Although renowned for its home entertainment products, and with a variety of CD-ROM and removable storage drives to its name, it was only last year that Sony truly made its presence felt in the IT arena, with the launch of the slim, lightweight Vaio notebook. This was highly desirable, but not really rugged enough for supplying to an entire sales force.
Enter the Vaio PCG-F190, which is a different beast altogether. This newer, larger machine bears the same two-tone colour scheme, but where the original Vaio was a masterpiece of miniaturisation, this model is altogether more chunky. Its lid opens to reveal a 14.1in TFT screen, while the keyboard is large enough that all but the function keys are full-sized, making for easy typing. There's a track-pad mouse pointing device set into the wrist-rest, while stereo speakers are mounted just below the screen hinges.
Powered by a PII 366MHz processor and with 64Mb of memory, the Vaio is fast enough for virtually all office applications and includes a built-in DVD-ROM drive and floppy drive as standard. Two PC Card slots are provided, and a 56Kb PC Card modem is included with the notebook.
Through judicious use of the power management features, it is possible to extract well over three hours from the Lithium Ion battery pack.
The Vaio PCG-F190 exudes build quality, feeling very well put together, with the only minor niggle being slight play in the screen hinge covers.
This is a large, full-featured notebook PC. But despite its size, the Vaio PCG-F190 manages to combine functionality and style, which is quite an achievement in a market overrun with bland, me-too products.
A big, stylish, feature-rich and well-constructed notebook PC for the discerning business user.
- build quality and features
- considerably bigger than its predecessor
Contact: Sony 0990 424424, www.sony-cp.com.
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