Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH Review

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sony_vaio_fw_seriesThe Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH 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 tow pages side by side. The Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH is available in black, chocolate brown, Machine and Nebula.

The Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH measures 15.1 in x 1.14 ~ 1.46 in x 10.3 in (W x H x D) in dimension and weighs approximately 6.9 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-FW190EBH 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-FW190EBH operates on an Intel Core 2 Duo (T9900) processor with a data bus speed of up to 3.06 GHz and also incorporates Intel Centrino 2 processor technology with up to 1066 MHz front side bus speed and up to 6 MB of L2 Cache available. There is up to 8 GB of capacity on its DDR2 SDRAM memory, and a SATA internal hard disk drive which has a capacity of up to 500 GB or alternatively, up to 256 GB on an SSD. The Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH runs on a power requirement of 105W + 10{f447e3ba84e224c28a6dd1d335ad9c602d86644eb36c6c2e50c7b50bed35fc8a}. Its standard provided lithium-ion battery can provide a battery life of up to 3.5 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-FW190EBH can also be powered by an extended battery that is sold separately which can provide a battery life of up to 5.5 hours when operating on default settings and up t 5 hours when operating on maximum brightness. In terms of hardware, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH incorporates a full QWERTY keyboard with 86 keys of 2.0 mm stroke and 19.05 mm pitch. There is also a built-in MOTION EYE camera situated right on top of the display as well as a built-in microphone. Not only that, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH also has an Electro-Static touch pad. For communication purposes, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH 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-FW190EBH has an optical drive that is either a 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 rsolution of 1600 x 900 pixels or 1920 x 1080 pixels. Audio features include Dolby Sound Room Audio while graphic features include ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 Graphics with up to 1 GB of dedicated video RAM, Mobile Intel PM45 as well as HDMI and VGA out. The Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH comes under a w 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.


“The Sony VAIO VGN-FW190EBH has specifications with HD in mind. Since Sony already won the High Def format wars, it’s only natural that they incorporate the technology to everyone of their consumer electronics. The Sony VAIO VGN-FW190EBH’s 16.4 inch screen has a 1600×900 screen resolution so that users can enjoy HD movies without the need for an external LCD monitor. However, if you still feel the need to watch your favorite movie on a 40 inch LCD TV, then the Sony VAIO VGN-FW190EBH has an HDMI output so you won’t miss out on all the picture details. Also, this VAIO notebook already comes with a Blu-ray disc drive (read-only).” (Amazon, 2009)

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