SONY VAIO AW11Z review

Three weeks ago I bought the SONY VAIO AW11Z C2D 2.53 4GB/640 BD-RE 18.4#VHP. It’s not really a laptop, more like a portable (barely). Yes it’s big but still, the weight is only 3.9kg.

Anyway, it works good, with Intrepid and the newest (180) Nvidia drivers Ubuntu and Compiz works like a charm, except for the screen dimmer but that can be done through Compiz anyway. No problems there, I didn’t have to do anything to make anything work.

The main reason I bought the 11Z as opposed to the 11M is the screen resolution which is full HD at 1920×1080. It’s absolutely amazing but not to recommend if you’re a senior as everything gets really small.

Due to the size of the thing the built in speakers could be made bigger and sport some bass, clearly the best sound I’ve experienced on any portable, unsurprisingly. Another size related thing is that a full size keyboard with its own number pad fits nicely, which I prefer to a laptop keyboard any day.

However I read somewhere that some kind of 64bit emulation for testing purposes won’t work on VAIOs. Well if you’re not a programmer needing to test 64bit software I suppose it’s not an issue.

I haven’t had any problems with the pre-installed Vista either. I consider it an upgrade to XP and can’t really understand all the people who claim otherwise.

All in all, a great purchase, not the cheapest machine out there but you get what you pay for :)


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