The Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W is a notebook from Sony’s FW VAIO series that is inspired by theatres. It is the first 16:4 inch extra-wide display that features an aspect ratio of 16:9 which makes it suitable for watching movies in their original cinematic format. The widescreen proportion minimizes black bars during movies as well as offers an expansive workspace for viewing two pages side by side.
The Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W measures 15.1 in x 1.14 ~ 1.46 in x 10.3 in (W x H x D) in dimension and weighs approximately 6.4 lbs including its provided standard battery. It comes in a box together with a standard Lithium-ion battery, an AC adapter and a power cable. On its body, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W has a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a microphone input, an SD memory card slot as well as a Memory Stick Duo media slot with MagicGate functionality. On its right side, it has three USB 2.0 ports, and a Blu-ray Disc RW optical drive. As for the left side, there is a DC-in port, an Ethernet Port, a modem jack, a VGA output, an HDMI connection output, a LINK Connection (4pin) and an i.LINK connector (IEEE 1394) in one, as well as an ExpressCard/ 34 slot. In terms of performance, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W operates on an Intel Core 2 Duo (P8400) processor with a data bus speed of up to 2.26 GHz and also incorporates Intel Centrino 2 processor technology with up to 1066 MHz front side bus speed and up to 3 MB of L2 Cache available. There is a SATA internal hard disk drive which has a capacity of up to 320 GB. The Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W runs on a power requirement of 110W + 10%. Its standard provided lithium-ion battery can provide a battery life of up to 4.0 hours when operating on default settings, or up to 3 hours on maximum brightness, or up to 2 hours during DVD playback. Alternatively, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W can also be powered by an extended battery that is sold separately which can provide a battery life of up to 6 hours when operating on default settings and up to 3 hours when operating on maximum brightness. In terms of hardware, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W incorporates a full QWERTY keyboard with 86 keys of 2.0 mm stroke and 19.05 mm pitch. There is also a built-in 1.3 mega pixel MOTION EYE camera situated right on top of the display as well as a built-in microphone. Not only that, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W also has an Electro-Static touch pad. For communication purposes, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W has compatibility features for Fast Ethernet (RJ-45) Protocol, 10 Base-T/ 100 Base-TX/ 1000 Base-T (Gigabit), WiFi: Intel WiFi Link 5100 AGN (802.11 a/b/g/n) and integrated stereo A2DP Bluetooth technology 2.1+ EDR. In terms of multimedia, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W has an optical drive that is either CD/ DVD playback/ burning drive or Blu-ray Disc playback with CD/ DVD playback/ burning drive or Blu-ra Disc playback/ burning with CD/ DVD burning drive. There is also a 16.4 inch display with a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels and incorporates XBRITE-ECO technology. Audio features include Dolby Sound Room Audio while graphic features include ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 Graphics with up to 256 MB of dedicated video RAM, Mobile Intel PM45 as well as HDMI and VGA out. The Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W comes under a 1 year limited warranty with On-site/ In-Home service, one year of toll-free 24/7 technical telephone assistance as well as online and email support available from its website. It also comes with Sony Original Software including VAIO Startup Assistant, Click to Disc Editor, VAIO Movie Story and VAIO Media plus Multimedia Streaming Software.
“I consider this model to be a great purchase. Contrary to many modern laptops, it actually looks great, with very modern styling that is suitable for both home and business users. The screen has a different aspect ratio (16:9) than most computers, which is more suitable for watching DVDs or comparing side by side documents than the traditional 4:3. The 2.26 P8400 is the same processor found on most FW computers, even those costing hundreds of $ more, 3GBs of RAM, which is the maximum usable RAM in Vista SP1 32bit, 250GBs of RAM which is enough for most users,etc.” (Amazon, 2009)