Sony Vaio F - VPC-F22S1E/B - Multimedia Notebook
Category : Notebooks / Tablets
Published by Marc B├╝chel on 05.08.11
With the Vaio F - VPC-F22S1E/B, Sony has a multimedia notebook in its portfolio which offers a lot of 2D performance as well as a high quality 3D display and very well built peripherals. Paired up with a decent design and a price tag of CHF 1850.- (est. EUR 1'400.-) it tries to score well as an allrounder.




On the following pages we will show you the strenghts and weaknesses of the VPC-F22S1E/B multimedia notebook from Sony.


Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Specifications / Chassis

CPU Intel Core i7-2630QM (2.0 GHz Standard, 2.9 GHz Turbo)
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Chipset Intel HM65 Express Chipset
Memory DDR3 1333 MHz, 2 x SODIMM, 8 GByte
Display 16.4'' Full HD 3D 120Hz, 1920 x 1080
Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 540M, 1 GByte VRAM
Additinoally there are 3D shutter glasses included in deliery
Hard drive 640 GByte (2.5'')
Video Camera Web Camera, 1.3 Mpixel
Connectors 1 x Microphone-in jack
1 x Headphone-out jack
2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x RJ45 LAN jack
1 x Firewire
1 x HDMI
1 x VGA
Audio Built-in Speakers and Microphone
Dolby Home Theatre v3
Battery 5000 mAh
Dimensions 399 x 272 x 43 mm (W x D x H)
Weight 3.11 kg

Chassis / Design / Verarbeitung

   


As soon as you take the Sony Vaio F - VPC-F22S1E/B out of its box, one of the first things you'll notice is the top panels glossy painting. Already at a first glance the device generates a good impression. Therfore the overall build quality is also on a high level. There are no parts which bend over or which are made of lower quality materials.

Sony equips the Vaio F - VPC-F22S1E/B, which weighs 3.11 kilogram with an Intel Core i7-2630QM CPU, eight gigabyte memory, a 640 gigabyte hard drive, a NVIDIA GeFore GT 540M graphics chips with one gigabyte VRAM as well as a 16.4 inch 3D capable display. The CPU features four cores with a total of eight threads which have a baseclock of 2.0 GHz and a turbo clock of 2.9 GHz. Combined with the NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M mobile GPU the system produces way more than 100 watts of dissipating power which need to be cooled appropriately. Next to well dimensined cooling blocks you find high RPM fans which are very noisy under load - unfortunately.

Considering that Sony equips the Vaio F - VPC-F22S1E/B with a stable and quite massive chassis as well as high quality input peripherals, makes the devices weight of as near as makes no difference three kilogram quite astonishing.


Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Display / Input Devices

Display

  


Sony equipped the Vaio F - VPC-F22S1E/B with a 16.4 inch display that features Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. Furthermore the display comes with LED backlight and it is 3D capable with 120 Hz refresh rate. We liked that it wasn't a glare type display which is why there are no reflections when your in a brightly lit room. Astonishingly good were the colors and the contrast ratio. Also the brightness is on a very good level with an anverage, above 280 Candela per squaremeter. What might increase the lifespan of the display is the fact that is has been moved about two millimeters into the chassis.

Included in delivery you find a Sonys own 3D shutter glasses which are compatible to NVIDIAs 3D Vision technology. By a simple push of the 3D button, which is located right below the display, 3D is being activated. At this point we have to mention that the Vaio F - VPC-F22S1E/B is mainly suitable for watching 3D movies. If you plan on buying this notebook to play 3D games in high resolutions with high levels of details you'll be disappointed because of insufficent performance.

Input Devices

  


The Vaio F - VPC-F22S1E/B multimedia notebook comes with a full-size keyboard and a number pad next to it. Inbetween you also find, usefully placed, arrow keys which are suitable not only for office users, casual gamers will enjoy them equally. Generally the keyboard is much alike an Apple keyboard. The key drop is well chosen and the pressure point leaves a good impression. The keys themselves come with a slightly rough surface and provide good grip. Furthermore the chassis doesn't bend and there is background lighting for readability in darkness. 

Centered, below the keyboard you can find the touchpad. It has been integrated into the cases material and offers a left and a right key. The touchpad also offers scrolling functionality. It might take some time until you're absolutely familiar with the scrolling functionality. Because there is no frame around the touchpad, scrolling wont be intuitive in the beginning.


Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Test setup

Regarding our notebook reviews we use a practical approach. To get a detailed impresson of the device the tester uses it to work with. In case of gaming notebooks it replaces the testers gaming PC during the time of the test. These methods allow us to provide detailed user experience to you.
Regarding performance benchmarks - which are listed below - we don't go very deep. What we do, is that we use benchmarking software which over the years have established as standards for reviewing purposes. Furthermore the specific game benchmarks give insight to the playability of recent games.

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Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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PCMark 7 - Video Playback / Downscaling / Transcoding / Storage

PCMark 7 is a benchmark suite which consists of 20 different workloads. The following results reflect the PCMark 7's standard selection, which provides a good insight regarding overall system performance. For a comfortable presentation we chose to split the results onto three different sites.

