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Low-end VGN-AW


The Sony VAIO VGN-AW Series is a range of mid to very high-end desktop replacemement laptops released by Sony in 2008. They were mostly intended for media consumption, and for home use, as well as creative work for higher-end models.

Lower-end AW models featured a titanium gray plastic case, and higher-end models features a magnificent mat black case, while the top-end models featured a black case with glossy lid (called Premium Piano Black), with a very premium-feeling vegan leather palmrest which Sony claimed is built using the same material as their Alpha-series DSLR.

High-end VGN-AW

Lower-end models had no subwoofer, and a reasonably good CCFL 1680x945 display, while higher-end models had a 1920x1080 panel with CCFL (high-end), or RGB LED (top-spec) backlight technlogy. The LED models were claimed of having 100% coverage of Adobe RGB and were highly praised for their excellent picture quality, color reproduction, and overall sharpness, and were mostly marketed to professionals, for picture or video editing.

Top-of-the-line highest-end VGN-AW

The AW Series was offered with a choice of Penryn Intel Core 2 Duos, as well as a NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS for the lower-end models, and a 9600M GT for the higher-end ones. They also have support for up to 8GB of DDR2 RAM with some models shipped with a single 4GB DDR2 module which is pricey and rare at the time.

Higher-end models also had special features that lower-end models didn't have, like a CF reader, Blu-ray burner (lower-end models only had a BD-ROM), Vista Ultimate, and SSD storage. Top-spec AWs included a Dual-SSD setup running in RAID 0.

Detailed Specs

Processor: Penryn Intel Core 2 Duo (not soldered)

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS (256MB) or NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT (512MB)

Chipset: Intel PM45 Express

Memory: DDR2, not soldered, 2 slots, max 8GB

Display: 18.4" 1680x945 CCFL, 1920x1080 dual CCFL, or 1920x1080 RGB LED Sony X-black LCD (with claimed 100% Adobe RGB coverage and 137% color reproduction rate for NTSC)

Storage (low-end to high-end models): 2x SATA slots, HDD

Storage (top-spec models): Dual-SSDs, 2x 64GB, RAID 0 (1x slot occupied, one SATA slot free)

Weight: 3.7 to 4kg

MSRP: around 1000€ to 3600€

Daily Usage Today

The AW is still very usable today for modern tasks like text editing, media consumption (which is still better than on most non-OLED laptops from today, only on 1080p LED models), and light gaming (9600M GT). Lower-end models are still usable, but you won't have an experience quite as good as you would have on higher-end ones.

Top-end AWs can be very pricey, popping up on eBay extremely rarely, and costing upwards of 1000€. Lower-end models can be found for significantly cheaper, but are still pretty rare.


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