 667 MHz

Chipset: Mobile Intel 945GSE Express

Features: Enhanced SpeedStep technology


RAM: 1 GB ( 1 x 1 GB )

Max RAM Supported: 1 GB

Technology: DDR2 SDRAM

Speed: 533 MHz

Slots Qty: 1

Empty Slots:


Main Storage: 160 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s


Type: 10.1"

Resolution: 1366 x 768 ( HD )

Widescreen: Yes

Features: X-black

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: Intel GMA 950

Memory Allocation Technology: Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0

Camera: Integrated webcam

Resolution (MP): 0.3 Megapixel

Resolution: 640 x 480

Image Sensor Type: CCD

Sound: Microphone

Compliant Standards: High Definition Audio


Type: Keyboard, touchpad



Wireless: 802.11b/g/n (draft), Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Network Interface: 10/100 Ethernet

Compliant Standards: Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, DLNA CERTIFIED


Technology: Lithium Ion

Run Time: Up to 2.7 hours

Connections & Expansion

Slots: 1 x memory ( 0 free )

Interfaces: Headphone output ¦ 2 x USB 2.0 ¦ VGA ¦ LAN ¦ Microphone input

Memory Card Reader: Yes ( SD Card, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo )


Software Included: Microsoft Windows Media Player, Microsoft Windows Movie Maker, VAIO Recovery Utility, VAIO Media Plus, Adobe Reader 9, McAfee Internet Security Suite (60 days trial)


Colour: White, Brown, Berry pink, Pink

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)

Localization: French

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 26.8 cm

Depth: 18 cm

Height: 3.2 cm

Weight: 1.19 kg, 1.2 kg

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes


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