Sony Vaio F Series 3D review

Core i5 Sony laptop for 3D gaming and movies

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Amazing 3D performance, but not the hardcore gaming choice

Sony has got its proverbial fingers in so many third dimensional pies, we can't believe the Japanese powerhouse took such a long time to roll out a 3D laptop off its production line. But the Sony VAIO F-Series (VPCF21Z1E/BI) is worth every second of waiting.

It has the most comprehensive and most effective laptop 3D Blu-ray bundle you can buy - assuming you are have deep pockets and are happy to be a slave to Sony tech.

For your cash you get Windows Home Premium 64-bit, Intel's 2GHz Core i7 2630QM processor 8GB Memory, 640GB hard drive but only NVIDIA's 1GB GeForce GT540M graphics. Sony also throws in three USBs, a Blu-ray drive, HDMI, VGA and support for the fastest wireless and Bluetooth technology.

Sony VAIO F-Series 3D: Performance

The VAIO F-Series uses NVIDIA's 3D glasses but whacks Sony's Bravia TV 3D tech inside instead. This frame sequential display technology plays 3D back at 240fps - the fastest on the market for laptops. On a powerful model ike this, the results are seamless depth perception with no lag or stuttering.

Sony's 3D tech is enhanced by a superb 16-inch 1920x1080 backlit LED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and very wide viewing angle. It also has out of the box support for 3D Blu-ray movies. That helped make the Sony VAIO F-Series the best 3D multimedia playback we've seen.

Sony even throws in very effective instant 3D button on the laptop which converts from 2D video. Conversion software is traditionally disappointing at best but this, again, one of the best we've seen, working well on brighter video with definitive foregrounds, middle grounds and backgrounds.

Sony VAIO F-Series 3D: Movies

We also checked out 3D Blu-ray courtesy of Sony's bundled Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, which provided the brightest and deepest views over wider viewing angles. Call of Duty: Black Ops is equally immersive with no ghosting to report on 3D playback. But without gaming graphics so it can't break 30fps in 3D, so for gaming you're better off using the Alienware M17x. Battery life is also a let down with 1.5 hours with everything maxxed.

If you can overlook the cost and the fact you can't do serious 3D HD gaming, Sony's VAIO F-Series 3D is sublime. It sports the best 3D features with the best 3D results.

Sony Vaio F Series 3D launch date: Out now

Sony Vaio F Series 3D price: £1800 from Sony

Sony Vaio F Series 3D Specs

  • OS: Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Screen: 16-inch 1920x1080p
  • Processor: Intel® Core i7-2630QM Processor
  • Graphics: NVIDIA's 1GB GeForce GT540M graphics
  • Memory: 8GB Ram
  • Storage:640Gb
  • Connections: 2x USB 3, 1x USB 2, Mic, 3.5mm, HDMI, VGA, N WiFi, Bluetooth N
  • Optical drive:Blu-ray
  • Battery tested: 90 mins (tested)
  • Dimensions/Weight:414x32.8x287mm/3.36kg