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First off, a correction to the product spec as advertised here: the VGN-FW21Z has a 1920x1080 resolution display.
I bought this laptop after a LOT of deliberation, finally won over by the high resolution of the display which is necessary for my work.
The case is plastic and magnesium alloy which gives an interesting feel. It has sleek curves (apart from the raised speaker/vent area) and looks fantastic after you've removed the numerous feature stickers from it! The screen surround is very simple (flat) and not too wide (8mm sides, 16mm top to accommodate the webcam). It is sprung so that it snaps closed but there is no catch. The mouse panel is large and comfortable to use although the surface flush mouse buttons are easy to lose with your eyes on the screen.
The lid/screen is hinged so that it drops back and down, meaning that there are no ports on the back of the laptop. The power cable sticks out of the left and the media card reader and sound jacks are along the front. The worst aspect of this is that the only 3 USB slots are on the right side, at the front. This is especially annoying if you are a right-handed mouse user. I invested in left-angled (I dislike that term but that's how they're marketed) USB cables. Unfortunately they now clash with each other, and with the Blu-ray disc tray!
The media card readers support MagicGate and SD cards which is enough for most cases and better than my old VAIO.
The keyboard is surpisingly comfortable to use. The keys appear quite widely spaced but the gaps make finding the right key somehow easier, and also help a bit when typing in low-light. Keyboard arrangement (UK) is good, although it is completely flat. Read more ›
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