Futuremark PCMark 7 Punkte
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 3'015
ASUS G74SX 2'500
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 2'261
   
Video playback and transcoding / Video playback fps
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 23.11
ASUS G74SX 23.04
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 23.01
   
Video playback and transcoding / Video transcoding - downscaling KByte/s
ASUS G74SX 5'251
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 4'948
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 4'923
   
System storage - gaming / System storage - gaming MByte/s
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 7.93
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 4.46
ASUS G74SX 4.34
 


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Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures

Graphics - DirectX 9 / Graphics - DirectX 9 fps
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 47.51
ASUS G74SX 48.96
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 30.67
   
Image manipulation / Image manipulation Mpx/s
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 8.86
ASUS G74SX 8.80
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 8.66
   
System storage - importing pictures / System storage - importing pictures MByte/s
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 11.08
ASUS G74SX 6.30
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 5.96
 


Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender

Web browsing and decrypting / Web browsing Pages/s
ASUS G74SX 10.66
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 10.63
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 9.8
   
Web browsing and decrypting / Data decryption MByte/s
ASUS G74SX 55.94
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 47.63
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 47.22
   
System storage - Windows Defender / System storage - Windows Defender MByte/s
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 3.29
ASUS G74SX 1.40
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 1.20
 


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Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Futuremark

3DMark 11 Total Punkte
ASUS G74SX 1'980
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 1'781
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 1'032
   
3DMark 11 GPU Punkte
ASUS G74SX 1'773
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 1'593
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 910
   
3DMark 11 Physics Punkte
ASUS G74SX 6'208
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 6'093
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 5'941
   
3DMark Vantage Total Punkte
ASUS G74SX 9'029
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 8'134
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 4'516
   
3DMark Vantage GPU Punkte
ASUS G74SX 7'770
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 6'904
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 3'620
   
3DMark Vantage CPU Punkte
ASUS G74SX 17'575
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 17'573
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 17'473
 


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Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Gaming Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven Benchmark fps
ASUS G74SX 10.0
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 9.0
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 4.9
   
Resident Evil 5 fps
ASUS G74SX 51.0
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 44.4
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 24.2
   
Far Cry 2 fps
ASUS G74SX 39.07
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 34.48
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 19.10
 


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Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Battery Eater / Power Consumption

Battery Eater Classic min
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 2 h 19 min 53 sec
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 2 h 16 min 11 sec
ASUS G74SX 1 h 31 min 41 sec
   
Power Consumption Load Watt
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 128
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 139
ASUS G74SX 145
   
Power Consumption Idle Watt
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 37
ASUS G74SX 42
Sony Vaio F-Serie VPC-F22S1E/B 55
 


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Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Conclusion

General   + -
Generally the Sony Vaio F - VPC-F22S1E/B leaves a good impression and it is a solid multimedia notebook. We especially liked the 16.4 inch display with the very good colors as well its high brightness. Additionally you get a well built keyboard and a precise touchpad. On the other end of the scale you find the cooling solution. Under load the fans become very noisy and disturbing wich means that there is room for improvement.   - Display
 -Input devices
- Weight
- Cooling
       
Display / Input devices   + -
Sony equipped the Vaio F - VPC-F22S1E/B with a very good 16.4 inch display. The colors and contrast ratio as well as the brightness were able to convince us. Thanks to Sonys own and comfortable to wear shutter glasses, which are included in the delivery, you can even enjoy 3D movies with the 120 Hz capable display. 
The keyobard which includes a number pad as well as separate arrow keys also leave as very good impression. Therefore build quality and responsiveness are very accurate. Even the touchpad is good after you got used to it.
  - Display size
- Readability
- Colors
- 3D
 
       
Performance   + -
Equipped with a Core i7-2630QM quad core CPU that features eitght threads, clocked at 2.0 GHz, means that there is plenty of performance slumbering under the hood. Ufortunately in PCMark 7 it wasn't able to outperform the ASUS rivals which remain on the top positions. Because of the midrange GPU the Sony Vaio F - VPC-F22S1E/B is not suitable for 3D gaming or gaming with high resolution and/or high levels of detail. The GeForce GT 540M simply does not offer enough performance for these tasks. If you do want to play recent games you'll have to lower the resolution a use low levels of detail.   - Desktop-Performance - Gaming-Performance
       
Recommendation   + -
If you should be looking for a multimedia notebook that comes with a high quality display and is 3D capable then the Sony Vaio F - VPC-F22S1E/B will definitely be a good choice. Furthermore it also offer a lot of performance in 2D applications.   - Gaming Notebook
- Desktop-Replacement
- Gaming-Notebook
 
Rating
With the Vaio F - VPC-F22S1E/B Multimedia Notebook, Sony has a solid product in its portfolio. Because of the 3D performance which could be better and the ventilation system which is very noisy under load we give it four out of five stars.





Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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