Sony's FE11S, should you choose to buy one, will win you many admiring glances. It's light, but the 15.4in display makes it a genuine desktop-replacement PC. The screen is very impressive, giving deep, true colours without too much reflection, although we'd like to have seen it stretch to a higher resolution than 1,280x800.

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The Intel Core Duo T2400 processor has two cores running at 1.83GHz and there's 1GB of DDR RAM to back this up. Given that this is the case, we'd have liked to have seen a higher score than 87 in our WorldBench 5 processing-speed test suite.

However, the storage and backup options are as good as anything you'll find in a laptop system right now. You can't argue with 160GB of space on the hard drive and a multiformat DVD burner that can write to DVD+R DL (double-layer) and DVD-RAM, as well as the more common formats.

Although the GeForce Go 7400 is one of the latest mobile graphics cards that nVidia has to offer, it's a long way from being among the best. The 256MB of memory is shared with the main system and the frame rates achieved in our Doom3 and Halo tests, suggest the Vaio would struggle with some of the latest games.

Connectivity options are good, with built-in 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi facilities and Bluetooth. Sony claims the battery should last for three-and-a-half hours, although we managed to get only 180 minutes out of it. This isn't that bad, but if you're someone who likes to work a lot while travelling, there are definitely better options available.

Sony Vaio VGN-FE11S: Specs

  • 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo T2400 processor
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
  • 1GB DDR RAM
  • 160GB hard drive
  • 15.4in 1,280x800 TFT display
  • 256MB GeForce Go 7400 graphics card
  • 8x/8x/8x/2.4x/4x/4x/3x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM), 24x/24x/24x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW) drive
  • 802.11a/b/g facilities
  • Bluetooth
  • 1-year warranty
  • 366x275x35mm
  • 2.8kg
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo T2400 processor
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
  • 1GB DDR RAM
  • 160GB hard drive
  • 15.4in 1,280x800 TFT display
  • 256MB GeForce Go 7400 graphics card
  • 8x/8x/8x/2.4x/4x/4x/3x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM), 24x/24x/24x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW) drive
  • 802.11a/b/g facilities
  • Bluetooth
  • 1-year warranty
  • 366x275x35mm
  • 2.8kg

OUR VERDICT

This is a solid, well-built and stylish laptop. However, it lacks that extra something a product needs to be truly outstanding – perhaps if it was slightly faster or had a longer battery life it could be up there with the best.

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